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Old 11-11-2006, 11:30 AM   #151
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Well, having a motorcycle under 700 lbs helps a little. If you have a bike that comes with reverse, winter riding may not be for you.
Hmm - your advice came a little too late. See this thread.





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Old 11-11-2006, 11:36 AM   #152
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Hi there,

I have a 2000 F650GS, which I could potentially ride this winter (Canada). What brand and grade of oil do you use in your bike? Do you change the grade/weight of the oil for the winter riding? (I'm currently running mine with Mobil 20w50.)

Thanks!

Allen
All my liquid-cooled bikes get the same oil, year 'round, whether I'm riding in Alaska at below zero temperatures or in Death Valley at over 100F - 5W-40 synthetic. Can't see any reason to put a high viscosity oil into an engine that has a thermostat to control the temperature, and the lighter oil flows better at start up.
But, oil selection seems to be a personal thing, with all too little reliance on what the manufacturers recommend. So run whatever makes ya feel good.
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Old 11-11-2006, 01:04 PM   #153
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Lots of good info here. I began riding in Minnesota winters during the early 70's as a starving student when effective cold weather gear was mostly army surplus. Because of the salt on the roads I sprayed my winter bikes liberally and often with WD 40, which was a new and wondrous substance back then. And because of the rapid cooling experienced by a air cooled engine used in subzero temps frequent oil changes were a must due to moisture contamination. This appeared as a white froth in the oil.
Alcan rider wisely pointed out the need to pee and pee again before suiting up. Something about riding in the cold with a bladder full of coffee can make peeing feel really urgent.
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Old 11-11-2006, 05:40 PM   #154
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Great photos there! But I hope someone warns that guy that his bike is a goldwing


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Old 11-11-2006, 08:08 PM   #155
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Great photos there! But I hope someone warns that guy that his bike is a goldwing
He had to use the wing, his KZ1300 is in the shop......


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Old 11-11-2006, 11:30 PM   #156
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He had to use the wing, his KZ1300 is in the shop......


Maybe forever
Hey!! Let's not be gettin' negative , it's only been there for... uh... about 3 years - so far.
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Old 11-11-2006, 11:36 PM   #157
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Great photos there! But I hope someone warns that guy that his bike is a goldwing
It just looks like one. Really, it's a KLR250. Just had bigger tires installed for better flotation in the soft stuff. Then a bigger seat for more comfort for the old duffer's butt. And more storage capacity added so the old phart could take all his medications along with him. And a big fairing and windshield to keep the wind off his aging bones. Lastly, an engine transplant 'cause the 250 couldn't lug all that weight up the hills. But no, that's just a KLR250. He don't ride nothing but dual sports.
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Old 11-12-2006, 04:42 PM   #158
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Whew, I can stop worrying about him then.



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It just looks like one. Really, it's a KLR250. Just had bigger tires installed for better flotation in the soft stuff. Then a bigger seat for more comfort for the old duffer's butt. And more storage capacity added so the old phart could take all his medications along with him. And a big fairing and windshield to keep the wind off his aging bones. Lastly, an engine transplant 'cause the 250 couldn't lug all that weight up the hills. But no, that's just a KLR250. He don't ride nothing but dual sports.
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Old 11-19-2006, 10:21 PM   #159
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7NMvt2fnsw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7NMvt2fnsw

Good winter riding video from germany.
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Old 11-20-2006, 06:56 PM   #160
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Great video, got any more?


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Good winter riding video from germany.
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Old 11-23-2006, 08:38 AM   #161
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There are 2 secrets to riding a bike in snow and ice.

The only problem is nobody knows what they are!






Sorry for that, its an old one but it made me laugh.
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Old 11-24-2006, 12:44 AM   #162
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Great video, got any more?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbYjMP85pZE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCJR6rHOzBw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQ7EOmdDdNY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIfa3-NBi5U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agc9z5TRTAs
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Old 11-26-2006, 07:48 AM   #163
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http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/streetsurvival/riding_in_cold_and_snow/

http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/str...cold_and_snow/
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Old 11-27-2006, 06:05 PM   #164
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Wow, that article is terrible.


Those videos are great though, thanks.
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Old 11-30-2006, 06:18 PM   #165
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1983. Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Rode this bike for two winters in a row to highschool, work, and everywhere in between. Dad thought it made me tough. Don't know much about all the hi-tech stuff, but I can recommend simple deerskin choppers with genuine wool liners.

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