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Old 03-19-2013, 04:14 PM   #1
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Riding through Chicago winter storms

Hi All,
Im new to forum, though lurked for a while.

Would you consider riding in zero degree weather an adventure?
Riding through winter storms?
From zero (without wind chill) to 100 degrees?

I ride two Genuine scooters, a Blur ss220i and a Buddy 125.
I have missed only two days of riding due to snow in the last
two winters.





my youtube adventure live through snow, ice and wind.
http://youtu.be/q0HklcYuMrU

I am glad to be a part of the forum.
Thanks
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:38 PM   #2
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That is absolutely awesome!!
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Old 03-20-2013, 04:47 AM   #3
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Dude thats hardcore crazy. Im too scared to loose the front end but hail to you. Saving serious gas $$$ too
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Old 03-20-2013, 05:34 AM   #4
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Thanks, I totally dig the crazy weather!
Biggest thing is to be confident in your abilities.
When my co-workers with the BIG bikes
Put theirs away, I'm still scootin along.
Hardcore? Thanks

Gas... $360 for the whole year.

Thanks for props.
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Old 03-20-2013, 05:36 AM   #5
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You got some cojones my man!
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Old 03-20-2013, 05:44 AM   #6
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Thats great, I wish more people were tough. I hope you have some good winter tires.
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:32 AM   #7
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Crazy as it sounds...
Stock tires on both. But they do the trick.
Probably have to replace them this summer.

Love those BMW's. One of my wish list bikes.
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:35 PM   #8
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I hear ya, they are great; I want a scoot, just need to find a local fixer upper.
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:39 PM   #9
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Awesome

I am fairly hardcore rider and do ride to work most of the time on my Kymco Super 8 but I draw the line when their is ice or snow on the road. My commute is at night so if there is a chance of ice on the road, I take the cage. Of course, the weather here in Alabama is not as cold or snowy as what you get. You have my respect for riding in those conditions. I can totally relate to what you said in the video

As for preventing a fogged up helmet, I have yet to find anything other than keeping my face sheild cracked open and keep moving. I have read that the fog city fog shield works well on face shields but I not tried it.
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:17 PM   #10
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Old 03-20-2013, 04:28 PM   #11
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I am an island boy. I lived in western South Dakota for a lot of years, but was never a fan of cold, ice, or snow. Well, ice is OK - but only in an adult beverage.

You people are TOUGH! Or, crazy. I once tried to move a Harley from my garage, across an icy driveway, to where the road was dry. I still remember that sick feeling in my stomach as the bike slid sideways, off the sloped driveway, and into a snowbank. No intention of trying that again, even with a lightweight scooter.

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Old 03-20-2013, 05:32 PM   #12
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I have had some great rides in the snow.....on my dual sport bikes. I tried it once on my Super 8. I made it about 50 ft before turning around. This was the result of that short ride.



Now this was a fun ride:



Compared to Chitown Dave's ride, this was easy since it was fairly warm and I had absolutely zero traffic to deal with.
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:21 PM   #13
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Klaviator.

Cool Kymco, I like the color.
Is that. DRZ? I want one. I was thinking next year I might
Try a drz for winter.
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:32 PM   #14
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Fog on faceshield

I run a modular snowmobile helmet during the cold months. It has a dual lens and is vented enough to keep the condensation from building up. Sometimes at first I have to open the faceshield a little to let my glasses acclimate, much like when coming inside from the cold, but then it is fine. I've had some luck with a product called the Fog eVader. Made me look like a platypus when my helmet is open. I've used GMAX and CKX helmets in the past. I have friends who love their BRP or Skidoo helmets, but they're pricey.

I've not liked the CVT so much in the snow. I ride a SYM Symba but it has a Dual Clutch Transmission and it seems to work better for me. Slush and snow can be a hoot...ice? Not so much.

Here's a link to blog entry with a photo of my helmet after a slushy ride. No fog on the inside.
http://didheridetoday.blogspot.com/2...-ill-wind.html
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:48 PM   #15
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Klaviator.

Cool Kymco, I like the color.
Is that. DRZ? I want one. I was thinking next year I might
Try a drz for winter.
It's a 93 DR250. I sold it a couple of years ago. Dual sport bikes do work much better in the snow than scooters but scooters are much more practical for commuting.

If you are interested I did do a ride report about my ride in the snow on my DR: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=557668
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