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Old 12-26-2008, 08:08 AM   #16
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Probably just as well you let the Vulcan sit out the winter....
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Old 12-26-2008, 11:08 AM   #17
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CALIFORNIA???









Watch your step. There's cactus under there!












It's easier with "small bikes"







Tough climb even without snow.





And even easier with a really small bike.

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Old 12-26-2008, 11:19 AM   #18
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Good riding, we dont quite get that much snow in my part of the Uk but do ride all year round
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Old 12-26-2008, 12:10 PM   #19
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you're a little gutsier than most to do that up in MN. I spent a winter up there in Grand Rapids (little ways west of Duluth on Rt 2) and it was COLD. Was one of the warmest winters they ever had though

There was a fellow up there that worked at one of paper mills that rode year round but I can't remember his name.

I'm here shaking and drinking tea after doing 80 miles in 32 degree and pouring rain. Ice was a major concern.

You have my respect bro.
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Old 12-26-2008, 12:17 PM   #20
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I have been spending some time on the DRZ.....

What screws are you using to stud your tires? I thought about doing that for grins and giggles last week. Does it work? How do you keep from punturing your tubes?

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Old 12-26-2008, 03:09 PM   #21
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Awsome pictures, and great comments. Home is Bemidji, where its even colder, but school is Duluth, where it is warmer with more snow and bigger hills. I am between the two off and on, mostly in Duluth though.

I don't know if riding it the winter can be called stupid if you are careful, but more of an addiction to motorcycling that does not cease during the winter months.

Yeah, the vulcan is not the most snow worthy motorcycle ever invented, you would think that Kawasaki didn't make the bike for snow or something? The XR 250 R is good enough for now, but eventually it would be nice to have a bike with heated grips, I really like the KTM 950 and 990 adventures. I do wuss out and wear snow pants by the way.

The only problem that I am still trying to figure out is how to keep hands warm without heated grips because my bike cannot power them, and without buying a million hand warmers, I guess I will just have to be a tough minnestoan and deal with it, its really only bad when its below -15 or so.

Some more photos just fur fun!

These were in bemidji.



Amazingly it actually looks like a dual-sport motorcycle, don't let the police know

Peace out and ride on!
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Old 12-26-2008, 03:41 PM   #22
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Best time on the year


Must wait a little couse one of the EXC`s got stucked in the snow



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Old 12-26-2008, 06:13 PM   #23
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Nice Helsingland!
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Old 12-26-2008, 06:18 PM   #24
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Crazer than hell!
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Old 12-26-2008, 06:36 PM   #25
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Great riding!

For studs, you can use motorcycle-specific studs from Aerostich, or you can use car studs, which are much cheaper but you need a studding tool, I believe.

Down here in San Diego we don't get much snow but riding in the rain, surrounded by moving chicanes, offers much the same thrill.
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Old 12-26-2008, 07:59 PM   #26
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Great riding!

For studs, you can use motorcycle-specific studs from Aerostich, or you can use car studs, which are much cheaper but you need a studding tool, I believe.

Down here in San Diego we don't get much snow but riding in the rain, surrounded by moving chicanes, offers much the same thrill.
YEAH!!!

There are a couple studs from Aerostitch, I use the smaller motorcycle studs that are "self tapping" so I didn't need the 500 dollar gun. Most people buy two packs, but because I am a student and cheap, I only bought one, hence using the small studs on front and rear. I do wish I had the bigger studs on the back, it would be nice. They don't make too much of a difference on snow, but a huge help on the ice, so good for street use.

Aerostitch also sells the gun and "car" studs, thought you will spend more money up front, and less money for the studs.

Keep ridin!
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Old 12-26-2008, 08:22 PM   #27
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Looks like fun!

Makes me think back to my childhood riding my 1980 YZ80 in the snow & doing donuts on the frozen lake across from my house for hours.
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Old 12-26-2008, 09:14 PM   #28
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The only problem that I am still trying to figure out is how to keep hands warm without heated grips because my bike cannot power them, and without buying a million hand warmers

Hippo Hands
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or the el-cheapo ATV version...it's amazing how much they do help.
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Old 12-26-2008, 09:29 PM   #29
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My Respect

I grew up in upstate NY and don't remember any winter motorcycles, except for the occasional race on the frozen lake, but that was done by "professionals," (ie: not locals). I admire and respect all of you in the frozen parts of the world that keep riding year round. Keep it up, and keep safe.
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Old 12-27-2008, 02:32 AM   #30
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Something from mine,
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oh, can you hlep me, how to put images? thanks
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