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Headed from Chicago to El Paso, TX on a motorcycle #4623877
01/04/18 02:46 PM
01/04/18 02:46 PM
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mrsilv04 Offline OP
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Last night, I'm headed home from work. It's winter in Illinois. There's snow on the ground, the temperature was 11, and the Wind Chill was -5.

I drive by the Best Western, and there's a motorcycle parked in front of it.. with snow on the tires.




I had to get pictures, and actually got to talk to the guy.

He had started in the north suburbs of Chicago, and was headed to El Paso, TX.

He was hoping to get south of the snow (which I'm guessing that the line is probably somewhere between St. Louis and the Arkansas border) by the end of the day today. He was running Gerbing's heated gear from head to toe, and told me that he was doing fine.

He said he was planning on getting back on the road at 10am this morning, when the temperature would be back up to around 0. The low here last night was -10.

Wow.


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Re: Headed from Chicago to El Paso, TX on a motorcycle [Re: mrsilv04] #4623882
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Some people are just crazy, but it's the good kind of crazy.


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Re: Headed from Chicago to El Paso, TX on a motorcycle [Re: mrsilv04] #4623902
01/04/18 03:07 PM
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Nice! Good for him. Heated gear has to be the way to go for these temps!

Re: Headed from Chicago to El Paso, TX on a motorcycle [Re: mrsilv04] #4623904
01/04/18 03:10 PM
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Where the wind comes sweepin'
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Where the wind comes sweepin'
It's a blast to ride in cold weather if you have the right gear. Good luck to him!

Re: Headed from Chicago to El Paso, TX on a motorcycle [Re: mrsilv04] #4623919
01/04/18 03:25 PM
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Thatís beyond stupid.


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Re: Headed from Chicago to El Paso, TX on a motorcycle [Re: mrsilv04] #4623944
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A true Motorcyclist. With the proper gear and skills to match, riding in Winter can be fun. Good for him. cool

Re: Headed from Chicago to El Paso, TX on a motorcycle [Re: Starman2112] #4623982
01/04/18 04:16 PM
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n.c.
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Originally Posted By: Starman2112
Thatís beyond stupid.


Exactly...0 degrees or below, on snow and ice. Not so much about the cold though I would never do it in those temps, it's about traction or the lack thereof !

Last edited by gman2304; 01/04/18 04:16 PM.
Re: Headed from Chicago to El Paso, TX on a motorcycle [Re: mrsilv04] #4623986
01/04/18 04:18 PM
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I wonder how hard it was to start again......


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Re: Headed from Chicago to El Paso, TX on a motorcycle [Re: Linctex] #4623998
01/04/18 04:27 PM
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Originally Posted By: Linctex
I wonder how hard it was to start again......


It's a current model RT. If it has the speced oil and a good battery, it should start fine.

Re: Headed from Chicago to El Paso, TX on a motorcycle [Re: mrsilv04] #4624008
01/04/18 04:39 PM
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I rode a bicycle in winter in NE, if that is all you gots, it is not crazy brother, it is your only option.


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Re: Headed from Chicago to El Paso, TX on a motorcycle [Re: mrsilv04] #4624009
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He is brave to attemp that long ride in such bad weather.

Hope he stays safe on his trip.

Re: Headed from Chicago to El Paso, TX on a motorcycle [Re: gman2304] #4624011
01/04/18 04:40 PM
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Originally Posted By: gman2304


Exactly...0 degrees or below, on snow and ice. Not so much about the cold though I would never do it in those temps, it's about traction or the lack thereof !

Agree, cold is not as big issue with heated gear and windscreen, but the snow and ice, no thanks.
I rode to work today, ~25įF, no heated gear, just 2 jackets, 2 pair of pants, neoprene face mask, full helmet, boots, and some cheap gloves.
My hands were freezing, I need real winter gloves, but otherwise, not bad (but only a 15 minute ride, not a muti day ride like the guy in the OP).


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Re: Headed from Chicago to El Paso, TX on a motorcycle [Re: mrsilv04] #4624012
01/04/18 04:41 PM
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Freakin' beemer pilots... some serious hard core riders in that crowd. Respect.

Conditions beyond my abilities and desire.



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Re: Headed from Chicago to El Paso, TX on a motorcycle [Re: Mr Nice] #4624014
01/04/18 04:42 PM
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Oshawa, Ontario Canada
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I think the guy is nuts since you can also have snow and ice fly off the roofa of semi trucks and cars that don't clean snow off properly.


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Re: Headed from Chicago to El Paso, TX on a motorcycle [Re: mrsilv04] #4624086
01/04/18 05:59 PM
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El Paso is not warm this time of year either. Downright chilly.

We have even had ice and snow in Austin.


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