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Old 01-09-2011, 01:20 PM   #451
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We have snow today so I took our bikes out for a ride. Both WR250Rs have brand new knobbies- one studded, one not.









The bare tire start...

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Old 01-09-2011, 01:22 PM   #452
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Today I have found the limits of my winter set-up. I was riding on a non maintained road completely iced up, the sun was shining and the bike was feeling so well planted that I started to go faster and faster. On a curve I went down, without even having the time to realize what was going on. All the sudden my shoulder and my legs were sliding on the ice, with the bike in front of me, until we eventually stopped on a snow bank.
Thankfully all the protection worked and I did not hurt myself, except for my left fingertip, which got squished by the clutch lever (hopefully it is not broken: it is time to buy a set of good hand guards!). The bike is fine: just a bent shift lever and a scratched left engine case.
What happened was that my front tire lost traction all the sudden (even if it is studded) and there was no time to regain control.
Just a remainder that we are pushing the limits riding motorcycles in winter-land
Glad you're OK. It pays to be a little conservative but it's always hard not to push it when your confort level rises.
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Old 01-09-2011, 02:24 PM   #453
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More studs?

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Glad you're OK. It pays to be a little conservative but it's always hard not to push it when your confort level rises.
Thank you. You are right! Maybe it is also time to add more studs. I have tried the Maxi Grip studs and I like them: easier to mount on the front kenda 760 (the screws are much smaller than the aerostich ones and also cheaper ($ 80 for 100 on ebay)
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Old 01-10-2011, 11:23 AM   #454
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Well, I tried it today in the snow. I thought the mefo explorers would be the hot ticket for snow riding. Any front input and the front end wanted to wash and tuck. I think the snow was a bit too dry. It wasn't packing in the tires like I expected. That's ok I've got two more days of snow coming, maybe it'll be a bit more wet later. FWIW the back seemed to hook up pretty good. No worse than a conti TKC in the mud.
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Old 01-10-2011, 11:43 AM   #455
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Out in the hills, riding in the snow on dirt is one thing (just for laughs), but riding in snow on the street (with cars around) is way out there at (beyond!) the limit of the safety envelope.

I wish you good luck and hope you make it to Spring!
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Old 01-10-2011, 11:58 AM   #456
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Does traction control and ABS work in snow?
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Old 01-10-2011, 01:36 PM   #457
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Does traction control and ABS work in snow?
the haters aren't going to like this, but the ABS on my bike did just fine down a snowy/slushy gravel road. It was kinda steep and i was on tourances, so i only went about 5mph using mostly the rear brake with a little front. Rear would hit a slick spot, chug-a-lug, bike would remain up right and fine. I stopped near the bottom to take this pic w/o any issues.

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Old 01-10-2011, 06:56 PM   #458
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Well, I tried it today in the snow. I thought the mefo explorers would be the hot ticket for snow riding. Any front input and the front end wanted to wash and tuck. I think the snow was a bit too dry. It wasn't packing in the tires like I expected. That's ok I've got two more days of snow coming, maybe it'll be a bit more wet later. FWIW the back seemed to hook up pretty good. No worse than a conti TKC in the mud.
Try limiting the handlebar input by using your legs to steer the bike and experiment with tire pressure. I lower my pressures to 20 psi and below in the winter. Practice, practice...once you get the hang of it you've learned a new skill and are having a blast.
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Old 01-10-2011, 09:12 PM   #459
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Does traction control and ABS work in snow?
As godforsaken awful and scary as it is in the dirt, the ABS on my 800 GS is awesome in the snow, and incredibly awesome riding with the studs on bare pavement.
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got caught in a snow squall last week on my V-strom, it didn't even slow mw down, studded Karoo T in front, General Altimax Artic car tire on back

snow was 2-3 inches deep within minutes, near whiteout conditions
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Old 01-11-2011, 09:53 AM   #461
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As godforsaken awful and scary as it is in the dirt, the ABS on my 800 GS is awesome in the snow, and incredibly awesome riding with the studs on bare pavement.
That was my experience too, for the most part.
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Old 01-11-2011, 10:22 AM   #462
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Wow there's some brave souls out there - Just snowed here, only a couple inches but I don't dare ride when the winter weather is like this (slippery). Also might have to do with the fact that I don't have insurance... haha there's an article on http://www.motorcycleinsurance.org about how crazy you have to be to ride in some conditions w/o insurance, you guys would probably appreciate
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Old 01-12-2011, 03:23 PM   #463
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still snowing, about 14" so far,

path shoveled to the road


bike is put away, spun up the rear wheel a bit while pushing it in to the basement


the limits are about 6" snow depth, then the front wheel stops rolling and begins plowing, the belly pan of my V-strom begins to drag on the snow

virgin snow is easier than churned & rutted snow, the tire combo I have rear General Altimax Artic (unstudded) and front Karoo T (studded) works well,
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Old 01-12-2011, 03:44 PM   #464
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Awesome! We've gotten about 2 feet here I think so far? It's still coming down....I've been shoveling all day and had to take a break for a sweet motorcycle ride.....

1985 Honda Shadow vt500c with a Duro HF904 on the rear (not studded) and a Michelin T63 (rear) mounted backwards on the front (not studded). I was *really* really happy with how the bike handles in the snow. Had an absolute blast and got some AWESOME looks from people. Will upload the video from my helmet cam at some point!





The video doesn't reflect how steep and slippery our hill is, and making the 180 degree turn into our driveway (which keeps going uphill in the opposite direction) is, ahem, difficult when conditions are slick.

But LOTS OF FUN!!!!
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Awesome! We've gotten about 2 feet here I think so far? It's still coming down....I've been shoveling all day and had to take a break for a sweet motorcycle ride.....

1985 Honda Shadow vt500c with a Duro HF904 on the rear (not studded) and a Michelin T63 (rear) mounted backwards on the front (not studded). I was *really* really happy with how the bike handles in the snow. Had an absolute blast and got some AWESOME looks from people. Will upload the video from my helmet cam at some point!





The video doesn't reflect how steep and slippery our hill is, and making the 180 degree turn into our driveway (which keeps going uphill in the opposite direction) is, ahem, difficult when conditions are slick.

But LOTS OF FUN!!!!
He's home from work!!

Awesome.
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