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Old 02-04-2011, 01:27 PM   #511
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Thumb Helmet with electric shield

For those who have problems with their shield fogging up in this season, I have bought on ebay a GMAX GM44S with electric shield for less than $140 and I am VERY pleased with it! The problem has been solved completely and the visor seems also to be scratch resistant and of excellent optic quality. It seems like a good helmet to use even during summer.
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Old 02-07-2011, 05:35 AM   #512
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should I stay or should I go ? fell on my butt walking out to check the road surface, we got about a half inch of snow covered with 1 inch of ice pellets then coated with freezing rain ending about 6am this morning, plenty of salt in the road, the snow & ice covering it is mushy, my tires will handle it not problem,

but I so have to sand a path to the road to walk the bike out


before I left, I checked the forums, at least one rider on the way
the ride begins at Honey Dew

first stop, Kancamagus Pass, sorry, no sign for the photo, it's burried

more photo op


lunch stop


back home, putting bike away

the worse part of the Kanc was probably the first 7 or 8 miles out of Conway, the road surface was completely ice covered ½-1" thick with potholes to bare pavement, pace was only 35, due to car in front of us, and not particularly good conditions to pass only to go maybe 40mph, as we got past the turnoff to the covered bridge the condidtions were much better at least the wheeltrack toward the center was pavement, and as expected, evewrything above 2500 feet was pretty much snow covered with occasional streaks of bare pavement showing, the ride conditions down to Lincoln improved quicklywith lower elevation, Most of the ride temps were in low 30's, at the pass, temps were prolly in low 20's at best, and a little breezy,
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Old 02-09-2011, 07:16 AM   #513
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"Interesting" commute yesterday: snow, sleet, freezing rain and lots of ice!
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Old 02-09-2011, 02:43 PM   #514
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That would be an an affirmative.

I am impressed. What was your average speed? I was nervous riding home from class with a skiff of snow, you are a god dear sir.
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Old 02-10-2011, 04:47 AM   #515
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I am impressed. What was your average speed? I was nervous riding home from class with a skiff of snow, you are a god dear sir.
Haha, thank you. Average speed varied, mostly due to traffic (which was heavy for the most part), though the road conditions varied as well. On the highway and faster secondaries, traffic speed was reduced to about 40mph (~3:10 in video) which was ok since I was going in a straight line and keeping time with traffic. Any faster though and I could feel my front tire losing it and my rear tire swinging to the right (with throttle).

When I showed the raw footage to my wife she thought people would find it boring since mostly I'm just going straight and I don't crash even though the conditions are for $hit. She thought the lower speed stuff (like ~1:26) where I'm going between 20-30mph would be better since I almost dish multiple times.

When I finally have my get-off on my street, I was going very slow since the street hadn't been plowed at all, which worked out well for me and the bike (and it turns out, the reason I went over was my front tire went into a snow covered ice-coated pothole and I couldn't save the front end).

Full disclosure: this was a technically difficult ride for me. It was awesome, but I was nervous as hell until I was back home in one piece.
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Old 02-10-2011, 09:22 AM   #516
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Haha, thank you. Average speed varied, mostly due to traffic (which was heavy for the most part), though the road conditions varied as well. On the highway and faster secondaries, traffic speed was reduced to about 40mph (~3:10 in video) which was ok since I was going in a straight line and keeping time with traffic. Any faster though and I could feel my front tire losing it and my rear tire swinging to the right (with throttle).

When I showed the raw footage to my wife she thought people would find it boring since mostly I'm just going straight and I don't crash even though the conditions are for $hit. She thought the lower speed stuff (like ~1:26) where I'm going between 20-30mph would be better since I almost dish multiple times.

When I finally have my get-off on my street, I was going very slow since the street hadn't been plowed at all, which worked out well for me and the bike (and it turns out, the reason I went over was my front tire went into a snow covered ice-coated pothole and I couldn't save the front end).

Full disclosure: this was a technically difficult ride for me. It was awesome, but I was nervous as hell until I was back home in one piece.
did you have studs on your tires?
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Old 02-10-2011, 09:54 AM   #517
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did you have studs on your tires?
No, I don't have any studs in my tires. Studs would have helped *A LOT* and if I had them, I probably wouldn't have dropped the bike... or maybe I would have. hahaha.

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And my rear tire:
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Old 02-10-2011, 12:43 PM   #518
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No, I don't have any studs in my tires. Studs would have helped *A LOT* and if I had them, I probably wouldn't have dropped the bike... or maybe I would have. hahaha.

ya, studs would help a lot, more than you can imagine

I watched yer video, and could see that you were fighting ruts and slippin and lidin quite a bit

I started running studs last winter, all the difference in the world, I can comfortable keep pace with 4dw SUV traffic in snow up to 6" deep

virgin unplowed snow is easiest, as it gets churned, the rolling friction becomes uneven

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDrRieJK3aQ
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Old 02-11-2011, 10:43 AM   #519
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Somebody in IL giving away some studded tires:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...&postcount=645

They are old and the back one looks a little aggresive for streets, but they are free for pick up...
[edit: I might have read too much into it, he says he is selling them early in the post...]
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Old 02-14-2011, 01:55 PM   #520
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Hi.

Hi,
I come from Italy and really love riding in the snow and when I've seen this thread I've not yet sopped to read.
Me and a group of mad guys are going to do for the second year a little meating like the Elefantentreffen in Germany, we have few immagination so we've decided to call it FintenTreffen (in italian it's a pun meaning that it's a false elefantentreffen). It born from those who like more the road you've to do to arrive in Solla (Elefantentreffen) than the bivouac you join once arrived. So we've decided to immagine an alternative tour with the only aim to find good road with snow.
Last year we have been in alps:

Montespluga



Livigno (very cold)



Livigno, flood


This weekend we are going to celebrate the second edition of this FintenTreffen: we will put our tents somewhere in Abruzzo we already don't know...

Hope you've enjoyed the photos.

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Old 02-15-2011, 01:47 PM   #521
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Some shots from Europe.

Munchen 2007 - Deutschland


Mittersil 2009 - Austria


Pereto 2009 - Italy




Campaegli 2011 - Italy


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Old 02-15-2011, 11:06 PM   #522
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Slicks arent s good in the white stuff. But I had fun gettin there
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Old 02-15-2011, 11:21 PM   #523
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Slicks!?! My balaclava, sir, is off to you...
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Old 10-04-2011, 10:24 PM   #524
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I hear the wasps are building their nests high, the badgers are fat, and my corns 'r a achin, so it must be time to prepare for a harsh winter.

Has anyone experimented with various chain lube techniques and found a difference specific to winter conditions? I know i was running the Dupont clear stuff when my current chain went on, but at some point the switch was made to Maximum Chain Guard. Unfortunately all of my lab notes on their respective performance were lost in the fire...
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Old 10-05-2011, 07:54 AM   #525
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I make a mixture of 75% ATF 25% Kerosene for my scottoiler in the winter and bump the drip rate up to 2 drips per minute instead of 1
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