Join Date: May 2005
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
........the best advice is don't do it. Here in Toronto, Canada, I ride a bit in cold weather but I've realized 3 things.
There is no such thing as a 4 wheel drift on ice or snow, on a bike, it's a 2 wheel crash. As we all know, bikes turn, by and large, by not only changing the angle of the front wheel, but by leaning (hence your center of balance is no longer over the wheelbase). Grip is required for this. Loose the grip, and down you go on ice, because the loss of traction combined with the non-centered load no longer directly over the wheels is inescapeable.
Secondly, ice doesn't show. The road can look fine, and it's icy. That's why they call it black ice. You only get one chance at this on a motorcycle, (it doesn't matter if the other guy is in the wrong if you're all mashed up under his front axle).
And finally, a large vehicle can be coming the other way, hit a pothole full of slush, and cover your visor. Not to mention it can be heavy when it hits you. Then you have to stop, on the ice, in the slush, when you can't see.........nice picture, huh?
I've learned to put mine away for a few months. Now, having said all this I'm sure your winter's aren't like ours, but, from a guy that lives where there is a white winter, that's my 2 cents worth.
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2003 titan silver LT