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A cold but rewarding rideout today


rob m
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Today is the first of 3 days annual leave and as I had 3 hours to spare I ventured out for a little ride on the fireblade today. Managed to cover 100 miles which was cool. Fook me it was cold though. First things first, my battery needed a little help to start the bike:


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Once going, I rode to Redhill Aerodrome for a cup of tea and some lunch:


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After that I burnt it to Brighton down the B roads that I love, ending up at my usual place for a cup of coffee:


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I realised that I had to pick my son up from school so hacked it back home via Arundel castle:


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The bike performed brilliantly despite being sat doing nothing since October. I managed to get home and get changed with 5 minutes to spare before picking up the boy from school in the car. Looking forward to going out again tomorrow :D

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I've been riding all through the winter to commute to work (could be because i'm on a 125, or my 125 can cope a little better with the abuse.. or I just hate the buses) and the weather recently has been a lot better in comparison to last month, nice to see other bikers out on my way to work the other day when there was actually some sun shine (still cold as hell).


Unless i'm commuting to work or going out for a reason then I haven't really (thus far) entertained the idea of going out just to ride.. probably just because of the poor weather, roll on the summer.

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I've been riding all through the winter to commute to work (could be because i'm on a 125, or my 125 can cope a little better with the abuse.. or I just hate the buses) and the weather recently has been a lot better in comparison to last month, nice to see other bikers out on my way to work the other day when there was actually some sun shine (still cold as hell).


Unless i'm commuting to work or going out for a reason then I haven't really (thus far) entertained the idea of going out just to ride.. probably just because of the poor weather, roll on the summer.

 

I would have waited until the warmer weather but I was craving it today. I do miss when I'm not out on the bike. I did the 'commuting in all weathers' gig for years and don't miss it in the slightest. I prefer a warm car these days :D

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Nice one Rob.

Yesterday was lovely this way on, but my Daughter and Granddaughter were round for the day.

Didn't help when a mate texted me to let me know I had missed a cracking 5 hours ride out grrrrr

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:stupid:

Me too Rob......stopped wearing that T-shirt a long time ago..... :wink: Sitting at a set of lights flexing your jacket to get the ice to fall off it because the road spray had frozen to it was not my idea of fun......those days are well behind me now..... 8-)

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I did the 'commuting in all weathers' gig for years and don't miss it in the slightest. I prefer a warm car these days :D

 

Don't think I'd cope with having to stare at the bike and not being able to use it, although I'd defiantly pick the car (if insurance wasn't so sky high for first time drivers, and I had one) on some of the colder and more icy road days, heating and music.. I wish.

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I did the 'commuting in all weathers' gig for years and don't miss it in the slightest. I prefer a warm car these days :D

 

Don't think I'd cope with having to stare at the bike and not being able to use it, although I'd defiantly pick the car (if insurance wasn't so sky high for first time drivers, and I had one) on some of the colder and more icy road days, heating and music.. I wish.

 

I've been there too, I didn't have a choice when I was younger, just had to get on with it as I couldn't afford a car. It made me a decent rider though, never had an off even in dangerous conditions. Commuted for more than 10 years, into Central London and other places. I didn't use a car regularly until I was 34 but being able to listen to some music and to be warm soon seemed a very attractive option.


It's not all rosy driving a car though. I did this a couple of years ago driving to work in the winter:


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Lucky to walk away from that one. It pays never to get complacent!

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Do aim to get my car license out the way after I've done my A2 and have a reliable bigger bike to use just to help bring down costs in the future.


Jesus, I've come close with a few wobbles in high winds but thankfully have avoided an off thus far.


Not sure what it's like inside a car but I just keep my visor open and it soon wakes me up, never liked having my visor closed (unless snow, wind or rain) just feels to cosy and easy to get distracted.

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Dry roads and a clear sky is what I want and you can get that a lot in the winter. Just wrap up warm. :cheers:

 

Absolutely. Plenty of layers and decent winter gear will ensure a great day out. Lots of tea breaks help too!

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I did the 'commuting in all weathers' gig for years and don't miss it in the slightest. I prefer a warm car these days :D

 

Don't think I'd cope with having to stare at the bike and not being able to use it, although I'd defiantly pick the car (if insurance wasn't so sky high for first time drivers, and I had one) on some of the colder and more icy road days, heating and music.. I wish.

 


Try the BMW R1200RT with heated grips and seat, radio and CD player.

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