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Couldn't take it anymore!!

The sunshine today made me want to ride. Left work early to get on the saddle. Beautiful 45 degree day, with snow still on the the side of the road.

Now that I got my first ride of the year in, she most likely will stay in the garage until there is no snow, and over 50 degrees!! Even with thinsulate gloves, my fingers still hurt trying to type this!

All joking aside, my first reactions to my new to me Suzuki Volusia 800:

1st-Very nice throttle response and will get to 50mph in no time.
2nd- the brake pedal is a little large for my big foot. I think floorboards will solve my problem.
3rd-riding without a windshield is not advisable in sub 50 temps. My nips are about to fall off
4th-I love these New England roads and views!
5th-Love my new to me VL800 and look forward to putting many more miles on it in the spring and summer! Fits my 6'2" frame just fine, and the stock seat is pretty comfortable.
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Glad you had a good time! Winter riding requires a windshield and lowers to limit wind exposure.


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Great....most of all, glad you had a safe ride.

I can head East or West, it doesn't matter as long as it's on 2 wheels.
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was attempting day to get out for a ride...local roads look pretty sandy...shame...decided to hang out and get things done that should have gotten done last weekend when I took that opportunity to get out and ride in those 50 degree temps. Overall...warm enough today and found myself second guessing my decision to work instead of play...theres always tomorrow I guess.

Whats the big hurry...slow down and enjoy the ride!

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where in mass you located...

Whats the big hurry...slow down and enjoy the ride!

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Hey you have my bike !!! Actually only thing is the same color lol. I got to ride 9-5 last weekend, got up to almost 70. Had a ball, enjoy your scooter I am.

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Make sure after riding these salted roads up here in Mass you rinse it down good afternoon and get all the salt off.

You'll regret it in the spring if you don't.

Glad you got out.

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the chrome will begin to pit very quickly otherwise...learned the hard way a few years back on a previous bike.

Whats the big hurry...slow down and enjoy the ride!

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Thanks for the tips! I'll wash it when I get home from work tomorrow. I just now saw your post and it's kind of late tonight.

DC, I live in Northfield. Right next to the NH and VT border. I can throw a stone into NH, and if I throw really hard, maybe hit VT. Lol.

I also learned that you get quite of bit of looks from pedestrians in this cold temps. Seeing me bundled from head to toe with thinsulate was probably a sight to see. They were probably thinking, why does he even bother. If they could only see my smile behind my helmet, they would understand. Lol
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Two quick tips for washing bikes this time of year (especially):
"1. DON'T wash your bike when the engine or pipes are hot.
Hot metal and cold water aren't the best friends and spraying your bike with cold water right after you've ridden the hell out of it is not a very smart thing to do. Basic physics teaches us that when hot, metal parts expand, returning to the same dimensions as they cool down. Sudden temperature changes may damage metal parts or their finish and fixing this can be quite costly.

Well, how about hardening, you might ask. Well, metal hardening procedures follow certain rules closely in terms of initial temperature, cool-down, and so on. Hardening or tempering metal parts is a science-based industrial process, unlike washing a bike. The reactions that take place during the hardening process have nothing to do with the most unscientific way you douse your hot engine in cold water.

In extreme cases engine blocks may crack, or their finish may suffer. The same goes for the hot pipes, and acting too hastily may damage the chrome, nickel coating.

DO wait a bit before you spray cold water on your bike. Several minutes won't make a big difference in your day's schedule, but they can help you stay out of trouble."
2. Try to refrain from this:



Glad you got out to ride!



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