How many ride all year round? (Particularly in snowy climates)

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Re: How many ride all year round? (Particularly in snowy climates)

Post by n3303j » Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:15 pm

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In eastern Massachusetts I rode bike only for the final 9 years of my employment. Had a 40 mile (day total) commute on secondaries posted 45 or less.

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Photo is me on the way home one day when shop closed up for a blizzard in progress.

Only time I needed two wheel drive was once when I blasted my way over the plow berm into the unplowed company parking lot. The joy of being first one in!

It was always nice to know that no matter what happened at work the day began and ended with a 20 mile run on a motorcycle.
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Re: How many ride all year round? (Particularly in snowy climates)

Post by windmill » Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:33 pm

For the OP,
Lots of good advice for serious winter conditions we can encounter up in the mountains, but winter in urban Seattle is more like a long fall than "winter". For a daily rider here, one should target their primary gear for the high 30's, low 40's, and light drizzle. Hypothermia from being wet is the main concern here.
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Re: How many ride all year round? (Particularly in snowy climates)

Post by cheeseheadmike » Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:47 pm

Heading out tomorrow for what may be my last ride until holidays. (Damn gainful employment) Hauling a load in the tub to the new place then parking it in its new heated garage. Looking like a fairly pleasant day for NE Illannoy. Sunny, light winds, maybe 39. Still, full length lined oil skin drover coat, fleece lined jeans under chaps, balaclava, muffs over heated grips, windshield, boots rated to -25F and wooly socks.
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Re: How many ride all year round? (Particularly in snowy climates)

Post by CamaroEric » Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:16 pm

I have Rocky Mountain Tusk "Hippo Hands" type handle covers. Those and the $7 grip warmers from ebay do great. That is all I have that is heated.
The windshield and leg guards do wonders but your feet will still get very wet.

Hidenau K37 tires are killer in the snow and wet. Ice, not so much, but what is?

I only need 2wd when the snow is more than a few inches deep or when going up a steep icy hill.

Practice whenever you can, maneuvers in the snow are good to know.
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Re: How many ride all year round? (Particularly in snowy climates)

Post by Msblu79 » Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:56 pm

I ride all year but not in salty wet conditions here in NY. Sometimes I go out to just play in the snow nearby in some open fields or seasonal roads. When the roads dry up a bit I ride to work and the rig gets some salt dust on it but cleans off quickly with a big feather duster thing for cars. So far it still looks decent and has not suffered much but as I said I avoid wet salty slushy crap as much as possible which seems to be the main killer of the Russian steel. Heated grips & gloves, fairing, legguards, handguards and a Carhart outfit keep me warm :moto:
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Re: How many ride all year round? (Particularly in snowy climates)

Post by RC20 » Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:12 pm

Our salt use seems to be a mixed bag and hard telling what they are using if at all.

I have not seen any slushy areas so that is my trigger to not ride if I do.

The sand has salt brine supposedly but the density is low. Store looked they were using salt the other day.

Will see how its does this year and make decisions for next. I do run errands on it when conditions are ok. No major snow storm on the main road, lower traffic times etc.
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Re: How many ride all year round? (Particularly in snowy climates)

Post by atlasheating » Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:56 pm

You do not have to worry about road salt in Seattle, but the road crews put a De -Icer on the roads when snow is coming.
If you are driving through Seattle during rush hour (6AM to 7PM) the traffic should not be going too fast for a Ural.
I think the Ural has a wide enough stance where people will see you. Also people will be intrigued at seeing a Sidecar Vehicle.
Stay safe.
Also concerning windshields. Make sure your sidecar windshield is off or down while riding solo. The windshield pushes all it's air on the driver. I have the factory fairing windshield and it works amazingly well.

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Re: How many ride all year round? (Particularly in snowy climates)

Post by Geno89074 » Sat Dec 07, 2019 1:28 am

Great thread about winter riding. I ride daily but in the las vegas valley area we have had good snows just 2x's in 13 years.
However there is snow in the mountains a 1/2 hr from here and plan on taking some of those mountain roads on the ural soon.
Any ideas or comments for snow chains?? All three wheels or just the pusher wheel?
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Re: How many ride all year round? (Particularly in snowy climates)

Post by Lofty » Sat Dec 07, 2019 3:52 pm

Geno89074 wrote:
Sat Dec 07, 2019 1:28 am
Any ideas or comments for snow chains?? All three wheels or just the pusher wheel?
Have a look at the clearance between the pusher's sidewall and the adjacent driveshaft, and get back to us. :wink:
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Re: How many ride all year round? (Particularly in snowy climates)

Post by RC20 » Sat Dec 07, 2019 4:08 pm

Yep, I read about that, looked at that and went studs.

Tough call but a set of studded tires would work best (two not three for main road). You could go cheapest as they would be off unless you were tackling the mountains.

I will get one K28 come this spring and swap out the heavy studded rear and use the non studded spare for the front. The front can act as the spare as it has no center studs and good to get me to safe or I would just replace the tube on site if its out in the wilds.

The tire swap will tell me how well my tire irons work as well as how the back takes it.
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Re: How many ride all year round? (Particularly in snowy climates)

Post by Bullethead » Sat Dec 07, 2019 8:02 pm

Not so brave as I once was concerning winter riding. Did year-round detail on my old 650D for some while. Nowadays, me, the wife and our GU try to get out whenever possible. However, being in lake-effect territory, when we get snow, we get SNOW. Plus, twenty miles from a salt mine makes roads around here virtually whitewashed most of the winter. Whenever we do get out and about, I immediately thereafter do an a warm-water w@$# and a careful dry; chamois and hairdryer. DON’T use a leaf blower unless you’re looking to get water into electrics...including EFI components. One item to consider, however, rust can’t happen when water is frozen. So, in a pinch, if you’re out in the snow and put the rig away somewhere cold enough, you should have a while before you need to decontaminate. Good luck, have fun, and ride on.
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Re: How many ride all year round? (Particularly in snowy climates)

Post by siberman1 » Mon Dec 09, 2019 6:19 pm

CamaroEric wrote:
Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:16 pm
I have Rocky Mountain Tusk "Hippo Hands" type handle covers. ,,,,,

I only need 2wd when the snow is more than a few inches deep or when going up a steep icy hill.

Practice whenever you can, maneuvers in the snow are good to know.
Ditto on Hippo Hands.
My driveway is 150 yards up the hill. It is tiny compared to 2.5 mile hill coming up our main road, or the miles of up/down hills around here.

You might also add some BRIGHT colors to your outfit to "assist" other folks to see you. JMO.

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Re: How many ride all year round? (Particularly in snowy climates)

Post by Pterodactyl » Mon Dec 09, 2019 6:27 pm

If properly installed, studs can be helpful....

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Re: How many ride all year round? (Particularly in snowy climates)

Post by windmill » Mon Dec 09, 2019 7:21 pm

Lofty wrote:
Sat Dec 07, 2019 3:52 pm
Geno89074 wrote:
Sat Dec 07, 2019 1:28 am
Any ideas or comments for snow chains?? All three wheels or just the pusher wheel?
Have a look at the clearance between the pusher's sidewall and the adjacent driveshaft, and get back to us. :wink:
Snow chains?

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Re: How many ride all year round? (Particularly in snowy climates)

Post by BigJames » Mon Dec 09, 2019 11:08 pm

I live in Georgia, so of course I ride all year, even have a Campout on MLK holiday weekend...in North Georgia hoping for snow...rarely get any...
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