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Its time to separate the real bikers from the wannabees again: The Polar Bear Ride

The rules are the same as they have been since I first posted them on this forum:
1) Participation in the CX500forum Polar Bear Ride is open to all registered CX500forum members.
2) Go for a ride of at least 1hr duration on either Dec. 31 2021 or Jan 1 2022 or both. (I usually head for somewhere that is at least a half hour from home, stop for a meal or to visit someone or something like that and then make sure I take more than half an hour to get back home).
3) Take one or more pics and post them in this thread.
4) Click the following link to Piper's Patches where you can order Polar Bear Run patches and year rockers (it looks like he has discontinued the pins)
Piper's Patches Canadian eBay store
Piper's Patches US eBay store

NOTE: In the event of a ban on unnecessary travel due to pandemic you can do the ride whenever the ban is lifted in your area.

Southern hemisphere note: Those of you in Australia might decide to call it the Thorny Devil Ride and those in South Africa perhaps the Springbok Ride but you would have to find your own sources of patches ;-)
 

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Sadly my bike is not ready for the road. Perhaps if I work in the unheated garage for an hour I can earn a Polar Bear Wrencher patch ;-)
 
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I know where you're coming from. At our old house doing any work in the garage in winter meant putting electric heaters around the bike at least an hour before I started and laying the tools & parts in front of a fan heater so they would be warm enough that they didn't freeze my hands. For many years here it meant hanging a tarp over the opening between my parking space and the big space where the car parks and plugging in several electric heaters. And hoping nobody opened the big space's overhead door and cooled the place down. (It feels like the lap of luxury now with the whole garage insulated, a ceiling mounted heater in each space and actual doors to close between the spaces).

If you post pics of working on it here we could call it honorary participation. You could order a patch from Piper's and maybe find someone to make an "honorary 2022" rocker for you.
If you don't know anyone locally you could ask LP Embroidery. Dolly did the memorial Patches when Matt died and the "Sidecar Bob" patch on my vest and she does god work. She doesn't have anything the right size on the site but if you explained what you need she can probably do it.
 

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My weather forecast :devilish:

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It just wouldn't be a badge well earned lol
 

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I didn't think I'd get the chance judging by the long term forecast, but it looks doable on two wheels

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I'll be out on the Ural in the snow tomorrow as the tub precludes me from riding with the rubber side up, though it doesn't stop me from sliding into a ditch.
 

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We were planning to go out today but it looks like our Polar Bear Ride may be postponed a few days. Kay got a call this morning that someone she was exposed to has tested positive. From what we can find out it would be OK for us to go out except that she's waiting for the health unit to call her back about where & when she can be tested (apparently everything is closed until Tuesday).
Once they call back we'll decide whether to go tomorrow or after she's been tested.
 

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The kid decided to put his (my) bike away for the winter, so I rode it to his mom's garage for storage. So I got a ride in. I might take my big bike for a ride tomorrow and get a full hour in.

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Good looking Eurosport!
 
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Waiting for Driveway to melt, no one around to help me pickup the bike,as have no experiance on the Silverwing on packed
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52 miles. I was home with my butt on the couch 30 minutes before the snow hit.
 
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That is my favorite bike I've seen today @Bikamper but I have to ask...why not paint the red fairing camo too? Or is that like a safety thing so drivers see it easier?
 
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That is my favorite bike I've seen today @Bikamper but I have to ask...why not paint the red fairing camo too? Or is that like a safety thing so drivers see it easier?
It's still red because I bought it used and I'm too lazy to paint it. OR, it's Christmas Themed. More likely the first reason, tho.
 

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Took a 2 hour ride yesterday with 2 15 minute stops. While it may qualify for this event, I feel like I cheated a bit. It was 74° out yesterday. I had to break out my summer riding gear!
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We hadn't been in contact with anyone for a few days before we learned we needed to isolate so we were able to go out today. Kay needed to pick up something at the church, which is half an hour away so our exciting ride was there & back with a brief stop at a grocery store to pick up my prescription bananas on the way home.
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I took video but I won't be able to edit it for a few days because this arrived yesterday and I need to get it moved to the garden before it gets either frozen or buried
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Finally got Weather I could not refuse to go for a ride! Big Yah. To late for Polar bear ride but figured I would post my Picture of my destination anyway, Blacky Spit in South Surrey B.C. Also know as Crest beech.
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