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post #1 of 10 Old 10-21-2006, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
 
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Winterstrom

the new Wee is the bike I'm planning to keep out all
winter. 'Not every day mind you, just occassional rides on a clear, dry days. The bike it replaced, the KLR, used to be kept out year-round as well, it was great in snow. It wasn't the greatest, however, in terms of wind protection and the limited electrical head room left you the option of the heated gloves or the vest but not both. My first longer ride in the mid 30's F would suggest the Wee is going to be a significant improvement in terms of cold weather comfort. Not only was I able to use both the heated vest and gloves but the more tucked in riding postion does a better job of keeping the wind off you- a really issue as the temps drop. So, for those of you in colder areas that ride all year, any tips for Winterstromming?
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post #2 of 10 Old 10-21-2006, 10:22 PM
 
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I've been riding my DL650 all fall so far and it get's pretty cold even with a larger Cee Bailey's windshield. I think the windshield is mounted so far away from the rider that the wind just curls in behind it. I don't have heated grips yet or a vest as my usual cold weather ride is a 77 GL1000 which hardly has enough juice to charge the battery let alone run heated gear but with those two items a V-Strom would be easily ridable in colder weather. My GL1000 with it's big ugly Pacifico fairing is much warmer and I'm looking forward to getting it back on the road once I give it it's fall once over. Regarding an improvement over your KLR I don't doubt it one bit. I rode a XR650 off and on one winter and it was unbearable under 20 degrees. The biggest problem with winter riding is even on the warmer dry days there is still a lot of salt dust blowing around so keeping the corrosion at bay takes significant effort.
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post #3 of 10 Old 10-22-2006, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
 
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I hear you on the salt. You might want to give S100 a try tho,
it basically sprays on clear and forms a barrier that helps to
keep the salt at bay. In the spring, you just wash it off along
with all the other junk. I've used it for a while now and it does
seem to help:

http://www.bikedepot.net/s1tocycoprae.html
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post #4 of 10 Old 10-22-2006, 07:13 PM
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Winter Riding

Get some engine guards if you don't have them. I went down on ice last winter. Plastic is expensive. I now have SW-Motech guards, haven't tested them (don't plan to).


I wear a suit made by Cycleport. It has three layers on top, two on the bottom. That and Polar Ax gloves and separate wool glove liners, a belaclava, and a Had neck warmer makes cold weather tolerable.

I don't do electrics as I fear being out in the middle of nowhere and having a failure could be highly inconvenient to fatal. I can go about 1.5 hrs at 10degF, then have to pull over and re-heat-soak the suit.

The really good news -- NO BUGS!
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post #5 of 10 Old 10-24-2006, 01:50 AM
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Well, the only body part you really have to keep warm is the hands. I find the heated grips and a good pair of winter gloves work fine. When it gets really cold, I also wear a pair of those heat reflective silver glove inserts.

That does me fine at around freezing temp for my hour or so commute.

Then again, we don't get seriously cold here for extended periods of time, so I can bear with it for a week or two, knowing it will warm up eventually.

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post #6 of 10 Old 10-24-2006, 06:05 AM
 
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Thanks for the S100 tip, I'll be trying some of that.
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post #7 of 10 Old 10-24-2006, 08:51 AM
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Move downunder we do not even get to frezzing point at night were I live .

I have ridden in -8C ( about 15 F ) at night on wet CLAY roads on my XS1100 to go to the Alpine rally in 1979 never been so cold .You can keep your cold weather .

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post #8 of 10 Old 10-25-2006, 01:33 AM
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That's a downright lie, graham downunder.

I've been frezzed in your country.

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post #9 of 10 Old 10-27-2006, 03:25 PM
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I was thinking about studding my tires. Also depending on how the front end sticks in the snow may have to raise the fork tubes in the trees to get it to stick. Spray all metal down with WD40, and plastics with PAM. Keep your clothing by the woodstove and stay clear of the friggin plow drivers!
Oh....When in doubt...GAS IT!!!!!

Almost forgot..try to get the front fender extender to keep some of the shit at bay.
post #10 of 10 Old 10-27-2006, 08:40 PM
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I'll be riding my 06 DL1000 all winter too.....Here in Sunny Southern California!!!

Snow is what I visit at Mammoth Mountain.... :shock:
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