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Old 01-22-2016, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
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Versys 650 + Ice/Snow = Excitement.

Most people in DC are afraid to drive in the snow and I'm like ... I better let the engine warm up first.



2.5 miles of fishtailing and sliding ... half the time I was holding my breath, the other half I was laughing!

Michelin PR3's are great tires, but maybe not for snow and ice... With that said, I stayed upright the whole time despite a few close calls.

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Despite some ice-racing when I was (MUCH) younger... you're MUCH braver than I am...!
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wrap your tire with rope (non-synthetic is best) use zipties to pull it extra tight
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That's an interesting idea!

Honestly I accepted that I'd probably crash before I even put my helmet on...

People tailgating me was the scariest part,, like there is a 85% chance of me going down and this person is 2 feet off my rear wheel. After flashing my brake lights a bunch they eventually figured it out and backed off

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wrap your tire with rope (non-synthetic is best) use zipties to pull it extra tight

This chick shows how she does hers....Skip to 3:20 of the video to see....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJQZL6qrfZ4

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That's an interesting idea!

Honestly I accepted that I'd probably crash before I even put my helmet on...

People tailgating me was the scariest part,, like there is a 85% chance of me going down and this person is 2 feet off my rear wheel. After flashing my brake lights a bunch they eventually figured it out and backed off
maybe they were going to give you a push for traction

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This chick shows how she does hers....Skip to 3:20 of the video to see....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJQZL6qrfZ4
lol yup i know laurie (shes my squealery friend) lol

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This guy also rode in the blizzard in DC.

I did not, currently sitting on about 22 inches and expected to get 8 more today, but I DID discover that my beastly waterproof Tourmaster cold weather overpants make fantastic snow pants for finding the car again after the plow.
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This guy also rode in the blizzard in DC.

I did not, currently sitting on about 22 inches and expected to get 8 more today, but I DID discover that my beastly waterproof Tourmaster cold weather overpants make fantastic snow pants for finding the car again after the plow.
so did ken

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Sort of an inevitable ending, wasn't it?
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next time take yer KLR....


if I'm answering your question I assume the basic points have been addressed, such as: did you do a compression test? is it still on fire?
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Oh - you mean like THIS...?




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sure...and when it breaks and gets caught in the chain, the chain derails, wraps the front sprocket, then breaks the sling guard and the oil pipe behind it. when the oil pipe breaks, it usually takes a chunk of the engine case with it. now you need to source a motor because the one in your bike isn't worth rebuilding.

if you insist on being out there, get studded tires.
never had that problem in all my years of riding.... guess im just lucky.
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yep, studded tires...

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You couldn't pay me to ride the Versys in this stuff. However I for years I had this on standby for snow days.

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i have ice raced back in the day with home-brewed tires, meaning tires studded with sharpened carriage bolts. you didn't want any body parts to come anywhere near those tires. unbelievable traction on glare ice, but it was like riding a bike with WFO chain saws on both ends. the wrecks were pretty spectacular.
When I ice-raced, we used sheet-metal screws turned into the studs, so it wasn't QUITE as deadly as those, ...and TRACTION...?

After a race on the Ottawa River just E of Hawkesbury, Ontario, when everyone had packed-up and departed, as I lived about five miles away I would ride down and back on my CanAm 400 Qualifier, so I 'fired' it up, pointed it N (the river's about a bit less than half a mile across there) then "wheelied" all the way to the N shore, turned around... and wheelied BACK.

As jdrocks said - traction is awesome, and in corners you'd have your inside foot WAY-Y-Y UP, the handlebar ALMOST touching the ice.

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You couldn't pay me to ride the Versys in this stuff. However I for years I had this on standby for snow days.

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