Snow Ski mounting options.

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by ghetto johnny, Jul 30, 2020.

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Do you ride to Wintersports on your GS/GSA?

Poll closed Aug 7, 2020.
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  2. No

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  3. What's this Wintersports you speak of?

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  1. ghetto johnny

    ghetto johnny Adventurer

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    Way to early for this but here it goes.
    Does anyone know of any options to mount my Snow Skis for traveling to the Slopes in the Winter?
    I'm looking for some form of Rear Top Rack or Side Pannier Mounts.
    Thanks in advance.
    Let me know
    John.
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  2. PaulBarton

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    Have you checked out Snowbum’s site: bmwmotorcycletechinfo.com ?
    It’s airhead specific but he regularly ran his sidecar hack to the Tahoe-area ski resorts.

    not sure I like the idea of 2-wheels on snow/ice with a long skinny board with a metal edge mounted anywhere near me. The hack at least provides lateral stability and a place to put the skis away from your body.
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  4. ghetto johnny

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    thank you for the response. to me, i don't know of any real threat of being cut while riding. I've taken a couple of tumbles down Black Diamond trails and with no issues.
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    Years ago, maybe over a decade even, we had a guy on this board who strapped several 2 x 4s atop his crash bars and used the folding rear rack on an 1150 GSA, along with several lashes, to move an impressive volume of wood some minimal distance. I just remember it being amusing and getting quite a few reply posts.

    I've seen hunting rifles mounted to dirt bikes, so getting a pair of skis attached somewhat vertically is entirely doable. If the bike has rectangular luggage racks, all you need to do is find a way to mount a slender bucket or sleeve for the skis to sit in. Then lash the skis to the rack so they'll not flop or fly out. Boots and other gear will be another matter.
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    I wasn’t worried while riding. I was worried about when the 2-wheel bike gets squirrelly on ice/slush/snow and the skis come loose.

    if your DIN on your skis is set appropriately they will stay on your feet (kept away from you for the most part) or separate completely and let gravity and momentum keep them away from your body. Those factors aren’t working to your benefits when they’re strapped to your bike and they come loose.

    I can show you the inside pant leg on my ski pants or better yet the insides of my boots. Those edges will definitely cut flesh if given the opportunity.

    well, unless you keep them dull and that was the cause of the black diamond mishaps...;-)
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  8. Gonzago

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    Perhaps just wear the skis while riding the GSA? If it gets slippery, just put a ski down? :)
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  9. Loutre

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    I just rent the skis when I get there. The only thing that I carry on my bikes are the snowshoes.
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  10. ghetto johnny

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    sounds like a plan. ha ha
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    i would but the type of skiing i do(Telemark) doesn't make it easy to do rentals.
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    Tele skis might also be trouble as outriggers ;-)

    I shoulda known you were a free-heeler just by the original question. ;-)
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  13. ghetto johnny

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    of course I'm a Freeheeler Weirdo. ha ha
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  15. DaleE

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    I've carried my snowboard on the motorcycle early and late season when I knew the roads were good. Strapped to the right side box and the crash guard (with a spacer) so there was enough room for my right leg and foot to still make it to the footpeg and ground in between.

    here's an old thread on this
    https://advrider.com/f/threads/skis-on-a-bike.673510/

    I've seen a lot of skis on bicycles by simply using a proper size piece of PVC pipe to put them in vertical like this
    https://bicycletouringpro.com/how-to-carry-skis-on-a-bicycle/
    could easily be modified for a moto.

    For all those joking about wearing them while riding, it's already been done
    https://www.bikeexif.com/husqvarna-256
    https://www.google.com/imgres?imgur...=1&q=motorcycle+with+foot+skis&source=sh/x/im

    Surfers having been doing it for years, just google "surfboard on a motorcycle" for ideas.
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    surfers don’t risk snow/ice to get to their fav spot. Great links!
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