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This is really getting old. Its almost the middle of March and my driveway is still ice covered. Even if the temps stay above freezing it will take several days before I feel I could get the bike from the garage safely to the street. The good news is that we are expecting warmer temps and rain, so that hopefully the ice will be melted and the sand and salt washed away. But I still won't be surprised if the first ride of this season is not until around April 1st. I'm getting too old to have to see half a year go by without much or any riding. Although I did get out for one ride in January, and two rides in December, for the most part I have not ridden since early November. I hope I still remember that its 1 down and 4 up.
 

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Its a long, wide and sloped driveway that is shared by myself and my neighbor. Every snow storm if gets plowed, but the little bit of snow left on the asphalt gets packed down by vehicles coming and going and before long it is a solid sheet of ice. I might go out and pour a 50 bag of salt and see if that makes a dent. But at 36 degrees today it is still too cold for me to go out riding. I want it at least above 40, and for more than a few hours so that I don't have to worry about shady spots still being ice covered. I learned a long time ago that ice and two wheel vehicles are not a good combination. When I was an MSF instructor, one of the sites we used had the "range" about a mile from where the bikes were stored. My assistant instructor and I would ride the little bikes out, and then get a ride by truck back to the garage. There was a garage right at the range but we were not allowed legally to use it. But one Saturday, at the end of the class, I made the executive decision to leave the bikes in the prohibited garage just for overnight until the all day Sunday class, to save the hassle of ferrying all the bikes back and forth. Well, an unexpected ice storm hit that night and I had to cancel the class, but we still had to get 18 motorcycles back to the regular garage. Riding slowly, with out feet out as outriggers, we were able to ride all the bikes back over the fully ice coated road without any serious damage to any of the bikes or ourselves. Several falls and tipovers, and even the truck driven by my assistant instructor's truck had trouble on the ice, but after over 4 hours of nervous riding we had all the bikes back where they were supposed to be stored. That was the most I ever did of riding on glare ice. Even those little 125cc and 250cc bikes, weighing no more than about 300 pounds, were a challenge to keep upright on that uneven ice over that long a stretch of road. Never again will I do that willingly. That was one of the joys of being an MSF Instructor in those days.
 

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The ice is gone and the sun was out today! Temps in the 50's and I got out for my first ride of the season. Life is good again!
 

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I am SO glad I went out for that ride yesterday, because today we are back into winter. While not super cold, it is in the 30's and wet and feels totally miserable. The weather report is predicting more of the same until about a week from now, so it will be officially Spring by the time it is fit for riding again. But yesterday was great. Unhooked the Battery Tender, added air in the tires (a really challenging job with the Goldwing's rear tire where I have to literally lay on the ground to get to the tire stem), and then the bike started right up. I was out for about an hour and then the sky turned dark so I headed home before the rain started falling. I saw several bikes on the road, which makes sense as this was the first nice day in several months in this area. If I have to wait a week to ride again, I can live with that.
 
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