Snow Riding in Idaho

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by ryanwilliamcantrell, Jan 4, 2008.

  1. ryanwilliamcantrell

    ryanwilliamcantrell Get Out and Ride!!

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    I'd spent quite a bit of time making a cheap set of snow tires...



    I went the cheap route. I took a set of used tires, and put in the most corse-thread sheet metal screws I could find that weren't too long. I'm only in the whole set-up $15.

    Kyle came over the evening before, and we spooned them on the XT.

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    Woke up, showered, and went to put the trailer on the Element. The lock on the trailer had 'frozen' or 'rusted'... and was locked on there. So... I had to spend 90 minutes to take it apart, get it to the locksmith, and get the lock taken off of it.:pissed
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    A little while later, and we were ready to roll...


    Kyle doing what he does best - making ADVsnow.





    This looked as good a place as any, so we unloaded, and made our way to Adventure Ave.
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    You don't want to slide off the road... or you're sure to get nippy in the creek.
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    After 5 miles, I had to stop, and take pics for Mike, to help him see that there weren't screws flying off and putting eyes out.
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    Some action shots while I was riding. :nod
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    Once we got to Harris Creek Summit (pardon the poor stitch on the camera panoramic), we stopped to play in the deep snomobile play area.
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    Kyle has the pics of the bike on its' side from me trying to climb the sledding hill (you had to have known that was coming....) We'll see when he gets around to posting them...:(:



    We went on to Placerville
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    In Placerville, we stopped for coffee, and to see how the screws were holding up... still hadn't lost any...
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    The screws made for some funky tracks.
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    After re-charging at Placerville, Kyle was ready to roll...
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    He hopped on to give it a try.
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    Note the goofy smile coming through the helmet. Clear evidence that this was a hoot.
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    He was ready to put on some miles.
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    So I tailed him for a while, hoping we weren't in for another E-room visit. :lol2
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    In all, we put around 30 miles on in the time we had. We averaged around 25mph (because Harris Creek is very twisty, and there was quite a bit of traffic on it today), and didn't get going much over 40mph in order to not throw screws. Had I not been concerned with that... I know that the set-up would have done 55mph with stability. Imagine riding in pea-gravel, and that's about what it feels like ~ squirrely, but managable... esp once you get used to it.


    We didn't loose a screw all day, which was heartening. It was pretty clear that we could have done 100 miles today, pretty easily. We were very easy on the throttle... just because I know that the way my screws are set would not handle too much abuse.



    Afterwards...
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    We loaded up, and headed to the Mex food. :nod

    I'll likely go for a 75-100 miles ride next weekend... anyone in?? :evil
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  2. RobbieO

    RobbieO Muskokatard

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    Your buddy rides with a handgun?:chace
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  3. mtnbiker1096

    mtnbiker1096 Wishing I was there

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    Looks like a great time. I have gotta try that setup. I cant stand to have the bike sitting for the entire winter.

    p.s. I always ride with a handgun too. :chace
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    idahoskiguy Long timer

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  5. LadyDraco

    LadyDraco KillerSmileIHazIt !!

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    Looks like ya had a great time !!!
    And a lot of fun!!:clap

    We always carry when we're in the woods...
    It's good to have one and not need it ..Then to need one and not have it!!!


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  6. Spicy McHaggis

    Spicy McHaggis Darth Peach's cracker...

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    Sweet!!!!!
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  7. GB

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    Nice!! :vardy thanks for the inspiration :thumb
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  8. brother dan

    brother dan Lost in my mind

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    Nice report Ryan! Looks like the screw job did pretty well.


    I ride with a firearm as well..I can't imagine going out without one. Although I didn't one in any of the pictures? Maybe I'm not awake yet..


    Dan
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  9. RoyB

    RoyB Dartmouth, Massacusetts

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    I think he thinks the muffler is a hand gun.......
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  10. SheRidesABeemer

    SheRidesABeemer Go Big or Go Home.

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    You're right, that looks like a hoot! Great scenery! :clap
    The folks on Rounders are gonna love this report.
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  11. sachiwilson

    sachiwilson Been here awhile

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    Very cool! :clap
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  12. ronsolo

    ronsolo Hooplehead

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    So are the methheads and freaks that one sometimes encounters in the middle of nowhere.


    Glad it worked out. Looks like fun if I weren't so lazy.
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  13. Hammer

    Hammer Hawlin' aZZ

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    Maybe that's harder to grasp in other parts, but here in the western US, if you come along someone in the remote areas, far safer to assume they ARE armed. Things are much more civil when everyone's packin'
    Nice RR, RWC!
    I can't claim a ton of experience, but what I have picked up tells me you have more ice screws in than needed. Fewer=lighter rotating mass....
    I'm thinking 2 in center blocks, 1 only in any other
    Could ya lean very far?
    Cross it up?
    :thumbUseta ride some hard-pack snowmobile trails myself- sled riders always looked at me funny..... :poser
    Offing the trail was a sure endo! :doh
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  14. ryanwilliamcantrell

    ryanwilliamcantrell Get Out and Ride!!

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    I pulled the pick of him peeing, in which is Glock was exposed a bit... only so the eastern guys (:lol2) didn't freak out and turn the thread into a political mess regarding handguns.

    I always carry when I ride.

    On a side note, when I was up near Lucky Peak last weekend, we came on 2 wolves right on the lake. That was the 1st time I'd seen them that low (Lucky Peak is only 20-30 minutes out of the outskirts of Boise).

    The thread pattern for the screws seamed to work well. The ice screw guys load each knobbie with 2-7 screws per knob... so if figured on per knob in the front, and a few per knob in the back where the traction is (in the center), and one on the outsides of the tread. It worked great. If felt a lot like riding in pea-gravel.

    Next (when I get the $$), I'll likely get a set of Trak Master II's and put 5//8 Gold Screws in them.
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  15. ironbrewer

    ironbrewer Hopefully Riding

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  16. ditchbanker

    ditchbanker Owner of dull user line

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    It was great time. Anyone with a set of DR wheels they aren't using could make this a wintertime hobby for me :deal
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  17. ryanwilliamcantrell

    ryanwilliamcantrell Get Out and Ride!!

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    It snowed here today, so I got to take the bike to Wal-Mart this morning. :clap
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  18. BikePilot

    BikePilot Long timer

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    looks like fun! I've done a fair bit of snow riding too, but could never get the screws to stay put for more than an hour or so. All my attempts were on a 250 two stroke and I tended to spin though the snow and grab rocks and dirt... but the grip was great while it lasted:clap
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  19. JMartin

    JMartin Been here awhile

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    Hey guys,

    Glad to see the cold weather hasn't got you down. Thanks for showing us your ingenuity and good time. Happy New Year.

    Jay
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  20. ryanwilliamcantrell

    ryanwilliamcantrell Get Out and Ride!!

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    Hi Jay!

    I've put a new shock in the XT since you and I went out to Hemmingway - handles pretty reasonably now.

    Good to hear from you. :nod
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