Salt bikes. What are you riding this winter?

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

  1. NoVa Rider

    NoVa Rider Long timer

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  2. Monroe

    Monroe Been here awhile

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    toe heaters, that's great. the jugs on my oilhead work pretty good for that.

    that's a nice bike that came with the tire :clap
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  3. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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    Cool, you just went from one of the great shakers of all time to smooth as can be.

    Goldwing for a winter rat!

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  4. danielraible

    danielraible Adventurer

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    I ride the Ural all year, got over 35K on it so far. For winter I spray the bodywork down with Boeshield, especially where weld lines are, like around the tub. Everything else gets a brush coating of LPS oil. Also, I painted the inside of the fenders with Herculiner bedliner. In a few months the bike gets rinsed down to remove the salt and prepped for spring.

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    The Ural handles the slop a lot better than my truck. I finally added grip heaters the other week, they were a x-mas gift. Also, the hand and leg guards work great for reducing the winter wind blast.
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  5. Gham

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    Nice pic......and your little one is cute as a bug!!!!:clap
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  6. danielraible

    danielraible Adventurer

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    Ha, thanks!
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  7. Railbender

    Railbender Long timer

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    Like danielraible I just spray my Ural with a generous coating of Boeshield and off I go. It can be a PIA to remove in the spring but it works.

    :freaky
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  8. scramblase

    scramblase ATGATT -> Met/Isoleucine

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  9. Dan in Grand Rapids

    Dan in Grand Rapids Adventurer

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    Here is my winter beater, actually it is my everyday beater. Unless the roads are really icy or the windchill is below zero I ride this to work. I should also add that I live in Michigan and we get our fair share of snow and cold weather.

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  10. fireflyr

    fireflyr Been here awhile

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    SPH-5 helmet? Get the NVG mount and a set of ITT F4949 goggles and run around at night in stealth mode with the lights off. It's a hoot, not that I've ever done it.:evil

    That child is beautiful. Congrats!
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  11. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    It's getting to be that time of year again. The GL1500 is long gone so I started looking for another winter bike. I should be picking up a KLR650 in a few days.
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  12. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Looking for another basement bike. Probably another jap 4 this year. :norton
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  13. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    DR350 for me. Going to look into studding my tires, otherwise it's just going to get heated grips, a small windscreen, and a regular spraying-down with some sort of anti-corrosion stuff.
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  14. exoff-roadgoat

    exoff-roadgoat Will ride for food

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    DR 650 for me. If the roads are clear I'm riding. No windshield or heated grips for me. I just ride around town but people think I'm nuts on the real cold days. Maybe I am? If I get cold I stop at McDonalds for coffee and surf ADV.:D
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  15. BryonLewis

    BryonLewis Been here awhile

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    I've read in some other forums about a guy in NH going darkside on the rear with studs and knobby on the front of a V-strom. Anybody have any experience with a darkside winter tire?
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  16. Yostwerks

    Yostwerks Been here awhile

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    I ride all winter when the roads are clear.

    A good pair of handlebar mitts is critical...
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    If I'm feeling especially adventurous, I put in a day of Norcic skiing.
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    And of course, cappuccino to aid in my recovery :D
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  17. MiteyF

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    This will be my first winter in a part of the country that needs salt. I've dealt with rain for years, but not really much snow... And since I don't have any $$ for a dedicated snow bike (although I've got a good idea of what I want when I do) it looks like the Strom will be getting EXTRA dirty this winter
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  18. windmill

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    Spray your boke with ACF 50 or Bioshield. even regular applications of WD 40 will make a major difference,hatever you use, make sure to let it dry overnight before you ride.

    RandyO has lots of experience with winter car tires on his Strom, and sounds real pleased with the results.

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  19. KX50002

    KX50002 NooB, my ass

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    I'll be riding the 92 concours this winter, the heat that I complained about all summer long will be welcomed!! I just need to duct some up to the bars:D
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  20. bootzilla

    bootzilla Blah Blah, Woof Woof

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    Salt trucks?? Is that what they use when it gets below 75? Haven't seen one of those around here. When Winter comes around, we just switch from kevlar mesh to perforated leather...:D
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