Sorry but short notice had us scrambling to get the crew together to make it happen. Myself and two others headed out with the temperature at our departure hovering at 11 degrees. The ride went great, running in 10+ inches of snow and making first tracks with most of the mud holes frozen over was perfect. We did hit a mud hole that we thought was frozen but wasn't and it got interesting after that meaning I lost my brakes and picked up a solid coat of ice on the complete under carriage in seconds.
The snow drifts were fun but the deep snow did cause a victim. One of our crew was flying with the rest of us and hit something in the snow that caused a separation of the tire from the bead on both the left front and left rear. By the time we figured it out it was a mess, lots of debris lodged between the tire and rim and after careful digging Michael was able to get the rear to seat but the front was still leaking. We called the ride and turned around to retrace our steps back home.
Michael being the kind of rider we like never slowed down and kept the throttle pinned on the return trip and during our stop for airing back up the left front tire, we noticed the right front tire had now succumbed to the same problem. After airing both up we made a hard run and got Michael home, then I spent the evening with a cocktail and a nice soak in the hot tub. Great time had by all, maybe the next time we can enlarge the group.