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I’ve often felt that the real reason many motorcyclists don’t winterize their motorcycles is that they keep holding off in hopes to squeeze in one more ride. Although the MO Towers are located in Southern California, many of us ventured from colder climes to the Great American West in an effort to enjoy year-‘round riding. The journalism gig is just something we managed to weasel our way into as a means of supporting our habit.

In an effort to help dedicated riders in places that have real winter, the following list contains sure-fire signals that it is time to winterize your motorcycle rather than continue riding it or letting it sit unprepared developing the mechanical manifestations of Parked Motorcycle Syndrome.
Read more about the Top 10 Signs It’s Time To Winterize Your Bike at Motorcycle.com.
 

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Glad I live in a place where the only days you really can't ride are days when there is ice on the road, not too many of those!!
 

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No bike should ever be winterized. There are ALWAYS days during the winter where you can get a nice ride in.

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Must not be from around here.

In Wisconsin it is RARE to find many winter days to get a NICE ride in for about 3 months or more. After the first good snow the roads are full of salt and sand. Until a good rain washes it off it just isn't worth the effort. That is why they make snowmobiles.

2 of my motorcycles were put away a couple of weeks ago and it looks like today may be the last ride on the 1600 for quite some time. 28 degrees today and I was the only motorcycle on the road. Even with a mild winter only 1 would be eligible to come out to play.
 

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Must not be from around here.

In Wisconsin it is RARE to find many winter days to get a NICE ride in for about 3 months or more. After the first good snow the roads are full of salt and sand. Until a good rain washes it off it just isn't worth the effort. That is why they make snowmobiles.

2 of my motorcycles were put away a couple of weeks ago and it looks like today may be the last ride on the 1600 for quite some time. 28 degrees today and I was the only motorcycle on the road. Even with a mild winter only 1 would be eligible to come out to play.
I predicted this response and I maintain THERE IS ALWAYS a day a month during winter one can ride. Sure may be cold, may be cloudy, may not be the ideal riding conditions but you could ride if you wanted too.

Or maybe I just like to ride.

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There is always hope

Seeing I am from Florida and living in the NorthEast the lack of storing a motorcycle is just not giving in to the cold...it always wins though.
 

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Seeing I am from Florida and living in the NorthEast the lack of storing a motorcycle is just not giving in to the cold...it always wins though.
For me it's really just ice. As long as I can be sure there is no chance of black ice I will ride.

Cold is an issue of course, I really prefer to ride in temps above 20 degrees but have ridden well into the low teens. The colder the temps the slower the ride to keep the wind chill down and even more local rides with stops is enjoyable to keep the bike juices and my own flowing.

Salt is another consideration, I usually wait until we get some rain to wash road salt off the road otherwise I take the dual sport out.

My point really is, if you don't want to winterize you don't have too you can always find a day for an hour ride in most places unless you live in an area that has snow on the roads every day from December through April.

Yes those places exist but for the vast majority winterizing is a choice not a requirement.

My comment was more sarcastic, I get some people don't like to ride in the cold we all have different tolerances.

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After the snow we just got, complete with drifts several feet deep trapping entire neighborhoods, the chance of me completing this year with a ride every month is rather slim. With inches-deep ice and packed snow for four blocks between me and the nearest clear road I would need a trailer just to leave my driveway.

Next week high temps will be single digit (°F) with a couple days not even reacing 0°. The rest of the month isn't looking so 'hot' either.

Last year I missed out on January but I rode at least one time every month for the last 22 months.

Not bad for Minot.
 

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I predicted this response and I maintain THERE IS ALWAYS a day a month during winter one can ride. Sure may be cold, may be cloudy, may not be the ideal riding conditions but you could ride if you wanted too.

Or maybe I just like to ride.

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The point I took exception to was "NICE" not that it can't be done. You COULD ride quite a bit if you don't care about the conditions.

I have nothing to prove and ride for the fun of it. If I am not going to enjoy it I do not consider it a NICE ride.

I prefer to choose the best tool for the job. In the middle of winter that happens to be a snowmobile. It is WAY more fun that riding a motorcycle in crap conditions. Heck, the lakes aren't froze yet but I don't see any watercraft out for a spin. Perhaps the conditions aren't great for a NICE day on the lake.
 

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The point I took exception to was "NICE" not that it can't be done. You COULD ride quite a bit if you don't care about the conditions.

I have nothing to prove and ride for the fun of it. If I am not going to enjoy it I do not consider it a NICE ride.

I prefer to choose the best tool for the job. In the middle of winter that happens to be a snowmobile. It is WAY more fun that riding a motorcycle in crap conditions. Heck, the lakes aren't froze yet but I don't see any watercraft out for a spin. Perhaps the conditions aren't great for a NICE day on the lake.
Any day on the bike is a nice day, so sorry I disagree with you. And I have nothing to prove either.

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I predicted this response and I maintain THERE IS ALWAYS a day a month during winter one can ride. Sure may be cold, may be cloudy, may not be the ideal riding conditions but you could ride if you wanted too.

Or maybe I just like to ride.
Methinks it's option 3. You live somewhere where the streets don't have potholes that vanish in the spring. Have you ever seen roads covered with ice so thick that the ice actually develops potholes? Unless some drastic warming happens real soon and lasts several days, it will take much more than a day with other than "ideal riding conditions" to get my bike to a clear road. It's possible something could happen, but with a forecast like this for the next couple weeks, it's not very likely.

 

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Methinks it's option 3. You live somewhere where the streets don't have potholes that vanish in the spring. Have you ever seen roads covered with ice so thick that the ice actually develops potholes? Unless some drastic warming happens real soon and lasts several days, it will take much more than a day with other than "ideal riding conditions" to get my bike to a clear road. It's possible something could happen, but with a forecast like this for the next couple weeks, it's not very likely.

I agree but even your forecast again assuming no ice on the road I see two days where a ride could take place.

Again my original comment was said in sarcasm but the point remains, if you don't want to winterize your bike, a ride for an hour or two once a month is all that is really needed to keep things fresh.

Cold? Maybe, manageable, with the right gear heck yes and it can be enjoyable and fun.

It all comes down to personal preference and tolerance. My bikes, aren't perfect weather toys.

They are ridden, rain, hot, cold, cloudy, windy, I ride, I draw the line at temps below the mid teens and any chance of black ice on the roads.

That is just me, I'd rather be a bit hot, a little damp or a bit cold and on my bike as opposed to being in my truck any time of the year.

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I agree but even your forecast again assuming no ice on the road I see two days where a ride could take place.
That's a mighty big assumption. When, during this forecast period, is the ice supposed to melt away? :confused:


Again my original comment was said in sarcasm but the point remains, if you don't want to winterize your bike, a ride for an hour or two once a month is all that is really needed to keep things fresh.
Agreed. One must first be able to actually get the bike somewhere it CAN be ridden. I am considering renting a trailer for a day if only to keep my 22 month streak going.

Cold? Maybe, manageable, with the right gear heck yes and it can be enjoyable and fun.
The temperature has not been a factor in my discussion beyond the fact that it must be above freezing for the ice to dissipate.


They are ridden, rain, hit, cold, cloudy, windy, I ride, I draw the line at temps below the mid teens and any chance of black ice on the roads.
Why's it gotta be black? :wink:

Here's the view from the end of my driveway. You tell me how soon I will be able to get the four blocks to the closest road that doesn't look like this. >:)

 

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That's a mighty big assumption. When, during this forecast period, is the ice supposed to melt away? :confused:




Agreed. One must first be able to actually get the bike somewhere it CAN be ridden. I am considering renting a trailer for a day if only to keep my 22 month streak going.



The temperature has not been a factor in my discussion beyond the fact that it must be above freezing for the ice to dissipate.




Why's it gotta be black? :wink:

Here's the view from the end of my driveway. You tell me how soon I will be able to get the four blocks to the closest road that doesn't look like this. >:)

Nice C90 step through for that, though i will ride it (K1600) if the nearest main is open
 

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Nice C90 step through for that, though i will ride it (K1600) if the nearest main is open
Hehe... My momma keeps telling me I need to get a sidecar.
 

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Would love to have something throw away available in a garage, hang some heated grips on it, and a radio, not sure I need the sat nav
 

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Oh Lord I give up. You win smv, please enjoy whoever the heck you think your prize is, but I'm still not winterizing my bike. As I've said three or four times:

1. my original post was said in jest.

2. Some places it's not practical to ride during the winter but for A LOT of us it is.

3. We all have our own tolerances to cold, heat or foul weather.

4. And most important do whatever the heck YOU want to do. I frankly don't care.

I'm out of this silly thread, it's 34 degrees out and I'm going for a nice ride.


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Oh Lord I give up. You win smv, please enjoy whoever the heck you think your prize is,
When did we enter a contest?


but I'm still not winterizing my bike. As I've said three or four times:
Odd... I don't ever remember advocating for winterizing bikes nor telling you that you should. Perhaps a quote or two to remind me?

2. Some places it's not practical to ride during the winter but for A LOT of us it is.

3. We all have our own tolerances to cold, heat or foul weather.
Ahhhh... I see now. You somehow seem to think I am claiming it is too cold to RIDE... Not at all. It is, however, too cold (and will continue to be for at least two weeks) for the accumulated ice and snow to melt off the streets in my neighbourhood enough to go any further than the end of my driveway. I guarantee you there is no way in h€ll you would be able to ride a K1600 from my garage to a clear road, regardless of your "tolerances to cold, heat or foul weather".


I'm out of this silly thread, it's 34 degrees out and I'm going for a nice ride.
34°? I 'member 34°. You 'member 34°?
 
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