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Old 11-16-2012, 10:59 AM   #31 (permalink)
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stay away from that road liquid de-icer crap. that stuff is slippery shit when there is nothing to melt. got lots of experience with that up at Ellsworth AFB. they put that crap down way too much. had plenty of nights after work trying to get home and having to almost crawl to get off base... dang Busa had too much torque for that crap. lots of clutch slipping involved. grrrrr. good experience/training tho. once off base, it was ON!!!!
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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.
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Suspect this is much less to do with cold tires and much more to do with a new rider with a new R6. He didn't say anything about snow or ice being present during this event.

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'Sup SBN,

This is my first riding season and I've already noticed the effects the colder climate has on tires. About 2-3 minutes into my ride a sudden yellow light caught me off guard and I was forced to (gently) jab my rear brake. To my surprise the bike fishtailed like never before. It was all in a controlled manner and it didn't spook me whatsoever but it was definitely something I did not expect.

Granted, the time to change tires is coming up but it was definitely the result of cold tires & cold road. Since last week I've been taking turns at a much slower rate.

Beside cold tires and ice, is there anything else I should be weary of when commuting in sub 40 degree temperatures?

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You can lower your tire pressures to heat up the rubber more. But be aware of two potential negatives to this:
-Lower pressure means potholes are more likely to deform your front rim.
-Lower pressure means greater deformation, which can change the handling. (Not necessarily made worse, but made different than you're used to.)

I wouldn't recommend below 28 PSIG cold, though. I personally wouldn't go below 30 PSIG cold.

I've ridding in as low as 9 degrees F. It's fun as long as you have the right gear, and take it easy while the tires are still cold.
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BTW - just to make you feel worse about your frozen wasteland - pic from my ride today. I believe it was exactly 70* at this point...

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Old 11-17-2012, 07:38 AM   #35 (permalink)
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please share more pictures of the other bike... looks like oogles of fun!


edit- and go fuck yourself it's been dropping down to mid 30's at night and low 50's in the day. ugh- I hate winter.
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Also take it easy on newly paved roads in colder weather. I notice the painted lines can get a bit slick also.
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please share more pictures of the other bike... looks like oogles of fun!
Sure! Um, which one is the "other"?

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edit- and go fuck yourself it's been dropping down to mid 30's at night and low 50's in the day. ugh- I hate winter.
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The painted lines are always the slickest part of the road. It doesn't matter what time of year it is.
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Pray for no snow.
You and me both. Even in my truck I take it really easy once it dips below freezing. When people wreck all over the city during the summer because it rained, you know they can't control themselves in the snow/ice.

The one time I went down on my old bike was because someone's water line had burst and covered the middle of a turn in water, which then froze into a sheet of black ice.
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Sure! Um, which one is the "other"?



Jo... Jo, we've had this conversation. That's YOUR job!!

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I can only see the trellis frame and part of the lettering.

So the blue one bitch.

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I don't ride when there's snow on the roads. If you're not using a bike to commute in NYC, you generally have the luxury of just waiting 5-10 days for a day where it's safer to ride.

In terms of other winter riding advice, I strongly recommend:

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The blue one! I know the BMW is yours. I won't embarrass myself trying to guess what the other one is- I want to say Suzuki- but as much as I like ass's- i can't fucking tell the ass end of one bike apart from the other. it's pretty tragic how bad I am on it.

I can only see the trellis frame and part of the lettering.

So the blue one bitch.
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Everything slows down... People aren't paying attention for bikes and you need to give yourself move to maneuver.
In my experience, wrong on every level.

when I went out during a semi-blizzard, everyone saw me. suddenly, I as the single most visible person on the roadway, and was given so much room compared to during summer time riding, it was nearly unbelievable.

any time after the middle of october, bikes are total surprises on the road (here anyway) and as such, you are noticed.
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In my experience, wrong on every level.

when I went out during a semi-blizzard, everyone saw me. suddenly, I as the single most visible person on the roadway, and was given so much room compared to during summer time riding, it was nearly unbelievable.

any time after the middle of october, bikes are total surprises on the road (here anyway) and as such, you are noticed.
That sure hasn't been my experience at all. I feel much more vulnerable in the winter when people aren't used to seeing motorcyclists. It sure seems like more people pull into my lane in the winter than in the warmer riding months.

Then again, in my limited experience in Canada the drivers were MUCH better than in the US. Maybe this is just another example.
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In my experience, wrong on every level.

when I went out during a semi-blizzard, everyone saw me. suddenly, I as the single most visible person on the roadway, and was given so much room compared to during summer time riding, it was nearly unbelievable.

any time after the middle of october, bikes are total surprises on the road (here anyway) and as such, you are noticed.
I thought during the winter you guys are all snowed in and getting cabin fever???

Max its the same way down here. I'm much more concerned about people not being used to bikes and just ignoring/not noticing me.

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