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Old 11-19-2008, 07:48 AM   #4171
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Speaking of riding through the winter, how many of you road warriors commute year-round? It's been a long time since I lived in the Northeast - I hear that it doesn't snow like it used to.
I don't have a car, so if I have to go somewhere in the winter, it's motorcycle or public transportation. Most of my trips are short, so the cold isn't a problem. NYC is nice in the winter. There is less traffic, I don't get all sweaty from the gear, and the police aren't in crackdown mode.

Snow can be a problem, though. I was caught in an unexpected storm last year and had to push my bike six miles to get home. I was thinking this year, I might bring along some kind of emergency cable or rope to wrap around my tires in case I get stranded--just enough to allow me to ride 15 mph or so to get home.

Has anyone here tried something like that? I wouldn't want studs or knobbies, since it's a one day out of the season that I'd need them. Any ideas?

I'm planning on riding up to NH for Thanksgiving next week, so it might be prudent to have something to get past any suprise storms.
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Old 11-19-2008, 08:15 AM   #4172
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Has anyone here tried something like that? I wouldn't want studs or knobbies, since it's a one day out of the season that I'd need them. Any ideas?

I'm planning on riding up to NH for Thanksgiving next week, so it might be prudent to have something to get past any suprise storms.
http://www.mv-motorrad.de/lshop,show...wrub--007,.htm

Of course, I just ride my sidecars in the winter. No problem
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Old 11-19-2008, 09:00 AM   #4173
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I don't find that setup very reassuring - I can imagine losing traction between the 'claws' and wiping out. Have you used this on a two-wheeler?


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http://www.mv-motorrad.de/lshop,show...wrub--007,.htm

Of course, I just ride my sidecars in the winter. No problem
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Old 11-19-2008, 09:07 AM   #4174
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That setup is for a two-wheeler. I don't need chains with my outfits.

I haven't used it myself, but based on my experiences with snow bicycling, that's exactly how far you want those claws to be spaced. If they were spaced closer together, you'd have problems when you ran over the odd bit of black pavement.

You want the thing to roll, after all.
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Old 11-19-2008, 09:17 AM   #4175
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I ride 12 months a year. Best thing I have found so far is Warm n Safe heated gloves. I got them last winter and love them. There are other brands on the market that do the same thing. Warm hands = happy riding in the winter.
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Old 11-19-2008, 06:06 PM   #4176
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Ha, I bought heated grip thingies and never installed them - they're probably lost in the move now.

I'm not confident in my Superhawk's charging system. The last time I used my Widder heated vest on a long trip I woke up to a dead battery the next day, and this was with a fairly new battery and RR. [Where's the scratching-head emoticon when you need it?]
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Old 11-19-2008, 07:01 PM   #4177
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I run heated gloves, jacket liner and socks w/o any problems on the KLR. I have an Odyssey battery.

I don't need the heated grips or pants and I'm sure the KLR would'nt be able to handle it without a stator upgrade.
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Old 11-20-2008, 03:19 AM   #4178
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Nice claws.. would you use them on the front as well?

I have the heated grip thingies they work well. I rode up til yesterday with just my normal leather gloves and liners & the element. the only issue is the throttle side is warmer then the clutch side (metal displaces the heat).

My only commuting fear is the dead battery after riding in in the morning and running the thingies and a heated vest. so I turn stuff off when I am traffic or rolling under 3k rpms > Its my understanding My system not charging til 3k rpms. Not sure if that's true or not..
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Old 11-20-2008, 04:16 AM   #4179
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I believe you have to wrap the tip of the handlebar with tape or somethin'...

If your system charges at 3k rpm then just ride in 1st and 2nd gear only
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Old 11-20-2008, 05:46 AM   #4180
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I asked this above but got little reply: Does anyone have recommendations for a engine/machine shop in the city? I've come across what looks to be a 'hipster' joint called MotoGrrl in Williamsburg but I haven't visited it. The claim to do engine rebuilds - has anyone had work done by them? Any other shop tips are appreciated.

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Old 11-20-2008, 11:07 AM   #4181
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If your system charges at 3k rpm then just ride in 1st and 2nd gear only
Look for me wheelie-in down 78 charging my battery next week
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Old 11-20-2008, 12:31 PM   #4182
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I asked this above but got little reply: Does anyone have recommendations for a engine/machine shop in the city? I've come across what looks to be a 'hipster' joint called MotoGrrl in Williamsburg but I haven't visited it. The claim to do engine rebuilds - has anyone had work done by them? Any other shop tips are appreciated.

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Call Speed Motorcycles
324 E 95th St
New York, NY 10128
(917) 492-1573

95th btw 1st and 2nd Ave. Great guys, really honest and really busy. Its the only shop I go to in town (other than Steve's house) and I love those guys. They never over charge and never BS.
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Old 11-20-2008, 02:40 PM   #4183
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I asked this above but got little reply: Does anyone have recommendations for a engine/machine shop in the city? I've come across what looks to be a 'hipster' joint called MotoGrrl in Williamsburg but I haven't visited it. The claim to do engine rebuilds - has anyone had work done by them? Any other shop tips are appreciated.

Thanks!
I did send you a PM regarding the head work the first time you posted it.
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Old 11-20-2008, 07:45 PM   #4184
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Ooops, sorry about that. For some reason I get no notification about subscribed threads and I don't get a popup telling me that I've got a PM - dunno why.

Thanks, I'll check the PM.


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Old 11-21-2008, 09:23 AM   #4185
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You could send Rosko a request. Hi is the Moderator for NYCVINMOTO great list with a lot of locals. I know he knows the people and the score at Morogrl and there have been posts in the past about machine shops etc. He is a great guy.
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