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Old 12-05-2013, 03:59 AM   #46
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My next question is....On my KTM 640E, my rear tire is a 140/80-18. Looking at http://www.kevinscycleracing.com/ I see they don't offer that size in the "mixed terrain" category.

Is it important to have the same size, or can I go with something slightly smaller? Is it typical to go down a size because of the extra bulk of the studs?
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Old 12-05-2013, 08:38 AM   #47
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Nice to know I'm not the only crazy one out there.

I ride a KLX250S with studs, a strapped on EX500 windshield, and BarrMitts over hand guards. For me, I wear my standard MC outerwear(with corresponding liners) with a couple of thin down jackets underneath (one with a hood that fits inside the helmet), long underwear, a balaclava, heated gloves (battery powered) inside Aerostitch triple digit over mitts, and heated insoles. I rode with an MX helmet with all the vents taped shut and goggles. Got frostbite on the tip of my nose once because I adjusted the balaclava and exposed it, took all of 30 seconds. Just ordered the Klim Arctic Balaclava to avoid a repeat of that. It should also let me use my full face w/o fogging up.

I've ridden and been warm enough on my 25 mile commute in temps as low as -10ºF.

As well as greasing up all the electrical connectors, I spray the bike with T-9 (a Boeing aircraft spray). It attracts a ton of crap but my bike was rust free once I washed it off in spring.
The studs I use are #1200 Grip Studs, 100-125 per tire. Great traction until there is more than 2" of snow, from 2-4" traction is OK, after that not much traction, so I get in the car.

Riding all winter has definitely made people more aware of motorcycles around here. Many give me a thumbs up, most just shake their heads.
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Old 12-05-2013, 02:11 PM   #48
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My next question is....On my KTM 640E, my rear tire is a 140/80-18. Looking at http://www.kevinscycleracing.com/ I see they don't offer that size in the "mixed terrain" category.

Is it important to have the same size, or can I go with something slightly smaller? Is it typical to go down a size because of the extra bulk of the studs?
Good question, I run one size smaller tire on the rear with the long studs and the same size tire with Auto studs.

I am going to try the same tire size 150/70-17 for the rally studs. I have no idea how a smaller tire would handle but if a 130 is all that is available may be worth a try.
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Old 12-08-2013, 12:04 PM   #49
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Old 12-19-2013, 02:58 PM   #50
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Looks like mother nature might set us up for some fine trail riding this weekend if the rain that's predicted doesn't totally wreck the snow.

Fingers crossed.
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Old 12-20-2013, 02:45 AM   #51
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Looks like mother nature might set us up for some fine trail riding this weekend if the rain that's predicted doesn't totally wreck the snow.

Fingers crossed.
I am hoping that we get lots of rain to get rid of some snow!!! We have about 18 inches on the ground now so some rain and a good freeze should set up the snowmobile trails nicely.

Been concentrating on building a set of Pirelli Rally with short studs for the F8 to ride the frozen dirt roads on because the snow got deep quick this year up here.
Road riding is my only option now unless I trailer, let me know if you hit the woods. I can only get out on Sunday this weekend.
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I am hoping that we get lots of rain to get rid of some snow!!! We have about 18 inches on the ground now so some rain and a good freeze should set up the snowmobile trails nicely.

Been concentrating on building a set of Pirelli Rally with short studs for the F8 to ride the frozen dirt roads on because the snow got deep quick this year up here.
Road riding is my only option now unless I trailer, let me know if you hit the woods. I can only get out on Sunday this weekend.
My bike is disabled at the moment but should be together next week,if the trails get good it will be then anyway I imagine.
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Old 12-20-2013, 08:04 AM   #53
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I am hoping that we get lots of rain to get rid of some snow!!! We have about 18 inches on the ground now so some rain and a good freeze should set up the snowmobile trails nicely.

Been concentrating on building a set of Pirelli Rally with short studs for the F8 to ride the frozen dirt roads on because the snow got deep quick this year up here.
Road riding is my only option now unless I trailer, let me know if you hit the woods. I can only get out on Sunday this weekend.

About the same, here. Snow is pretty deep in the woods and even deeper in the open so the roads and dirt roads are a lot better riding. We are going to get another foot or something stupid like that this weekend so I'm looking for a cheap sled
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Old 12-20-2013, 05:50 PM   #54
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Old 12-20-2013, 06:49 PM   #55
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Did my first snow riding today. It was awesome with trelleborg spiked tires. I'm hooked.









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Old 12-21-2013, 08:35 AM   #56
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my winter ride yesterday. these tires just extended my riding season to all year!!!

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Old 12-21-2013, 09:00 AM   #57
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my winter ride yesterday. these tires just extended my riding season to all year!!!



I'm so jealous of you guys that have trails open nearby in the winter.
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Old 12-21-2013, 12:48 PM   #58
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my winter ride yesterday. these tires just extended my riding season to all year!!!

Welcome to the Insanity of Winter Riding
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Old 12-21-2013, 12:58 PM   #59
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Finished the rear tire for the F800, came out pretty good Cant wait to hit some frozen dirt roads with this

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Old 12-22-2013, 08:10 AM   #60
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this figures. I get the trelly's, get them installed and the first weekend its 60 degrees and raining. snow will be all gone tomorrow.
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