Chains are for drive tires only. Putting them on the front would be counter productive and cause potential danger when turning. Chains on the rear and studs on the front perhaps? They do make cars and trucks for bad weather....
hmm, I run chains on front of my UTV and generally don't use 4wd unless necessary
I have had good luck with regular automotive studs, not the expensive self tapping studs that Aerostich sells, you need a block knobby with a good 13-15mm of tread depth, stud pockets drilled to 10-11mm depending on the depth studs you get, studs inserted with a pneumatic stud gun
don't stud the outer knobs, you won't be leaning that much on ice, and when yer leaning that much on bare pavement, you don't want studs in your contact patch, more density of stud torar the center knobs, iirc, I put about 140 studs in a 150/70-17 rear metzeler karoo T and 190 studs in a front 110/80-19 Karoo T
front hooked up well and didn't throw any studs, tire lasted me 4 winter seasons (about 20,000 miles) yep, studs help improve tread life.
rear tire didn't fare so well, I have a Vee, 1000 cc a bit much, but biggest problem was deceleration, not acceleration. Went to the Darkside, 205/50-17 General Altimax Arctic, no studs, just a real winter car tire, heavier tire helped with wheel spin on acceleration and hooked up better all around that tire lasted me 4 years year round, or nearly 50,000 miles, and still has legal tread, but no longer enuf tread that I would feel safe in winter conditions
I just don't see chains as practical, you would have to severely limit speeds, with studs normal road speeds are more than easily dooable, you can keep up and pass most traffic in winter conditions
disadvantage to studs is you need to swap tires when you no longer need them, I have invested in a spare wheel for the rear, looking for a reasonably priced front, but not as important, its a much bigger deal to mount and dismount a car tire than it is a studded motorcycle tire