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post #16 of 72 (permalink) Old 11-06-2012, 06:30 PM
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I'll ride in the cold, but don't ride to work. To many idiots in ABQ.
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Hmmmm. Good point, tire chains? No idea what im gonna do. Pray for no snow.


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Its when you get to really work them inner thighs using the outrigger style of riding . I used to end up with groin strains every year from it . The worst I ever got caught in was coming home from work in Scotland ,by the time I had climbed out the city into the hills I was paddling a GPZ900 through a foot of snow and still had the worst hill to do . It was hard going ,but I made it without dropping the bike .
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Rear Brake??

Wondering why you would jab the rear brake? The front has amazing stopping power...

Not trying to be a dick but I can honestly say the rear brake on my bike is never used.
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When you face sketchy traction situations like gravel on roads, ice, sand, etc. you don't want to apply too much of the front brake as it will lock up the front tire much much easier. That's why I use a lot more rear brake when I think it's going to be slick out.

Lock up the front and it's a pretty safe bet that you're going down. Lock up the back? No big deal.

Of course, The real answer is to just slow down and start braking sooner and apply less brake than you normally would.
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Keep practicing the gentle application of rear brake. Front is king most of the time but come winter between inclement weather and cold tires really modulating the rear brake is really important.

Everything slows down... People aren't paying attention for bikes and you need to give yourself move to maneuver.

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Wondering why you would jab the rear brake? The front has amazing stopping power...

Not trying to be a dick but I can honestly say the rear brake on my bike is never used.
When riding on snow or ice ,or a really loose surface on a sportbike , unless you have ABS or many years of practise on those surfaces , pretend the front brake does not even exist . Touch it and you are eating what your riding on .
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When riding on snow or ice ,or a really loose surface on a sportbike , unless you have ABS or many years of practise on those surfaces , pretend the front brake does not even exist . Touch it and you are eating what your riding on .
Your right, but jabbing the rear brake will also do you in. In bad conditions it's best to gently apply rear braking.

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Your right, but jabbing the rear brake will also do you in. In bad conditions it's best to gently apply rear braking.
Granted yes , but you do have a chance with the rear .. Front gives an insantanious reaction of badness and pain . Then you also have to think in reverse if you took a run at a steep snowy hill and didnt make it . Then you gotta ski it backwards using the front brake to control the situation . Its a bad place to be and where most groin strains are picked up .
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One of the reasons I moved to a lighter bike. Fighting my 700lb Concours through mud and sand just wasn't that much fun.
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Winter Riding in Kansas City, back in 2008/09.

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Oh how much I would like snow.

But it doesn't bug me, but as said, practice gently using the rear. Jabbing at it is unstable and is more likely to lock it up. Although, best way to get comfortable with locking a rear is to practice in a safe area.

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Don't know what tires you are running but that has a lot to do with it. A typical sport tire is mainly for warm weather traction and can feel greasy in cold weather.
I ride year round myself as long as the roads are clear and even with my newest bike the 1st thing I did was have the OEM Metzlers removed and Michelin Pilot Road 3 mounted. These tires shed water with ease and feel grippy even in the 20 degree range without sacrificing warm or dry weather traction. Braking also comes into play but with the right tires above freezing weather really won't be an issue. Now rock salt is a different story........
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I need heated grips like its nobody's business. Other than that, how abouts the great winter riding weather were having in the Northeast
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