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We finally got some snow here in Iowa and I got to take out my '79 Centurion with a couple of friends riding their sleds. After a while the sled started getting slower and slower, so I stopped and popped the hood and saw the disc brake was red hot and starting on fire! After a few handfuls of snow I rode to my buddy's shop and removed the caliper, and went back out(I stuck the caliper in the rear compartment, planning on fixing it the next day-it popped the door off and I lost my tools and the caliper).
Riding behind one friend I saw what looked like someone shooting the snow behind his sled with a machinegun (the snow kept popping up like it was getting hit by bullets). He turned and stopped at a 90degree angle to me, and I saw he had a long wire wrapped around his track. The instant I saw that he hit the gas and spun his track and my face shield exploded off my helmet. I was about ten feet away but the wire had whipped around and hit me right in the face! Lucky I was wearing a helmet (the shield was junk after that).
Finally, that same guy ran into the back of a parked car in town and smashed the front of his sled. The guy who owned the car actually saw him do it and ran to help him. Turns out they knew each other and the guy was real cool.
All in all it was a great night of sledding. Jimmy
 

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jesus, when i left my shop last night all i was thinking was i wish i had taken the bike in. it had to be about 60 out and just really nice. sunday i spent 2.5 hours riding the xr100 around in a longsleeve tshirt. today all of the cold everyone else has been getting is finally here. probaly 50 out now and its supposed to drop all day. i guess winter is finally here.

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i rode mine to work today with a plank of wood for a seat(the seat fender is under construction) its 30 and snowing here in not so sunny cleveland.....cant wait for summer though....
 

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We have lots of snow and I ride my Ski-doo every day for daily transportation to the store and Post Office. The only other transportation I have out here is the Honda 4 wheeler. As long as the snow is packed down or blown off the ice I ride that too.

Ken (I miss my bikes)

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I would probably have taken one of my toys out yesterday but it was raining and then froze, then today it did the same thing. So we have giant sheets of ice for roads. Now if I had studded tires that might be a diffrent story

Hey someone pas me the wrench........ Ahh screw it where is the torch
 

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I took the sled out by myself tonight and rode some new trails. I did some clutch work and I was riding along looking through my hood (I have a vent missing right it front of my gauges) at the driven clutch to see if it was shifting out completely. I opened the sled up, looked at the clutch, and when I looked up I was about ten feet from a huge plowed hump in a field (about 3ft high and the width of the field). With no brake and no time I just stayed on the throttle and stood up. I flew through the air, fully expecting to land hard and crash (going about 50mph), and when I landed and rode it out I started yelling with excitement, amazement, and thankfulness that I wasn't laying on the ground in pain. I ramped an old leaf-sprung sled longer and higher than I ever wanted to, but it was such a rush that I'm thinking about going back to do it again when it's light out. First I'll have to find out how to get to the free clinic. Jimmy
 

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Jimmy,
Don't do it during the day!!! I think that you got away with it once and it is a great story. If you could have seen it coming and what that berm really looked like you wouldn't have done it. Especially on an old Centurion. After a few beers, the story as it is will get better, the speed higher and the jump longer. Don't mess with a sure thing.

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