Hours before the world knew about his separation ... Arnold Schwarzenegger broke out his street bike and went for a ride with his bodyguard in L.A. yesterday ... sans wedding ring.
But Arnold WAS wearing his ring on Sunday ... the day before the couple announced their split.
Meanwhile, Maria Shriver has been ringless since mid-March ... right after Maria posted a cryptic video on YouTube asking her fans for advice on how to "transition" into the next phase of her life.
As you already know, Arnold and Maria announced their separation last night ... and in their statement, they claimed they've been living apart for several weeks.
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