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Old 01-03-2009, 03:04 PM   #46
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Ok, after reading this thread and giving my confession I took my Wee Strom out for a little ride.

Now the weather in Northern Michigan is cold and we've been blessed (cursed?) with tons of snow. Despite this it was quite nice out. 25F, sunny and the main roads were mostly cleared of snow. I got along quite nicely until I hit a good stretch of packed snow. Let me say simply that Metzler Tourances are NOT snow tires! I had very little control. Like I said, next year it's knobbies and studs.

That being said, it was still great to great to get on two wheels for a little while.
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Old 01-03-2009, 03:13 PM   #47
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Yup, it's inspiring to read of winter rides - or at least to realize I'm not alone in my insanity to want to ride in winter. So, with the temperature just 5 degrees below zero, not a cloud in the sky, no wind, and dry roads, I had no reason not to give 'er a go. 45 minutes, a couple of numb fingers, numerous weird looks, and enough adrenaline to carry me through till the next winter ride! Thanks for providing the impetus to ride!
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Old 01-03-2009, 04:10 PM   #48
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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!
superb thread and some great pics :) we dont get much snow here in the UK but i do enjoy getting out and about most days

this was the coldest recently..taken on new years day at 0C






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Old 01-03-2009, 04:55 PM   #49
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Old 01-03-2009, 04:59 PM   #50
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i wish we had proper snow like that
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Old 01-03-2009, 07:58 PM   #51
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I see a lot of this, out on the lakes




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Old 01-04-2009, 10:18 PM   #52
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Having never ridden on snow or ice, how is the traction? I am assuming it is OK? I am afraid I'd slip and fall and break a hip (I am at that age). How is the grip moving from snow/ice to simi-dry pave? I left my studded tires on my mountain bike and rode it at Moab and took a big spill as the studs don't grip on rock (who would have thunk it?). I don't mind the cold (I'm down just S of Minnyapolis) I want to ride, I just don't want to take any falls on the pave...

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Yeah, the traction is ok, better on either ice or tar, but not packed snow because of the treads made by the cars. The reason I am doing it on a dirtbike is the 1 it is not very heavy so it is easy to manuver/pick up, and 2 if I do fall its a dirtbike and nothing will happen. You basically have to be carefull on corners, but so far braking and accelerating seem to be all right. I would try it first on a calm nice day and see what happens then take it further, honestly the biggest fear is not me falling, but me getting run over by some person in a car gabbing on a cell phone and not paying attention like they should be.
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Old 01-04-2009, 11:15 PM   #53
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Does this count?

Nope
K, then how about this?

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Old 01-04-2009, 11:40 PM   #54
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Does anyone else winter ride in the north where its snowy and icy?
Since you asked and others have responded, I guess I'll post up too.

I'm going into my 3rd winter of riding my KLR with one car tire stud per knobbie in the Kenda Trackmasters. Works GREAT and still enough rubber for good traction on bare pavement.

Comet and I wondering if I have any idea what I'm getting into before ever trying them.


The front has always held and the rear kicks out very predictably. This is one scenario where it's nice have low horsepower. I've also gone even more into hi-viz for the season. Can you see me now?!?





And from a few nights ago. -24c = -12f We're in the middle of a cold snap up here right now.


And just HAD to get another shot of me with Snowzilla for '09! He's actually pointing North where the truly cold temps have been! Take care, have fun, and warmest regards from the far and frosty North, Mark H.

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Old 01-05-2009, 03:25 AM   #55
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my pics are lame compaired to you guys :(

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Old 01-05-2009, 12:03 PM   #56
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NO snow just ice and cold
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Old 01-05-2009, 03:53 PM   #57
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First UK snow of the year yesterday

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Old 01-05-2009, 03:57 PM   #58
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Old 01-05-2009, 04:01 PM   #59
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Old 01-05-2009, 04:04 PM   #60
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Not far to fall in the snow & ice !!

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