Cold Weather Challenge
November 21, 2008
- Bob Hedstrom: -16°F, 10.1 mi
1/15/09, Minneapolis, MN, 2007 Vectrix
… I’d been riding a Vectrix a lot during the past summer and always trying to test its limits. I really wanted to see what extreme cold would do to battery performance.
After checking the temperature at 10:45 am and it was still hanging in at -19. Time to ride. The Vectrix has a lot of torque and even the bare looking portions of the streets had a bit of slip to them. I had to be very careful but kept it upright the whole time. I outriggered my boots in all turns… Map
- Tom S.: -11°F, 11 mi
1/15/09, Omaha, NE, 2008 Yamaha Zuma
Commuting in my Jeep is not a whole lot different from being on my Zuma at these temps so I bundled up extra good and headed to work on the Zuma of Doom! 90mpg is always better than 12mpg!… It’s getting cold enuff to where I’m ALMOST ready to give it to the Minnesotans… NOT IN A MILLION YEARS!!! haha!
- Colin Doyle: -10°F, 14.1 mi
12/15, Collegeville, MN, Honda Ruckus 50
- Luigi G.: -7°F, 10.1 mi
1/16/09, Dover MA, 1970 Vespa GTr
I had to do the run early in the night instead of just before sunup as I needed to get finished packing for the long ride to the FYBO rally… (epic report in comments below)
- Stefan: -6°F, 10.3 mi
1/16/09, Cleveland, OH, 1980 Vespa P200
Old lady was driving me into work…I see the temp at Walgreens was -12°, and i’m all like “it’s on!.” get to the shop, fire up the “mf’n juggernaut beotch p-deuce”, map out a nice 2.5 mile loop, and run it 4 times.…Is it true the runner up prize is a 3 second pull on a bottle of malort with an old style chaser?
- All rides must be on a two-wheeled motorscooter. No motorcycles. No sidecars. No three-wheelers (Yes, the Piaggio MP3 has three wheels and is ineligible.)
- Entries must meet the minimum distance requirement of 10 miles of continuous riding. List your distance in miles (to one decimal place if desired), and measure your route using a GPS or Google Maps if possible. Scooter odometers lie.
- List the ambient temperature in degrees Fahrenheit as listed by NOAA at the time and place of your ride. No, wind chill doesn’t matter when you’re already riding 30+mph. If the temperature varies over the course of your ride, post the average of the high and low temperature.
- Coldest temperature wins. If you go 100 miles in 20°F, and somebody else only does 10 miles in 19°F, 19°F wins. If two riders claim the same temperature, the longer distance will be the tiebreaker.
- This is just for fun, and on the honor system. If you want to lie it’s up to you. If somebody claims they did 10 miles in 15°F in Florida, we’ll know something’s up.
- Your entry must be a ride you just did. Don’t post about how last year you rode in really cold weather. Don’t post about how hardcore your dad is. Your ride must take place between 11/27/08 and 02/28/09
- Contest starts at 12:01 am on November 27, 2008 ends at midnight on Feb. 28, 2009.
People living in colder climates (aka, Minnesota) have an advantage in this contest so we also separate competitors by state. If you’re riding in cold weather for your neck of the woods, enter anyway, you might win honorable mention for your state. The same CWC rules apply.
HOW TO ENTER
If you’re not already registered on 2strokebuzz, go ahead and register. Your email address will be kept private.
After you’re signed in, cut and paste the following information into the comment form below. Be sure to fill in all the blanks. “Your Story” and photos are optional, but we’d love to hear/see them. 2strokebuzz reserves the right to repost your linked photos, especially if it’s a great photo or if you’re a current leader.
Name: **First name, last initial at least**
Distance: ** miles
Scooter: **year make model**
Your CWC story: **optional**
Photos: **optional, (use tinyurl if possible)**
Map: **optional, (use tinyurl if possible**
NEW: Rye set up a CWC Flickr Pool if you’d like to include your photos there.
Please use the comment thread of this page for entries only. Badmouthing, backpatting, and bragging is welcome on update threads on the main site.
Good luck, and be safe. This is a non-commercial, totally unsanctioned event and is being held informally just for fun and bragging rights. The organizers accept no liability for injury or property damage. Riding in cold weather is even more dangerous than riding in warm weather, don’t ride outside your comfort level or take unnecessary risks.