GasGas Riders Club Forum  

Go Back   GasGas Riders Club Forum > General Forums > General Discussions & Announcements

General Discussions & Announcements General Announcements, General Questions, e.g. What bike do I buy?, etc.

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-03-2012, 08:40 PM
JP4's Avatar
JP4 JP4 is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 251
Default Ice Riding

So it's been a pretty mild winter here, but winter none-the-less.

My riding buddy (2006 XR650R - totally uncorked) decided that some sheet metal screws into our last years throw away tires, and hitting the frozen ponds was something to try, to get us through the winter. So we did!

We just used our last year's old tires - Bridgestone M303 and 304, and Dunlop GeoMax MX 51s for me. Nothing special for the screws, just some 5/8" length sheet metal screws. No other special set-up, other than me removing the plastic shroud behind the shock on the Gasser, due to clearance issues with the studs. We studded every nobby (2 on the centre nobby) and did not bother to line the tire with an old tube, as some recommend to eliminate the screw tip from puncturing the tube. No flats, and we rode through fields to hit the ponds - a pretty rough ride on the suspension due to the cold temp effect on the suspension fluids.

Wow! On the first pond we cleared the snow from the ice with the ATV (with plow) first. Rolling onto the cleaned, smooth ice was surreal. Everything in your brain says, "Don't move the front end cause it's gonna drop you fast".

But no ... there was grip ... the bike turned, and wow, real forward grip! Weight the outside peg in turns, get comfortable with the level of grip, and man this is fun!

Long story short ... we set up a course and then moved onto bigger ponds for faster racing ... ultimately we laid out a course where we reached 120 kph on the fastest straight. We were cooking, but I got schooled by that XR650R - big 4t power on a slick, totally smooth surface is hard to compete with - that's my excuse!

Cool, I've found a new way to get through the winter. Nice! If you're in a place where you can do this, you oughta try it. It's a hoot!

I'll post up some video once I get my video editing software sorted out.


Reply With Quote

Old 02-03-2012, 09:07 PM
john01 john01 is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Powhatan, VA
Posts: 991

I hope it doesn't get cold enough here this year to freeze the ponds but I'm glad you guys can still have fun on your bikes with the freezing temps. I was riding here today with 60* temps!
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
riding dennis brown General Discussions & Announcements 0 03-28-2011 09:25 AM
NE OK riding lankydoug Ride Reports 5 02-18-2011 05:09 PM
Riding in Alabama cyclecat Pictures & Videos 4 11-21-2010 08:44 PM
BC Riding PEB General Discussions & Announcements 8 05-08-2008 12:31 AM
Must have been some good riding... nhrider General Discussions & Announcements 0 09-25-2007 10:03 AM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:44 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2009 -