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Video: Waiting Out Winter

Posted on February 12, 2013 by Andrew in Video. 34 comments

As a southern hemispherian, I have a strange relationship with winters. And I’m not talking about the kind we get down here. In fact, calling those ‘winter’ is akin to calling Nicki Minaj an ‘artist’. But just like any other westerners, we grew up with images of Frosty the Snowman, sleigh rides and ice skating on frozen lakes. What the picture books and stop motion Christmas specials conveniently avoid, though, is the nastier aspects of la saison d’hiver. Like the heating bills, shovelling snow, and worst of all – the fact that your bike stays put for what seems like an eternity (hello North Eastern America if you are reading this.) But is that really a negative, or is it a customiser’s blessing in disguise?

Hold that thought while you watch the latest video from long-time Pipeburn contributor and good mate Andrew David Watson. It’s a piece he’s done with Cast & Salvage, a very cool-looking Philly bike shop. As Andrew puts it, ‘winter is in full force up here, and we still have another month or two to go, so hopefully everyone watching has a winter project to keep themselves busy with until it’s riding time!’ Enjoy.

  • JP Kalishek

    A benefit of living in Texas is with my old XL250S on standby I can ride every day of the year is I wish. I have once been caught by the snow on my ST1100 (Pan-European), and didn't wait long enough for the snow to deepen for traction. But once I did (after picking 700 pounds of bike up for the second time) this displaced Yankee was fine in 2-3 inches of fluff.

    There is talk at work from time to time of moving my section to Wisconsin. I'd likely make a reverse trike or convert an old Honda ATC for road use if that happens. I just prefer riding to driving my truck.

    Just recently found your place and love it. Keep up the great work.

  • redkiwi

    ‘Winter’ down under, in my mind is the best time to go riding – not nice enough weather so motorists and cyclists aren’t out in force, and usually decent rainfall which cleans the road surface. This usually produces empty, clean roads and an absence of sweat, which for a motorcyclist in Australia is a pretty hard combination to find!

    • Agreed.

      • arnold

        I must say that as a youngster , riding in snow on the trails taught you throttle control and ball foot balance to keep ‘er upright. Sadly, I never became Chuck Norris riding off road bikes.

  • Russell Lowe

    Great film, very nicely shot. Also cool to put a ‘builder to a bike’ … I saw the Kawasaki tanked bike at a show in Williamsburg in the summer. Was one of my favorites.

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  • doubledee

    nice pictures. would have liked more timelapse of the bike as it progresses toward whatever vision is in store for it, but then that’s nitpicking. Can’t ask for my money back, can I? But one query: why do southern hemispherians have a different angle on winter from those of us up over?

    • Brad

      it doesnt snow, just kinda rains a bit and gets muggy.

    • Alex Braun

      We up here are way farther north than they, down under, are south. Oz is split down the middle by the tropic of Capricorn while the tropic of Cancer (equal distance north) bisects Mexico. Lucky bastards!

  • revdub

    That about sums it up. Cool video.

  • philippe roger

    Very nice video!! at least winter give us some time to:

    Work a LOT on our bikes!
    Drink whiskey
    Make video about winter
    Work a lot on our bikes!
    And make us love much more summer time!!!
    Phil. Québec city,Canada

  • That was a quality little vid; well edited and cleverly shot. Thanks for posting this, Pipeburn, and thanks to Cast & Salvage and Andrew David Watson for creating it. Cheers from 22° F snowy Colorado.

  • Lando

    I wanted to see a happy ending like a first ride in good weather. Kinda leaves you hangin just like waiting out the winter. Well done! Wish i had a wood burner in my garage. Cheers from North Vancouver, Canada.

    • Constant

      It looks colder there in The US than here in Van doesn’t it Lando? I’ve been riding a fair bit this Winter.

      • Andrew

        Lando! Thanks! Actually, I really wanted to end with a few riding shots, green trees, blue skies, etc… but I didn’t want to wait 2 months to finish the project!

        • simon

          Just keep adding to it……would like to see more…

          • andrewdavidwatson

            Perhaps I’ll shoot a follow up piece for the summer!

          • Lando

            Did you ever shoot a summer piece? Weather is great up here still in Vancouver, but it should change soon. Just bought a new project bike for the winter, and had another view of this video to get ready. Still a great video.

  • That was a good video. I could do without the coffee slurp. I live in California, so I don’t have these issues (the snow, not the coffee slurping.)

    • arnold

      Ya, but you’ve got madmen running around with Barretts. Cabin fever?

  • Nikoss Rocker

    Very nice video!!

  • nathas909

    Dam chinese internet want let me watch it….

    • Lewn

      Get firefox then download all the encrypted add-ons you can. Then you’ll find Vimeo is viewable.

    • Ian Young

      You might be able to get to it via or using the tor browser bundle too.

  • The Jimbo

    Winter sucks, especially when you’re trying to rebuild a CB500F in the yard with no cover.

  • Goingthroughwithdrawals

    GAH!! I HATE not being able to work on my motorcycle!! I’m dying watching this video!

  • D T Hammer

    I feel guilty now. It was 52 degrees this morning and I decides to drive because I did not want to have to carry my jacket around at work. I heard that snow actually falls where people live but in Southern California it stays on the mountains, in the distance.

  • Kevin

    Really well done .. nice job ! I almost started to tear up

  • arnold

    My small claim to infamy is that I can’t distinguish between authentic Philly and Brooklyn accents.

    • arnold

      As an old instructor told me, the tools make the warmth.

  • blackbird

    Thanks guys!

  • Tom

    Very nice video. I live in finland and right now we have approx 40 cm snow and minus 10 degrees celcius in sothern finland. I really can share the feeling of this video. Nice!

  • Jesse

    We’re FINALLY back into riding weather here in New England! Time to drag the bike out of its cozy nest in the corner of the garage, see if any critters have built nests in the battery tray, and get it back out on the street.

  • Deej

    Great video