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post #1 of 18 Old Oct 22nd, 2007, 5:31 pm Thread Starter
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I asked this question several years ago, but there are lots of new options for the KLT so I thought I'd ask again.

As we approach winter riding season, which of the current tires rated for the LT would give the best grip in the snow?

Thanks in advance for your replies.

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In the snow? I think that would be the moment to leave the bike in the garage.

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I would have to agree with Win

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I would say the Avons. I think they are the 55/56 series.

Otherwise I use Metzlers with pressures lowered to the owners manual specs.

I'm guessing the kind of riding you're talking about is those chances of getting caught in a flurry or such. If so, you want a tire that can build some heat. The Avons are about the softest compound rated for the LT, and that is what it takes to build that heat for decent grip.

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I asked this question several years ago, but there are lots of new options for the KLT so I thought I'd ask again.

As we approach winter riding season, which of the current tires rated for the LT would give the best grip in the snow?

Thanks in advance for your replies.
I pull over and stop.......get out the cell phone and call for a 4 wheeler to come get me. When the snow melts, I'll go get it!

I don't heal very fast, so I ain't taken any more chances to the risk of riding a cycle.

Encountered two idiots today. One in a parking lot and one at an intersection where the idiot didn't stop. Sure glad I saw him coming to the intersection so I could MISS him.

Damn, it's FUN riding this LT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Due to heart health, the Dr says not to ride under 40 degree air temp. Ugh! Now it is harder to get my 18000 miles a year in just in the summer. Guess that stopped my 20 degree rides now.
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There are no winter tires for any of the bikes, not even for the dual sport type bikes.

BUT there are snowchains available for SOME tire dimensions. I am not sure if the LT has one of the dimensions the chains are available for. Having said that, and having spent MULTIPLE winters on two wheels, I seriously doubt the LT is a very capable winter/snow/ice motorcycle. Quite frankly I would be even doubtful with a GS(A) just because of the weight. Something like a F650 would be a MUCH better choice for winter riding.

Having done it I can tell you: It is a hoot! The air is clear and crisp, and once you get used to the cold (dress appropriately) it is absuletely wonderful.

EDIT: I just looked it up. For the F650 there ARE winter tires available. Nothing for any of newer and bigger dual sports that I have seen though.

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I saw some posts on here a while ago about some Honda riders using car tires on their bikes. Never saw any that fit on the LT. But maybe a studded winter car tire car help. I agree with above that this machine is way too heavy for me to try and hold up in the snow.

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Saw an old video some time back, they were racing motorcycles on ice. They had studded tires. Looks like they ran roofing nails from the inside and ran a tube with a liner to hold the nails.
If it snows or ices here, I believe I'll stay off of it for a while.

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Saw an old video some time back, they were racing motorcycles on ice. They had studded tires. Looks like they ran roofing nails from the inside and ran a tube with a liner to hold the nails.
If it snows or ices here, I believe I'll stay off of it for a while.
I used to do that, in the USA a special ice screw that looks similar to a hex headed sheetmetal screw is used. 2 of the hexes are taller and sharper to give more bite. You just run them in a knobby with a drill. Pick your pattern.

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Wink Chains

Thanks again for the suggestions and concerns.

Well, placing studs is a little hard on the tires so I think I'm gonna go with chains again this year. Pics attached.

Forecast is for rain tomorrow and I am already feeling the winter doldrums, hence a somewhat mischievous post.

Hope you all take it in the spirit it is intended.
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I have used chains like that. Boy are they noisy. And no not on a motorcycle.
And not at todays highway speeds.

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Do the show shoes make it harder to shift???? : ) Do you have a special "BMW Alps" shifter?

Now if you could weld spikes to the chains.....best of both worlds? Watch the lean angles and you;ll do fine. Disconnect the steering stabilizer so you can whip the bars around quicker when you "back it in" to the big power slides.....

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Last year I got caught in a nice little snow storm riding the Blue Ridge Parkway at the beginning of November. With a coating on the road, my Metzlers performed surprisingly well.
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Back in 1978 I went to Newfoundland in May. Got on the overnight ferry and when I woke up as we arrived in the morning 6 inches of snow had fallen. I rode for about 30 miles to my cousin,s house and stayed there a few days. Had to ride on the shoulder in the deep snow, the bike managed to stay up more so than on the beat down stuff where the rest of the traffic went. Not on of my best rides.

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Maybe some TKC80's . I run then on my GS , & there rated M & S (;-»)

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MY 2005 Lt has a black ice warning light. The trouble is that it is voice activated, just at you hit the ice and make a loud exclaimation it comes on and flashes.

Try drilling the tire and putting in spikes, and join the Michigan ice racers.

If you do ride in the snow, please take a video so we can watch the exciment. A true test for the ABS.
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Well, placing studs is a little hard on the tires so I think I'm gonna go with chains again this year. Pics attached.
Don't the snow shoes get caught under the shifter?

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