Who here rides in the winter - and say if you a wimp and put your bike away in the winter - WIMPS
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i am one a WIMP
Been there and done that.
I have looked like a 2 wheeled snowman, and have seen the effects on my bikes.
Now - I don't get the bike out if it's less than 5 degrees. (I'm too old these days)" />
If it ain't fun, don't do it
I am riding through winter......
as I have done for the last 34 years!!! It was lovely in the sleet this morning for my run into London- NOT!
My new little CBF125 is going to take a bit of a pounding with the road salt and all but that exactly what I bought it for
Rode to Work
This morning and will continue to ride the whole year round (until something prevents me anyway!)
If History has taught us One thing....
It's We've learnt None of Histories Lessons!
Im gona clean my sinnis apache every night when there salt out - Did not like the sleet this morning
me a wimp
as well. if you wash yer apache after being out in salt ffs dont use warm water. its speeds up the salts efficiency to burn metals.
Of wimpy woosies " />
I don't get angry, I get even
been riding bikes on the road since I was seventeen in all winds and weathers, semi retired now and can afford not too, so the bike is sorned and tucked up safely in the garage so yep you can call me a wimp if that's what does it for you but at least I'm nice and warm when I do go out (in the car) and safe...." />
I don't have to ride in the winter, it's a choice so the bike may still be ridden occassionally
Although I haven't ridden it for 2 months, I have got the push bike out and cycled to work frequently.
So regardless I can't be a wimp
in anything but the snow.
Tried riding in it today and either got hit in the eyes by the snow or couldn't see out the visor
Cant wait for my first bit of snow on a off road bike - HOPE it will go GOOD not BAD
And i never wash my bike in hot water - i think its crap to use hot water as the second it hits the cold bike it cools down anyway
I'll ride if it's a nice day.
But I have a Land Rover Defender for playing in the snow...
I'm all year
The 125 will be used all year because it is all I have. I don't get this whole freezing cold argument, it's not hard to keep warm... Layers?
The bike is prepped though, ACF50'd and a cold clean when I come in from the salt.
I like winter riding,
but I'm lucky enough to have good kit to wear and a scruffy bike for winter riding. Belt drive, so no chain to maintain, covered in ACF50 and not washed from November until around March.
I used to ride the Harley all year round and hated being out in the dark, with rain belting down and wind blasting across the open fields trying to keep it clean and wash the salt off. All too much after a hard day at work so having another bike to use is magic.
I don't do ice though.
Try to be a sparkly unicorn, not a miserable cow.
totally. Not much better in the summer actually.
I ride in all weathers APART from snow or when there's likely to be black ice.
I love riding, rain or shine, but I'm not willing to put myself at 1000x normal risk to ride on possible ice and snow.
Only got two wheels, and you've only got to lose one to end up all over the road.
Land rover Defender for snow.Because its fun.
Every thing else off road bike,Blade in hibernation until spring
"If i need the Moon, ill bring it down myself"...
All year rounder?
From about March/April to end of Novemberish I ride when I'm able to, then through December/February I just dream of the runs I had last year and plan to do it all over again this year, so I guess I'm half a wimp then?
I rode every day last year on a Gilera DNA50 and was lucky enough not to have any spills. Got the back end out a couple of times though Even a 50 will light up the back tyre in the snow when the powerband kicks in.
Hoping this year won't be as bad.
it's just really a matter of preference, need and how you use your bike.
If my bike was just for fun and not my only means of transport and I could afford to run a car as well... hell yeh I'd be sat in the car for the run to work rather than freezing my nads off and risking binning the bike. Granted spending on kit and things like hand guards and heated grips helps but the risk of hitting ice is still there and can be very painful.
Also, even though I'm the grand young age of 26, my body is getting progressively more and more shafted and I don't know how much longer I can cope with riding, never mind the cold. When doctors are telling you to stop riding... they can f**k off.
Winter riding is fine for practicality (I can't park a car at work and buses make me homicidal) but I won't seriously begrudge anyone for ditching the bike over winter, regardless of the benefits for your riding skill (not having the few months lay off and improving skid control).
Oh and Jimmy, get yourself a can of ACF 50 and a bottle of scottoiler FS365.
Spray everywhere but the brakes, discs and tyres with ACF 50. Get it into the electrical connectors too.
When you've been out for a long ride, spray the hot bits with the FS365. This is water based and will mist up, getting into the places you've not been able to get the ACF50.