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post #1 of 15 Old 09-02-2008, 02:02 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys,

just wondering - (I presume a Canadian or perhaps an Alaskan) might have an answer to this...

has anyone here every ridden a motorbike with studded tires on it for driving on snow... has anyone done this? the only time I've heard of it done is on those ice motorbike races in Quebec... surely that can't be a safe mode of transport - :-) but it seems like it would be a rush - you wonder if someone does track days for this in Cowtown?

Trying to think what to do to avoid the blues once the inevitable occurs: winter... I was thinking I should get a snowmobile :devil_70:
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post #2 of 15 Old 09-02-2008, 02:35 AM
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i have nokian studded tires for my mountain bike , they are awsome , dont ride your strom in winter ,

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conti studded on my mtb

I put a set of conti's on my mtb every winter, I only have 2 legs for propulsion on that unit. Actual horsepower would probably hospitalize you by the end of the block. It is a different feeling, better to keep your feet on the pedals while cornering unless you like biting it.
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I was out for the weekend and it had snowed lightly through the night but the pavement had quickly melted in the late fall sun. All was good until I came upon my drive that cut back sharply from the direction I was approaching.

All I really remember was thinking I'd split my firkin head open as I lay there with the bike on my leg! It went down so fast on that thin dusting of snow that I've never even thought of driving on snow intentionally.

I've seen the ice races they held around here where I live in Ontario and it looked easy on CanAm 250 dropped way down low.
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Last ride on (not really expected .... or at least not wished for) snow and ice would have been better with studded tires. I dropped her over ten times trying to circumnavigate the South Canol Road here in the Yukon. I prefer using a snowmobile after beating me and the bike up.
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Hey guys,

just wondering - (I presume a Canadian or perhaps an Alaskan) might have an answer to this...

has anyone here every ridden a motorbike with studded tires on it for driving on snow... has anyone done this? the only time I've heard of it done is on those ice motorbike races in Quebec... surely that can't be a safe mode of transport - :-) but it seems like it would be a rush - you wonder if someone does track days for this in Cowtown?

Trying to think what to do to avoid the blues once the inevitable occurs: winter... I was thinking I should get a snowmobile :devil_70:
If you are thinking of riding off road go for it. It is your bike and your body to break. If you are thinking of riding on road you will surely get hurt or just get killed. In Alberta nobody is programed to see a bike in the winter. Riding on road in the winter can be done. I did it all one winter way back in the 70's in Edmonton. Wouldn't consider it now though.

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You mean like this?


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Hey guys,

just wondering - (I presume a Canadian or perhaps an Alaskan) might have an answer to this...

has anyone here every ridden a motorbike with studded tires on it for driving on snow... has anyone done this? the only time I've heard of it done is on those ice motorbike races in Quebec... surely that can't be a safe mode of transport - :-) but it seems like it would be a rush - you wonder if someone does track days for this in Cowtown?

Trying to think what to do to avoid the blues once the inevitable occurs: winter... I was thinking I should get a snowmobile :devil_70:
I'f I recall properly from seeing motorcycle ice racing as a kid don't they use small hex headed sheet metal screws for studs?

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I'f I recall properly from seeing motorcycle ice racing as a kid don't they use small hex headed sheet metal screws for studs?
Only cheapskates and the chronically poor.

Carbide-tipped studs work better and last longer.

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BMW moto-rad sells sets of tire chains for bikes, but they're 200Euro per set. If you're really that set on wanting to ride in the snow, check out the pics for the motorad ones and make up a set for yourself(pretty easy with basic tools) or check for the manufacturer of the old Ural tires. They used to be available with studded tires.

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