Ride in snow
Posted February 04, 2004 - 12:29 AM
Posted February 04, 2004 - 05:07 AM
Or you can take her inside and warm her up overnight before the ride. Your wife will love the new entry way display.
Posted February 04, 2004 - 08:32 AM
Posted February 04, 2004 - 09:20 AM
I didnt feel to bad there were lots of people getting pulled around to fire up there thumper's.
Posted February 04, 2004 - 04:34 PM
How'd you do in the race? At -30C did you loose any body parts to the cold?
Posted February 04, 2004 - 06:43 PM
Posted February 05, 2004 - 04:11 PM
this weekend,,Im goin ridin !!
Posted February 05, 2004 - 04:22 PM
Body parts are not something to fool with. I can't even imagine what kind of gloves to wear that would still allow control of the bike.
Should be nice and warm this weekend for the Chestermere Lake race. Good luck. Hope the fingers get better. I can tell that you will be spanking me in the woods next year (as long as you get to keep your fingers )
Posted February 05, 2004 - 04:23 PM
DAMN I LOVE TUCSON WEATHER....
Posted February 06, 2004 - 07:35 AM
I'm going riding tomorrow, fresh washes, lots of moist dirt for traction and a few mudholes....should be great weather too, mid 60s, partly cloudy with lots of sunshine...we've had a few days of that rainy stuff from California and everythings
DAMN I LOVE TUCSON WEATHER....
Yea we will be thinking of you when this summer when it is 75 and suny up north and 110 down by you
Posted February 06, 2004 - 11:30 AM
The most important part of starting in the cold is do not touch the throttle while kicking over the engine or once it initially starts. You can only go near the grip after the bike is warmed up a bit and idling smoothly. Don't even hold the throttle grip while attempting to start because if it moves 1 RCH the engine won't fire. I hold the crossbar with my right hand. When it does fire it'll stall if you try to feather the gas before it's got some heat in it.
Here's what works for me.
#1 - Increase your idle speed by 1 turn of the adjuster knob.
#2 - Pull out the choke knob.
#3 - Set the bike up on TDC like you would for a normal start.
#4 - Prime the engine with slow full twists of the throttle. The number of squirts depends on the temperature. At -25C I give it 8 shots. If you overdo it and think you're flooded, pull in the decomp lever and kick over a dozen times while holding the throttle WFO. That should clear it and then you can start over.
#5 - With your right hand no where near the throttle grip, kick hard. Usually the first kick won't do anything. Still not touching the throttle, set up on TDC and kick again. Mine usually fires on the second or third kick, only for a second though, but this puts a few BTU's into the engine.
#6 - Repeat the entire procedure of priming the engine, kick without touching the gas, run for a second, reprime, kick...... The engine will run a little longer on the 2nd or 3rd kick after priming and will eventually stay running. As the idle speed increases you can turn the knob back to it's original position. I find that the engine will usually stall if I touch the gas at all until it starts to rev high with the choke on. Flip off the choke and let it warm a bit more and you should be good to go.
When it's colder than -35, pop out your rad protectors and carefully heat them up with a heatgun. When it's that cold you can clearly see the frost on the rads and can tell when they're warming up. If you don't have heat it just takes more squirts and kicks. Once it's running all you have to remember is the seat and suspension aren't as soft as you remembered. If you plan on getting serious about snowriding, get yourself a frontwheel ski. It's the best snow ride investment I've made. I spent my first 2 years making daily trips over the bars and haven't racked up a single frequent flyer mile since I installed mine. It comes with all hardware for each specific model. You can find it at http://www.pcracingu...om/moto_ski.htm
Posted February 10, 2004 - 04:51 PM
I'd like to get a pair and go for a sub-arctic winter rip but I can't find anyone up here who sells them..
Posted February 10, 2004 - 05:31 PM