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Warchild

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First snow of the season always gives me a distinct attitude problem.
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We had our first significant snow a couple of weeks ago but today is a balmy +10°C (50°F) and I am going for a ride. Quite likely the last one for the season. Long range forecast for December shows very few days more than a degree or two above freezing. Temperatures combined with the inevitable tons of road salt will keep the bikes parked - likely until late March.
 
Next winter I am going to try and get a small ADV bike, like a KTM 390 or BMW G310GS, and I'm going to learn how to ride in the snow with it.

Likely using snow skis like the swedish, or even studded tires
 
You realize snow isn't even really a word, it's an acronym.

Shit No One Wants
I want like two feet of snow once or twice in December or January. That way I get to see it and feel like I bought my truck tires for a reason.

Then it can thaw out and the 4 month period of everything being dead and brown and cold and dark can end.
 
Next winter I am going to try and get a small ADV bike, like an old, used, previously beat up XT250 or a KLX250, and I'm going to learn how to ride in the snow with it.

Likely using snow skis like the swedish, or even studded tires
Fixed that for you. Heidenau and Mitas both make good moto snow tires. You don't want studs unless you're on packed snow and ice 100% of the time.

Riding in the snow, especially learning to ride in the snow, often involves drops and slides. Snow can be forgiving to plastic in terms of crashes/drops in the lack of scratches, but it's just as hard and things break and bend. A nice new, spendy bike is not the bike to learn to ride in the snow on.

@Warchild -Suck it up candya**, you're too young to retire and move to Arizona. ;) Even Southern NV has snow in the winter.
 
A joy to look at and beautiful to hold but you if don't want to live in it consider it sold. So I did, sold the house in Colorado and moved to San Diego area in SoCal. Riding today in low 70's f and all next week in 80's. Of course all this comes at a price , crazy politics, high fuel costs, etc. but life is short and I'm old and no longer interested in looking at snow fall. And I'm getting crotchety . Get off my lawn!!
 
I live in Winnipeg, where temperatures in January & February are -20c during the day and easily reach -40c at night.
Winter is bullshit.
Our temperatures are a bit milder but can still be brutally cold - just not for stretches as long as you experience in Winterpeg. On the other hand, the higher relative humidity and windier conditions here makes it hard to take at times. Just another four months to go!

We are forecast to get 10 to 20+ cm of snow Sunday-Monday...
Bullshit, indeed!
 
I had 62 years in SoCal, CA. Great weather, surf, and pension but that's it. Now in TN where I can ride almost year round except for a couple days a year, a huge raise in my pension because no state income tax, every other CA tax and insane cost of living. Now I have to get TN to pass lane filtering.
 
I had 62 years in SoCal, CA. Great weather, surf, and pension but that's it. Now in TN where I can ride almost year round except for a couple days a year, a huge raise in my pension because no state income tax, every other CA tax and insane cost of living. Now I have to get TN to pass lane filtering.

I get ya. It's a reason why I've stayed out of CA since 2004.
 
Fixed that for you. Heidenau and Mitas both make good moto snow tires. You don't want studs unless you're on packed snow and ice 100% of the time.

Riding in the snow, especially learning to ride in the snow, often involves drops and slides. Snow can be forgiving to plastic in terms of crashes/drops in the lack of scratches, but it's just as hard and things break and bend. A nice new, spendy bike is not the bike to learn to ride in the snow on.

@Warchild -Suck it up candya**, you're too young to retire and move to Arizona. ;) Even Southern NV has snow in the winter.
Yeah lol. I would not and cannot afford to buy a brand new bike, was going to find one a couple years old and put enough cages on it that I could just show up and lay er down like a kid getting off a bicycle.

Awesome on those tires.... 100% bookmarking. Agree on studded tires and that's why I don't want chains.
 
First snowfall here. I can really tell these tires are bald now... Does literally anything with the throttle, bike responds with a burnout.
 

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First snowfall here. I can really tell these tires are bald now... Does literally anything with the throttle, bike responds with a burnout.
Not that much better with new tires unless you are running knobbies. Sipes just pack with snow.
You might try a set of Continental TKC-80s. They are available in FJR sizes.
Other than studs of some sort, nothing works on ice.
 
Didn't really agree with the title of this thread. I grew up in Syracuse--pretty snowy there. I loved winter. I always thought it was the most beautiful time of the year, we had all kinds of fun sledding (lots of hills), snowball fights, we used to hop on the backs of cars (remember bumpers?) and slide the treads off our galoshes in about two days. My poor mother could never understand why we were so hard on our boots. We could make a lot of money shoveling sidewalks and driveways, and unlike mowing lawns (something else to remember--push mowers), you didn't have to wait for it to grow back. Hell, sometimes it dumped snow every day. Yep, I loved winter.

Of course, I didn't ride a motorcycle then.
 
Not that much better with new tires unless you are running knobbies. Sipes just pack with snow.
You might try a set of Continental TKC-80s. They are available in FJR sizes.
Other than studs of some sort, nothing works on ice.
Those tires would look absolutely comical on an FJR haha. It's way heavier and more fragile than something I'd like to try and muscle around in the snow anyways.

I think I'll just stick with avoiding the snow until the aforementioned small ADV bike plan can happen
 
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Those tires would look absolutely comical on an FJR haha. It's way heavier and more fragile than something I'd like to try and muscle around in the snow anyways.

I think I'll just stick with avoiding the snow until the aforementioned small ADV bike plan can happen
I know some guys who put TKC-80 tires on their FJRs and rode the Trans Labrador Highway (before it was all paved). No issues.
 
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