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Snow tires

Not a tire guru, but I'd like to try a few of these in Versys sizes:
http://www.moto-amore.com/heidenau/productsnew_b.html

My area gets just enough snow to barely warrant owning a car. Bummer.
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This is for snow...some others out there too.

http://www.mv-motorrad.de/cosmoshop/...,,10107,,,.htm

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Yeah, I've seen them. They're nice.

The salt's what bothers me, though.
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I live in the northeastern part of the Phuckeye State, and the only reasons I put my bike up for a couple months each year are salt and ice - mostly salt - I hear ya' there. It'll tear stuff up quick, on a bike.

If you get some good dual sport style tires, then you shouldn't need worry much about a little snow or slush on the roads. Ice is the real killer. If you wanted to take an extra precaution, you could put a few angularly alternating screw-in studs down the centerline of your rear tire. There are some thread over on ADV that cover it.

The Dunlop D616 is a good front tire in the "stock" size for that kind of thing. There are tons of rears available, since the 150s work very well.

As far those tire chain things go, those would be last ditch. You wouldn't be able to go much faster than 20 mph without a serious chance of those things breaking-off, creating an even worse situation. Plus, they're only good if there's already a few inches of snow on the road. You'd be better-off waiting for a vehicle to come along and break a path.

I find you have to plan to be "flexible" when riding a bike during the winter months.
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This is for snow...some others out there too.

http://www.mv-motorrad.de/cosmoshop/...,,10107,,,.htm
I'm pretty sure those motorcycle tire chains frighten me. Though I'da imagine that if you have conditions that warrant them, you're probably going to be going pretty slow, and they wouldn't have the opportunity to fail catastrophically.

My only issue is with ice. We don't get much snow in Texas, however in winter when it's cold you might have some random precipitation that causes the bridges to ice over. Ideally the best idea is not to ride, though sometimes that's not an option.

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Yeah, I'd say don't ride. Or, get a dual sport/off road bike that has some good wear on it, then have fun in the snow with it...though not ice.

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Trying to find a tire with nice, deep lugs, without small lugs on the edges that'll bend in the corners. The d616 is nice, but I'm wondering if it's aggressive enough - if the lugs are self-cleaning.

Back when I had a Jeep, I used Green Diamond retreads. They had little crystals embedded all through the compound that bit into ice really well.
Wish I could find something like that for the V.
Can't ride studs on the highway.

Stupid winter.
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Wishful thinking:

http://www.gizmag.com/go/6989/
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Honestly....the roads were totally FKD for alittle bit yesterday...
the stock Bridgestones got me home safe ..never thought twice about them....all you tire guys are just to damn good at riding or just label whores....you pick your label & send me your stock tires
and yes I say this every time I ride in bad weather & then see threads about tires....oh yeah mine work good on dry roads too.
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