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Apr 30th 2020, 10:15 PM   #1
 Riki5156's Avatar
 
  Jun 2018
  LaCenter Washington

  83 Suzuki GS 1100E
Todays ride.

Finally got out after not riding this past winter. My wife had just left with my Dodge diesel and trailer to go pickup compost so I figured dust off the Suzuki GS 1100 and go. Better than shoveling manure. Headed N on 5 and decided to make a short trip of it. I had little less than half tank so I just decided to go as far as castle rock. Made a stop about 25 miles up and decided to sit on the off ramp in the shade and watch traffic a little bit. I spent many years Portland to Seattle so I'm very familiar with I5 traffic.I was surprised to notice only an occasional car or truck go by. So a short trip back I5 and I didn't go to Subway as I usually do because of the social distancing thing. But it was a ride and a nice day too. This year I wont be able to ride every day cause my 40 Buick project takes time but, next ride Yakima and back in one day.
May 1st 2020, 04:05 AM   #2
 ZXtasy's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
Nice old GS
May 1st 2020, 04:50 AM   #3
 Riki5156's Avatar
 
  Jun 2018
  LaCenter Washington

  83 Suzuki GS 1100E
todays ride

Thanks.45,000 miles, all by me.
May 1st 2020, 03:46 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
You must have other bikes to ride, that is only like...1500 miles a year?
May 2nd 2020, 01:25 PM   #5
 Riki5156's Avatar
 
  Jun 2018
  LaCenter Washington

  83 Suzuki GS 1100E
todays ride

I have had a lot of bikes over the years that I flipped but would ride for a month or so. Ive got a lot of hobbies now and in the past that take up my time and I wont ride in the rain. My Suzy has probably been soap and water washed less than ten times. Never been rained on. Just how it is. I've been watching Windy Urtnowski on youtube, a New Jersey rider that rides eveyday that it's not raining. Im going to try to get out more and my next ride is planned for Yakima on the next really nice day. Rich
May 2nd 2020, 08:59 PM   #6
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  Apr 2016
  Molalla

  2009 Aprilia RSVR, 2010 Honda VFR 1200f DCT
another interesting, debated topic; riding in the rain. Some do, some don't is the simple explanation. Do we wanna get into the pro's and con's? Pros: 1) makes you a better rider, all around. If you can confidently manage your machine in the rain with all it's hazards and challenges, you can prolly handle any. 2)it's liberating. How many other riders do you see when you're out/caught in the rain? Not many, by my estimations. 3)Confidence, see #1. 4)more bikes = less cars, rain or shine. 5) people look at you funny when you ride in the rain. Cons: 1) you get wet. 2) you're gear gets wet and takes awhile to dry (i ride to work, and I've had to ride home in wet gear before). 3) the bike gets filthy. Proper cleaning procedures and intervals must be consistent. 4) it's dangerous. No gettin around that. Def danger factor, see Pro's #1. 5) people look at you funny when you ride in the rain.

Be smart, be safe. Ride smart, Ride safe. Live to ride another day.
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