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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 12-25-2017, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone ride in the snow?

Riding in the snow is possible. The blokes in UK do it all the time but what about Alaska?
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post #2 of 48 (permalink) Old 12-25-2017, 11:10 AM
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Nope, not a chance in hell I'd ever try it with a cruiser. Scary enough on 4 wheels at times. Dirt bike? Been there. Still scary but you don't cry as much when you dump it (and guaranteed that it WILL happen).
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a 200 pound dirt bike with plastic fenders and studded ice tires might be fun for a while.. but not in traffic.

The primary thing that keeps us safe, how does it go? "A clean escape route is better than all the prayers of righteous men..."

If you just barely have control of your bike, when cars start spinning out all around you, you are a screwed.

Have you ever seen a fire truck going down the street at 40mph, sideways!
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Simple answer: Hell no.

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I rode the supersport in the snow often. I did not ride when there was slush on the ground though.
It was my only mode of transportation. Just don't lean, pay attention to how long it takes to slow down, pray there is no cars nearby.

Slush for the week after it snowed is the worst, and the slush refreezing into black ice is not fun at all, only drove then when I had to for work.
I think the snow just comes off the tires nicely and I kept traction ok, but the slush just sticks and you can't clean it out, unless your running knobby.
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There's really no danger of riding in the snow if you use the correct tires and don't think that your 800 lbs bike sporting standard street tires will do. In the 80s I had a dedicated snow motorcycle for riding during the New England winters. It was an old Honda CB360 with knobbies. The real danger is the transition period when snow becomes hardpack or melts during the day and freezes at night. Studded tires worked on that but it wasn't really practical because once I hit cleared asphalt spots the chances of throwing studs increased and I'd have to refit studs after each day of riding.
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There's really no danger of riding in the snow if you use the correct tires and don't think that your 800 lbs bike sporting standard street tires will do. In the 80s I had a dedicated snow motorcycle for riding during the New England winters. It was an old Honda CB360 with knobbies. The real danger is the transition period when snow becomes hardpack or melts during the day and freezes at night. Studded tires worked on that but it wasn't really practical because once I hit cleared asphalt spots the chances of throwing studs increased and I'd have to refit studs after each day of riding.
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Agreed. One -can- ride in the snow with minimized risk.

But I don't have the right tires, or bike, or the desire. Nor does it snow often enough where I live to make me want to invest in them. Not to mention, if it's cold enough to snow, it's cold enough I don't want to ride anyway.

So I'm sticking with "hell no".
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I think I found the right motorcycle for the snow. Anyone up for a test drive? It would be interesting.

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post #10 of 48 (permalink) Old 01-03-2018, 02:51 PM
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hey look at that!

The one riding environment where flat black everything = hi visibility!

All you need is a BlackLight LED headlight bulb.
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