Polar Bear Challenge

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Re: Polar Bear Challenge

Postby RichardM » Fri Dec 18, 2015 2:23 pm

GillaFunk wrote:I want to see a pic of you next to your rig when you make these rides.

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FML thats cold


I'll try that in January. All of these were recorded in the first half of December and just being uploaded per the PBC rule of one video per day. I'm in southern CA right now...

-25°F feels cold. Above -10°F or so feels pretty nice and when we get fresh snow, it's wonderful to ride in. Really not much different than those that ride snow machines (aka snow mobiles, sleds, or whatever regional name is preferred). The Ural is a street legal version.
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Re: Polar Bear Challenge

Postby Delta-Wye » Fri Dec 18, 2015 2:53 pm

GillaFunk wrote:I want to see a pic of you next to your rig when you make these rides.

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FML thats cold



That's shorts'n'sweatshirt weather in FBX heh. The low humidity and typically low wind makes it pretty manageable compared to the coastal cities imho.

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Re: Polar Bear Challenge

Postby GillaFunk » Fri Dec 18, 2015 6:47 pm

at least your man-card is still intact.

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Re: Polar Bear Challenge

Postby RichardM » Sat Dec 19, 2015 12:35 pm

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30km (18.64 miles) @ +3°F. Another night ride basically circling around Fairbanks again before stopping at a gas station before heading home.

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Re: Polar Bear Challenge

Postby RichardM » Sun Dec 20, 2015 12:14 pm

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14km (8.69 miles) @ -12°F. Starting out in the morning from the Dog Mushers hall on Farmers Loop. Headed east and circled back around to Coll:ege Coffeehouse to end this PBC ride. The temp had dropped to -22°F in this part of town.

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Re: Polar Bear Challenge

Postby RichardM » Mon Dec 21, 2015 12:00 pm

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27 km (16.71 miles) @ -22°F.Started from College Coffeehouse and headed out towards Goldstream Valley for a longer ride than I had originally planned. These PBC rides are just getting me to burn gas...

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Re: Polar Bear Challenge

Postby BigJames » Mon Dec 21, 2015 1:24 pm

Folks, RichardM has just posted all sorts of videos, watched a bunch last night before I saw this post! Started recognizing things from my trips up there on bikes (in the summer of course). Making me want to make that long ride one more time...may be on a Ural instead of a Harley this time...

Yeah, that was me with the smart a$$ comment about where are the BMW's on one of the videos...hell, my airheads would refuse to start when it was cold out!

Good stuff and only boring if you've seen it a bunch of times...and have no wish to go up there...and why wouldn't you want to ride up there?
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Re: Polar Bear Challenge

Postby RichardM » Sat Dec 26, 2015 1:25 am

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9km ( 5.59 miles) @ -7°F. Started out at the Dog Mushers hall but since it was significantly warmer than the NWS report, I headed for a colder part of town. My heated gear is working properly again so it needs to be tested thoroughly, right?

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Re: Polar Bear Challenge

Postby RichardM » Sat Dec 26, 2015 1:29 am

BigJames wrote:Yeah, that was me with the smart a$$ comment about where are the BMW's on one of the videos...hell, my airheads would refuse to start when it was cold out!

Good stuff and only boring if you've seen it a bunch of times...and have no wish to go up there...and why wouldn't you want to ride up there?


Thanks! My airhead runs better than the Ural once it gets below about -25°F. It starts right up but I did put an automotive battery in the sidecar and upgraded the alternator to one of the Enduralast 450W models. Last year, I rode the '83 BMW rig once it got below -25°F down to -48°F. Not very far but just enough to say that I did ride...
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Re: Polar Bear Challenge

Postby RichardM » Sat Dec 26, 2015 1:04 pm

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27 km (16.77 miles) @ -18°F. Starting from Creamer's Field which is a migratory bird refuge on College Rd. I headed out to Goldstream Valley again then headed back on Ballaine Rd to catch sunrise.

Last video for a while...

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Re: Polar Bear Challenge

Postby RichardM » Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:14 pm

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19km (11.81 miles) @ -4°F. Short night ride. I had forgotten about this video. It was recorded back mid-December.

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Re: Polar Bear Challenge

Postby RichardM » Tue Jan 05, 2016 5:01 pm

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52km (32.31 miles) @ +29°F. Warm weather is still here but still quite a bit cooler than it was a week or so ago. I was hearing stories of +47°F almost sixty degrees warmer than normal. This is just running around dropping off payment to the fuel oil company and back zig-zagging through town just for the joy of riding.

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Re: Polar Bear Challenge

Postby tooluser55 » Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:28 am

went for a short ride New Years eve 20km got gas. 32 f Went in search of snow to play in New Years day 80 km -60 km in 2wd. at 27f found snow it was not much fun as it had been melted and frozen again to the point that if I kept it on the pipe I could stay on top. Turned around at the 2 ft deep level as the tracks were by 4wd and mine just didn't fit well. Had fun but as I was riding alone I didn't want to get to badly stuck had to work to get going again every time IO stopped so not a lot of pix only stopped where I could get going again. Location is the Oregon coast range Sheridan peak Bald mountain road at the 3000 ft level. this is about 20 miles up from my house at 260 ft.

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Re: Polar Bear Challenge

Postby tooluser55 » Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:33 am

try a pix again
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Re: Polar Bear Challenge

Postby RichardM » Wed Jan 06, 2016 1:56 pm

tooluser55 wrote:went for a short ride New Years eve 20km got gas. 32 f Went in search of snow to play in New Years day 80 km -60 km in 2wd. at 27f found snow it was not much fun as it had been melted and frozen again to the point that if I kept it on the pipe I could stay on top. Turned around at the 2 ft deep level as the tracks were by 4wd and mine just didn't fit well. Had fun but as I was riding alone I didn't want to get to badly stuck had to work to get going again every time IO stopped so not a lot of pix only stopped where I could get going again. Location is the Oregon coast range Sheridan peak Bald mountain road at the 3000 ft level. this is about 20 miles up from my house at 260 ft.


Since I'm usually riding on my own, I tend not to venture very far into the deep stuff. Plus, the Ural high centers easily floating on the stock mufflers. I've even gotten stuck by venturing onto the shoulder of paved roads if the snow is deeper than maybe 6"-8". These are a lot of fun in the snow. The Polar Bear Challenge rides are all about mileage as almost all of the participants are on street bikes. There are a few with dirt or dual sport bikes but again, it's all about miles. I had heard that Oregon was getting some snow but I didn't think that it was that near the coast.

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