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 Post subject: Very Windy Today
PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 9:44 am 
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The word on the street is that the wind is blowing scooters around like toys....

Be careful!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 10:22 am 
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I just went out to walk the dog, Its friggin cold out with that wind! I already saw some ice on the roads from the recent rain and the leaves on the streets. This combo is a death trap, so watch out and stay away from groups of leaves on the road. Ride safe

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 10:37 am 
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I rode to work today, and damn cold it is.

Be very careful for ice! Yes, ice. I've seen small icey crusted puddles along with those damn slippery leaves on my way in today.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 11:29 am 
Yeah, look out for that wind. Slow down, stay in control, and press on.

Wind can be a bit spooky, but shouldn't stop you from riding. Once you've ridden through it a couple times, it becomes old hat.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 11:31 am 
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I'm still getting use to the wind but I gotten ALOT better.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 11:32 am 
Hey Jason, if you have any tips, post 'em up for the new guys!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 11:37 am 
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Yeah, that wind chill walkin will make it like 13º out, so riding COVER UP PEOPLE. I would say be especially carefully during those turns…stay away from that metal stuff and don't cut the turn tight…or at lease that's what I'll try.

I will be trying out some new "make me warm baby" gear I just got, specifically new gloves. So who ever around I'll give ya the xReview tonight.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 11:52 am 
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OK. First of I want to say almost all(like 99%) of what I learned I got from the great DucatiKid.

-First off slow down until you are comfortable. Forget about the traffic around you. They will go aorund you. if you not comfortable doing 45 do 30.

-Never repeat NEVER stop if your on a highway or bridge. Slow down till your comfortable. Complete the bridge to the other end or wait till the next exit to stop.

- Do not panic. You panic an accident will happen. Just manage your speed, check mirrors, check all around you and continue on till its safe to stop.

- Buddy up. If your going over a bridge. Use a truck or car to block the wind.

- Equipment. Make sure you use tight fitting clothes so they dont catch the wind, Tires are a very important factor. zippy 1's highly recommended.

- Dont hug the break or clutch. if you ride with your hand on the break you could hit a bump and hit the break by mistake and wipe out.

- CONTROL YOUR LANE. Stay in the middle, and watch for cars trying to take over your lane.

- Finally practice makes perfect.

If i missed anything please feel free to chime in.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 11:54 am 
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Could someone also post up about getting a scooter started in this cold? I know engines (maybe batteries, I'm not very savvy on this stuff) don't start as easily in the cold weather. What is the best way to get it going?

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 11:58 am 
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Well for stellas. I pull the choke turn the key put the fuel tap toward the on position and kick start it. Then after its started i push the choke in slowly. Putting it in fast will turn it off. Then let it warm up for a few minutes, and even after you let it warm up. dont go full speed, take it easy for a few blocks. Hope this helps. If the stella has been off for a few hours its better to kick it on.

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I agree with Jason.

I actually rarely use my electric start, esp. when it's cold. Pull the choke all the way, gas on, and kick it a few times. In normal warm weather it'll start after 2, in the cold more like 3 or 4 good kicks, and then let it sit for a minute with choke out to warm it up before rolling away.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 12:48 pm 
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I was riding across the Henry Hudson bridge today and got blown across one entire lane of traffic on my BV500....
What do u do then??? I tried to countersteer but it didnt help getting blown one entire lane over.....


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 12:50 pm 
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When it comes to stuff like that. Just let the wind take you and when its done then get back to you lane. This is of corse there is no car in the other lane. if you fight it you might wipe out. I might be wrong but this is what i was told.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 1:14 pm 
That kickstart of yours seemed to work pretty well Allison.

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Actually, its not a good idea to keep the choke out for more then it takes to get the scooter started. The reason is, when the choke is out, its restricting the air intake so that more fuel goes into the motor makeing it more combustable when the engin is cold. If you leave the choke out, after a few days of starting your scooter like this, the plug will become prematurly fouled. Same as if your air intake screw on your carb is out of adjustment, or you have the wrong jet in. The best way to keep your plugs clean, is to pull the choke out, start your scooter, give a little on the throttle so that your motor is reving a little higher and hold it there. Push the choke back in. Keep the motor at a slightly higher rev then idle so it doesnt stall. This has no affect on the spark plug. After a min, your on your way.

o Yeah, and I'd be carefull over long span bridges in windy conditions, or even try to avoid them all together. No matter how many years youv been riding, or how many safty coarses you take, Your not gonna be able to keep control if a 40 mph side gust hits you. Which is not uncommon on large bridges since theres no buildings around or trees to block some of the wind.

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In the cold I pull the choke all the way out, then use the electric starter. It worked everyday last winter with no ill effects. Once started, I leave the choke out for a count of ten, then slowly push it all the way in. I get moving carefully, making sure there's enough gas flowing to keep things going. A two or three minute warm up is not a bad idea. My $.02.


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