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posted by [personal profile] csmcdonald at 08:39pm on 02/12/2010
Winter has hit the North Georgia area, temps below freezing at night, high of 52 during the day. This makes motorcycle riding a bit chilly. Since my car is starting to act up a bit, I'd like to ride the bike into work as much as possible, so I've made some purchases to gear up for winter.

First I have a pair of Tourmaster heated gloves on their way to my cold hands - should get here tomorrow. Tonight I stopped by the sporting goods store and found a pair of insulated bib overalls that should keep my legs happy. The windshield should keep my chest comfy enough, I can always layer that up and I may end up buying a heated vest as well, but we'll see how it goes first.

I rode the bike down to FL for Thanksgiving, left home at 6am, hit downtown ATL near 7, figured I'd miss holiday rush that way - nope. Foolishly I opted not to get in the HOV lane when I first hit 85 and ran into a huge slowdown at I-20 and the exit to Turner Field - some sort of event at the stadium or something. Stop & Go traffic is a great deal of fun on a motorcycle especially in a drizzle. After I got past ATL it was a decent ride - straight down I75 for 300 miles - a bit boring but quick at least - the construction throughout south Georgia is mostly finished and traffic was fairly light, even stopping for gas twice and two rest stops to stretch my legs I made it the full 350 miles in about 6 hours - same time I take in the car really.

Visiting with the parents was a bit stressful, it happens. Bought a pair of floorboards for the bike from Dad and a set of cheap hard bags - I'll be going down at Christmas in the car and bring the hard bags home so I can paint them, etc. before I get em on the bike.

Ride home wasn't so hot - bit colder, no big deal, around 52 or so most of the way home. I hadn't noticed that I had neglected to take the bike off of reserve tank at the last fill up though and ran out of gas on the side of I75 5 miles south of the next exit. Fortunately I have roadside assistance through American Motorcyclist (Mako, strongly recommend this, I've had to use it twice and they were awesome, got towed once and gas this time) - that little glitch took an hour (bit chilly sitting there for an hour but no big deal), stopped for breakfast then headed on up the road. I got off the highway south of ATL to take the back roads around so I didn't have to deal with afternoon traffic through downtown on a Saturday afternoon, was able to go to a Huddle House (#36) that I hadn't been to yet and ride on some roads I hadn't been on so that was a win over all.

Here's a pic of the bike in FL with the new floorboards - they make a huge difference in comfort - I was surprised how much of a difference it is.

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