Scarlett, however, is in the shop with something wrong with her engine. Hopefully, she'll be fixed sometime soon; in the meantime, it's Fiona's job to get me out riding in the snow.
Fiona, is a Bural Rig, a combination BMW and URAL sidecar rig. Basically, the engine is from a BMW R80 motorcycle, the rest is Russian.
We had us some decent snow here in the metro Denver area so I decided to go check out the sights at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. It's located inside the metro area, quite the anomaly surrounded by ugly city on all sides.
It was a bit brisk but with the sun out, and temperatures that would eventually soar from around 18°F to (-7.7°C) when I headed out to around 28°F to (-2°C) when I got back home shortly after Noon.
Using the telephoto lens, it looks like Fiona was closer to the Bison
than she actually was.
A park ranger, in a tour bus, came up to me as I was walking back to Fiona and said I needed to stay with my vehicle due to the Bison being unpredictable and quite fast. I felt like telling her that a Ural probably wouldn't get me fast enough away from a charging Bison; but then just nodded compliance.
Shot in the parking lot of the Lakes Area Trail Head
Another view of Longs Peak
As the morning wore on, it got warmer as I mentioned, and distant objects like the Front Range Mountains became hazier and hazier. I returned home to change out Fiona's 20W50 with Mobil 1 15W50 engine oil so she starts easier in colder than 14°F to (-10°C) temperatures.
As a bonus, Autozone had the 15W50 on clearance: $2/Quart, normally $9.49/Quart.
The zip ties I used on the wrap-around heated grips proved to work fine on the left hand grip; but still allowed movement on the right or throttle grip. Once I got home, I reinforced the zip ties with safety wire so we'll see if that does the trick.
Fiona is definitely lacking the wind protection that Scarlett has. If Scarlett repairs prove lengthy in terms of time, may have to go get the leg shields from her and transfer them to Fiona!