Extreme weather!

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Thanantos, May 3, 2012.

  1. Thanantos

    Thanantos Ride hard.

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

    What sort of gnarly adventurers would we be? :pynd


    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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  2. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Just out of two hours of near black-out rain and lightning.

    I only wont ride in very icy conditions.

    Jim :brow
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  3. lemieuxmc

    lemieuxmc Banned

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    Lightning can stop your ride pretty quickly.

    Might fry your ABS servo motor controller, not an ABS failure per se. :1drink
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  4. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    You really are a one trick pony, aren't you? :rolleyes

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  5. Thanantos

    Thanantos Ride hard.

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    Yes, the same post...over and over and over :rofl
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  6. Lost Rider

    Lost Rider Roadie

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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.:evil



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

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    Desert storms are cool.
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    Riding from Chicago to LA in December through a blizzard.
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    Camping in Arkansas when a powerful thunderstorm blew over, a tornado 3 miles away that night
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    Crossing Oklahoma on the TAT during a bad heat wave. 113ºF with 90% humidity. That one wasn't very enjoyable no matter how I look at it, but I did it.

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  7. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Very nice lost rider!:clap

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  8. klaviator

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    I only ride on nice warm sunny days.

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  9. lethe

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    Does the 1/4 inch of snow you guys get down south even count? :lol3
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    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. :annie


    ADVISORY WARNING!
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  11. Kent Glasscock

    Kent Glasscock Been here awhile

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    Ice and snow is what will keep me off the roads. Luckily, where I live, it doesn't really happen. I learned riding in the snow on my Shadow 750 doesn't handle to well. A snow storm came while at work and I rode home with the bike in first gear and my legs hanging out for 13 miles. Looked and felt like an idiot. The rain I don't mind as long as I can see alright. I've hit some bad storms with the lightning and thunder. One time traffic came to a stop in SC and bolt of lightening hit just to the right of me in the woods. That's the closest I've been. I especially enjoy it when it's raining so hard, cars are pulled off to the side of the road waiting for the storm to subside. That happened in Florida last year. I was mainting 60 in a driving storm while the cars were parked as if I was some important person. Most likely they were saying, "look at that dum ass." The summer storms in the South are just awesome. Luckily, no tornados yet.
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  12. JimVonBaden

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    A smilie will do!:evil

    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!:cry

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  13. klaviator

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    We get a reasonable amount of snow in the higher elevations. We even have a ski area in Alabama:huh

    BTW, I have done more riding in the snow in GA and AL than I did when I lived in OH, MI, and ME.
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  14. LittleRedToyota

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    we don't get hurricanes or tornadoes around here. but, if we did, i'd probably be inclined to try to avoid riding in them.

    other than that, the only thing i have any reservations about riding in is extreme heat/humidity. i can take all kinds of cold all day long...i don't mind riding in snow and ice or (non-tornado) wind or rain/thunderstorms...but my body just does not handle extremely hot and humid conditions well, so i tend to avoid joy riding on such days (though i still commute on my bike on those days).
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  15. klaviator

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    I lived in Maine for four years. I made it a point to get out and ride at least once (usually more) every month of the four winters I was there. The weather really wasn't all that extreme, (usually low 30s but as low as around 15), but I almost never saw anyone else out riding......and here I was with Florida tags on my bikes:rofl
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  16. GoGoGavin41

    GoGoGavin41 Isn't this that guy?

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    Got caught in some fairly large hail going up through the mountains on 81 in VA last year. Saw a few that almost looked cherry sized hit the front of the bike, I was worried my visor would get cracked (which it thankfully didn't). I would have pulled over under an overpass but cars had already begun stopping on the shoulder and even in the right hand lane to shield themselves :eek1. I knew I was moving perpendicular to the direction of the storm so I just pinned it and got out after a few miles. All in all not horrible, especially considering I was in my summer gear and the temp dropped to about 50 (far too cold for the gear I was wearing).
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    Usually does because it never comes without a 1/2" of ice underneath it.

    I have ridden through snow because thats the only way I could get where I was going, but as little as we get here I prefer to stay out of it.

    As for rains, wind and lightning, I try to stay out of the lightning but again, sometimes you just got to ride because theres no other option.
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  18. Thanantos

    Thanantos Ride hard.

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    The mental visual of this is awesome :rofl

    But, its what I would do if stuck in a snow storm. Guess I need to get better at winter/snow riding.

    Lost Rider....YOU ARE THE MAN!
    Great pics. I bet there are some great stories to go along with them.
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  19. klaviator

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  20. Wuwei

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    I don't ride on ice and snow if I can help it. I did ride all day (450 miles) on the interstate in a full gale, with winds in the 40 mph range most of the day, gusting to 50-60. Some of the gusts were strong enough that me and my bike were lifted and moved sideways into the other lane, so I tried not to ride near other vehicles. It was strange to be riding in a staightish line while leaned way over into the wind. The only way to do it was by lying flat on the tank, curled up behind the fairing as much as possible. Of course, there was also torrential rain off and on that flooded the highway inches deep. Another time I rode only about 30 miles in a rain/hailstorm that had most of the cars pulling off the road. The main problem I had was that the engine cooled down so much that it lost a bit of power. The hail was thick enough to accumulate like snow on the road.

    My rule is to avoid bad weather if possible by observing forecasts and skirting around whatever I can, but if I do get caught my inclination is to plod on no matter what. I've never been stopped yet.
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