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Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by Monsignore, Nov 7, 2012.
I rode in that same snow, yeah the first one sucks.
But I will say we got less than you did.
There's a reason I don't live north of I-10.
Ravyn, Glad to know I wasn't the only idiot, er enthusiast out there. I can't imagine how pissed I'd be if I dropped a new-to-me bike as beautiful as that Griso, instead of my GS. And just think, what other ride is going to be worse than your first one?
YOUNZ, windmill: I have a copy of the yellow book sitting on my coffee table right now. I was certainly wishing for that third wheel while sucking down that restorative glass of bourbon.
Sandy's snow fell in WNC so it was time to head to Floriduh with the bike in the back of the truck.
I know, I am a wimp.
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Are you kidding? Jeans and sneakers + frozen roads = :huh
Zactly. Moto fever stupidity in full effect. I was coming from work and couldn't double back to my place and pick up all my gear because the dealership would have been closed by the time I would have gotten back.
Oh, Oh, Georgia snow.....
We almost never get the fluffy stuff.
Yeah, we get the fluffy stuff down here. About 18 inches, ready for harvest.
As I mentioned on the NYC Commuter thread, I dropped my Tiger 1050 in the snow Fed 2011. Not a scratch on me (one-piece Teiz MS suit ), but I landed on my right side with my arm tucked under, and I cracked a rib on my back.
I had almost made it all the way home that night. I was about five blocks from my house. About 1.5" of snow on the ground. I was pulling away from a red light, as smooth and gentle as can be. "Dammit, I'm gonna make it!" Go to short-shift from first to second gear, and I hit a false neutral. :eek1
The rear started coming around, and around, and around, and...
You really don't know what 500 lbs feels like until you have to pick it up in the snow with a broken rib.
All this plus the hazards on.
Yup. One of only two times I've ever been pinned under a bike was GS on snow. I've crashed enough that I've generally gotten the hang of "getting off" the bike in time, even if that's as inelegant as jumping clear. That does, of course, require that you know you're about to crash. In the ice it was "This isn't so bad..." *0.000005 seconds later" "oh I'm on the floor, how do did that happen? Oh bugger the bike is on my leg and I can't get out".
when else da ya get a chance to countersteer with a cage ?
quite honestly, rear 2wd gets you around as good as ya need to all 4wd does is get ya suck further off the road, the only advantage I have found with 4wd is generally they have more ground clearance to help thru deeper snow
Dad always told me, "Every car on the road is four wheel STOP." I will never forget the first time he had to drive his '09 Forester with the all time Symmetrical AWD (whatever that means) on about 2 inches of snow... went out of the driveway, and all the way across the road into the ditch. Brand new car. Had it about a month. Had to go back up to the shop and come back with the tractor to get it out.
I've owned three vehicles that were good in the snow. My '88 Mighty Max, little truck, as long as the wheels could hit the ground it would go. Easy to get it stopped too. My '89 Chevy 1500, Easiest way to get it unstuck is to stop, get out, and put the chains on it - then it's unstoppable. (It helps that it's a big ugly beat-to-shit longbed truck, because even the most crazed lexus 450 SUV pilot will think twice about getting anywhere near it) And last but not least, a 1976 Caprice Coupe. This was the last year for the truly massive Caprice/Impala. The driver's door alone weighed as much as my KLR. It had a 454. Throw a few sandbags in the trunk, and it would go anywhere you pointed it. Just had to plan ahead when stopping, it took a little while. Never got stuck. Never lost control.
None of these, of course, are as fun in the snow as my 250 Husqvarna. Wish I could ride THAT to work.