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Who's still riding? (Fall & Winter 2020 Edition)

V-Tom

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New bike? Do tell... another strom?

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I thought I would keep riding my 2015 Suzuki V-Strom DL1000 for a bit longer as it only had 235,000+ km. I really liked the changes Suzuki made to the 2020 DL1050 (cruise being a big one plus lots of other stuff.) I brought it home July 1st. It's just short of 25,000 km. (Might hit it tomorrow.)

Here is a picture of the bike Jan 1/ 2020. Its pretty dirty but that happens in Winter.
Bike Jan 1st.jpg

..Tom
 

Iceman

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I thought I would keep riding my 2015 Suzuki V-Strom DL1000 for a bit longer as it only had 235,000+ km. I really liked the changes Suzuki made to the 2020 DL1050 (cruise being a big one plus lots of other stuff.) I brought it home July 1st. It's just short of 25,000 km. (Might hit it tomorrow.)

Here is a picture of the bike Jan 1/ 2020. Its pretty dirty but that happens in Winter.
View attachment 46431

..Tom
Sweet, love the new 1050.

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Evoex

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I thought I would keep riding my 2015 Suzuki V-Strom DL1000 for a bit longer as it only had 235,000+ km. I really liked the changes Suzuki made to the 2020 DL1050 (cruise being a big one plus lots of other stuff.) I brought it home July 1st. It's just short of 25,000 km. (Might hit it tomorrow.)

Here is a picture of the bike Jan 1/ 2020. Its pretty dirty but that happens in Winter.
View attachment 46431

..Tom
nice find, is that luggage carry over?
 

shanekingsley

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Most years I do do around 15,000km of highway commuting along the 401, which is better than not riding, but still bleh compared to fun day trips and long rides. In 2020, I only did less than 500km commuting all year due to working from home. During the week my work hours were so long that I could only get away on weekends, so I made it point to do a 1000km day ride every other weekend minimum and it was pretty nice for change. Between April and November I managed to put on over 30,000km of high quality riding - most enjoyable year for me since I got my license by far.
 

V-Tom

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Russel Day Long seat I see. How do you like it?
I love it! I had one on my DL1000 and loved it so much I bought one for the 1050. Expensive but to me well worth it!

..Tom
 

V-Tom

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V-Tom must have a nice selection of heated gear....

I'm a total wuse! Nowadays I have heated jacket, gloves and socks from "Warm n Safe" and the seat and hand grips are heated as well. :)

..Tom
 
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V-Tom

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The bike temperature said -10°c when I was riding in to work today. My experience is the Suzuki temperature displays are about 2 °c optimistic. The Weather network App said it was -14. The GPS said it was -12°c Either way it was as cold as its been this winter so far. I was comfy and warm.

There was a ice fog from Port Perry to somewhere near hwy 48 so some concerns about icing on the roads especially when 680 News mentioned ice on 407 near hwy 35/115 but all was fine.

..Tom
 

GreyGhost

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The bike temperature said -10°c when I was riding in to work today. My experience is the Suzuki temperature displays are about 2 °c optimistic. The Weather network App said it was -14. The GPS said it was -12°c Either way it was as cold as its been this winter so far. I was comfy and warm.

There was a ice fog from Port Perry to somewhere near hwy 48 so some concerns about icing on the roads especially when 680 News mentioned ice on 407 near hwy 35/115 but all was fine.

..Tom
Amazing ice fog near me this morning. Nothing on the road, trees are spectacular.
 

Evoex

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The bike temperature said -10°c when I was riding in to work today. My experience is the Suzuki temperature displays are about 2 °c optimistic. The Weather network App said it was -14. The GPS said it was -12°c Either way it was as cold as its been this winter so far. I was comfy and warm.

There was a ice fog from Port Perry to somewhere near hwy 48 so some concerns about icing on the roads especially when 680 News mentioned ice on 407 near hwy 35/115 but all was fine.

..Tom
-8.5 reading this morning in the X5. North York to Vaughan.
 

V-Tom

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Amazing ice fog near me this morning. Nothing on the road, trees are spectacular.

It sure looked co on the trees! ( Is that hoar frost?)

Where are you located?

..Tom
 

V-Tom

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I would have taken pics while riding but there was a York Regional police in front of me. (I have a waterproof camera tethered to my front left pocket area that I can use any time even with gloves on. )

..Tom
 
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jdmsteR

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The bike temperature said -10°c when I was riding in to work today. My experience is the Suzuki temperature displays are about 2 °c optimistic. The Weather network App said it was -14. The GPS said it was -12°c Either way it was as cold as its been this winter so far. I was comfy and warm.

There was a ice fog from Port Perry to somewhere near hwy 48 so some concerns about icing on the roads especially when 680 News mentioned ice on 407 near hwy 35/115 but all was fine.

..Tom
Do you change to a lower viscosity motor oil for the winter or run a block heater? Heated parking?
 

GreyGhost

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Do you change to a lower viscosity motor oil for the winter or run a block heater? Heated parking?
I don't. Manuals normally show you suitable viscosities based on temp. With synthetic, one oil can normally cover all canadian temperatures. My old K75 required pulling the plugs and hitting them with a torch before it would fire if the engine was a lot below freezing. Only took a couple minutes.
 

jdmsteR

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I don't. Manuals normally show you suitable viscosities based on temp. With synthetic, one oil can normally cover all canadian temperatures. My old K75 required pulling the plugs and hitting them with a torch before it would fire if the engine was a lot below freezing. Only took a couple minutes.
Sounds like a DIY glow plug lol, easy enough when the plugs are right by your knees!

I only asked since I noticed my old carb'd Honda would warm up much slower than normal around 5deg running 10w40 but I suppose any 5w synthetic would be suitable for year round riding. Don't think I've ever seen a 0w motorcycle oil.
 

GreyGhost

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Sounds like a DIY glow plug lol, easy enough when the plugs are right by your knees!
Sort of. Not terrible to access, but on that bike they were behind an aluminum access panel/badge that had to come off before you could get to the plug wires. Once that stuff was out of the way, easy peasy and you only needed room to work on one side of the bike. I just carried the allen key and a butane torch in the trunk under the seat.
 

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