I took the Ural out for a short ride on Thanksgiving day before all the eating was scheduled to take place. It was a beautiful day for a ride with the temps reaching a balmy 12F from the overnight 6F.
The Ural’s fairing is working well this year. Without the sidecar’s windshield, I am much warmer. It was behind the main fairing and blew wind on me from the side. I haven’t needed my heated coat yet this year on the Ural. I’m also just getting by with my heated grips on low. Very nice.
I didn’t have much of a plan when I started. I just wanted to find some snow to ride around in to get some more time testing the new K335s. I eventually found some and had fun sliding around. With my drifting fix set for a few minutes, I set about checking on some lakes to see if they were freezing yet.
The park in long lake was virtually deserted with just this CAT and caboose keeping watch.
I parked in the motorcycle parking and walked around for a bit.
My riding gear and helmet do a great job keeping me warm on the bike. They also work great off. I’m sure I looked like an alien walking around with everything on, but I was toasty warm. I had to keep cracking the visor open to take the photos and the wind was quite vicious stinging against my face.
As you can see, Long Lake isn’t quiet frozen yet. The wind was making small white caped waves too.
I found a couple small ponds frozen over.
Lake Johanna wasn’t frozen over yet either.
I rode on Lake Johanna last year and made this short video.
Lake Josephine has finally frozen over and has a bit of snow on top too. A few days ago, it wasn’t frozen at all.
I passed this snowman while I was riding around and made a quick u-turn to grab a photo. The kids who made it did a great job. It’s nearly six feet tall and has rakes for arms.
The snow stuck in the knobbies and made a neat pattern as I pulled into the garage.
I was reading through some old posts today and realized that last year on this day, November 28, 2009, I bought my Ural! Here’s the post I wrote then.
It’s been a fun year with the Ural. Here’s to the next twelve months of three-wheeled fun!