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Snow? Snow doesn't bother me...

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I can't believe someone did this to a GL1800...





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Back in the day. ( 50's ... What a great time to be a teenage male ) we rode through the winter as much as possible here in Minnesota because we didn't own cars and it was fun. Frozen lakes, friends getting towed while on ice skates, and other nonsense. That was before dirt bikes and special motocross bikes, but mostly were 500cc or smaller street bikes. Flat track ice racing was a serious sport... See link

https://www.google.com/url?q=https://ri ... BXaNuK-0zf

But WingAdmin's pic shows a redneck solution. I wouldn't ride that bike farther than the end of my driveway, take a pic, and hide it away again.

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I wouldn't have pulled that out of the shop, much less ride it. Snow doesn't bother me, I ride all winter, as long as the roads are dry. Back in the mid 60's there was a large field that would be flooded, then frozen with a couple of inches of ice. Every Sunday(weather dependent) a group of anywhere from from 10-25 of us would gather at the small motorcycle dealer next door to the field, chose sides, and play ice polo on our bikes. It was great fun until I hooked a big crack in the ice while sliding sideways-the bike stopped but I didn't- and landed on my noggin hard enough to warrant a short stay at the hospital. I landed hard enough to crack the helmet I was wearing, which wasn't one of the cheap $10 ones- That baby had cost me $35! :o

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I think that looks pretty cool, but it's gotta be hell on those front forks lol, and also the vibration in the handlebars. I wonder if he thinks he's riding a Harley with all that vibration :?. hope he stops every once in a while to make sure things didn't come loose.

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What a contraption!!
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I'm wondering if those side wheels aren't "landing gear" wheels put on in reverse or do they stay down all the time.

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I remember in the 80's there was a company, unknown who now, they made a front end tire to ski conversion kit. Like you find on snowmobiles. Also offered was a rear tire spike kit. You removed your rear tire unbolted your sprocket and installed your sprocket on their supplied rim and ice racing spiked tire. I did think about tiring it, but thought it would be more fun to just ride on normal tires. Besides, what would you do if the roads became clear????
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You want snow bikes - they make kits for snowbikes. Not for the faint of heart and probably not up to a Goldwings standards but here are a few:

https://eatsleepride.com/c/227712/the_b ... _snow_bike
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Those skis were a neat idea back in the day, but then you realized you needed deep snow for the ski to work without scraping away, and you needed shallow snow for the rear wheel to be able to bite... You virtually never had the consistent 5" of snow to make the thing work.
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When I was a teen in Wisconsin (1961) of course we rode all winter long, and "NO", it wasn't "fashionable'. THE ALTERNATIVE WAS SITTING IN YOUR HOUSE WITH YOUR PARENTS! I once slid across a stoplight intersection, in the middle of the town where I lived, ON MY BUTT. Once I stopped, I got right back on & motored my way to my destination, on my black 1956 Cushman Eagle with megaphone exhaust. If I could be 16 again, I would do it all over.

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There is a year-round motorcyclist here in Minnesota who uses a Ural with a sidecar.

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Hey Saganaga, I see you had an 81 CM400E, I had the 82 CM400E as my first motorcycle. What a co-wink-e-dink lol.

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I still have it. Doesn't get ridden much these days, but it still provides a nice ride when I do take it out.

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I took the labels off of the side covers on mine, and people used to think it was a Honda 650. Large bike for being only a 400. I rode it from April to October and put over 11,000 miles on it. Went thru 2 sets of tires, 3 oil changes, 2 chains, and 3 sets of spark plugs lol.

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I agree, it's a bigger bike for a 400cc. I'm still a tad too long legged for it, I'm much more comfortable on the Goldwing. But it's nice to have a naked bike without a windshield sometimes.

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Oh I was definitely more comfortable on my Goldwing, but for a "starter bike" it was perfect. It had plenty of power, nice and "nimble", and just heavy enough to stay solid on the road, great fuel mileage, but it failed at the top end with the speedo only at 85mph while the bike would only get up to 82mph lol. The bike rode good and looked just as good.

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