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post #1 of 6 Old 02-06-2011, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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2011 StupidBowl Sunday Kank REPORT

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should I stay or should I go ? fell on my butt walking out to check the road surface, we got about a half inch of snow covered with 1 inch of ice pellets then coated with freezing rain ending about 6am this morning, plenty of salt in the road, the snow & ice covering it is mushy, my tires will handle it not problem,

but I so have to sand a path to the road to walk the bike out


before I left, I checked the forums, at least one rider on the way
the ride begins at Honey Dew

first stop, Kancamagus Pass, sorry, no sign for the photo, it's burried

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lunch stop



back home, putting bike away


the worse part of the Kanc was probably the first 7 or 8 miles out of Conway, the road surface was completely ice covered -1" thick with potholes to bare pavement, pace was only 35, due to car in front of us, and not particularly good conditions to pass only to go maybe 40mph, as we got past the turnoff to the covered bridge the condidtions were much better at least the wheeltrack toward the center was pavement, and as expected, evewrything above 2500 feet was pretty much snow covered with occasional streaks of bare pavement showing, the ride conditions down to Lincoln improved quicklywith lower elevation, Most of the ride temps were in low 30's, at the pass, temps were prolly in low 20's at best, and a little breezy,



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You guys are bad ass! I ride to work all winter but not on snow. I've been caught at work a couple of times and had to ride home on snow covered streets which scared the bejesus out of me. I had some nasty experiences many years ago with motorcycles and snow. Back then we had bias ply tires with tubes and spokes. Are the tires today that much better on snow. My winter bike is a KLR 650 and if I could ride on snowy days I'd be a happy camper. What tire do you use for this type riding?
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Looks like fun but I'm still limping from last iced road adventure. :mrgreen:
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Are the tires today that much better on snow. My winter bike is a KLR 650 and if I could ride on snowy days I'd be a happy camper. What tire do you use for this type riding?
thanks, Dino

there better, and there worse depending on the tire

the knobby I'm running in front is a bias ply Karoo T, similar to TKC80s that are also bias ply at least there tubeless

I have studs, driiled holes and shot automotive studs with a pneumatic gun, Aerostitch self tapping studs are easier but a lot more expensive, (I'd have $150 worth of stitch studs in each tire if I went that route)



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Thanks for the info. I've looked at some of the touring companies that are around the Alps, Germany and Italy but there is no mention as to what tires they put on there bikes. I figured those guys don't want people sliding there bikes across the road into a ditch. Bad for business. Lots of info on the net about winter riding and how to stay warm but not much on tires.

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