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Old 12-06-2012, 08:48 PM   #1
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Winter Riding

Who's still riding? What are your tips for riding in the winter and in the snow? What do you do to prep your bike for winter riding? Here's some pics from this last weekend and my bike that I like to ride to work on.





In the past I've only ridden to work when the temperature is above freezing. Just because I figure riding a motorcycle is dangerous enough without adding ice, but I'm starting to rethink that. I've added an LED running light to my DRZ so I should have enough power to run a heated vest and heated grips.

Also, while ridding through the woods this weekend, temps were in the 30's, I was pretty hot and sweaty. I guess I'm wondering now why more people aren't riding in the winter.
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:24 AM   #2
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A guy I work with rides in on his DRZ all winter, as long as it isn't snowing or icy out. He has all the gear, hippo hands and heated vest grips and visor.
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:37 AM   #3
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:21 PM   #4
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Toadl,

I have been riding my KLR on a daily basis for the last several years now. For winter riding, I stud up a set on Conti TKC-80s with the screw in studs available through Aerostich. For warmth, I add a set of Hippo-Hands. They work well with the heated hand grips and a plug in heated vest. For corrosion protection (there really isn't any good protection) I spray everything with a good dose of ACF-50. There are several other tips to pick up over the miles, but that should get you safely down the road for a little bit.

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Old 12-07-2012, 04:05 PM   #5
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We rode in t shirts last weekend, but there are colder days ahead...



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Old 12-07-2012, 05:12 PM   #6
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:28 PM   #7
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I'm still riding my GL1000 to work some of the time - it hasn't snowed here yet, but I've left the bike in the garage for the last few days of rainy 38 degree weather. I don't think I want to try riding in the snow on a 580lb bike with street tires, but I will get it out on clear days where I don't expect any ice.
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:28 PM   #8
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That looks interesting. Does it work?
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Toadl,

I have been riding my KLR on a daily basis for the last several years now. For winter riding, I stud up a set on Conti TKC-80s with the screw in studs available through Aerostich. For warmth, I add a set of Hippo-Hands. They work well with the heated hand grips and a plug in heated vest. For corrosion protection (there really isn't any good protection) I spray everything with a good dose of ACF-50. There are several other tips to pick up over the miles, but that should get you safely down the road for a little bit.

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How long do the studes from Aerostich last? How much of an improvement are they?
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That looks interesting. Does it work?
Yes, It works very good. You ride on your tires but when you hit some snow the ski, on springs flips down and you glide on that instead of going over the bars. I've been as deep as 2 1/2 feet of snow. It's a little tough on the little bike as the snow and drag takes up a lot of power, so I put it on the 525 these days.

As an aside, I tried it out in the summer and it is a lot of fun out crashing timber also. Large brush piles will skim over them, and soft muddy areas. Also work on water crossings the ski skim the surface.
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Old 12-08-2012, 03:51 PM   #11
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Just ride something you can fix on the cheap. If Minnesota allows studs go for, it in my younger days I rode year round but I don't bounce like I used to. I just washed and put the bike away for today, cold and snow coming Sunday.
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I'm going to install heated grips on my new ride tomorrow.
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:47 PM   #13
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I'm going to install heated grips on my new ride tomorrow.
I origanally had my heated grips installed with the wiring tied into the bikes wiring harness. A couple weeks ago I hooked the grips directly to the battery (with a fuse of course), man what an improvement. Nothing changed except the wiring.
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:18 AM   #14
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I origanally had my heated grips installed with the wiring tied into the bikes wiring harness. A couple weeks ago I hooked the grips directly to the battery (with a fuse of course), man what an improvement. Nothing changed except the wiring.
Sounds like a good idea. What amp fuse?
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How long do the studes from Aerostich last? How much of an improvement are they?
reports I've seen, studded tires wear slower than unstudded tires

can't say for sure about the Aerostitch self taping studs, I'm running standard 10mm automotive studs. I drilled 9mm holes in the knobs on a set of Karoo Ts and inserted the studs with a pneumatic stud gun

first 50 miles or so was sketchy why studs were getting seated in, after that it doesn't feel like ya got a flat tire anymore

I have 3 winter seasons on my front studded Karoo T (about 15,000 miles) with still 40% tread left and have lost no studs

rear didn't fare as well, after one season, I was down to 20% tread and lost 1 or 2 studs, didn't replace the rear with another, experimented with the darkside instead, an experiment that was successful beyond my wildest expectations, over 25k on the unstudded General Altimax Arctic and still 40% tread and it's awesome in winter snow/sleet/freezing rain riding conditions
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