Winter Riding

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by Alaskahack, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. Alaskahack

    Alaskahack Adventurer

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    Anyway Bostjan came in to town and decided he needed a couple of things for his trip to Prudhoe. I inquired about the studs he was using in his TKC's and what kind of luck he was having with them.

    Well I've been doggedly trying to run this sidecar rig all winter and the thing that I was shaky on was the control you have to have during a turn. As long as the road was plowed I was able to hit the bare pavement with the front tire and no problem.

    I ran up to Hatcher Pass via Wasilla Fishook @45 Mph. but if I wanted to turn into a driveway forget about it. So while we were in TMS I ended up buying a complete front wheel assembly along with a new TKC

    I already ordered the Grip Studs

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    And I was ready to get started
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    This is all you need

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    I ended putting in 107 studs into the tire

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    I ended up putting the pattern as three across, two across


    The road that I live on is a typical dirt road center crowned with 6 inches of ice on it

    I took the bike out on the road and got the speed up to about 30 and srarted turning the handle bars left and right. The rear of the bike along with the side car was sliding left and right, but the front wheel never lost it's grip and acted like it was attached to a rail




    Bostjan came back from Deadhorse


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    He took a little time and got his gear squared away and dried out.

    We both went in to TMS and to Alaska Leather got a kick out of Barb telling us "it was to early because it was still winter" :rofl
  2. Alaskahack

    Alaskahack Adventurer

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    Decided to take a run up to Talkeetna hopefully might catch a glimpse
    of Denali


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    Temperature ranged between 34* and 41* during trip

    On the way up I decided to get my fuel topped off and stopped at the second station in Willow not Hill Top the other one. Well as I was driving along DOT pushed so much snow I couldn't tell were the driveway was . When I finally went for the turn into the station I realized there as about a 4" difference between the roadway and the driveway and it was all ice. That studded front tire just did the job. Bostjan didn't have a bit of trouble making that transition


    Arriving at the Roadhouse

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    Had a great Black Bean and Reindeer chili :D


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    Time to hit the road and head back

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    Going to try a little Go-Pro

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    The rest of the trip was uneventful but the wind really kicked up when we got back to Wasilla
  3. nuttynu

    nuttynu NuttyNu Rider

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    Anyone out ?

    I don't know where to ride to...?:/

    Maybe up to chugiak
  4. babarnette

    babarnette Been here awhile

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    Ok Nutty which one do you like best?

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  5. nuttynu

    nuttynu NuttyNu Rider

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    OMg !!!

    That's awesome ! Idk ?? I like em al. I'll let ya choose.


    Kinda like the one with anchorage in the background.
  6. babarnette

    babarnette Been here awhile

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    Yeah, I think that ones my favorite also.
  7. nuttynu

    nuttynu NuttyNu Rider

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    Started the day off early by installing my new IT tail light ( cause my plate broke along w/ the rear signal from previous ride). got suited up and rode to the DMV to re-new license and ID. Then stop in Ak cycle to pick up some supplies.
    Cruised in town for a bit, then head up to Eagle to eat lunch.

    Finally rode up to Chugiak, for the first time i was actually riding on packed snow. I decided to ride up to Beach Lake, right up the road from CHS.
    All i have to say is how do some of ya do this riding up the Dalton in the winter..?!!
    'i had to cruise 15mph in 2nd gear, any fast and my rear will start fish tailing. of course i did it on purpose a few to time :rofl ( watching to many drifting videos )

    anyway, made it to the Lake, nice and warm and plenty of sunshine.

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    Arrived back to town, and rush hour is already in process, main road are wet and filthy, visibility sucks being behind any cars. called it a GREAT day, washed her up, chain clean & lube, TKC tires saw 792 miles this winter, and are done for now. iphone quality pics :(, didnt bring th Canon, got some Gopro footage, maybe ill slap that up soon

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  8. Moto Mikey

    Moto Mikey Been here awhile

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    Think im gonna go for a ride tomorrow :muutt
  9. Alaskahack

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    Put the studs in, they will keep those TKC from wearing down so fast and you wont be so spooked about riding on the packed snow Its better to wear down the studs. When you take them you won't even know you had them in

    On our ride yesterday I climd up a 4-6" wall of ice to go from the roadway to the lot of the service station

    Bastjan moved up the wall without any hesitation just as though it was summer
  10. nuttynu

    nuttynu NuttyNu Rider

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    hahah, no stud yet, again i had no intention to use these tires for winter, it was suppose to be use for the Dalton and such off roads in the summer, i just installed them too early had too much fun, but there off for now, dont want my
    trend to run low. :/

    btw, these tires are so fun on long straight highways, there so un-smooth...

    i cant imagine how its going to be riding these all the way up to Fairbanks on paved road...
  11. Alaskahack

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    You know there is a manufactures speed limit of 99 mph on those tiresg:wink:
  12. nuttynu

    nuttynu NuttyNu Rider

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    Of course, plus I never exceed the posted speed limit
  13. Alaskahack

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    Of course I knew that:thumb
  14. nuttynu

    nuttynu NuttyNu Rider

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    Snow tires..

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    aroundtheworld.si n00b

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  16. NorthernBoxer

    NorthernBoxer Fükengrüven

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  17. nuttynu

    nuttynu NuttyNu Rider

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    must consist of two wheels and at least 2 spark plugs
  18. Kul Mom

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    Who said?
  19. NorthernBoxer

    NorthernBoxer Fükengrüven

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    riding is my passion...






    and there's more than one kind of riding. :D
  20. Moto Mikey

    Moto Mikey Been here awhile

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    Anyone going to be out riding this weekend? I didn't get out last weekend.. :umph