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post #1 of 4 Old 02-29-2012, 05:36 AM Thread Starter
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How is riding in the snow?

I'm sure more than a few of you here have done it, how was it? Does it suck? Obviously I would want knobbies right? Will it actually help?

I found my klr, I'm buying it sunday, and I'm really excited to try this thing out in the snow. Any advise or insight?
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post #2 of 4 Old 02-29-2012, 09:06 AM
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i live in nw montana and have seen my share of snow and ridden in some. If you've got a decent set of semi-agressive tread (not necessarily full on knobbies) and drop the airpressure down to say around 12-15psi, should be good to go as long as the snow aint' knee deep. I'm assuming you're trail or dirtroad riding and not highway.
Me personally, did not like it, ended up having to paddle alot of the time and fell alot but may have been my tires, or my fat a#$. But don't let me discourage ya, give it a try.

Hey, just go out and buy one of those conversion kits that replaces the front tire with a ski and the rear with a snow track, only costs around 3k bucks, what a farkle that would be.
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post #3 of 4 Old 02-29-2012, 09:27 AM
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I've done it several times, and still don't much care for it. If you are on public roads, the cars drive along packing everything all down and making it effectively into ice. My biggest fear isn't crashing, (because I know that is going to happen more often in the snow) but getting run over by somebody that doesn't see me, or can't stop.

I run a full knobby, last winter was the T63, this winter has mostly been the MT21. If I were smart, I'd stop cheaping out, and order a nice stud gun and stud up the tires. In the mean time, I know and understand my limits, I'll push them, but I always have an agreement that if things get far outside my comfort zone, I will park the bike and walk.

Side note: With a full knob, ditches and medians have far more available traction than packed snow on a paved road.

As Kenny Roger's said, "you got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, and know when to run!"
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post #4 of 4 Old 02-29-2012, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, and ha yeah, I do mean on the road... I would totally get a ski set if it were street legal! and I've been looking at Kenda k270's
Seem to be similar to D606's but have better reviews are are near half the price, is this a good tire? Or is it too aggressive, or not aggressive enough?
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