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Old 01-04-2008, 07:35 PM   #1
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Snow Riding in Idaho

I'd spent quite a bit of time making a cheap set of snow tires...



I went the cheap route. I took a set of used tires, and put in the most corse-thread sheet metal screws I could find that weren't too long. I'm only in the whole set-up $15.

Kyle came over the evening before, and we spooned them on the XT.































Woke up, showered, and went to put the trailer on the Element. The lock on the trailer had 'frozen' or 'rusted'... and was locked on there. So... I had to spend 90 minutes to take it apart, get it to the locksmith, and get the lock taken off of it.



A little while later, and we were ready to roll...


Kyle doing what he does best - making ADVsnow.





This looked as good a place as any, so we unloaded, and made our way to Adventure Ave.





You don't want to slide off the road... or you're sure to get nippy in the creek.





After 5 miles, I had to stop, and take pics for Mike, to help him see that there weren't screws flying off and putting eyes out.











Some action shots while I was riding.














Once we got to Harris Creek Summit (pardon the poor stitch on the camera panoramic), we stopped to play in the deep snomobile play area.





Kyle has the pics of the bike on its' side from me trying to climb the sledding hill (you had to have known that was coming....) We'll see when he gets around to posting them...



We went on to Placerville









In Placerville, we stopped for coffee, and to see how the screws were holding up... still hadn't lost any...












The screws made for some funky tracks.





After re-charging at Placerville, Kyle was ready to roll...





He hopped on to give it a try.






























Note the goofy smile coming through the helmet. Clear evidence that this was a hoot.





He was ready to put on some miles.





So I tailed him for a while, hoping we weren't in for another E-room visit.






























In all, we put around 30 miles on in the time we had. We averaged around 25mph (because Harris Creek is very twisty, and there was quite a bit of traffic on it today), and didn't get going much over 40mph in order to not throw screws. Had I not been concerned with that... I know that the set-up would have done 55mph with stability. Imagine riding in pea-gravel, and that's about what it feels like ~ squirrely, but managable... esp once you get used to it.


We didn't loose a screw all day, which was heartening. It was pretty clear that we could have done 100 miles today, pretty easily. We were very easy on the throttle... just because I know that the way my screws are set would not handle too much abuse.



Afterwards...












We loaded up, and headed to the Mex food.

I'll likely go for a 75-100 miles ride next weekend... anyone in??
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Old 01-04-2008, 09:12 PM   #2
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Your buddy rides with a handgun?
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Old 01-04-2008, 10:00 PM   #3
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Looks like a great time. I have gotta try that setup. I cant stand to have the bike sitting for the entire winter.

p.s. I always ride with a handgun too.
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Old 01-04-2008, 10:21 PM   #4
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Glad it worked.

Found a source for ice studs: http://www.mfgsupply.com/ATVStuds.html

+1 on packing a gun.....the wolf packs are getting hungry this time of the year.


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Old 01-04-2008, 10:35 PM   #5
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Looks like ya had a great time !!!
And a lot of fun!!

We always carry when we're in the woods...
It's good to have one and not need it ..Then to need one and not have it!!!


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Old 01-05-2008, 12:36 AM   #6
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Old 01-05-2008, 06:00 AM   #7
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Nice!! thanks for the inspiration
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Old 01-05-2008, 06:16 AM   #8
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Nice report Ryan! Looks like the screw job did pretty well.


I ride with a firearm as well..I can't imagine going out without one. Although I didn't one in any of the pictures? Maybe I'm not awake yet..


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Old 01-05-2008, 06:39 AM   #9
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I think he thinks the muffler is a hand gun.......
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Old 01-05-2008, 07:35 AM   #10
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You're right, that looks like a hoot! Great scenery!
The folks on Rounders are gonna love this report.
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Old 01-05-2008, 08:43 AM   #11
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Old 01-05-2008, 08:56 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by idahoskiguy
Glad it worked.

Found a source for ice studs: http://www.mfgsupply.com/ATVStuds.html

+1 on packing a gun.....the wolf packs are getting hungry this time of the year.


+2

So are the methheads and freaks that one sometimes encounters in the middle of nowhere.


Glad it worked out. Looks like fun if I weren't so lazy.
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Old 01-05-2008, 10:38 AM   #13
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Your buddy rides with a handgun?

Maybe that's harder to grasp in other parts, but here in the western US, if you come along someone in the remote areas, far safer to assume they ARE armed. Things are much more civil when everyone's packin'
Nice RR, RWC!
I can't claim a ton of experience, but what I have picked up tells me you have more ice screws in than needed. Fewer=lighter rotating mass....
I'm thinking 2 in center blocks, 1 only in any other
Could ya lean very far?
Cross it up?
Useta ride some hard-pack snowmobile trails myself- sled riders always looked at me funny.....
Offing the trail was a sure endo!
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Old 01-05-2008, 11:04 AM   #14
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Glad it worked.

Found a source for ice studs: http://www.mfgsupply.com/ATVStuds.html

+1 on packing a gun.....the wolf packs are getting hungry this time of the year.


I pulled the pick of him peeing, in which is Glock was exposed a bit... only so the eastern guys () didn't freak out and turn the thread into a political mess regarding handguns.

I always carry when I ride.

On a side note, when I was up near Lucky Peak last weekend, we came on 2 wolves right on the lake. That was the 1st time I'd seen them that low (Lucky Peak is only 20-30 minutes out of the outskirts of Boise).

The thread pattern for the screws seamed to work well. The ice screw guys load each knobbie with 2-7 screws per knob... so if figured on per knob in the front, and a few per knob in the back where the traction is (in the center), and one on the outsides of the tread. It worked great. If felt a lot like riding in pea-gravel.

Next (when I get the $$), I'll likely get a set of Trak Master II's and put 5//8 Gold Screws in them.
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Old 01-05-2008, 12:35 PM   #15
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Here is a thread you guys might want to check out.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=296207

Terminal boredom is hitting us in Colorado too.
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