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Old 01-02-2013, 02:35 AM   #51001
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A few months ago six of us did 24 miles of snow. Some very deep. It was very difficult, but I'm getting better at it. I only went down four or five times
I went down once and I blame that on being tired out by that time and riding on ice pushing my luck.


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Old 01-02-2013, 07:20 AM   #51002
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Yikes, Bob!
I also discovered these Ls are not good in snow.
Heavy, engine braking, oversprung rear end, undersprung front end, super tall

Try riding one in a sand wash
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:35 AM   #51003
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Heavy, engine braking, oversprung rear end, undersprung front end, super tall

Try riding one in a sand wash
What is a good snow bike that is still road-legal?
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:45 AM   #51004
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What is a good snow bike that is still road-legal?
TW200???

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Old 01-02-2013, 08:37 AM   #51005
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So I'm a relative Newbie to the whole XRL scene (~1 year), but have already done Yosemite from OC and a couple Sierra's trips. At 50, the XR suits me well. That said, I've got a lot of bikes and have logged thousands of miles including OC to SF & back in one day on my K bike, Barstow to Primm on my CRF and OC to El Paso on my Aprilia. 400 miles is a good day for me.

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Have you tried the old Mojave trail from Barstow to Fort Mojave (Laughlin) on the XRL? I've done the ride a couple of times, once on the XRL. There are a few sections that the big pig is a real handful, but it's a very doable ride. It takes jeeps and other 4x4's several days to cross, but it can easily be done on a day on a bike.
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:08 AM   #51006
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Now thats funny!
So, did you adjust the grip heater temp. or bang in some UPS info wilst slipping and sliding around the mountian?
Maybe an oil cooler would have helped!

Is that ICE on the rear tire?????
UPS info....
Anyway, no pigs were tossed in the ditch during the making of these pics.
The snow had been compressed into ice in the tire tracks and had been rained on some everywhere else. It was slick as hell everywhere. I had to turn around as I could make it up that hill.

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Well most you just have to ride. Oh and it helps to be dunb enough to keep fixing the pig when it breaks, instead of dumping it and getting something more reliable.

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Beat me to it. For me, I was averaging 1,000 miles a month for close to the first three years of ownership.
I did buy the 08 to ride while to the 04 is getting a major teardown/service. Not necessarily for the engine but it does have that intermittent noise coming from the right exhaust valve area. Last time I started it though, it was nice and quiet.
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:32 AM   #51007
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Thank you!
What ya gonna get?

I'm looking at a set too. I'm was leaning towards a Metzeler Enduro III rear and a Michelin T-63 front. I should get 7,500-8,000 miles out of those and will suit the type of riding I do.

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A few months ago six of us did 24 miles of snow. Some very deep. It was very difficult, but I'm getting better at it. I only went down four or five times
I've ridden my "L" in snow and had a great time and ridden in snow and had a bad time. What I was in yesterday was basically ice.
With the climate here, almost always on the edge of the rain to sleet to snow band, the composition of the snow will always be different, almost every snow fall. This snow was also mixed with some rain and a lot of sleet, hence the reason it was so slick.
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:05 AM   #51008
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87678 miles

I could feel the Kenda 270 knobs flex as I cornered until it was about half worn out.
Wow, 87k!

I have a set of practically new 270's in my shed that I pulled from my XRL...... strange feeling as the knobs roll, then set-up.

Maybe I'll spoon the 270 front on my KLR just to wear it out....
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:52 AM   #51009
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:00 AM   #51010
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Wow, 87k!

I have a set of practically new 270's in my shed that I pulled from my XRL...... strange feeling as the knobs roll, then set-up.

Maybe I'll spoon the 270 front on my KLR just to wear it out....

Hey...88K! We round up on this forum!

A for snow riding it matters a great deal what type of snow you're riding in. The best is dry, fresh and untracked. On that ride we did, one of the guys had a 125cc 100 width tire (or at least that's how we teased him) and a steering stab. and he had a much easier time of it. The skinny tire seemed to cut through and hook up. Also, he's a better rider too
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:06 AM   #51011
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Hey...88K! We round up on this forum!
I like to round "down" for resale value...
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:19 AM   #51012
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It's ripple. Buck 95 a half gallon.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:49 AM   #51013
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How about another controversial topic? I think I have enough tire info now. What are you guys running for tubes with good results? Also, if I am running knobbies at higher pressures (mid 20's) do I need a rim lock? Lastly, are dynabeads the way to go for balancing knobs for the street?

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What ya gonna get?

I'm looking at a set too. I'm was leaning towards a Metzeler Enduro III rear and a Michelin T-63 front. I should get 7,500-8,000 miles out of those and will suit the type of riding I do.
I'm going to go with Spud's recommendation and try the D952 rear tire and the CST Surge-I front. I'm impressed with the mileage he is getting from them, and the price is right. Looking at the stuff he rides, those tires should be more than enough for what I ride. If I had more money to spend I would go with what Fritz is running and try the Karoo rear.

Waiting to hear back about a fork brace at the moment, but if that falls through I'll be ordering tires very soon. If I do get the fork brace, I'll probably order tires next month for my birthday!
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:13 PM   #51014
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... a 125cc 100 width tire (or at least that's how we teased him) ...a better rider too
I used to look forward to riding in the snow when I was a kid. Even tried crossing a frozen pond once... just once!
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:19 PM   #51015
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How about another controversial topic? I think I have enough tire info now. What are you guys running for tubes with good results? Also, if I am running knobbies at higher pressures (mid 20's) do I need a rim lock? Lastly, are dynabeads the way to go for balancing knobs for the street?


Michelin 4mm heavy duty tubes.......never had a pinch flat or flat of any kind in 28k...

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