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Old 05-03-2012, 11:28 AM   #1
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Extreme weather!

Now, I know no one in the ADVRider community would be put off by a little rain

What sort of gnarly adventurers would we be?


However, what about thunderstorms? Tornadoes? Hurricanes? Or other (as my local news channel puts it) EXTREME WEATHER!


Where do you draw the line and end the ride?

Or what kind of crazy weather have you said "F*&$ it!" tucked in and ridden through?


P.S. Anyone ever been hit by lightning while riding?

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Old 05-03-2012, 11:32 AM   #2
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Just out of two hours of near black-out rain and lightning.

I only wont ride in very icy conditions.

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Old 05-03-2012, 11:35 AM   #3
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Lightning can stop your ride pretty quickly.

Might fry your ABS servo motor controller, not an ABS failure per se.
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:36 PM   #4
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Lightning can stop your ride pretty quickly.

Might fry your ABS servo motor controller, not an ABS failure per se.
You really are a one trick pony, aren't you?

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Old 05-03-2012, 01:13 PM   #5
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Lightning can stop your ride pretty quickly.

Might fry your ABS servo motor controller, not an ABS failure per se.
I apologize for neglecting the disclaimer! I didn't think the regulars in Perfect Line were as sensitive as folks on the BMW oilheads thread.


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Old 05-03-2012, 01:28 PM   #6
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A smilie will do!

By the way, I'm sure a lightning bolt would fry more than my ABS. Then again, I HAVE been struck by lightning. It kind of sucks, and will blow out your cell phone as well!

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Old 05-04-2012, 08:53 AM   #7
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A smilie will do!

By the way, I'm sure a lightning bolt would fry more than my ABS. Then again, I HAVE been struck by lightning. It kind of sucks, and will blow out your cell phone as well!

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+1. Nothing will give you a healthy respect for lightning like being struck by lightning. I find cover very quickly in a thunderstorm.
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:59 PM   #8
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You really are a one trick pony, aren't you?

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Yes, the same post...over and over and over
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Old 05-03-2012, 01:00 PM   #9
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I'm not scared of riding in bad weather, when it's my time it's my time. Nervous, exhilarated, concerned, excited, yes... But I'd rather die on my bike from a lighting strike than withering away in a hospital bed with someone else wiping my ass anyways.
With that said I don't seek out dangerous riding conditions, but many times find myself without an option, and I don't throw in the towel since there's no good option anyways. Having great gear I can trust to protect me from the elements helps quite a bit too when it comes to riding in foul weather.
Plus extreme weather riding/camping makes for better photos.



On the TAT solo, due to fuel range no choice but to go forward into the storm, no where to hide. Reminded me of that scene from Forrest Gump with capt Dan..... IS THIS THE BEST YOU GOT! COME AND GET ME!!!!















Crossing the Cascade mountains in January, chains required. Gravel on top of ice is a unique riding sensation.








Desert storms are cool.








Riding from Chicago to LA in December through a blizzard.











Camping in Arkansas when a powerful thunderstorm blew over, a tornado 3 miles away that night






Crossing Oklahoma on the TAT during a bad heat wave. 113F with 90% humidity. That one wasn't very enjoyable no matter how I look at it, but I did it.




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Old 05-03-2012, 01:02 PM   #10
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Very nice lost rider!

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Old 05-04-2012, 07:42 AM   #11
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That is a seriously awesome wall cloud LR!. I spent some time on the TAT, solo, but it was only in the 90s..... The lone t-storm I encountered, in New Mexico where you ride up the butte and cross into Colorado, I managed to skirt with no time to spare. Lightening flashing and thunder booming as I rode into Branson. I stopped and watched it pass, just getting damp from the virga.
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:47 AM   #12
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The folks at Ural let me take their solo prototype for a "test" ride down to California. On my way back to Washington I got caught by a blizzard and rode in white out conditions for 65 miles from Chemult to Bend. There were wrecks and spin-outs every few miles and I got a lot of nasty looks from the cops, buy they let me continue.

The most amazing thing is 2 hours later in Washington it was 65 degrees, and I got caught in a dust storm so severe they closed the interstates and it made national news.

South of Chemult, the last time I would see the pavement for several hours.

I grabbed this image off a traffic cam while taking a coffee brake in Sunriver, not ideal riding conditions



Made it to Bend without incident.



Arctic storm to desert storm in a couple of hours, whats the chance of that?


Finally out of the storms, but the dust can be seen in the distance.
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:40 AM   #13
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OT--how was the Ural? Are they selling them yet?
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Old 05-04-2012, 11:19 AM   #14
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OT--how was the Ural? Are they selling them yet?
This and are all Ural's boxers? I never noticed before.
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Old 05-04-2012, 03:45 PM   #15
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This and are all Ural's boxers? I never noticed before.
Yes, all Urals are boxers.
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