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Old 10-28-2012, 07:42 AM   #41
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I Ride: 2010 BMW 1200GS, 2010 Ducati Monster 1100S, 2011 Yamaha WR250R, 1985 Beta TR32.
I rode 150 miles yesterday and I have a picture to prove it! It rained the whole way.



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Old 10-28-2012, 08:26 AM   #42
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I rode 150 miles yesterday and I have a picture to prove it! It rained the whole way.


Love your bike, the WR'450' is on my shortlist.

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Old 10-28-2012, 09:53 AM   #43
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I Ride: a motorsickle. Cuz I don't wanna eat a pickle.
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They're kind of like a disembowled Tauntaun. If you can stand the smell, they keep you warm during those cool Hoth nights.
rep'd!

I generally ride rain or shine. But ice or snow, no thanks. (I have intentionally ridden in both and I know I could if I had to, but I'd just rather not.)

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Old 10-28-2012, 09:53 AM   #44
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I Ride: 2008 BMW R 1200 GS
My winter riding has evolved. I decades past I rode year round because I had to. Now I ride year round only when I have the time and the energy to suit up and ride around the lower elevations. I've ridden in snow before, and may again, but black ice is suicide without spiked tires

I get a certain satisfaction looking at dumbfounded cage drivers wondering how I do it. I've ridden past cars that slid in the ditch, with drivers scratching their heads as I rode past them. I'd have stopped to help, but frankly, I didn't want to get hit by the next idiot, and I wasn't sure that I'd be able to get going again after pulling over into the deeper stuff.

I'm riding to Oregon in November. I'll post pics of that ride if this thread is still active. With any luck I'll have some proof of absolutely horrible riding conditions.

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Old 10-28-2012, 11:10 AM   #45
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I Ride: 2000 GSX-R 750
Seeing as to how I don't have a car, and I still have errands to run and dr's appointments to get to, I ride year round. No heated anything, but I do have some wet weather gear that my brother gave me from fieldsheer. Not bad so far. Love the looks I get from people when I'm blasting down the freeway and it's wet and dreary. LOL. Anyone know any good tips to keep the inside of the visor from fogging up on cold days, and also to keep the rain and moisture from making it impossible to see when riding? Those rain drops hurt a bunch when you have your visor up cause you can't see through the rain on the visor.

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Old 10-28-2012, 11:11 AM   #46
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Seeing as to how I don't have a car, and I still have errands to run and dr's appointments to get to, I ride year round. No heated anything, but I do have some wet weather gear that my brother gave me from fieldsheer. Not bad so far. Love the looks I get from people when I'm blasting down the freeway and it's wet and dreary. LOL. Anyone know any good tips to keep the inside of the visor from fogging up on cold days, and also to keep the rain and moisture from making it impossible to see when riding? Those rain drops hurt a bunch when you have your visor up cause you can't see through the rain on the visor.
The best winter riding investment you can make IMO (besides waterproof gear) is heated grips. Best $40 ever. If you can keep your hands and head warm, all else seems to follow.

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Old 10-28-2012, 11:13 AM   #47
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I Ride: 1999 Yamaha WR400F Dirt/Sumo
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Seeing as to how I don't have a car, and I still have errands to run and dr's appointments to get to, I ride year round. No heated anything, but I do have some wet weather gear that my brother gave me from fieldsheer. Not bad so far. Love the looks I get from people when I'm blasting down the freeway and it's wet and dreary. LOL. Anyone know any good tips to keep the inside of the visor from fogging up on cold days, and also to keep the rain and moisture from making it impossible to see when riding? Those rain drops hurt a bunch when you have your visor up cause you can't see through the rain on the visor.
If your helmet supports it, get a Pinlock visor and insert. Since I have had a Pinlock, my visor doesn't fog up at all. As for the water on the outside of the visor, turn your head to the side to hopefully get the rain to roll off your visor.

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Old 10-28-2012, 11:17 AM   #48
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If your helmet supports it, get a Pinlock visor and insert. Since I have had a Pinlock, my visor doesn't fog up at all. As for the water on the outside of the visor, turn your head to the side to hopefully get the rain to roll off your visor.
I don't know if my helmets support them. I have a Scorpion Exo 500 and and Scorpion Exo 700. Do you know if they work with those helmets?

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Old 10-28-2012, 11:19 AM   #49
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I Ride: 1999 Yamaha WR400F Dirt/Sumo
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I don't know if my helmets support them. I have a Scorpion Exo 500 and and Scorpion Exo 700. Do you know if they work with those helmets?
I don't think so. If I remember correctly though, there is a company that sells a stick-on insert that does the same thing as a pinlock. Google "fog city insert"

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Old 10-28-2012, 11:47 AM   #50
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You can also use pledge on the inside and outside of the visor. It'll help.
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Old 10-28-2012, 12:13 PM   #51
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I Ride: '08 Versys '82 XJ750J Maxim
I use Plexus for the outside and cat crap on the inside, water just slides right off and no fogging on the inside.


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I have PR3's and Barkbusters on the Versys so I can ride as long as I can throughout the year.
Which Barkbusters you have? I'm considering putting them on my Versys but don't like the idea of the wind pushing levers for me.

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Old 10-28-2012, 12:30 PM   #52
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I Ride: at a speed that allows me to ride again tomorrow GSX650FK8, DL650K5, AN400K7, 2013 WR250R
Seeing that Fall began on Saturday, September 22, 2012, you can put me down for "Fall" because it's almost 60 out and No Rain in sight...

"cover me...I'm going in"

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Old 10-28-2012, 12:36 PM   #53
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I don't know if my helmets support them. I have a Scorpion Exo 500 and and Scorpion Exo 700. Do you know if they work with those helmets?
Every helmet "supports" them, it's just a question of if your helmet brand makes visors with holes pre-cut for the pinlock do-dad. For my Shoei, you can buy a pinlock visor and snap the thing right in. You can always cut the holes yourself...this is what people did before everyone started coming out with pre-cut visors.

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Old 10-28-2012, 01:09 PM   #54
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Which Barkbusters you have? I'm considering putting them on my Versys but don't like the idea of the wind pushing levers for me.
I have the Barkbusters VPS aluminum backbone with the Storm plastics on them.

http://www.twistedthrottle.com/barkb...rsys-650-07-12

The only problem you might run into with the Barkbusters is clearance between the handguards and the windshield (only been a problem between Barkbusters and the Givi windshield)

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Old 10-28-2012, 01:38 PM   #55
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I Ride: Wrapped in leather, poly carbonate, kevlar and carbon fiber, from head to toe.
Yup, ride year round. Need proof? Just watch the tag threads.

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Old 10-28-2012, 01:42 PM   #56
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I have the Barkbusters VPS aluminum backbone with the Storm plastics on them.

http://www.twistedthrottle.com/barkb...rsys-650-07-12

The only problem you might run into with the Barkbusters is clearance between the handguards and the windshield (only been a problem between Barkbusters and the Givi windshield)
Crud, I've got the Givi windshield!

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Old 10-28-2012, 01:49 PM   #57
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Crud, I've got the Givi windshield!
The only problem will be at full lock (which you should almost never need)

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Old 10-29-2012, 01:06 PM   #58
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What kind of MPG drop are you all looking at with the winter fuel blend / cold weather etc.?

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Old 10-29-2012, 02:08 PM   #59
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I Ride: Yamaha V-Star 1100 Custom
<--- Rides year round.

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Old 10-29-2012, 03:57 PM   #60
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I rode Bald Peak today, there were some slippery spots, but still fun. I would ride in the rain, but can't afford Rain gear right now.






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