Salt bikes. What are you riding this winter?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by madeouttaglass, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    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.:baldy 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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  2. u wish u could ride

    u wish u could ride SHELTON CONNECTICUT.

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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:D
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  3. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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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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  4. u wish u could ride

    u wish u could ride SHELTON CONNECTICUT.

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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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  5. damurph

    damurph Cold Adventurer

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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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  6. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    wut? Does not compute. :lol3

    I got an old Radian for salt duty.
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  7. St. Arbucks

    St. Arbucks Looking for clues...

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    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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  8. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    Just picked up a $325 XS650 that needs top end work.
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    It should be running well before New Year's.
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    A $25 Vetter fairing will arrive shortly.
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  9. beeper

    beeper Badger tickler

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    95 KLR 250
    Pic from the day I brought it home.
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    Cut down discarded 70's era luggage rack for commuter duty..

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    Homemade wind guards from old plastic bedliner, cut down tall screen from my old KLR 650 and heated grips

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    Studded Trackmasters :D

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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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  10. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    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. :evil
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  11. bart802

    bart802 Adventurer

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    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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  12. themocksta

    themocksta Lost in this place

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    What snow??? :hide
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  13. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    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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  14. orangebear

    orangebear Long timer

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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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  15. Nailhead

    Nailhead Free at last!

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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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  16. newride

    newride Been here awhile

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    same here. never really put the DR away for the year. it loves doing donuts in the snow in the back yard. :D
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  17. orangebear

    orangebear Long timer

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    there is not much snow here just loads of ice on the back road so cant take my bike out. same as the main road as clear.
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  18. speedisgood

    speedisgood Adventurer

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    I have been using my honda 919 in the winter. I will ride it down to -5, if the roads are dry. Then, I'll give it a good wash in the spring
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  19. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    Well, I got the XS650 together and put it on the road a week ago. As soon as I took it down the road I knew the bike didn't suit me too well. The Vetter fairing was a giant echo chamber for the rattles of the twin. It really didn't do much for me overall. I rode it over to Canandaigua Motorsports for an inspection. They said the back tire wasn't quite good enough to pass inspection so I bought a new rear tire.

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    Except it was attached to a '98 GL1500 they had recently discounted. :D

    104K miles, runs great and $2750 including inspection and a new rear tire.

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    Now THIS thing has some great wind protection! It's the SE model so it even has the ducted toe heaters. Love it for a salt bike.
    I put over 100 miles on it today and was plenty warm in a still pocket of air. Temps were about 40 today and my road is still ice covered.
    I just get up a little speed before the ice, pull in the clutch and my sphynkter, and glide over the ice stretches.

    I'll sell the XS650 as soon as I get the title.
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  20. beeper

    beeper Badger tickler

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    Good deal on the GL. :D Certainly a good cold weather bike, but I would'nt want to ride it on the slippery stuff.
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