Originally Posted by 390beretta
Riding is tough enough in my opinion....Why introduce no traction?
It really takes some preparing and know-how to stay safe on a motorcycle in wintry conditions.
If you've got little experience of riding in snow&ice, and have the same street tyres you use in the summer, you're probably depending on sheer luck. Sometimes it can get you home, sometimes it won't. The really bitchy thing about winter is, that grip level can go from almost tolerable to slippery as hell and back within a few hundred feet, and exact road condition can change again in five minutes. On a heavy bike and no winter tyres, more than 9 out of 10 times you go down instantly, when you hit that real slippery patch, there's just no way to steer. It's important to understand, that this is NOT in any way comparable to bad roads, or even sand or mud. Getting into a situation like that in traffic is something you want to avoid.
If you take it seriously, invest on tyres & cold riding gear AND you really want to take your time to learn those tricks, then you might be okay (..but better prepare for a few stumbles even then!)
But if it's more like "well, it started to snow, but I'll still ride home from work and see how it goes", then you're just being stubborn, and that might bite you.
As stated before, the weight of the bike is important here. Think 125-400cc enduro type, those would be ideal, with good tyre options available.