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Dec 15th 2017, 04:08 PM   #1
 CaptainAwesome's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  WA

  Harley Davidson LR-S
How the riding were you're at?

Just curious as to what it's like for everyone this winter. Still out riding or are you snowed in?


Hasn't been bad in Lynnwood, warm enough but cold enough at night to put ice in the shadows, making things iffy. Yesterday was beautiful though.
Dec 15th 2017, 04:31 PM   #2
 GPD323's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Spanaway

In Spanaway its fine, cold but easily MC friendly. The roads are Ok. I did drive to work 2 days this week due to the ice, but back on the bike Wednesday on.
Dec 15th 2017, 06:48 PM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

  2006 FZ1, 1999 R1
In Portland we can usually ride year round. It doesn’t freeze that often and most days the roads are not slippery even if the nights may be. We get snow just a few times.

I ride my bike to work every day. Commute by bicycle in the summer.
Dec 15th 2017, 07:46 PM   #4
 Rainman's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Bot Hell, WA

  Honda RC51, BMW S1000RR, BMW R1200RT, Suzuki DR650SE
This winter is great for me. I rode my sport touring bike to my RV park in Palm Springs for the winter in October, and after returning here on 12/4 I have now been riding nearly every day. Skies are clear. Temps in the 60's to 80's. Lows in the mornings in the 40's to 60's. Santa Ana winds have generated warnings, but no really bad winds in the valley so far. Life is good.

Pic below is on a 108 mile lunch ride loop to Idyllwild, CA in the San Bernardino NF on Hwy's 243 & 74.
That's Banning, CA down on I-10, and Big Bear in the background. Awesome twisty roads.



Next pic is a vista point on that ride that looks down on Palm Desert in the Coachella Valley.



Last is a picture of the sunrise in my RV Park. I love getting up and walking for an hour each morning to see the sun come up. Inspiring.


Edited by Rainman on Dec 16th 2017 at 10:44 AM
Dec 16th 2017, 09:39 AM   #5
 lazyeye's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Lebanon, OR

  2014 Interceptor, 2012 ZX6R
Cold and frosty, kinda shitty corners because of it. I might get out today because its a balmy 39 degrees.
Dec 16th 2017, 09:45 AM   #6
 SilvieFox's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  2008 Kawasaki Versys (Sylvester), 1972 Suzuki RV90 (vanvan), 1981 Honda TwinStar (Bobber),yamaha 225
still mostly dry up here (except this morning) just cold, been having to turn the heated grip on :O
Dec 16th 2017, 10:23 AM   #7
 
  Jan 2016
  Oregon

  2017 Kaw Ninja 1000 ABS (Z1000SX)
Same for me in SW Portland--Dry and Cold.

Confusing--! Could ride if I wanted to get all bundled up.

I got nuthin' to prove. Batteries are on tenders, Stabil in the tank.

See y'all in March.
Dec 16th 2017, 11:06 AM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Allyn, WA

  '06 HD Street Bob, '85 Yamaha FJ600, '99 Honda CBR600f4
Besides the fact that the bikes are tucked in for the winter, the crap that they are putting on the roads around here is the worst I've ever seen. The cars are turning black and the stuff is just nasty on moving parts. Really glad it isn't getting on the bikes.
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Dec 16th 2017, 01:22 PM   #9
 SilvieFox's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  2008 Kawasaki Versys (Sylvester), 1972 Suzuki RV90 (vanvan), 1981 Honda TwinStar (Bobber),yamaha 225
Quote:
Originally Posted by motoman
Same for me in SW Portland--Dry and Cold.

Confusing--! Could ride if I wanted to get all bundled up.

I got nuthin' to prove. Batteries are on tenders, Stabil in the tank.

See y'all in March.
ya why the yell couldnt it be this way last year when i had to move up here to welches from north portland (i dont mind driving even large/overloaded vehicles but OTHER people can not drive for shit in the snow and people just leave there vehicles in the road
Dec 17th 2017, 10:42 AM   #10
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  Sep 2017
  milwaukie oregon

  rc51 Aprilia rsv
Real real cold in a perfd suit here in Portland but I’m making it happen anyway
Dec 17th 2017, 11:14 AM   #11
 Sentinel's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
they have sprayed a corrosive liquid onto the roads that puts a thick film of goo on everything and causes instant rust on metal parts. it is hard to remove. the thing is, we are breathing that shit, and the rain is pushing it into the water and into the ground where it is going to filter down in to our drinking water. stupid fucks.
Dec 17th 2017, 09:03 PM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  In the past.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sentinel
they have sprayed a corrosive liquid onto the roads that puts a thick film of goo on everything and causes instant rust on metal parts. it is hard to remove. the thing is, we are breathing that shit, and the rain is pushing it into the water and into the ground where it is going to filter down in to our drinking water. stupid fucks.
Salt water - What kind of liquid chemicals does Kitsap County use to treat roads?
Kitsap County uses a chloride (salt) brine diluted with water to 23.3% sodium chloride. Sodium chloride is the safest and most cost- e ective anti-icing product available. https://spf.kitsapgov.com/pw/Documen..._factsheet.pdf

It is corrosive as any chloride but hardly a goo.
Dec 17th 2017, 10:40 PM   #13
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  Ducati Diavel, Triumph Street Twin
Windy and mostly dry, a perfect day for a ride around town.
Dec 18th 2017, 06:21 AM   #14
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
Quote:
Originally Posted by wrecks
... hardly a goo.
Well, a pdf "fact sheet" is interesting, but my own personal real fucking world experience is that the film it creates on vehicles, buildings, and my shoes says different.

And salt is not benign when it gets into your drinking water.

I remember last year I rode my Ninja a couple of times in the mist right after they sprayed that shit and it didn't take a week before I started seeing corrosion on the hardware on the lower half of the bike.

The fact is, like many other industrial things, spraying salt on the roads is fucked up and fuck the people who made that decision.
Dec 18th 2017, 06:30 AM   #15
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  Jan 2016
  Allyn, WA

  '06 HD Street Bob, '85 Yamaha FJ600, '99 Honda CBR600f4
Quote:
Originally Posted by wrecks
Salt water - What kind of liquid chemicals does Kitsap County use to treat roads?
Kitsap County uses a chloride (salt) brine diluted with water to 23.3% sodium chloride. Sodium chloride is the safest and most cost- e ective anti-icing product available. https://spf.kitsapgov.com/pw/Documen..._factsheet.pdf

It is corrosive as any chloride but hardly a goo.
First, salt IS quite corrosive.

Second, this PDF relates to Kitsap County only, not state roads (and it's 13 years old). All my driving is primarily state highways, not county roads, in Kitsap, Mason and Pierce. Hwys 3, 302 and 16 specifically.

Doing some research, it looks as if WA State is trying some "green" alternatives. WSU has one they created that is basically a "fruit juice".

https://news.wsu.edu/insider/2017/10...fferent-color/

This would explain the symptoms we are seeing: ability to see tire tracks on dry pavement, the "glazed" look on rear tires, and the gummy substance left on the car. It would also explain why it cleans off with soap and water so easily.

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Edited by VeritasImageryNW on Dec 18th 2017 at 06:54 AM
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