Author Topic: Winter ride.  (Read 1044 times)

Offline wilcom

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Winter ride.
« on: January 22, 2018, 12:22:45 PM »
I joined a local "MeetUp group"  as most of my riding buddies have either passed or don't get out much anymore. It's about 60 members strong and led by a Fellow with a BMW GS1200. He's a pleasure to ride with as he has rock solid lines  and doesn't run off and hide from the "old guy" on the "little bike". :)
We started with just 4 members signed up for the ride and as the temps fell the day before so did the attendee's. By that night i was the only one still signed up to go. Whether  brave or stupid I planned on being there. The night before I checked the temp at Onyx summit at 11PM and it was 6 degrees. The smart money is on stupid.............

The planned ride would take us from Murrieta Ca.(elevation 1100) to Idyllwild CA (elevation  6000) Then back down the other side to the valley and back up in the mountains to Big Bear, Ca (elevation 7200) and to get to Big Bear you cross Onyx Summit at 8400 ft.. Temps were predicted to be 35 degrees at the higher elevations.

I was doing fine until my heated gloves gave out at the 3/4 way mark, 5000 ft on the way up to Big Bear. I had to call it quits at that point. temps were going to drop to 20 degrees at the summit and unfaired my hands were not going to make it so I packed it in. All in all it was a fun day. The R65 ran like a champ and never missed a beat in the 150-200 miles it went..

Pictures are at the coffee stop in Idyllwild. The pick up is show the snow dusting that it got the night before. The others are at a scenic spot in the foothills on the way up to Big bear
Joe Wilkerson
Telephone man with a splash of Data
Menifee, CA

Present:
1984 BMW R65LS "Herr Head"
1982 BMW R65LS 
past:
1979 R65
1980 R65
1982 R80RT
1974 R90/6
1972 R75
1964 R50/2
19xx R27
ZX-11

Offline Bob_Roller

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Re: Winter ride.
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2018, 02:21:55 PM »
You've got some great roads in your area Joe !!!

I don't ride much more than to work and back, when the temps get below 45 F,  7 C .

After living in a low desert for 25 years, I don't do cold anymore !!! 8-)

" Dead of winter here ', 37 F, 3 C this morning .
« Last Edit: January 22, 2018, 02:23:31 PM by Bob_Roller »
'81 R65
'82 R65 LS ?
'84 R65 LS
'87 Moto Guzzi V65 Lario
'02 R1150R
Riding all year long since 1993 .
I'll give up my R65, when they pry my cold dead hands from the handlebars !!!!!

Offline wilcom

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Re: Winter ride.
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2018, 02:38:24 PM »
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You've got some great roads in your area Joe !!!

California is motorcycle Heaven. If you stay out of the mountains you can ride all year round. You have the climate we have the roads.
Joe Wilkerson
Telephone man with a splash of Data
Menifee, CA

Present:
1984 BMW R65LS "Herr Head"
1982 BMW R65LS 
past:
1979 R65
1980 R65
1982 R80RT
1974 R90/6
1972 R75
1964 R50/2
19xx R27
ZX-11

Offline Billmc

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Re: Winter ride.
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2018, 11:45:58 AM »
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You've got some great roads in your area Joe !!!

California is motorcycle Heaven. If you stay out of the mountains you can ride all year round. You have the climate we have the roads.

We have both here in Gods Country of the Texas Hill Country and very little traffic! Come on over for a ride ;)
1987 R65 Silver

Offline Justin B.

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Re: Winter ride.
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2018, 09:38:22 PM »
Oklahoma has a couple of nice twisty roads, too.
Justin B.

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