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Get Ready for Winter in the Midwest
Is it almost winter already? Seems like our riding season here in the Upper Midwest is never long enough and many of us will call it quits any day now. And that means thinking about preparation and storage of our bikes for the winter. Many local shops offer winter prep and storage and we've compiled a list for your reference (click here for list
). If you elect to do the work yourself, here is a comprehensive “To Do” list shared with us by our good friends at Motoworks Chicago:
1. Drain the Carburetors
2. Prevent Fuel-Tank Corrosion
3. Ensure A Happy Battery
4. Finish Care
5. Coddle Your Engine
6. A Break for Your Brakes
7. Check Your Coolant
8. Retire Your Tires?
9. If It Moves...
10. Cover Up
11. Get Ready for Spring
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If you do ride in the cold There are a number of ways you can make your ride more pleasant. Local Moto Hub was recently provided the opportunity to try out heated gear from Powerlet and we can honestly say “we were Wowed”. The product is incredibly well-designed from the standpoint of both form and function. From the function perspective, the RapidFIRe product is built on a “Carbon Nano-Fiber Core” which allows the liner to be very thin and lightweight. In addition, this technology (according to Powerlet) provides a deeper more penetrating heat than that produced by electrical wires. From our experience we were able to notice a very even, whole body warming . As for form, we were comfortable wearing it as an outer garment into an upscale sports bar after a 350 mile test ride. The jacket has no wire lines and its controls and connecting wire can be neatly stored out of sight, making the jacket quite appealing. And you have to love their tag line: " ...because you're out of your element, not out of your mind." Read entire product review
We also found a few tips for gearing yourself up for cold weather riding from Basem Wasef from About.com: Motorcycles. read Basem's article
Bionic Woman remixed In the late ‘70’s show, Lindsay Wagner starred as a tennis pro injured in a skydiving accident who gets a stronger right arm and very fast legs. 2012’s version stars real life Zac Vawter, who lost his right leg in a motorcycle accident. Thanks to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Zac has a bionic leg he can control with his thoughts. Zac climbed the Willis Tower to further test the prosthesis as part of SkyRise Chicago. WOW! Read Zac's story
Unusual bike travels from northern Wisconsin to Germany for show
Doc Hopkin's Harley-Davidson's Timeline motorcycle is going on its longest road trip yet - all the way from Bonduel, WI, to the Essen Motor Show, one of the largest motor shows in the world. Hopkins built the 10-seat, seven-engine Timeline motorcycle in seven months in 2009. It's 25 feet long, seats 10 people and weighs approximately 3,000 pounds without riders. The Timeline motorcycle has all seven engine models the Harley-Davidson motorcycle company has ever used, from the F-Head IOE engine in use from 1909-1929, to the current Twin Cam (Flathead). Hopkin says he's ridden the contraption on long trips using just the rear (and most modern) motor. It takes a 60-foot turning radius, just like a semi truck would. Read more about this remarkable motorcycle
What's with the naked riders and motorcycles? If you missed last month's newsletter, here's a link to the video about the new 'art' project for the Progressive International Motorcycle Show. This month we bring you an eye-catching and perhaps discussion-provoking "What do we have to do to get noticed?" ad from Europe.
Safety Corner - Riding Safely in the Winter Months
Here are a few things to watch out for as fall turns to winter in the Midwest:
Slippery Roads – Rain and even snow falls on road surfaces that have been coated with oil during the summer months. Wet roads mean less traction for your tires, so best to allow a little more stopping room.
Cold Tires - Before your tires have warmed up, they have less grip so use extra caution when cornering.
Water-filled Pot Holes – A year-round bane to riders, pot holes are especially hazardous in winter. They often look like just puddles when filled with water and conceal their depth – until you ride over them. Never assume a puddle is just a puddle.
Tree Leaves and Gum – You are probably well aware of the hazard of wet leaves on road surfaces in fall, but sap from trees mixed with rain/snow moisture can also make for more dangerous riding.
White Lines – The painted surface of white road marking lines can get extremely slippery when wet. They can collect oil, fuel and dirt deposits, making them dangerous to riders.
Pedestrians – Ah, pedestrians. If only they would telegraph their intentions ahead of their actions! Be aware that in rainy, snowy, or even just cold weather, a pedestrian may keep his head down to protect his face instead of looking for a clear path to cross. Watch out for ‘darter’s, too.
Now that you're ready to ride here are a few upcoming events to check out. Click on the link to get details or go to www.LocalMotoHub.com for a complete list of local events.
Sat Nov 17 - Champagne Party, Rockford, IL
Sun Nov 18 - Vintage Metric Swap Meet, Lebanon, IN
Wed Nov 21 - Bikes and Burlesque 2012 Finale, Chicago, IL
Fri Nov 23 - Blazin' Yuletide Ride, Milwaukee, WI
Sat - Sun Nov 24-25 - The Prelude - "Circle of Friends" Expo, Pekin, IL
Sun Dec 2 - Chicagoland Toys for Tots Parade, Chicago, IL
Organized event not your thing? Longing for the open road? Check out www.LocalMotoHub.com for ideas of places to ride. Here are suggestions from our members:
For a Day Trip, a new member suggests riding to Millie's Pancake House and Shopping Village in Delavan, WI., where you'll find something for everyone in a beautiful setting.
Local Moto Hub member davebartlett has recommended a ride up to Southeast MN, to ride the Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway with a stay at the Casa Verde bed and breakfast in Lanesboro, MN. Read more about this Getaway here
Send us your day ride and overnight suggestions and we'll share them with fellow riders on our website and in this newsletter. If your overnight getaway is selected for publication, you'll receive a $100 gift certificate to any one of our sponsors. Send your day rides and overnight getaway recommendations to pam@LocalMotoHub.com.
To those of you who have visited the site recently, thanks! If not, please check us out - we continue to add new events, destinations, and ROADS every day.
Remember to "be careful out there" and keep the rubber side down!