Originally Posted by Pecha72
The choice of bike also makes a world of difference. A big GS, for example, is about twice as heavy as it should be for winter riding (I know some people do ride them in winter though). Think 125cc - 350cc enduro bikes, now those would be much more suited for wintry riding conditions, and also much easier to pick up when you crash
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".