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Left Seattle in the morning to rain on I-5 (and cold) up to Anacortes and the gorgeous ferry ride (first stop on Lopez Island before reaching Friday Harbor on San Juan Island nearly 1 1/2 hours later).

By the time I got to Friday Harbor, the sun was out and it was warm...enough.

Some of my favorite riding so far (in state), up to the northern tip at Roche Harbor down to the southern end and back on the ferry at Friday Harbor to Anacortes to make it home (down a very cold I-5 in the dark) just after dinner in Seattle.

Didn't see another two-wheeled machine on the island all day, and with the snow on the shoulders of the road, wasn't sure if that made me stupid or smart.

The San Juan scenic byway up there has some truly gorgeous spots and the roads themselves twist and meander so that you can vary up the sights and the throttle and have a really memorable afternoon of riding.

Bike was filthy once I got home; evidence of a great ride.

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Beautiful pics. Looked to be a little chilly. I wouldn鈥檛 say stupid. As long as you had the appropriate gear.
 

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Beautiful pics. Looked to be a little chilly. I wouldn鈥檛 say stupid. As long as you had the appropriate gear.
Well...let's just say I got a new jacket for my "most seasons" riding (I have a Fieldsheer mesh + padding jacket for summer and a Tourmaster hi-viz waterproof for winter)...I was so excited to wear said new jacket, and I should've worn the Tourmaster with the added internal vest. Not the worst thing in the world, but coulda been warmer.

I love my Reax mesh + padded pants and throw some wool thermals underneath from REI which are fantastic, but I still should get a waterproof/cold season pair of pants that ditch the mesh.

First time ever that my toes got cold through the waterproof Sedici boots, and despite Dianese cold weather gloves and REI glove liners + Hot Hands + OEM guards for the wind, finger tips...you guessed it.

My friend @dbmccrohan will laugh that this is more evidence to spring for heated grips, but a) I love my Progrip 714s too much and b) have done a dozen mods in the five months I've had the 650 and am feeling lazy at the moment to do more + research to see if it can sync with my progrips. Maybe one of these days when I bother to install the 12V charger + relay, I'll figure out heated grips :)

All in all not terrible, but I could've been warmer on the first part of the ride up, and especially the ride home at night. But for the prime riding/island time, didn't think twice about the temp and enjoyed every second of it :)
 

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Well, there you go! You鈥檝e got them smarts, real good :)
I picked up some decent waterproof gloves yesterday. I have been putting off installing my KOSO heated grips myself. I will do so once I get up there and settled in. Looking forward to riding in some cooler weather other than 110 here.
 

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STOP putting off installing those KOSO Apollo grips - they're INCREDIBLE, and probably only take a couple of hours to install (I had to remove the gas-tank to install mine).

Even in our current AZ temps - I find I use them frequently, even on LOW.

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STOP putting off installing those KOSO Apollo grips - they're INCREDIBLE, and probably only take a couple of hours to install (I had to remove the gas-tank to install mine).

Even in our current AZ temps - I find I use them frequently, even on LOW.

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I do need to install them.
 
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