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Old 12-02-2012, 03:46 PM   #1
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Salt bikes. What are you riding this winter?

Around here you don't want to ride any bike you plan on keeping once the salt trucks come out. Last year I wanted to get a crappy 2WD Ural to play with in winter. I ended up getting one that is way too nice for salt duty. The salters came out a few days ago and my bikes are all tucked away in the driveout basement until the spring rains clean the roads.
I just came home with a $325 XS650 that needs a little work. I now have my salt bike and the occasional warm winter days will no longer torment me. I have my slipstreamer windshield and HippoHands ready to go on as soon as I get the top end reassembled. Come spring I'll probably sell it to a bobber or cafe guy. What bike are you destroying in the salt this year?
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:08 PM   #2
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i figure if my wifes 25k car can be driven daily even when the salty liqiud stuff is wet and its still moving.Iwasnt gonna stop riding my 07 fjr on decent days been doing it for a couple of seasons(on differnt bikes) nothing fallen off yet!! I had A GOLDWING THAT NEEDED THE RIMS SANDED WITH 2000 PAPER ANFER ONE WINTER
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:24 PM   #3
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I don't have the heart to put my FJR in it. I also had a goldwing in the salt. I had to beadblast the wheels because so much liquid salt got behind the clearcoat. It recrystalized into large pockets and threw the balance off. I've had two Toyota trucks with frame issues from this mess.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:52 PM   #4
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i hear you but it wasvery nice out today and i rode to work on the yammi gonna have to try to wash things off more often !!good luck with the winter rider!!
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:58 PM   #5
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KLR does winter duty for me now. Saves the damage to the other machinery caused by salt. It crashes well and Rust Check is my friend. By the time spring comes i hate it but it has served me well for a few years.
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:16 PM   #6
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ural... way too nice for salt duty
wut? Does not compute.

I got an old Radian for salt duty.
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:40 PM   #7
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ST-1300 for Winder Riding!

Love my ST-1300 for winter riding. Lots of spare watts for heated gear, plus I finally have a use for that leg-cooking heat that it likes to throw out. Great 3-season bike!
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:42 AM   #8
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Just picked up a $325 XS650 that needs top end work.

It should be running well before New Year's.

A $25 Vetter fairing will arrive shortly.
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:46 PM   #9
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Just put it into service today, they've started salting and sanding recently and snow is expected this weekend. The F800GS has been parked.
I rode a KLR650 in the winter previously, it worked pretty good but I think this lighter version will be about perfect.
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:01 AM   #10
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Just picked up a $325 XS650 that needs top end work.
Don't know if you know about Hugh's. http://hughshandbuilt.com/
XS650 specialists. They sell all kinds of parts, if you get in a bind or decide you want to rephase the motor, or whatever.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:17 AM   #11
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salt bikes

I keep my 2009 Suzuki DR 650 ready to ride all year. The rest have their batteries pulled out and take turns on the trickle charger in the basement. Rode it around the block today but it was a bit chilly at 34.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:19 AM   #12
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What snow???
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:22 AM   #13
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What snow???
Damn Texans.
No snow here right now which is a little unusual for this time of year. BUT we did have some a while back and they salted the crap out of our roads. I'm working on gathering the parts this week.
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Old 12-09-2012, 12:07 PM   #14
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i have got a van to use as a winter hack. as there was no cheap bikes on ebay.

plus just cover the bike in acf50 and wash off the salt after every ride
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:38 PM   #15
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We don't have salt here, so I ride the 990 whenever it's warm & the mood strikes.

We also have skating-rink roads over and over throughout the winter, so it's definitely a trade-off.
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