Winter in Alaska 2012-2013

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by Alaskahack, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. Alaskahack

    Alaskahack Adventurer

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    I'm relatively new at owning a sidecar and read with earnest about the large sidecar groups that they have over in Europe, with groups of people riding out into the snowbanks and having great camp outs.

    The latest fellow I've been watching is PetrB who lives in Russia and who appears to be having a great time running around in the frozen north

    The area that I live in Alaska has had a long spell of no snow and whatever snow we have had was blown away by 65 to 70 mph winds The temperatures have been pretty low .

    But this last week the wind stopped temperatures rose to about 28-30 I decided to take the bike out.

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    A picture of my son who is also a inmate in the regional forums, he also ride a 1200GS

    Any way I wrote up a thread in the regional forums about winter riding

    I'm going to attach the link

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=853810

    If anyone has any winter riding stories please throw them in here



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  2. Alaskahack

    Alaskahack Adventurer

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    Monday of this week It really didn't look to promising 41 deg and raining

    By Wednesday we received 8" of snow and the temperatures dropped to the low teens. So I decided to install a snow chain on my rear automotive tire which is a 165/80-R15.

    A fellow inmate on this forum who scree name is Drone graciously offered to send the chain that he didn't need

    There was a very informative film clip that showed exactly how to install the chain on the tire looked like it was a snap to do. The only problem for me was a wheel well has a lot more room to move around. The tire area of a 1200 GS is a tad closer



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    There is some thing is hitting on the muffler can I can see this is going to be a work in progress

    But I had great traction moving forward and stopping. The chains are a little askew when I started off but everything centered itself by the time I got back

    I 'm going to do a couple more runs at it and let you know
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  3. Alaskahack

    Alaskahack Adventurer

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    I received my new DMC Sidecar just about a year ago

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    This is our first break-in ride to Talkeetna Alaska

    All during the time that I've had the sidecar my eventual goal was to be able to ride year round

    When I lived in Wyoming I had a bike that had some real aggresive knobbies. And I used to ride it year round on wind blown snow and had a great time.

    When I bought my GS I did some single track with it but soon realized it was way to heavy for me to be riding like that alone.

    I got the sidecar because my wife didn't like riding two-up

    We ended up doing close to 5,000 mi since I first uncrated it

    Winter came up and with it snow, ice, and cold weather. And I wondered why I can't keep riding?

    Well I tried everything I could come up with

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    The bike and car have all season radials. Because of the duel brake systems one on bike and second on side car. I never had any trouble stopping

    And taking off I had to learn how to control my engine a lot better

    I've never run it in deep snow but have in fresh snow with out that much of a problem

    The weak link is steering the bike through deep snow or on a icy road

    If the roadway is plowed you may find some spots that steering is not a problem, but most times it's going to be

    A inmate on this hack forum sent me one of a set of chains that he fad for his bike

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    But the clearance with the automotive tire was two close and the chains were hitting on the muffler But I did have great traction.

    A friend of mine drove down to see me from Whitehorse YT as he was was going to make a run up to Deadhorse Alaska in the middle of winter

    He showed me what he was using for studs

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    So I decided to move forward and buy a new front wheel and stud it


    This Is the company the sells the studs that we are now running just google the name we're using # 1200

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    Fresh wheel tire assembly

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    I finished up using a three- two pattern


    The other day we decided to drive up to Talkeetna Alaska

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    75 miles later

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    Short clip of around town

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    Next winter I'm going to run studded snows on pusher and car
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