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Old 11-21-2019, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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How many of you ride your bikes all year? I'm in Michigan and we had record snowfall last week so I have not been riding even though its all melted off the roads. I am getting super antsy looking at the poor unridden bike in the garage every day pulling my truck in and out. How much of a concern is the salt and whatnot? I have a hose hookup in my garage so I am able to hose the bike off before pulling it back in.

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Old 11-21-2019, 11:25 AM
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I ride all year round just south of you in Ohio. Of course I dont ride if there is snow or ice accumulated on the road, but I will ride any day the roads are clear. Yes salt and brine can be an issue on certain motorcycle parts, mostly brackets, bolts, engine cases, wheels. If you have the ability to rinse it off after a ride, that is good. I don't so my bikes suffer some,but the alternative is not riding for 4 months or so and that is not really an alternative to me. If you are one that likes to keep your bike pristine,probably not a good idea to ride after they spread the first salt, until the first or second big rain in the spring.
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I ride all year round just south of you in Ohio. Of course I dont ride if there is snow or ice accumulated on the road, but I will ride any day the roads are clear. Yes salt and brine can be an issue on certain motorcycle parts, mostly brackets, bolts, engine cases, wheels. If you have the ability to rinse it off after a ride, that is good. I don't so my bikes suffer some,but the alternative is not riding for 4 months or so and that is not really an alternative to me. If you are one that likes to keep your bike pristine,probably not a good idea to ride after they spread the first salt, until the first or second big rain in the spring.
Sounds to me like you're saying I need to buy another motorcycle to ride during inclement weather. I'm convinced!

All jokes aside I wouldn't mind having a little 250cc scooter to commute to work on, with the engine and you sitting on top of the rear wheel they would probably do well in the winter with a decent set of tires. You wouldn't have any wind on your legs.

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I ride all year and always try to make an extra effort to deep clean the bike in the spring. More than just a wash - go deep into all the areas you don't normally get to during a normal wash. The salt does leave some traces that are hard to erase, but overall it's worth it for me
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Yea I had a 400 Majesty Yamaha scooter for awhile and it was a pretty handy little thing.
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I ride a snowmobile in winter and putt around on a 4 wheeler blasting birds in the fall. No salt is gonna touch my bike ever, my cars all get wrecked by salt so im pretty anal about the bike.
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In Jersey, they spread rock salt, brine, sand, and any thing they could find when it snows. Once the snow melts all that debris is in the road and usually positions in the turns. I don't take her out when that happens till spring rains move the accumulated debris off the roads. I can handle the cold, the debris is what always stops me.

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How many of you ride your bikes all year? I'm in Michigan and we had record snowfall last week so I have not been riding even though its all melted off the roads. I am getting super antsy looking at the poor unridden bike in the garage every day pulling my truck in and out. How much of a concern is the salt and whatnot? I have a hose hookup in my garage so I am able to hose the bike off before pulling it back in.
Bwaaahhaaa, it's only November and already you have PMS!! (Parked Motorcycle Syndrome). Short answer, hide it with a cover on the bike and fergedaboudit... meanwhile, here east of you, warm spell has melted all the snow, roads mostly dry, but....
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Out west here in Northern Alberta we pretty much have to park it in early November and usually itís early April before you can really get out and ride again...I hate winter😝
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I ride all year and always try to make an extra effort to deep clean the bike in the spring. More than just a wash - go deep into all the areas you don't normally get to during a normal wash. The salt does leave some traces that are hard to erase, but overall it's worth it for me
I'm also a year round rider as the PNW typically hovers in the upper 30s and mid-40s in the winter. Ride with 4-season heated jacket liners, overpants and battery operated heated gloves for now. Installed Oxford heated adventure grips and love them. Added Vstrom handguards and added Garauld's handguard extenders. Put on the huge Rifle windshield.


Looking at my company's motorcycle parking lot and looking at the roads on the Eastside, maybe only 15% are riding in the light rain, showers and colder temps. Snowflakes!!!!! Tonight I was at my favorite dealer and they were complaining that too many of their Eastside customers are far weather riders. Hard to sell heated gear? I was looking at a heated jacket liner and a set of heated glove to power with 12V so I can go on long rides during the "Long Dark".

Riding all year gives you a chance to really work on your skills, techniques and strategies - commuting, low speed handling, smooth transitions, defensive riding. My Harley co-workers call me RED (Ride Every Day). Appreciate the chance to ride through the winter but not when black ice, snow, sub-freezing temps or other dangerous conditions like flooding are around.

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