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Winter Riding....tips

Hi everyone.
This will be my 2nd year riding through winter, last year I lucked out with it being so mild, I was able to ride all winter. This year, though, I was wondering if anyone else rides year round and if you do anything different (equipment, fluids, tire warming, etc).
I'm riding a 2007 GSX R600 with 25k miles.
Thanks!
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-10-2017, 07:57 AM
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Re: Winter Riding....tips

Don't.


But if we are being serious no idea, i only ride when its like 50 in the winter. I would assume always check tire pressure, don't lean over any more than you have to, cold tires are the devil. Have a good set of tires with decent tread.
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Re: Winter Riding....tips

There was a theard started by me few weeks ago, you should check it out, guys gave me awesome tips about winter riding

Is it important to 'wam up' tires?
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Hi everyone.
This will be my 2nd year riding through winter, last year I lucked out with it being so mild, I was able to ride all winter. This year, though, I was wondering if anyone else rides year round and if you do anything different (equipment, fluids, tire warming, etc).
I'm riding a 2007 GSX R600 with 25k miles.
Thanks!
My personal advice would be:

If it's below freezing then avoid riding unless you really know what you are doing, it gets very dangerous once there is snow/ice on the road.

If it's a above freezing but cold then just ride carefully, the main challenge is keeping warm. The sort of things that help are:
- Double socks
- Good boots
- Zip together motorcycle jeans and jacket
- Wear layers, vest, shirt, two sweaters and then your jacket
- Neck warmer
- Good winter gloves, I find mitton style are best (split into thumb, two fingers and two fingers)
- Add silk under gloves
- Or heated grips and slightly thinner gloves
- Balaclava if it gets really cold
- Get dressed inside, don't leave your house until you have your gear on as you get cold putting it on otherwise.
- Split up longer rides, stop for warm drink inside and warm up
- Be visible, wear bright clothes or helmet and always keep your lights on
- Keep your visor clean, Rain-X works well. Again you may need to stop and clean the visor - keep a small bottle of cleaner to hand.

Riding style:
- Ride smoothly with good throttle control, avoid harsh braking or acceleration.
- Slow down for corners and avoid leaning too much.
- Ride in the tracks swept by the car tyres, not in the center or the far side of the road where you get all the muck.
- Don't ride close to the car in front, leave a good gap.
- Stick to the main roads if it looks bad, avoid small side roads.
- Take extra care in parking lots and other places that might not be gritted.
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Re: Winter Riding....tips

Get decent cold weather rubber - I swear by S21s, good in the cold/wet and can even do track days (not in the freezing weather though). And apart from what all the guys above said - get yourself a battery charger and put a lead on the battery (so you can connect without taking the seat off) - batteries don't hold charge/charge as well in the cold, so maintenance may be required.
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I don't ride year round unless I live in a place with temperate climate. If it's below 60 degrees, I'm not riding. I have two other vehicles I can drive
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Get decent cold weather rubber - I swear by S21s, good in the cold/wet and can even do track days (not in the freezing weather though). And apart from what all the guys above said - get yourself a battery charger and put a lead on the battery (so you can connect without taking the seat off) - batteries don't hold charge/charge as well in the cold, so maintenance may be required.
Interesting thought, I haven't personally had many battery problems in the winter but then it doesn't get much below freezing here in the UK and I use the bike every week.
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