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Met a friend of mine today for a ride on the Kancamagus highway. We rode in from Bear notch Rd about 11 and stopped about midway up. Being from the coastal area I said to Bob, it seems like you'll be getting snow soon. A few minutes later we both noticed some light snow falling, cool. We continued on up to the top and the temp continued to drop. By the time we got to the highest elevation it was 38 and snowing moderately. As we went down the other side to Lincoln the temp rose and the snow stopped. We had lunch at Gypsy's cafe and left to head back about 2 o'clock under a black sky and light rain. The temp was 46 degrees and dropped about a degree a mile. First rain then sleet and when we got to the top it was 36 and the snow was really coming down at a good clip. Fun stuff. The first ride in the snow for me this year! It wasn't sticking to the road much but it was sticking to the sides and in the trees, pretty.
 

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I almost took a ride up there today. I went to Fryeburg and decided to head north on Rt5 to Evergreen Valley, messed around there for a while, then on to Norway and back to Bridgton Dunkin Donuts. Nice ride 90mi....:thumbup:..........TD
 

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Randy, what month was that. Looks like springtime. I've been there in March with the snow piled high on the sides of the road. It's really beautiful.
 

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Randy, what month was that. Looks like springtime. I've been there in March with the snow piled high on the sides of the road. It's really beautiful.
that was one if my annual "StupidBowl Sunday Kanc" rides I missed last year, but rode the Kanc 13 consecutive Super Bowl Sundays prior to that, starting with my SV650 in 2000, the photo is 2012, one of the warmer years, in 2000, temp was nearly 50, just out for a winter ride that had me riding further and further north it was nice, when I found myself in Conway, sure why not, I didn't have or need heated gear that year, the next year I decided to make a tradition, temps were hovering just below freezing at home, on the Kanc, prolly in the low teens

85% of the rides there is at least a dusting of fresh snow over 2000ft elevation, the state salts the hell out of it, so it gets slushy depending in traffic, I usually catch up with a cage and follow well behind depending on speed, and I have passed cages on snowy roads coldest ride was about -10°, worse year for conditions was 2011. Wee had freezing rain, sleet ending in cold snow, roads were frozen hard 1" to 1½" crusty icy layer with up to ½" loose snow on top, storm stopped at 6am, I fell on my butt 7am when I walked out to see if the salt the town had put down had softened the precip on the road



the road was soft, soon to turn to slush with traffic, so I sanded a path to get my bike walked down to the edge of the road ( this is how I start all my winter rides, I will not ride my bike 20 feet to stop on ice)



bike ready to go, now I go back in house to put my gear on, do not get all hot & sweaty doing manual labor like shoveling, sanding, or rolling your bike 50 feet, get your bike situated then put your gear on starting a ride in the winter hot & sweaty is a quick way to turn into a popcycle even heated gear can't keep up with the cooling effect



group ride meet spot (HoneyDew Donuts, Rt11 & 153 Farmington) sometimes just me, quite often 2, and a couple of times 3 riders



with roads in better weather conditions, I use 153 to get to Conway, in poorer conditions, I slab it up 16

in 2011, in the beginning of the ride 11 & 28 to wolfeboro, the state had the roads pretty bare but by the time we got to conway and lower part of kanc, even 16, roads were ice with occasional 2" deep pot holes to pavement where a small pile of salt worked its way thru as we got higher elevation all the precip was snow, no ice, approx 2" since last snowplow





stop for lunch in Lincoln



the ride back, most often slab 93 to 140, sometimes 175 to 25 to 109 on the other side of the lake depends on weather , frost heaves etc.

back home bike ready to walk into its parking spot





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a General Altimax Arctic 205/50-17, goes unbelievable in the snow & ice
That is just what I need to extend my season. :hurray:
I usually drive unless the temperature is below freezing and ice is on the road. But here there is a winter tire law in effect that applies to motorcycles.
Did you put a car winter tire on the front as well? What size fits best?
Legally, I need to have the winter tires on back and front to be allowed to ride after December 15th. I never thought of using a car tire. I didn't think they could fit...duh. Learn something new each day.
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That is just what I need to extend my season. :hurray:
I usually drive unless the temperature is below freezing and ice is on the road. But here there is a winter tire law in effect that applies to motorcycles.
Did you put a car winter tire on the front as well? What size fits best?
Legally, I need to have the winter tires on back and front to be allowed to ride after December 15th. I never thought of using a car tire. I didn't think they could fit...duh. Learn something new each day.
Thanks,
Danny C.
Danny, you wont find any car tire that would fit to the front.
 

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That is just what I need to extend my season. :hurray:
I usually drive unless the temperature is below freezing and ice is on the road. But here there is a winter tire law in effect that applies to motorcycles.
Did you put a car winter tire on the front as well? What size fits best?
Legally, I need to have the winter tires on back and front to be allowed to ride after December 15th. I never thought of using a car tire. I didn't think they could fit...duh. Learn something new each day.
Thanks,
Danny C.

the General Altimax Arctic will get you half way there with the mountain & snowflake symbol on the back tire

best you can do for front is stud up a knobby and hope they accept it

I know as a non resident, I'm exempt from what I understand of the law, I plan on testing it with a winter SS1000 loop



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well do post up when your intending that 1000 mile loop right thru my neck of the woods. I am looking for a place to get my altimax right now.

the General Altimax Arctic will get you half way there with the mountain & snowflake symbol on the back tire

best you can do for front is stud up a knobby and hope they accept it

I know as a non resident, I'm exempt from what I understand of the law, I plan on testing it with a winter SS1000 loop
 

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Thanks guys, at least now I have hope...half way there.
Maybe they would allow a studded knobby front with a snowflake on the back. I only want to really ride when there isn't any ice. Up here we can have bare pavement and 5 to 10 degrees above freezing even near Christmas and escpecially in late February and early March. That would give me about 4-6 extra weeks of riding in my season. Anyway, at least it gives me something to think about.:thumbup:
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went for a 200 mile ride today, first I had to chisel a path down my driveway to the road (no winter tires this year)



took 16 north instead of 153, too many frost heaves on the secondary roads, traffic coming south from Conway was horrendous, southbound was backed up a mile or more at both of the lights in Ossipee, glad I chose a counterclockwise loop, the traffic was backed up in Lincoln as well, but not as bad as Ossipee





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I may have been up there with you, but I'm riding in Phoenix in 85° :) Just finished a 210 mile ride around the mountain ranges and through the desert here :)

Be safe!
 
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