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150 yards of ice covered roads

That's all that kept me from being able to ride the V today.

The crazy low temps have left Denver, and the main streets are clear and dry, but my street still has a nice coat of snowpack/frozen ice. I was tempted to ride up the sidewalks today, since the temp was in the high 40s.

Sooooo, how hard is it to control a 400+ pound motorcycle on a small stretch of frozen road

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100 yards of black ice almost stamped me paid once.
Marginal weather can be tempting or expensive.
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I don't know but I literally just caught myself checking the weather and thinking "hey, it'll be above freezing by 5pm tomorrow, maybe I'll take the bike in"
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150 yards? Why not just push it?
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150 yards? Why not just push it?
I'd probably need to put a set of crampons on my boots to keep me from slipping and sliding while pushing a 400+ pound motorcycle

I think I'll wait for another day or two. The street was pretty slushy by nightfall this evening. It should be clear my tomorrow afternoon.

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I'd probably need to put a set of crampons on my boots to keep me from slipping and sliding while pushing a 400+ pound motorcycle
Oh stop. Don't be a drama queen. Once the bikes rolling you just walk along next to it with minimal effort.
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Oh stop. Don't be a drama queen. Once the bikes rolling you just walk along next to it with minimal effort.
Yup - till your foot slides, and you become the "welcoming mat" for it...!

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Just slide it sideways like those mud-bikers and then at the precise moment do a high-side when your back tire catches grip. It's really easier than it sounds.
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Problem solved. Street ice and snow all melted yesterday

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I found out today. As I was driving at about 60 mph on Ohio Route seven I hit a patch of black ice on a bridge. I was okay for about 20 yards and then the bike went down and me with it. We both slid approximately 200 to 300 yards. Not a fun situation. Im a bit bruised up, the V is worse. Shifter, left mirror, left upper fairing, stator cover all dead. First time in 41 years of riding that I laid one down based solely on my own stupidity.
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Glad you're OK. BUT Black Ice will get you every time


Or was that look THEN leap?
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Just slide it sideways like those mud-bikers and then at the precise moment do a high-side when your back tire catches grip. It's really easier than it sounds.
Unless you're just cruising down the road as opposed to setting up for it.
Or on the wrong side of fifty and are not that experienced in the above technique.

Glad Galik is in shape to discuss the mishap & will continue the adventure.
Gear does it's job again????
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Wow. Glad you're ok.

Gotta say, I was thinking about gearing up for some cold weather rides (it got into the 30's down here in FLA) but after reading about these misadventures I think I'll pass.

We have good riding weather 10+ months a year. I can miss a few days here and there.
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Wow. Glad you're ok.

Gotta say, I was thinking about gearing up for some cold weather rides (it got into the 30's down here in FLA) but after reading about these misadventures I think I'll pass.

We have good riding weather 10+ months a year. I can miss a few days here and there.
Yep, July and August are brutal in Florida.

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Glad Galik is in shape to discuss the mishap & will continue the adventure.
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Full gear. Left some bits and pieces of jacket and glove on the road. Kept my skin intact.
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Full gear. Left some bits and pieces of jacket and glove on the road. Kept my skin intact.
Better the gloves and jacket then YOU. After all you BUY clothing Skin ya gotta grow.

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Oh stop. Don't be a drama queen. Once the bikes rolling you just walk along next to it with minimal effort.
I see you are from Florida and obviously have little experience with trying to walk/push on ice

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I see you are from Florida and obviously have little experience with trying to walk/push on ice
I grew up in NY. Plenty of ice ... and attitude.
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We were just notified by the city we are in that they are not going to plow in neighborhoods that get snowfall under 2", to cut down costs

That's good and all, but my section of neighborhood lies in perpetual shade in the winter due to surrounding trees and hills, so when it's cold enough I could have ice or compacted snow in front of the house indefinitely. Which would put me in the same situation where the initial short trip out of the neighborhood would be the tough part when everything else is dry and ridable.

And that should also mean that I shouldn't take responsibility for removing snow from our sidewalk for anything under 2" either!!!!
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