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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!
 

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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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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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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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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,

I'm riding a 2007 GSX R600 with 25k miles.
Thanks!
Can you give a hint or two about where you live, or can we guess?

If you ride where’s there is road salt it will trash the exposed metal. BoeShield helps.

We keep one bike on the road over winter. All our touring bikes have heated grips and a plug for a Gerbing heated jacket. I wear a one piece suit, have a pinlock visor, and usually wear snowmobile gloves. You have to be careful when it’s below 32 F because ice.
 
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