The Ice Bug Strikes Again

Posted: January 7, 2011 in ATV, Motorcycle, Snowmobile
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Canadian (#33) vs Fredette (#70) tires cornering style

It’s that time of year again when bike riders in the northern hemisphere get that itch to ride and that means ice riding!  I caught the bug about six years ago and have been having a blast with it ever since.  Part of the attraction is getting out with a group of friends and dicing on the track, getting the adrenaline flowing.  It definitely gets the competitive juices flowing and certainly is better exercise than sitting on the couch watching football all winter.

Safety is a big factor when riding around with “buzz saws” on both ends of your bike so we promote the use of “ice fenders” on the bikes if your going to ride with our group.  Over the years we have seen some guys get injured from not having fenders installed and it’s not a pretty sight so that is one of the first things we like to see on a riders bike.

Good, professionally built tires can make a huge difference in your riding experience, although they aren’t cheap.  They will usually cost $600-$900 for a good set and then you’ll want to invest in a set of tire wraps to keep them protected and in good condition.

Then you just need to slap on a set of hand “muffs” or bar heaters to keep your hands warm and your pretty much set to go.  A good jacket and pants with protective armor is a smart thing to wear just in case you do crash.

Ok, so it’s not cheap to get started but it’s worth it once you’re out on the ice with a big grin on your face.  And once you’ve made the initial investment it really is pretty cheap going forward.  Just gas and go!  Your tires will usually last 3-5 years and everything else is pretty much a one time investment.

A great resource for info on ice riding is:

http://dieseljo.com/

and the forum linked to that page:

http://dieseljo.com/ice/index.php

There is a ton of good information at those sites and you can get most of your questions answered on the forum.  Check it out and come out and ride with us…

Polish Pete found out he had a flat rear tire shortly after this shot!

Wayne showing off the power of the 560 SMR 🙂

Swiss Joe showing the way for Wayne & Wolf

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