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Old 11-26-2012, 08:49 AM   #21
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From: Pennisula backroads
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I Ride: a cruzzer
Used to work at Casinos and commuted on the 14 in the early early morning. It was great being able to unleash the Beast in certain stretches.(Deer & LEO free..,) Ice forming on bike and helmet...,not so great.
Actually centerpunched a raccoon one night, by Cheney Stadium on a Ninja 250 !
Didnt have any power to come out of the following speed wobble. So traded it in on the 14 within the week.

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Old 11-26-2012, 12:45 PM   #22
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I Ride: because I can.
I dodge deer during day light hours too. Squished a raccoon during daylight hours too. Damn things are every where. Still ... I do like night rides.

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Old 11-26-2012, 02:48 PM   #23
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Ah, I must interject a notion here...have been away from the forum for quite a spell, I do commute to work in NE PDX from Molalla on a regular basis (downpours notwithstanding, cleaning my gixxer is a beeotch), and considering that I work the 430-till-we're-finished shift, thats PM to AM, I get a lot of night riding in. And I must say, besides the normal, everyday challenge of managing the hazards of riding, riding at night really has its own set of dangers and challenges. It also offers its own rewards. Yes, I've had close encounters of the furry kind, but they are few and far between, but I still keep the speeds reasonable, tho I think hitting a 100+ lb deer at 50 prolly isn't much diff from hitting one at 80, damage and injury wise. But the PoPo to cager ratio is a lot higher at night, another reason to quell the urge to roll on.

Seeing the moon on a cool autumn night, breaking out the heated gear and layering up, its a nice change from sweating and baking in the summer heat. Not having to wave back at all the fair weather riders, basking in the solitude of good music, the rush of the engine and exhaust note, knowing that cagers must think i'm crazy bein out on a "day like this", challenging and sharpening my riding skills by getting out of my "comfort zone", trying to explain to my co-workers that its not as cold as you mite think, listening to them all hem and haw over how "rich" i am cuz i have heated gear, see the wonderment in their eyes over the wires and cords flowing from my gear, gently rolling on the throttle in a rainstorm, feeling the tires "hook up" in the water, passing slow cagers in that same rainstorm, blowing by them with a sense of confidence that no cager can know....

sorry, dint mean to run long here, but I ride for the theraputic benefits. If I dont ride, I get irritable, crabby, down...so I ride to work, regardless of the weather, enjoy the performance of my machine, the great gas mileage, the pure fun of riding, doing something out of the ordinary. Its what helps me think that i'm a bit different from everyone else. Am I the only one?

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Old 11-26-2012, 03:46 PM   #24
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I Ride: a cruzzer
Nope! we special....,

I too, get some kind of satisfaction from riding in bad weather. As long as I can ride fairly empty roads that is.
Maybe its because I work outdoors in nasty conditions.....,I dunno.

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Old 11-26-2012, 04:04 PM   #25
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Special as in "short bus" special? Thats funny, I could see how one would interpret us bad weather riders as such. I take pride in riding in less than ideal conditions, albeit at nite, rain, what-have-you. . Sa'll good out there if you take the proper precautions

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Old 11-27-2012, 05:16 AM   #26
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Special as in "short bus" special? Thats funny, I could see how one would interpret us bad weather riders as such. I take pride in riding in less than ideal conditions, albeit at nite, rain, what-have-you. . Sa'll good out there if you take the proper precautions
Isn't your gixxer that limited edition short bus yellow one?

How ya been?

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Old 11-27-2012, 05:42 AM   #27
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I Ride: for fun!...and for friends who are no longer with us.
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When it comes to fog, people with glasses really can't win. You can't wipe fast enough to clear your visor. Lifting your visor is pointless because your glasses collect water instead. You can't drive too slow because some jackass will hit you from behind. So you squint and make do and hope you don't land in the ER.


I just learned this week that removing the breathe guard in my helmet goes a long way in keeping my glasses from fogging up at stop lights...even with the visor and face vent closed. The helmet didn't come with a chin curtain so that no doubt helps as well.

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Old 11-27-2012, 06:45 PM   #28
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Full moon tonight. Just saying.

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Old 11-27-2012, 07:01 PM   #29
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I've ridden the length of Route 6 countless times after hours. I'm not bothered by visibility or wildlife. Just very wary of the Oregon and Washington drivers towing their RV, boat, ATVs etc.. Considering alot of them seem unable to handle that route during daylight hours.

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