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Old 03-02-2015, 09:55 AM   #1
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How do you guys in the (USA) Northeast and Upper Midwest stand it?

How do you riders in the (USA) Northeast and Upper Midwest stand it?

Here in Albuquerque, NM we just got six inches of snow (boo-hoo), but a couple days later it's all gone, and riding is good again . OK, off-pavement is still a little muddy...

I grew up in SoCal so was used to all-year riding---never understood the concept of "winter" ...

My two final "professor" job prospects in 1976 were (1) Univ of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and (2) Michigan Tech in Houghton, MI (200 inches of snow a yr). Guess which one won out?

So...how do you guys in the nasty climates stand the winters? I guess snowmobiles are one thing...I've a former colleague from MN who said sleds are just about as good.

Oops, sorry, gotta go. Snow is gone and it's time to ride ...

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Old 03-02-2015, 09:58 AM   #2
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Makes us appreciate riding season more- 6 to sometimes 8+ months/year of MC fun.

REALLY look forward to it.
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Old 03-02-2015, 10:18 AM   #3
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- Bought a KLR to ride in the winter. No worries about road salt or whatever.

- When it's to nasty to ride the KLR, there's always bourbon.
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Old 03-02-2015, 10:21 AM   #4
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...and if you live in NM but don't, you are missing out on some of the best powder in North America!
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Old 03-02-2015, 10:21 AM   #5
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it's easy, put one winter tyre on rear, one summer tyre on front and you cover all year round.
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Old 03-02-2015, 10:28 AM   #6
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Ice climbing!

Every season has something to look forward to...
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Old 03-02-2015, 10:33 AM   #7
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How do you guys in the (USA) Northeast and Upper Midwest stand it?

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Old 03-02-2015, 10:34 AM   #8
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How do you riders in the (USA) Northeast and Upper Midwest stand it?

Here in Albuquerque, NM we just got six inches of snow (boo-hoo), but a couple days later it's all gone, and riding is good again . OK, off-pavement is still a little muddy...

I grew up in SoCal so was used to all-year riding---never understood the concept of "winter" ...

My two final "professor" job prospects in 1976 were (1) Univ of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and (2) Michigan Tech in Houghton, MI (200 inches of snow a yr). Guess which one won out?

So...how do you guys in the nasty climates stand the winters? I guess snowmobiles are one thing...I've a former colleague from MN who said sleds are just about as good.

Oops, sorry, gotta go. Snow is gone and it's time to ride ...

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When I lived in the snowbelt...

- Suck it up and ride anyway.
- Get an Ad Boivin kit or similar...and ride anyway.
- Get a snowmobile and ride anyway.
- Take up skiing/snowboarding/ice-fishing/knitting.
- Winter someplace warm...and ride anyway.

It's only nasty if you think it's nasty. My friends/family and I used to like playing in the snow. I prefer it cold/snowing vs flooding thunderstorms and 40F-50F. I've never owned a snow shovel since leaving mom's house. I simply swept the short walk every few hrs or so, or easily blew the snow afterwards, if I had to clear something for the postal carrier or something. I also lived in a lot of apartment buildings, so the landlord was responsible for clearing walks. I always had the sense to own a 4WD with siped mudders too, so I never had any trouble getting around, even when the plows were getting stuck. I've never had to dig my vehicle out to leave home or work. Install a winch if you live someplace like Buffalo. Use studs/chains where legal. Snow, cold, and ice is only a problem if you can't adapt to it.

Here in the SE, many people don't ride much in the hot and humid rainy season. Some people wear parkas and gloves if it gets below 55F around here...even if they're not riding.
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Old 03-02-2015, 10:52 AM   #9
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Old 03-02-2015, 10:56 AM   #10
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Winter sports. And it does make the good weather seem that much more impressive. We also don't have the heat you guys face in trade-off.

Also, IMO it's worth it just to see the landscape covered in a fresh snow. Once it starts melting, it does look very depressing. Given your location, I'm guessing you reached the depressing bit real quickly. No time for appreciation, it just becomes a mess.
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One word: ski

...and if you live in NM but don't, you are missing out on some of the best powder in North America!
Taos got a nice blanket of powder during the last couple days.

Wish I was there!

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Put on warm gear, a good set of knobs, and go riding.We have snow plows here that push most of the snow off the road for us.
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Old 03-02-2015, 11:26 AM   #13
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I am originally from Vermont and I have a saying for all of you flat-landers: Cold is just a sensation.













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Old 03-02-2015, 11:32 AM   #14
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How do you riders in the (USA) Northeast and Upper Midwest stand it?

Here in Albuquerque, NM we just got six inches of snow (boo-hoo), but a couple days later it's all gone, and riding is good again . OK, off-pavement is still a little muddy...

I grew up in SoCal so was used to all-year riding---never understood the concept of "winter" ...

My two final "professor" job prospects in 1976 were (1) Univ of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and (2) Michigan Tech in Houghton, MI (200 inches of snow a yr). Guess which one won out?

So...how do you guys in the nasty climates stand the winters? I guess snowmobiles are one thing...I've a former colleague from MN who said sleds are just about as good.

Oops, sorry, gotta go. Snow is gone and it's time to ride ...

--Doc
Survive the 4 months of winter knowing the spring/summer/fall are fantastic. I know CA has a lot in a relatively small area, but the Appalachains and foothills are incredible in the spring/summer/fall... especially fall. There are so many roads from paved top notch US routes like 250 to the gravel/dirt back road stuff. The colors in the fall are incredible too.

Suffice it to say, we survive for those months. But when I finally retire, I'd love to have a little place down south for those winter months, then come back for the good stuff. That's why there are "snow birds", they don't want to miss April through October for sure.

I did see some other comments and it made me think of ice. Nothing like flat tracking on ice with sheet metal type screws in the knobs. It's like perfect dirt. Anyone can do a near perfect broadslide. Love it.
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Old 03-02-2015, 12:45 PM   #15
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Tie flies...

My sanity solution is tying flies using the Slaymaker system...pour a glass of good sipping scotch and start tying flies. Dip the flies in the scotch to see how they appear when wet. When the scotch is gone, quit tying. The flies tied later in the evening tend to look a little rougher.

It takes some of the sting out of not riding.
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