Yer my bike had a little bimble today approx 25 miles in total, still keeping it local ish atm.After the long cold winter my R1200R saw the light of day for the first time in over 3 months, the battery bearly had enough juice to turn the engine over but luckily started first time. What a joy to ride on dry roads and in the sunshine. No where special, just to fill the tank at Sainsburys in South Woodham a 25 mile round trip.
Uhm, I have heard many reports from friends that dose #2 can come with side effects. Varies significantly in severity, but one friend was down with a 102f fever for 2 days, not fully recovered for 4 days, and another just had all-over body aches the day after...All I know is tomorrow, I am riding across town, to the vaccine clinic, to get The #2 Jab. Then I am heading up the coast for a 3 day corner fest.
Rain or shine, I am going!
That ride does not sound fun. Grips should not be cutting out.Today I decided to prove I'm not old enough to know better. I checked local and destination weather and worst reported was 7mph winds 35F rising, partly cloudy. So I set off for a 120 mile round trip to get my second plague vaccine (no pfizer was available closer). Started great, getting some lean angle on the ramp, little gusty on the bridges, but not bad. Once I passed the Westfield exit, with no more options to pull off or reverse, temps started dropping. 6 miles later some light flurries, no big. Then the highway went full wet and soon it was sleet/freezing rain. Starting to think I made a bad decision about now. 12ish miles after Westfield it changed to real snow and the temp was down to 27F. The last few miles down hill to Lee I hit a couple brief patches of black ice. Hard to describe the super spooky feeling when there is zero traction under your tires. No throttle, brake or steering inputs and stay relaxed, you still feel some tiny movements of the bike kind of sliding. Hope the wind doesn't gust while you're gliding on ice. Did I mention the wind was gusting to 30 - 40 mph on bridges and hill peaks?
Definitely thinking this was a bad idea now. Thinking of my friend that rides his GS in snowy weather regularly, but not on the turnpike. Arriving with no drama I get my shot, and text the wife I made it safely and everything is ok so she doesn't worry. Wait a while as my appointment was at 10AM hoping for clearing weather and some added warmth. By 11AM there was some sun, and the parking lot was drying a little.
On my return there was nearly always at least a narrow dry strip from the semi truck tires, but still less than ideal conditions, temps of 31F ish. By the time I got back to Westfield the skies were clearing and temps were above freezing again and rising.
Are the heated grips supposed to cut out after a certain amount of time, and only come back on after the bike has been off for a while? Not the happiest time to lose heated grips honestly.
So I saved a ton of gas not taking my monster truck. And I can still make bad decisions with the best of them. Still, it was better than being stuck in a car for a couple hours.
Three times now I have used the heated grips for longer rides and they give me maybe 1.5 hrs or a little more, then die. I tried just turning the bike off and on, no luck it needs to be off for at least .25 hour. I'll have to check with Max and see what they say.That ride does not sound fun. Grips should not be cutting out.
Thank you Neill. Cold with snow flurries here today. But not as cold as you have. Lucky with that day out yesterday.SteveJH
That's one mighty handsome motorcycle you have there SteveJH. Very classy and understated with the spoked wheels and the wee flyscreen setting off the classic paint very nicely.
I also usually take my bike out for its first ride on or around April 1st but have been working and unable to find the time to do so. Forecast is for snow and minus 3* tonight (in Aberdeen) and for the next few days, meaning the roads will be covered in salt and grit for the next week!
Anyway, great bike and I enjoyed reading your write-up and fotos. I was reminded of a columnist I used to read when I saw your numberplate! LJK Setright was a freelance writer who wrote a column in a bike magazine I remember from the late 70's/80's - I bought 4 bike mags a month back then and read everything I could get my hands on about motorbikes. I think it was BIKE magazine (the one with OGRI inside the back page) that he wrote for and I thought he was very knowledgeable and articulate. He always seemed to me to be ahead of his time, praising the Japanese for their wonderful engines and engineering but lamenting the woeful chassis and narrow wheel rims they used at that time. I would imagine he would have approved of your BMW and its telelever front end and the relatively simple but efficient air cooled flat twin engine.
The pubs in England opened today. But, you have to sit outside and it is bloody cold. Still having snow in places in the south (Oxford), and this eastern coast is freezing due to the north-easterly wind blowing off a very cold North Sea. The NS doesn't warm up until September !I can’t imagine an England without its pubs being open - or a Union Jack without St Andrew’s Cross (I wonder if that might precipitate a more appropriate flag for us colonials).