Winter Riding Thread

Discussion in 'Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carp' started by 2upadv, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass Awful Kanauphyl

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    While I usually buy a cheap GL1500 for winter duty, this year's winter bike has 3 wheels. My 2wd Ural is too nice to put in the salt so I picked up this 1wd. I got an original set of Vetter HippoHands off ebay a couple years ago along with a used windshield. This bike gives me a lot less pucker factor on my icy road compared to the GWs of the past few years. Next year I'll keep my eye open for a GL1500 with a sidecar. If I find one I'll put a couple studded car tires on it.

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  2. 2upadv

    2upadv Been here awhile

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    Rob, I cant agree more. So far this winter has been good for Spiked rides up north with a heavy frost and a light coating of snow. Now just 1 more weekend of hunting season and then I can access a lot more trails:D
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  3. Piston

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    I'll be watching this thread as well. It may just get me to dive into the world of winter riding :D

    I don't have studded tires but am willing to stud the ones on my 640. Although, I was thinking of buying studded tires from Kevin's Cycles in MA instead.

    They have different "options" for studs, everything from pure ice studs that look pretty mean, to subtle studs for pavement. What do you guys recommend for trail riding with very little pavement involved? I know most of our trails are fairly rocky, so does that tear up the studs much?
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  4. 2upadv

    2upadv Been here awhile

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    If you are looking at only riding trails that are a mix of frozen ground, ice covered with maybe a little snow the mixed surface studs from Kevins would work. The auto studs are only good for pavement and the long spikes are best if the snow is a few inches deep or packed snowmobile trails.

    I am gong to build a set of Pirelli Rally tires with rally studs to do some dirt road riding with limited pavement on the F800 this winter. They should come out like the mixed surface tires Kevin's is selling.
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  5. akarob

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    A new set of rally studded tires will run about $700. Its a good chunk but I can honestly say Ive tried the other options like home made hardware and it's worth it. The carbide tolerates street riding well and should last at least a few seasons of moderate use. I know Manchester Honda in CT carries well made winter trail tires.

    look at it this way, the two new tires will run you $200, that leaves $500 for the stud job. That's roughly $1 per stud, and they are quite labor intensive to install. Its not a bad deal at all.
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  6. Piston

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    My next question is....On my KTM 640E, my rear tire is a 140/80-18. Looking at http://www.kevinscycleracing.com/ I see they don't offer that size in the "mixed terrain" category.

    Is it important to have the same size, or can I go with something slightly smaller? Is it typical to go down a size because of the extra bulk of the studs?
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  7. lobolator

    lobolator Been here awhile

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    I ride a KLX250S with studs, a strapped on EX500 windshield, and BarrMitts over hand guards. For me, I wear my standard MC outerwear(with corresponding liners) with a couple of thin down jackets underneath (one with a hood that fits inside the helmet), long underwear, a balaclava, heated gloves (battery powered) inside Aerostitch triple digit over mitts, and heated insoles. I rode with an MX helmet with all the vents taped shut and goggles. Got frostbite on the tip of my nose once because I adjusted the balaclava and exposed it, took all of 30 seconds. Just ordered the Klim Arctic Balaclava to avoid a repeat of that. It should also let me use my full face w/o fogging up.

    I've ridden and been warm enough on my 25 mile commute in temps as low as -10ºF.

    As well as greasing up all the electrical connectors, I spray the bike with T-9 (a Boeing aircraft spray). It attracts a ton of crap but my bike was rust free once I washed it off in spring.
    The studs I use are #1200 Grip Studs, 100-125 per tire. Great traction until there is more than 2" of snow, from 2-4" traction is OK, after that not much traction, so I get in the car.

    Riding all winter has definitely made people more aware of motorcycles around here. Many give me a thumbs up, most just shake their heads.
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  8. 2upadv

    2upadv Been here awhile

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    Good question, I run one size smaller tire on the rear with the long studs and the same size tire with Auto studs.

    I am going to try the same tire size 150/70-17 for the rally studs. I have no idea how a smaller tire would handle but if a 130 is all that is available may be worth a try.
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  9. 2upadv

    2upadv Been here awhile

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    Just a pic of today

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    wool socks were key today also

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    Looks like mother nature might set us up for some fine trail riding this weekend if the rain that's predicted doesn't totally wreck the snow.

    Fingers crossed.:freaky
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  11. 2upadv

    2upadv Been here awhile

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    I am hoping that we get lots of rain to get rid of some snow!!! We have about 18 inches on the ground now so some rain and a good freeze should set up the snowmobile trails nicely.

    Been concentrating on building a set of Pirelli Rally with short studs for the F8 to ride the frozen dirt roads on because the snow got deep quick this year up here.
    Road riding is my only option now unless I trailer, let me know if you hit the woods. I can only get out on Sunday this weekend.
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    natedog39 Borderline Beefcake

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    My bike is disabled at the moment but should be together next week,if the trails get good it will be then anyway I imagine.
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  13. operose

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    About the same, here. Snow is pretty deep in the woods and even deeper in the open so the roads and dirt roads are a lot better riding. We are going to get another foot or something stupid like that this weekend so I'm looking for a cheap sled :lol3
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    Did my first snow riding today. It was awesome with trelleborg spiked tires. I'm hooked.

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  16. kjclark7

    kjclark7 Long timer

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    my winter ride yesterday. these tires just extended my riding season to all year!!!

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  17. cjbiker

    cjbiker Nobody's Robot

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    I'm so jealous of you guys that have trails open nearby in the winter.
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  18. 2upadv

    2upadv Been here awhile

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    Welcome to the Insanity of Winter :freakyRiding
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  19. 2upadv

    2upadv Been here awhile

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    Finished the rear tire for the F800, came out pretty good:D Cant wait to hit some frozen dirt roads with this

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  20. kjclark7

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    this figures. I get the trelly's, get them installed and the first weekend its 60 degrees and raining. snow will be all gone tomorrow. :baldy
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