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Today it rained in the great NorthWet, to include BC Canada. We got 1.5 inches of rain in 12 hours. I had to tie the Burgman on my back and do a side stroke on the freeway to get to work this morning. Only seen 4 other bikes, including a RED Burgman 650 getting the the freeway at the HOV ramp to I-405 in Juanita WA :cheers: . Visibility was about 1/4 mile. I made it the 41 miles to work with just wet hands and neck. :thumbup: People on the east coast are riding snowballs to work. :D
 

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Should be 85 today 8)
 

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Dave_J said:
Today it rained in the great NorthWet,
And this surprised you? :D
 

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Dave_J said:
Today it rained in the great NorthWet,
And this surprised you? :D
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Dave, if you rode in the rain more, you'd know how to keep your neck and hands dry. :lol: I only got a few drops that made their way past my cracked open visor to hit my face. :toothy2:

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Been raining steadily here in E. WA for about the last 3 hours....saw about 7 riders on the way to work...I'm sure we'll all be enjoying the wet ride home.

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Not wanting you Northwesterners to think you can have it all your own way, I'd like to point out that here in Florida, I too rode into work in the rain today.........not only was it great for the novelty factor, I also got to check out how my new boots were in it.

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Ok, the ride home was drier. But It was flying a kite in the wind. Side gusts at over 45 MPH and light snow flurrys. :D
 

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Ok, the ride home was drier. But It was flying a kite in the wind. Side gusts at over 45 MPH and light snow flurrys. :D
No snow but we had the same crappy wind!

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I started in the dark and pouring rain. Wind was picking up by that time. I kept wondering if the cold feeling I was getting in my boots and then my pants was water, or my imagination. (Imagination this time.) Accidents scattered across the Seattle Metro area, and a couple I rode past. By the time I got to work, those were cleared, but it sounded like on the radio traffic report that new ones took their places.

When I left work, the sun was shining. Temp was up to 50F. Winds had increased to a gale force, but they were behind me and it was smooth sailing. The bike just purred going home.

Went to church in the evening, and as I was putting on my gear to go home, John (fellow rider) comes up to me to tell me about how he got a good chuckle at work. A couple of the men there ride Harleys and were talking about getting their bikes out to ride in the past couple days. They were watching the weather forecast closely for any signs of rain. One felt lucky that he only got caught in a sprinkle. And of course John knows I ride a scooter all year long, not a real motorcycle, no matter how much rain is coming down.

Then someone mentions that it is snowing outside. Nah...can't be. It must be just some hail. That's not fun either. It's like riding on ball bearings. I get out to the bike and find it is snow. Big fluffy white flakes everywhere! Sticking on the ground...and I'm about 10 miles from home.

Did you know RainX doesn't do a thing for your visor when snow hits it? The snow just sticks. I kept trying to wipe it off with my glove, and then peek through the open spots as it immediately began to stick again. It accumulates a lot at freeway speeds too.

I watched the temp guage on the bike drop from 39, to 38, then to 36 and finally 35 on the way home. (Somehow it skipped 37.) Considering it normally seems to read about 3-4 degrees higher than it really is, it means much of the way was at freezing or below.

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For those who like their windshields high so they can look through them, this is what it looked like from the seat. Luckily, I don't look through, but over my windshield.

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So on the first day of spring, I started in the dark in pouring rain and wind. I rode in the middle of the day in sunshine and on dry roads. And I finished the day by riding again in the dark and in the snow.

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Thanks Chris. I had no idea that the temp gauge was just as whacky as the speedo. All this time I thought I was pretty safe from icy conditions at 34 F in a light rain. Gonna keep my eyes open :shock: for that black, shiny stuff too as it seems Winter will just not give up here in the NE. I'm tired of the bad weather here but riding is just as much fun as ever.
 

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Oh how Mother Nature can change her mind. Last night it was warmer, about 45 F and clear when I got on the bike to commute home. Then 25 miles from home it started to hail. Within 2 miles it was about 1 inch thick. That stuff hurts at 70 MPH with the visor lifted a bit. :blackeye:

This morning I left the house, 33 F and roads were clear but damp. Again about 25 miles into the commute, WHITE-OUT snow. Windshield looked worst that Daboo's above.

When you make a 100% commitment to commute by bike it gets hairy at times. :lol:
 

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I took the cage to work today as the forcast is dismall. (Even though they are only right about 25% of the time.)

We will see 6-10 inches more of the white stuff by Sunday night.

Gambit...
 

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I normally just lurk, but I'm not impressed with 1-1/2" over twelve hours.

Here in Am. Samoa, I've seen 75mm/hour (that's 3") for four straight hours, not a cyclone, but a really dense rain cell, and 2"/hour commonplace in the summer (rainy season).

In a wet year, we'll get 10 meters of rain.

Now, THAT's wet! :)
 

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Riding in the snow?
Riding below 50 dF?

I don't know whether to be in awe :shock: , or wonder about yall's sanity :roll:

The winshield photo is impressive though!
 

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I normally just lurk, but I'm not impressed with 1-1/2" over twelve hours.

Here in Am. Samoa, I've seen 75mm/hour (that's 3") for four straight hours, not a cyclone, but a really dense rain cell, and 2"/hour commonplace in the summer (rainy season).

In a wet year, we'll get 10 meters of rain.

Now, THAT's wet! :)
Wow! 10 meters of rain in a year. That's about 390 inches. We are lucky to get 30 inches in Central TX
 

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The sanity question should be asked of Dave for several reasons. :lol: It should be asked of Chris for completely different reasons. :wink:

One the day in question I got up sometime before noon, but not much before. I don't think I went outside all day. I may have taken a nap at some time. My Burgman was ready with a fully charged battery, but I didn't have anywhere I need to go. I definitely did not go to work, as in a place of employment outside of the home. I did do some work inside of my home. :roll:

Ah, retirement. 8)
 

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Retired means tired again. I'm always tired. But in two and 1/2 years, I can re-retire. That will be two retirements. I'm going to be extra tired for sure. :thumbup:

Sanity? I sure miss those thorazine shuffle dazes. Oh I meant DAYS not dazes. :twisted:
 
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