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    Get some cold in your air intake! Crisp night fun.

    Despite it being rut the ride home from last night's mountain bike ride was fierce fun! Cold 35F air sucked through a breathe-right CAI and barked out a free exhaust makes for exhilarating acceleration out of the hundred curves through ski-country valleys. Some stretches allow 100+ of solo road. With the rear seat folded down and the sunroof open I was able to hear all the noises.

    No bambis. Safe return. But last week I had to nail the brakes as I crested a knoll to avoid a 10-pointer just standing in the middle of the road sniffin' for a date!


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    nice night for a ride

    I went with riding with a friend and his buddies in Mohonk mountain near New Paltz. 5:30 - 8:30pm. The 540's thermo said 38 deg F at the end of the ride.

    Last time I rode with these guys a few years back, mostly carriage trails, and maybe 1/8 mile good single track. Different deal this year!

    After a nice steady uphill for last minutes of daylight, they took this trail which was difficult even to walk. No lie, after very sketchy decent through baby heads and granite bedrock, we came upon a 80 foot vertical rock wall! Scrambled up (no chance of riding either way), half pushing and carrying the bike. That was thet toughest part of the ride, but still walked a good part of the next few miles. Next time would ride lots more, but sheer cliffs have a way of keeping my feet on terra firma on first try! Then it turned into sweet flowing single track for the remainder of the descent. They told me we lost 1300 ft of elevation.

    The ride up was on combination of roads and carriage trails, ended up at Mohonk Mountain Club, very fancy resort.

    I was too tired to hit the pizza and beer joint afterwards, but the 540 loved the ride home. 95% highway, running smooth and clean, agree the cold air makes her happy.

    The new seat post performed great (rockshox reverb), mounted remote on left bar inside of the brake, hydraulic action allowed you to adjust anywhere through 5 inches of travel. Lower it for gnarly descending, and then full rise for the climb back up, very smooth, no play that I could detect (when you're not operating the remote, the seat stays in place). We'll see how it holds up through more rides.

    Welcome sleep, except for major thigh cramp at 2am. Should have drank more water and less beer before bedtime!

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    'Tis the season...

    This cold air is great! My I-6 is feeling like, well, an I-7.
    Was in VT recently running in the brisk air and dirt roads. I can actually spin the rears on dirt roads, so I took advantage of the opportunity. Lotsa fun. I've been pick stones out of the tires ever since, and will now have to get those dinging stones out of the front brake shields, too. But well worth it for some fun in the E39.

    And yes, lots of dear and hunters running amok up there (it's mating season and bow seson)
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    Wish the PS2's worked better in this cold weather(

    They both tend to break loose pretty easy when the temps get below 40F. Maybe the next set of tires will have to be different.

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    Avoid cramps with more water AND more beer!

    Cool that you got in a ride, let alone a memorable one.

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    Do like the race car drivers - - > > >

    just swerve sharply from side-to-side going down the streets to warm them up. :-) "But officer, I was staying between the lines."




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    IIRC ...

    The pole sitter for Indy one year (Tony Kanaan?) was doing that on the back straight during the pre-start warm up and spun off.

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    My PS2 still better than snows at freezing

    When I switched over last year it was like night and day. I was going about 55mph and someone pulled in front of me from a side road without looking properly. Even in the cold what with my PS2s would have been a drama-free squeeze on the brakes became a squealy, lock up ABS, Whoa Nelly! moment on the snows.

    The snows come into their own at about -10C and colder though ;)


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    You'll have to talk Southern. :-)




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    NOS Progressive 2 Stage Controller with port injection
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    Dinan downloads, VAC Under Drive Pulleys
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    Dinan Front Strut Bar
    Electric Cooling Fan w/PWM controller
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    Eisenmann Race Exhaust (from H8-Rain's car)
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    Further south. You're in Appalachia.




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    Re: Do like the race car drivers - - > > >

    "I swear, Officer. I wasn't tailgating, I was DRAFTING."

    "Honestly, Sir. I'm not speeding, I'm qualifying."

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    Good. Very good. :-)




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