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Andy Downes  says:

What’s your best winter survival tip?

If you were to share with everyone else your best winter bike preparation tip that keeps your bike working smoothly and looking great despite the colder months which would it be? Perhaps it would be a cheat that saves cash on your kit? Or maybe a riding tip that helps keep you safe and comes from years of experience. Despite the...

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MartinZ

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MartinZ says:

get a sportsbike and ...

... ride as fast as possible, the air friction will keep you warm :)

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ramparts

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ramparts says:

Firstly, Don't drink and drive.  In cold weather, the beer will freeze in the can.

Secondly, avoid falling off.  It's even less fun in winter than it is in summer !

Thirdly, keep warm.  Using a  car achieves this with minimal effort and even less enjoyment.

Lastly, if you really must get on that 2-wheeled contraption between November and May, make it a scooter.  Motorcycles rust extremely visibly in winter.  Scooters still rust but, as you can't see most of it, you can pretend it isn't happening.  And scooters give you weather protection, which motorcyle designers can't seem to understand. 

Luckily, I have both so can use bike in summer.  Unluckily, it costs twice as much.  

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TheWookie

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TheWookie says:

If you're still using a carb'd bike...

 

Find a mate who works in printing and nick some "isopropanol" off him.

Its the active ingredient in the fuel ProFST stuff that lowers the freezing point of the fuel to avoid carb freezing.

 

It also costs about a tenth of what ProFST costs an' all.

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kharli

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kharli says:

when wearing multiple zipped trousers to keep warm..keep zips undone..you will have no chance undoing them with frozen mitts when u need a pee

when suffering chillblains whilst warming up at a service station..lock yourself in a loo...noone likes seeing grown men cry

wonder where was the bit in the dsa training manual that tells u what to do in a whiteout on the motorway...riding at an appropriate speed seems as suicidal as is doing 60 behind a lorry with no vision whatsoever

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R6nutter6

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R6nutter6 says:

Buy a diesel car to run through winter. As cheap and safer than running a petrol bike. Road tax is dirt cheap, 55mpg (my diesel anyway) and four big tyres to grip the slippery road with AND of course a nice heater!!

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