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Old 12-13-2012, 03:42 PM   #16
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I keep my 2009 Suzuki DR 650 ready to ride all year. The rest have their batteries pulled out and take turns on the trickle charger in the basement. Rode it around the block today but it was a bit chilly at 34.
same here. never really put the DR away for the year. it loves doing donuts in the snow in the back yard.
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:38 PM   #17
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there is not much snow here just loads of ice on the back road so cant take my bike out. same as the main road as clear.
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:36 PM   #18
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919 for winter

I have been using my honda 919 in the winter. I will ride it down to -5, if the roads are dry. Then, I'll give it a good wash in the spring
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Old 01-19-2013, 04:54 PM   #19
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Just picked up a $325 XS650 that needs top end work.

It should be running well before New Year's.
A $25 Vetter fairing will arrive shortly.
Well, I got the XS650 together and put it on the road a week ago. As soon as I took it down the road I knew the bike didn't suit me too well. The Vetter fairing was a giant echo chamber for the rattles of the twin. It really didn't do much for me overall. I rode it over to Canandaigua Motorsports for an inspection. They said the back tire wasn't quite good enough to pass inspection so I bought a new rear tire.



Except it was attached to a '98 GL1500 they had recently discounted.

104K miles, runs great and $2750 including inspection and a new rear tire.



Now THIS thing has some great wind protection! It's the SE model so it even has the ducted toe heaters. Love it for a salt bike.
I put over 100 miles on it today and was plenty warm in a still pocket of air. Temps were about 40 today and my road is still ice covered.
I just get up a little speed before the ice, pull in the clutch and my sphynkter, and glide over the ice stretches.

I'll sell the XS650 as soon as I get the title.
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Old 01-19-2013, 05:34 PM   #20
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Good deal on the GL. Certainly a good cold weather bike, but I would'nt want to ride it on the slippery stuff.
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Old 01-19-2013, 05:43 PM   #21
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Old 01-19-2013, 05:47 PM   #22
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toe heaters, that's great. the jugs on my oilhead work pretty good for that.

that's a nice bike that came with the tire
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Old 01-19-2013, 06:56 PM   #23
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Cool, you just went from one of the great shakers of all time to smooth as can be.

Goldwing for a winter rat!

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Old 01-19-2013, 10:17 PM   #24
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I ride the Ural all year, got over 35K on it so far. For winter I spray the bodywork down with Boeshield, especially where weld lines are, like around the tub. Everything else gets a brush coating of LPS oil. Also, I painted the inside of the fenders with Herculiner bedliner. In a few months the bike gets rinsed down to remove the salt and prepped for spring.



The Ural handles the slop a lot better than my truck. I finally added grip heaters the other week, they were a x-mas gift. Also, the hand and leg guards work great for reducing the winter wind blast.
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:35 AM   #25
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I ride the Ural all year, got over 35K on it so far. For winter I spray the bodywork down with Boeshield, especially where weld lines are, like around the tub. Everything else gets a brush coating of LPS oil. Also, I painted the inside of the fenders with Herculiner bedliner. In a few months the bike gets rinsed down to remove the salt and prepped for spring.



The Ural handles the slop a lot better than my truck. I finally added grip heaters the other week, they were a x-mas gift. Also, the hand and leg guards work great for reducing the winter wind blast.
Nice pic......and your little one is cute as a bug!!!!
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:12 AM   #26
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Nice pic......and your little one is cute as a bug!!!!
Ha, thanks!
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:16 AM   #27
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Like danielraible I just spray my Ural with a generous coating of Boeshield and off I go. It can be a PIA to remove in the spring but it works.

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Old 01-21-2013, 11:51 AM   #28
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:09 PM   #29
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Here is my winter beater, actually it is my everyday beater. Unless the roads are really icy or the windchill is below zero I ride this to work. I should also add that I live in Michigan and we get our fair share of snow and cold weather.


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Old 01-21-2013, 12:26 PM   #30
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SPH-5 helmet? Get the NVG mount and a set of ITT F4949 goggles and run around at night in stealth mode with the lights off. It's a hoot, not that I've ever done it.

That child is beautiful. Congrats!
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