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Old 12-21-2012, 02:03 PM   #31
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The choice of bike also makes a world of difference. A big GS, for example, is about twice as heavy as it should be for winter riding (I know some people do ride them in winter though). Think 125cc - 350cc enduro bikes, now those would be much more suited for wintry riding conditions, and also much easier to pick up when you crash
Yup. One of only two times I've ever been pinned under a bike was GS on snow. I've crashed enough that I've generally gotten the hang of "getting off" the bike in time, even if that's as inelegant as jumping clear. That does, of course, require that you know you're about to crash. In the ice it was "This isn't so bad..." *0.000005 seconds later" "oh I'm on the floor, how do did that happen? Oh bugger the bike is on my leg and I can't get out".
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:02 PM   #32
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I dont even drive a 2wd car if there is snow anywhere in the forcast.
when else da ya get a chance to countersteer with a cage ?

quite honestly, rear 2wd gets you around as good as ya need to all 4wd does is get ya suck further off the road, the only advantage I have found with 4wd is generally they have more ground clearance to help thru deeper snow
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:14 PM   #33
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when else da ya get a chance to countersteer with a cage ?

quite honestly, rear 2wd gets you around as good as ya need to all 4wd does is get ya suck further off the road, the only advantage I have found with 4wd is generally they have more ground clearance to help thru deeper snow

Dad always told me, "Every car on the road is four wheel STOP." I will never forget the first time he had to drive his '09 Forester with the all time Symmetrical AWD (whatever that means) on about 2 inches of snow... went out of the driveway, and all the way across the road into the ditch. Brand new car. Had it about a month. Had to go back up to the shop and come back with the tractor to get it out.

I've owned three vehicles that were good in the snow. My '88 Mighty Max, little truck, as long as the wheels could hit the ground it would go. Easy to get it stopped too. My '89 Chevy 1500, Easiest way to get it unstuck is to stop, get out, and put the chains on it - then it's unstoppable. (It helps that it's a big ugly beat-to-shit longbed truck, because even the most crazed lexus 450 SUV pilot will think twice about getting anywhere near it) And last but not least, a 1976 Caprice Coupe. This was the last year for the truly massive Caprice/Impala. The driver's door alone weighed as much as my KLR. It had a 454. Throw a few sandbags in the trunk, and it would go anywhere you pointed it. Just had to plan ahead when stopping, it took a little while. Never got stuck. Never lost control.

None of these, of course, are as fun in the snow as my 250 Husqvarna. Wish I could ride THAT to work.
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