Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!! Snow & Ice Riding.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by chaos616, Dec 25, 2008.

  1. chaos616

    chaos616 Sasquatch

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    Does anyone else winter ride in the north where its snowy and icy? I decided this year that I wanted to try my hand at riding all winter long, so far its worked pretty well! I am sick of putting the bike away every year and having to resort to the truck. I get more parking tickets, have to find parking places, waste more gas...oh, and everyone else is driving trucks.

    Instead of destroying my nice Kawasaki Vulcan, I took my old dirtbike, XR250R, and got it road legal and licensed. Its a blast!

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    Yes, it only has a kickstart, and no, it doesn't always start the easiest.

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    Trying to warm the bike up, its fickle when you don't.

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    This picture was taken in Duluth, getting ready to head down to the Aerostitch Rider Wearhouse to show off the beast!

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    Going to take on the Duluth hills! (studs help!)

    I will post more pictures later when I get them.
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  2. roger123

    roger123 Long timer

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    Dude, I hope you buy some gear at Aerostitch:lol3 :huh :eek1 Are those jeans!!!???

    Very cool (literally), I used to ride my IT 125 on the snowmobile trails in the UP. It's a blast, I'd be nervous now of the cages though!!
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  3. Graywolf11

    Graywolf11 Lobo Loco Moto

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  4. mesaliving

    mesaliving Making it happen

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    Nice Bro :thumb My wife is from Duluth and is actually looking over my shoulders saying..."see you can ride in Duluth in the Winter...."

    Thanks bro for the help :ken

    She has been trying to talk me into living up there for years and the only thing going for me was the no year round riding......until now. Might see you up there.





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  5. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    I spent my childhood just up the road from you in Hibbing....
    I never could wait for spring to go for a ride!! :ricky
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  6. GB

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    You must be really eager to ride!! Hope you get it vertical :thumb
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  7. chaos616

    chaos616 Sasquatch

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    I would love some Aerostitch pants, but cannot afford right now, so I just wear long underwear under the jeans, works out good for around town!

    Thats awsome that other people ride in the winter, I knew there were a few, but I suppose you gotta be kinda crazy, or obsessed.

    Thanks for the comments!
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  8. BigAl17402

    BigAl17402 Adventurer

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    Dick's Sporting Goods sells windproof/waterproof snowpants that'll fit over your jeans for around $20. They don't offer the protection like Aerostitch, but they're a hell of alot warmer than just jeans and long underwear.
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  9. Yellow Iron

    Yellow Iron Long timer

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  10. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

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    Haven't been out in the Minnesota snow since 1974 ... Thinking about giving it another try on the TE510 :evil

    I'm a little worried about all the cages sliding around though.. maybe the lakes will offer more fun.

    Oh.. I wore jeans also.

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  11. Spicy McHaggis

    Spicy McHaggis Darth Peach's cracker...

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  12. Duscherck

    Duscherck Vufera Era

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    ehmm..the multistrada it's always the right bike :ricky ........:D
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  13. AlpineRAM

    AlpineRAM PartsChaser

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    Not much snow today, but a blast to ride, as usual I was too obsessed with riding to shoot more pics...

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    On the other hand, I gave my wife the proper salute upon return from the ride...

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    Hope you all had a nice X-mas

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  14. southforkspeedster

    southforkspeedster koolaidless

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    I have been spending some time on the DRZ.....Date is not correct in the photo...........this was last week sometime.......42 mile round trip commute to work, 8 degrees C:deal :deal

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    My lonely tracks too and from work:wink:

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    It was actually dark out both ways...............a shot of what it really looked like without manipulating the light in the camera:eek1

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    A couple of nights before these photos.............

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  15. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    Bah Humbug! Snow and Ice? No way! I'll be takin' the cage, thank you. I wanted to ride my beemer to work today. From what the weather man said if I hurried up and left the house, I could beat the rain (70 F here today) and it would quit raining by this afternoon. I went out of the house and wouldn't you know it? Already raining. OK it was warm, but the Polar Bear Run is Thursday and I didn't want to get my bike dirty.

    I may be a wuss, but I am not a moron.
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  16. concours

    concours WFO for 44 years

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    Probably just as well you let the Vulcan sit out the winter....
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  17. riceless

    riceless Let's Ride!

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    Watch your step. There's cactus under there!

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    It's easier with "small bikes"

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    Tough climb even without snow.

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    And even easier with a really small bike.

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  18. kwakbiker

    kwakbiker Been here awhile

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    Good riding, we dont quite get that much snow in my part of the Uk but do ride all year round:evil
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  19. Carlo Muro

    Carlo Muro SupercĂ zzola

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    you're a little gutsier than most to do that up in MN. I spent a winter up there in Grand Rapids (little ways west of Duluth on Rt 2) and it was COLD. Was one of the warmest winters they ever had though:lol3

    There was a fellow up there that worked at one of paper mills that rode year round but I can't remember his name.

    I'm here shaking and drinking tea after doing 80 miles in 32 degree and pouring rain. Ice was a major concern.

    You have my respect bro.
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  20. montibank

    montibank Happy

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    What screws are you using to stud your tires? I thought about doing that for grins and giggles last week. Does it work? How do you keep from punturing your tubes?

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