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When I lived in New England, the Princeton NJ area, and KCMO for a few years, there would always be that glorious January day when it almost hit 50. Worth calling in sick...check tire pressure, rip of

Well... it didn't get as cold here as previous winters, staying 45-55F most days. And rain hasn't been as continuous as predicted (always seems to be case). So went out for ride out to coast to Point

Down here in upsidedown land, it never ends, and we can only dream of a white Christmas as the song goes, coz it ain't going to happen! Salt on roads! Wtf.......only on fish and chips!

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I typically stop riding when the snow stays on the ground or the first time they salt the roads, whichever comes first. I don't ride again in the spring until the first Biblical grade rainstorm has washed the brine away.

My understanding (possibly incorrect) is that salt isn't much use below -7 degC. I recall a friend from Winnipeg saying they sand the roads out there because it is too cold for salt to work well for much of the winter.

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Salt brines are used in refrigeration and can remain liquid below minus 20C. But salt needs to go to solution in order to work. If you put rock salt on ice it will do nothing to melt it....

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On 2/20/2021 at 8:54 PM, Grum said:

Yuk! Do the benefits really outweigh the cost to the environment etc, and heaven forbid......a rusted out VFR? :ohmy:

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I just love that wrap!!!

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On 2/20/2021 at 8:21 PM, Magneto said:

Never. It never ends

 

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i almost bought one of those, I *love* the eddie lawson colors.  How does riding your ZRX compare to the vfr?

 

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so next week we are supposed to crack the lower 60's.  Today is gonna be 55.   So really I had about a 45ish day pause in riding.  

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3 hours ago, vikingGoalie said:

 

i almost bought one of those, I *love* the eddie lawson colors.  How does riding your ZRX compare to the vfr?

 

 

Love rex, I have it for 20 years now. Rex is an old school UJM bike with its pros and cons. Fueling is great, as long as carbs are clean and it has big bore power. I would use it normally to go about town, bike has great storage under the seat. It is also great on unpaved roads with its central upright seating position.

 It is not well suited though for high speed cruise, expressway or long distance. Wind gets quite annoying. Even with upgrades I did to it with Nissin calipers, brakes are still old school at high speed.

 

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22 hours ago, Magneto said:

 

Love rex, I have it for 20 years now. Rex is an old school UJM bike with its pros and cons. Fueling is great, as long as carbs are clean and it has big bore power. I would use it normally to go about town, bike has great storage under the seat. It is also great on unpaved roads with its central upright seating position.

 It is not well suited though for high speed cruise, expressway or long distance. Wind gets quite annoying. Even with upgrades I did to it with Nissin calipers, brakes are still old school at high speed.

 

thx for the info.  Not my first bike, but the first bike I really loved was a '83 KZ1000J.  I rode the piss out of that bike, did a couple 1000 mile rides on it,  straight through mind you.  (a lot dumber and younger then)  so have a soft spot for the old inline 4 kaws

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Good bikes for sure, I am looking at KZ with Arata titanium exhaust and it is like wow looking bike. I wouldn’t mind building one like that some day. 

Funny thing I rode sketchy and obscure bikes by today standard but there was just no other stuff available back in the day. Nowadays big city expressways become crazy, I need all the good stuff on a bike to play and survive dodgeball.

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On 2/21/2021 at 4:56 AM, Magneto said:

 

It is truly nasty stuff. Main selling point is to avoid collisions yet winter tires or winter driving courses are not mandatory in US. In effect they simply cant drive on white road. 

Studded tires and chains used to be the norm when I was a kid.  Studded tires are illegal in many areas now.  I don't even know if they are still sold.  It's not like they will damage the roads any worse than a ham fisted snow plow or grader driver.   Some areas have started  using beet juice as an alternative to salt.  Our area uses rock salt, brine (regular NaCl solution), and to a lesser extent, calcium chloride solution. 

 

We have tended¬†to get ice "storms" more than snow the last 20 years or so, but this year we had a nice 8" covering of snow like we used to get when I was a kid.¬† It is super easy to drive on compared to our ice storms.¬† Then they¬†salt the packed down snow¬†with temps dropping to the teens and single digits. It¬†freezes back into an ice sheet making it slicker than owl sheeet.¬† It would make a Zamboni driver proud.¬†¬†ūü§¨

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I used to work in East Tennessee. People would keep weather radio on all time in the office and run to their cars if front was approaching....¬† Snow daaaaay! ūüôā

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