ummm, I rode a moped for 5 years and a 750cc Honda for 3 before getting this LT. rode the scooter year round (in snow, used feet as skis). never had any problem with hitting an ice patch I couldn't see coming on either bike.
I doubt I've had 100% pure luck the last 5 years of riding to not have encountered black ice. I guess if there were any chance of snow/ice/freezing water being on the roadways, I wouldn't go out. Could black ice form without precipitation? I'm no meteorologist.
That's why I was saying I will keep the bike available all winter as long as the roads stay in good shape for riding.
*edit* I just did some research and found that black ice CAN form from fog and other ways besides rain/snowfall. We do have an abundance of frost, dew, and fog in these parts, so I should be more aware of it when riding in below freezing temps. Again, I've never encountered any in my 5 years of riding, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't consider it. Thanks for the thought Jay.
Last edited by rjhammetter; Nov 4th, 2006 at 8:37 pm.