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Old 12-25-2008, 01:42 PM   #1
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Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!! Snow & Ice Riding.

Does anyone else winter ride in the north where its snowy and icy? I decided this year that I wanted to try my hand at riding all winter long, so far its worked pretty well! I am sick of putting the bike away every year and having to resort to the truck. I get more parking tickets, have to find parking places, waste more gas...oh, and everyone else is driving trucks.

Instead of destroying my nice Kawasaki Vulcan, I took my old dirtbike, XR250R, and got it road legal and licensed. Its a blast!


Yes, it only has a kickstart, and no, it doesn't always start the easiest.


Trying to warm the bike up, its fickle when you don't.


This picture was taken in Duluth, getting ready to head down to the Aerostitch Rider Wearhouse to show off the beast!


Going to take on the Duluth hills! (studs help!)

I will post more pictures later when I get them.
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Old 12-25-2008, 02:12 PM   #2
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Dude, I hope you buy some gear at Aerostitch Are those jeans!!!???

Very cool (literally), I used to ride my IT 125 on the snowmobile trails in the UP. It's a blast, I'd be nervous now of the cages though!!
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Old 12-25-2008, 02:20 PM   #3
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Not always intentionally


and not always with the right motorbike
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Old 12-25-2008, 02:28 PM   #4
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Nice Bro My wife is from Duluth and is actually looking over my shoulders saying..."see you can ride in Duluth in the Winter...."

Thanks bro for the help

She has been trying to talk me into living up there for years and the only thing going for me was the no year round riding......until now. Might see you up there.





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Old 12-25-2008, 02:57 PM   #5
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I spent my childhood just up the road from you in Hibbing....
I never could wait for spring to go for a ride!!
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Old 12-25-2008, 03:17 PM   #6
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You must be really eager to ride!! Hope you get it vertical
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Old 12-25-2008, 04:51 PM   #7
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I would love some Aerostitch pants, but cannot afford right now, so I just wear long underwear under the jeans, works out good for around town!

Thats awsome that other people ride in the winter, I knew there were a few, but I suppose you gotta be kinda crazy, or obsessed.

Thanks for the comments!
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Old 12-25-2008, 05:10 PM   #8
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I would love some Aerostitch pants, but cannot afford right now, so I just wear long underwear under the jeans, works out good for around town!

Thats awsome that other people ride in the winter, I knew there were a few, but I suppose you gotta be kinda crazy, or obsessed.

Thanks for the comments!
Dick's Sporting Goods sells windproof/waterproof snowpants that'll fit over your jeans for around $20. They don't offer the protection like Aerostitch, but they're a hell of alot warmer than just jeans and long underwear.
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Old 12-25-2008, 06:01 PM   #9
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Check this out

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=394917
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Old 12-25-2008, 08:41 PM   #10
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Does anyone else winter ride in the north where its snowy and icy?
Haven't been out in the Minnesota snow since 1974 ... Thinking about giving it another try on the TE510

I'm a little worried about all the cages sliding around though.. maybe the lakes will offer more fun.

Oh.. I wore jeans also.

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Old 12-25-2008, 10:48 PM   #11
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Old 12-26-2008, 01:54 AM   #12
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Not always intentionally


and not always with the right motorbike

ehmm..the multistrada it's always the right bike ........
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Old 12-26-2008, 08:17 AM   #13
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From the other side of the pond

Not much snow today, but a blast to ride, as usual I was too obsessed with riding to shoot more pics...



On the other hand, I gave my wife the proper salute upon return from the ride...



Hope you all had a nice X-mas

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Old 12-26-2008, 08:36 AM   #14
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I have been spending some time on the DRZ.....Date is not correct in the photo...........this was last week sometime.......42 mile round trip commute to work, 8 degrees C



My lonely tracks too and from work



It was actually dark out both ways...............a shot of what it really looked like without manipulating the light in the camera



A couple of nights before these photos.............





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Old 12-26-2008, 08:45 AM   #15
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Bah Humbug! Snow and Ice? No way! I'll be takin' the cage, thank you. I wanted to ride my beemer to work today. From what the weather man said if I hurried up and left the house, I could beat the rain (70 F here today) and it would quit raining by this afternoon. I went out of the house and wouldn't you know it? Already raining. OK it was warm, but the Polar Bear Run is Thursday and I didn't want to get my bike dirty.

I may be a wuss, but I am not a moron.
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