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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old Dec 19th, 2009, 8:23 am Thread Starter
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Snow riding...

Well, last night I saw something I've never really seen before. We had our first 2" snow last night and I saw some college kid come out of a bar, get on his bike (couldn't tell what it was from the distance) and ride off. That kid either was really stupid or has way bigger stones than I do- my bikes are parked, plugged in and covered. I just had to shake my head watching him ride away.

Anyone here ride in snow?
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old Dec 19th, 2009, 10:00 am
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Yes, for about a KM or German neighbor thinks I'm a little crazy, just had to rub it in a bit.....but there was no ice under the snow so that went OK. I however did quite a few early morning rides on sparkling roads in my younger days...not recommended.

But give a kid a few beers.....we all know what they think they can do then.....!

There is a really good story on ADVRiders about this guy who took his GS all the way across Canada to Newfoundland in winter just a couple years ago.

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post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old Dec 19th, 2009, 3:54 pm
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I have ridden home from work in the snow a couple of times when the snow was unexpected. One time it was about four inches when I pulled in the garage. I wouldn't want to do it with a couple of beers in me. Actually, I don't want to do it by choice.


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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old Dec 19th, 2009, 5:48 pm
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I usually don't let snow keep me from riding but icy conditions on curvery mountain roads will definitely keep the pucker factor at maximum!
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post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old Dec 19th, 2009, 8:27 pm
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I've done snow on a few occasions and it gets real if'y at intersections where spinning wheels make good ice. Down hill is another fun part. Once going down a slope I had to get in the opposite lane to stop (better traction) and I immediate drove up on the side walk, turned off the engine and walked it the rest of the way home. Used up my luck that day.

Ice is just plain pucker power to the nth degree. Once was enough; if you have to beat the ice off the levers and seat, it's time to take a taxi ride home. But if you need to take a taxi, might as well call it if from the closest bar.
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post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old Dec 19th, 2009, 9:02 pm
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I gave up on the concept of winter touring in 1984 at precisely the spot shown in the first attached pic. Of course, that doesnít mean I never get caught, like I did in 1995 by an April ice storm. The second pic is how it looked when I took shelter until it melted.

These days, I donít go out at all if thereís any chance of frozen stuff on the roads. I even shy away from wet ní salty. That works out to roughly one in five days being theoretically rideable here in Massachusetts from December through February. In practice, I only take a ride about once a month. And, no, not to go skiing.
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post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old Dec 20th, 2009, 3:32 am
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>Anyone here ride in snow?

Not recently. In the winter of 1981-82, I was riding on ice and snow all the way from Texas to Virginia. When I got to the Naval Air Station at Virginia Beach, the base was closed because of the snow and they wouldn't let me in, so I had to get a hotel for another couple days and wait for them to decide the roads were clear enough to open the base again.

Normally, I wouldn't travel in those conditions, but I was up against a deadline that time. It really slows you down. In good weather I would do however many consecutive 800 mile days it took to get wherever, but that trip I didn't make 300 miles on my best day.


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I was riding in snow flurries, then the road got slushy. Traffic stopped b/c somebody slide off the road, when I let the clutch out the rear wheel just spun in place. I managed to get to the side of the road (in about 4" of snow) walked the bike backwards to a parking lot and got back on the interstate. One morning it was 39F out so I thought I would be fine however there was ice at an intersection, as I made a left turn the rear wheel came around, the bike went down and so did I. The salt on the roads take a huge toll on the bikes. This winter I'm keeping the bikes in the garage until spring.

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I rode my bike into my toy hauler just in time. Off to Gulf Shore Alabama for Christmas!

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post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old Dec 20th, 2009, 11:09 am Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by DGShaffer
I rode my bike into my toy hauler just in time. Off to Gulf Shore Alabama for Christmas!

WOW! What the heck kind of hauler is that? I want one! I'd put a couch on the other side for me though!
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