dale914 wrote: ↑
Mon Dec 16, 2019 2:39 pm
windmill wrote: ↑
Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:22 pm
Lofty wrote: ↑
Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:18 pm
Consider the average travel speeds on Interstate 5. Be honest with yourself when determining if your Ural can keep up, and slow down, in an equally competent manner.
Got a little laugh out of that one.
Speed, and Seattle traffic don't belong together in the same paragraph.....or even the same book?
But seriously, traffic speeds in the Puget sound region are really low at best, and well within a Urals capabilities.
Thanks Windmill, I read that and thought he knew something that I didn't about Seattle's traffic. Do they speed up in the snow??? I'm usually concerned that my engine might overheat from going so slow on I5. I'd probably only go to side streets because I5 would be too slow. I could use the train to get to work, but the idea of going down the 5 steep blocks to the Pioneer Square Station sounds so slippery and I'd for sure land on my a$$ and slide all the way down with my 90lbs of luggage.
But Lofty, thank you for the consideration, Seattle traffic sucks, I haven't found out why except that there are so many people going the same direction, it doesn't seem to be the fault of the driver in places like Portland where everyone is determined to be the curious one and let people in front of them at the expense of everyone behind them, or SoCal where everyone sees a brake light and stands on their brake pedal, so far, Seattle just seems to be crowded...
About three times now, I wake up and look out the window at 3am and see that everything is dry, so I put on my jacket and ride out in my uniform pants and boots, about 5 miles out it starts to downpour for the second half of the commute and I show up to work with pee pants and a dry shirt. I just need to always put on my rubber pants and boots before heading out.
Don't worry about overheating in traffic. In 13 years of commuting on a Ural in the Seattle metro area, its never been an issue, and that's with no deep sumps, oil coolers, fans, or other such folderol.
Traffic is so bad because the metro area is a long narrow strip between the mountains and the sound, divided right in the middle by lake Sammamish, lake Washington, and lake Union Running north-south, and a couple of rivers connecting them running east-west. No matter what direction one is going, there's a series of traffic funnels everyone must go through.
Seattle traffic in snow? Forget about it, stay home. When it snows, its just below freezing, so it packs down to white ice. With all the hills, and little in the way of snow removal equipment in the city makes for a real mess in downtown.
Forget trying to predict the rain, just assume it will, and always
carry rain gear September to May.