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So I know street bikes on the snow is generally a bad idea(tested on a moped didn't get out of the yard but also not injured) but I have wondered if you could put some dual sport tires ment for more off-road and ride in the fresh snow at least?
 

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you could put knobbys on a light dirt bike and ride in the snow - better if its off road and not on slushy pavements

putting sheet metal screws in knobby tires and racing on the ice is an actual sport

in general, the problem with riding a motorcycle on the streets in snow and ice, is that MCs are self balancing while the wheels are spinning. If you dont believe this get your bike up to 40 mph and lock up the front wheel/brake. The bike will fall down so fast throwing you over the handle bars you wont know why you are suddenly lying in the street.

Its very very easy to lock up the brakes on any vehicle in the snow - that the real problem. On a light dirt bike you can keep one foot down most of the time, like you are power drifting in the dirt or mud, but it would be exhausting, because you would be holding the bike up with one foot or the other most of the time.

In WW2 BMW made a motorcycle with a side car that had a shaft drive to both rear wheels. It was unstoppable in the snow, better than our Jeeps. Likewise, police departments use 3 wheel motorcycles for funeral escorts year round up here in NY.

3 wheels is good. Two wheels is exhausting.
 
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I've ridden light dual sport bikes with full knobs on snow and it's a blast ! Up to about 8" deep, then it is a lot of work.
Hard packed snow is a little tricky but still fun . Icy spots are the ones that will put you down quick!
 

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I was once caught in a snow storm out in Washington state - riding I5 from Oympia to Tacoma. When I got off the bike, an inch of hard crusted snow covering the front of me cracked and fell off. No issues getting there but I sure wasn't going to risk driving home that night.

Ever since then I've wondered about making my own studded tires or getting a tire shop to do it for me.
 

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Ha long time ago the wife got sick of me and took the wagoneer and left me with just my 1976 FLH in the middle of winter. I had to go to work so had to drive in what ever weather we had. Some scary days I was wore out before I got to work.
 

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This is the exact reason when I got out of the Navy I never went back to Kansas City, as many will attest to on here , the closest I will get to snow is a SNOW CONE.
 

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This is the exact reason when I got out of the Navy I never went back to Kansas City, as many will attest to on here , the closest I will get to snow is a SNOW CONE.
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47 years ago when i had my enduro it was a blast in the snow. The tires are the key. I rode my Shadow in the snow and it was not great at best but with knobby tires it would be better. It was 6"+ of wet sloppy snow but it did ok. Slow and steady.
 

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Ok, I grew up in snow (I just hate it now that I am old), I grew up outside of Kansas City. We would take maxed out 125 and 250 MX racing bikes and head out, ice was the one thing to stay away from.
The golf course hated us the next spring , we would jump off the tee boxes and the back of the greens, we had a ball out on the backside of that golf course.
 

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Ok, I grew up in snow (I just hate it now that I am old), I grew up outside of Kansas City. We would take maxed out 125 and 250 MX racing bikes and head out, ice was the one thing to stay away from.
The golf course hated us the next spring , we would jump off the tee boxes and the back of the greens, we had a ball out on the backside of that golf course.
It was too deep when the bike stopped and the sod flew.
 
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