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Greetings & Salivations

Posted 07-25-2008 at 11:36 PM by brisk

I'm new here and I'm a fairly new rider to boot. I've currently got about 700 miles on my first bike, a 2007 H-D Sportster XL883. 280 of those were down to Mount Rainier and back. I went with a few friends on a Sunday about a month ago. It was insanely hot (95+ degrees) but we had a blast.

There's something exhilarating about riding up out of the worst heat wave of the year directly into melting glaciers and snow. The cool air cuts like a knife through your gear and chills you just enough to make you grateful you ignored your buddy's suggestion to take your jacket off.

I know the President of the Washington Road Riders Association, Ian King. He's fond of saying something to the effect of "sweat feels better than road rash". Those words echoed in my mind the entire day we were out there, but

After four hours in the sun I needed to get rid of something or risk heat stroke... so I took off my chaps. I know what you're thinking -- it was my own fault for wearing leather on a hot day, but we have to learn somehow, right?

-jer

Good judgment comes from experience.
Experience comes from bad judgment.
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    Riding out of heat into glacier-chilled wind is an aweseome feeling!!
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    Posted 07-26-2008 at 08:27 AM by beansbaxter beansbaxter is offline
 

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