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Dec 9th 2020, 07:04 PM   #1
 
  Jan 2016
  Gig Harbor

  BMW F650GS / BMW R12R
All quiet on the Kitsap front lately

Howdy all,

PNWMOTO has been pretty quiet in general lately, but it seems like Kitsap riders have gone nearly silent. Anybody doing any riding? I saw a few riders in the Tahuya area on a sunny, cool ride last Saturday, but not as many as I expected for such a fine afternoon in December. Just checking to see if folks are still out there, I guess.

Cheers.
Dec 10th 2020, 05:52 AM   #2
 MMcN49's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Small Island Surrounded by Puget Sound

  07 Buell XB12STT, (Two) 12 Suzuki DR650 SE 72BMWR75/5 KIA @ 243K
Took the DR650 into Olympic National Forest a week ago Monday. Day was nice but really cold, heated gear got a workout. Ran into numerous icy patches and stretches on the dirt roads. No problems dealing with it, just not a lot of fun.

Even though retired, damp gloomy days are just not conducive to hoping on one of the bikes and going for a ride.
Dec 10th 2020, 10:41 AM   #3
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2019 Nada
i saw a bunch of doods out last saturday between PO and GH.
not a lot of chatty-chatty online tho.
you know, its gotten a little hostile out there, lots of opinion generation and defense. makes it unfun, IMO.
dunno - maybe its just cold and wet and theres no place to get a fucking hamburger for lunch any way...
Dec 10th 2020, 03:08 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Northeast Olalla

  07 Guzzi
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Originally Posted by Sentinel
i saw a bunch of doods out last saturday between PO and GH.
not a lot of chatty-chatty online tho.
you know, its gotten a little hostile out there, lots of opinion generation and defense. makes it unfun, IMO.
dunno - maybe its just cold and wet and theres no place to get a fucking hamburger for lunch any way...
I sometimes relish the discord, just because I sometimes enjoy swatting idiots to get my cardio.

I looped over to Renton (don't ask why) on Saturday to check out how the bar mitts do on Inspector Morse and came back home. The mission to test the mitts was a rousing success, but I did feel a bit like the little brother in A Christmas Story by the time I got the extra layer of insulation on.

BTW: If you can't find a burger then you ain't looking hard enough. I'm going to the mountains on Saturday, or I'd offer to go on a burger run with you.
Dec 10th 2020, 04:41 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Seabeck

  '08 GSX1300R, '06 GSX-R 750, '16 KTM 690 Duke
Been riding every day...except the weekends. Too much shit to do on the farm lately to go on a pleasure cruise. All the while trying to nurse my new (to me) winter bike back to health. Carbs are still a mystery to me...

Been meaning to go get the tag too but I just don't have it in me anymore.
Dec 10th 2020, 05:39 PM   #6
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  Feb 2016
  Gig Harbor

Still here. SWMBO has us remodeling the master bedroom.

Bought a Ninja 250 and going to run it as a Novice with WMRRA next year. Can't wait.
Dec 10th 2020, 06:24 PM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

  848evo, DRZ400SM, XR100
What's pnwmoto anyway? Oh, ya, it's a motorcycle forum that has pretty much died over the last few years.

I look every now and then to see what's new on the timeline, but......

I haven't even started my bikes in a long time.......

Maybe one of these days I'll go for a ride.....
Dec 11th 2020, 10:29 AM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Northeast Olalla

  07 Guzzi
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Originally Posted by Willow
What's pnwmoto anyway? Oh, ya, it's a motorcycle forum that has pretty much died over the last few years.

I look every now and then to see what's new on the timeline, but......

I haven't even started my bikes in a long time.......

Maybe one of these days I'll go for a ride.....
I'll pop over and collect the poor neglected children.
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Dec 11th 2020, 02:23 PM   #9
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  Feb 2016
  Seattle

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Originally Posted by Willow
What's pnwmoto anyway? Oh, ya, it's a motorcycle forum that has pretty much died over the last few years.

I look every now and then to see what's new on the timeline, but......

I haven't even started my bikes in a long time.......

Maybe one of these days I'll go for a ride.....
I keep a calendar in the garage and I note the last day each bike was started. In the sad months sometimes it is only marked once. Even worse sometimes I forget to keep the tenders on and they get a goose egg.

Sucks living in the windshield of the continent.
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Dec 13th 2020, 02:20 PM   #10
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2019 Nada
I went out yesterday for a little while after lunch. Fek it was cold. Heated grips are uber nice. But the thing with heated grips and insulated gloves is that the glove insulation keeps the heat out. Are there "winter" gloves with thin palms and insulated backs? I also dislike having the bulk of insulation between my palms and fingers and the grips and controls. Can't feel what I'm doing very well. Ya know?
NO HIPPO HANDS. STFU about hippo hands.
Dec 13th 2020, 05:03 PM   #11
 
  Jan 2016
  Gig Harbor

  BMW F650GS / BMW R12R
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Originally Posted by Sentinel
I went out yesterday for a little while after lunch. Fek it was cold. Heated grips are uber nice. But the thing with heated grips and insulated gloves is that the glove insulation keeps the heat out. Are there "winter" gloves with thin palms and insulated backs? I also dislike having the bulk of insulation between my palms and fingers and the grips and controls. Can't feel what I'm doing very well. Ya know?
NO HIPPO HANDS. STFU about hippo hands.
I've had good luck with heated grips, mid-weight gloves (leather with a Gore-Tex liner), and handguards to deflect some wind. This set-up keeps my hands nice and toasty at highway speed and temps down to the low- to mid-30s. I generally don't ride when it's colder than that.

Of course, sport bike riders probably won't want the handguards. The other good way to help keep hands warm is to keep your torso warm. Yesterday I was loving my electric jacket liner under the riding suit.
Dec 14th 2020, 05:28 AM   #12
 Mudslinger's Avatar
 
  Sep 2016
  Seabeck

  Kawasaki Z900RS
Heated gloves. Fuck the heated grips.
Dec 14th 2020, 01:09 PM   #13
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  Jan 2016
  Garden Home

  2012 Versys...'83 BMW R80 RT...Suzuki GS 450t
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Originally Posted by Sentinel
I went out yesterday for a little while after lunch. Fek it was cold. Heated grips are uber nice. But the thing with heated grips and insulated gloves is that the glove insulation keeps the heat out. Are there "winter" gloves with thin palms and insulated backs? I also dislike having the bulk of insulation between my palms and fingers and the grips and controls. Can't feel what I'm doing very well. Ya know?
NO HIPPO HANDS. STFU about hippo hands.
I have a pair of Firstgear gloves with thinsulate on the top and nothing in the palm..made for heated grips...
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Dec 14th 2020, 04:43 PM   #14
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  Jan 2016
  Seabeck

  '08 GSX1300R, '06 GSX-R 750, '16 KTM 690 Duke
I've chastised those with heated gear, grips etc for a long time. After having OE heated grips on a previous bike and coming to appreciate them, I've developed a yearning for heated equipment on my current rides. I'm hoping Santa brings me the jacket liner I've been dreaming about.
Dec 17th 2020, 08:23 PM   #15
 Sentinel's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2019 Nada
I went out today for a ride and an espresso from PO to the ceramics place in GH.
It was warm enough that I was comfortable in my Level 1 (as cold as I'll want to ride) gear.
Heated grips. Check.
I only saw one other rider. He looked like a determined commuter.
What is amazing but you never think about it: how great the insulation factor is in your helmet.
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