Well, I was lucky enough a couple of winters ago to ride 11 out of 12 months here in Calgary. I would ride as low as -5°C and as long as the streets were clear with no "wetness" at all on them. You have to watch out for the black ice on the road, gravel in the corners and treat the road and ride like it's raining.lunchmeat wrote:I'm a beginner and I don't yet have a bike, but when I do have one this will be the lifestyle I have. No car, justa motorcycle. This thread might help those of us who have to do this.
Anyone have any tips for riding in the winter? Is there anything protective you have to do to your bike?
lol, so have I. It's gotten to the point where I can strap it one handed if need be.Jadien wrote:If I had a nickel for every time I've done that, I'd have at least a couple hundred bucks by now.lunchmeat wrote:.... I almost rode off without fastening the chin strap to my helmet - I was at the end of the parking lot before I noticed....
This may be nitpicky, but I think that's the wrong approach. You have about 80% of dry traction available when it's wet out. When there's snow on the ground or the possibility of snow on the ground, one should ride as if there's about 15% of dry traction available. This can help a great deal when it comes to actually stopping for intersections if you do find that patch of black ice.totalmotorcycle wrote: You have to watch out for the black ice on the road, gravel in the corners and treat the road and ride like it's raining.
Well, in principle I'm with you 100% on that one, ElChado, but I'd have to say that having ridden an SV1000S for three years as my only means of transport I have few complaints. If I sit up near the tank, I am nearly upright. Having a full fairing helps to keep the weather off, and the standard screen is very good. The bike's aerodynamic screen means I don't have to tuck in much at speed and can keep a fairly comfortable position. Having said that, comfort is very personal and it will probably depend on the rider's size and proportions.ElChado87 wrote:Where possible I would recommend NOT getting a sport bike, or anything with an aggressive riding position.
Just a thought.