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  1. I do that. It prolongs the tire-life substantially!
  2. I'm cheap. I don't replace any offroad tire until there's only three-four mm left of the middle knobs. My friends just laugh at me of course, and replace the tires as soon as the knobs get a little rounded. Personally, I fell this is when the fun begins. Braaaping is never as easy as when the tire is almost completely worn out! As an offroad m/c-instructor, this makes my "job" easier when demonstrating.
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    Nursery rhymes, hah! I do something similar, but add kid's dino-pop in my m/c-music list. Things like this. This particular track is called "Hunted by a T-rex" by Daddy Bottlecap. The tunes are strangely addictive...🙄 .
  4. Oh god, that's a heavy beast! Tried it once. I don't dare thinking about lifting it up for the umpteenth time on an icy road. Hold me back guys!! 😉
  5. Ah, Googled that, found something scootery and mopedy; https://www.google.se/search?q=yamaha+town+mate&rlz=1C1GGRV_enSE759SE759&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiYm7bxuZ7dAhXnDcAKHbJ6BLkQ_AUICigB&biw=1920&bih=1063. Spot on, I however try to stay away from bikes that need to be driven at 300+ km/h in order to make the long fork actually do its thing. 😉 My dommie is MY88, only one featuring both kick and electric start - ideal when winter-commuting for a person of a certain age when he's done kicking and prefer the comfort of push-button starting, while still retaining the kick for those awkward times featuring a dead battery at -20 centigrades. Also, RFVC rocks. At 65000 km the valves and rockers are set for the remainder of the bike's lifetime basically. Checked them a year ago, all good. Honda's are also rather rust-proof, as compared to eg Suzuki et al. Honda seem to have a better quality paints. Saw no reason to change brands from my original winter-commuting premiere with a XL600R eight years ago. Had two quads in between the Hondas for winter-commuting, but that's a diffrent rusty story.
  6. Found this. Will investigate further, but is half the price of a Scottoiler and needs no vacuum or electric power. https://www.tutorochainoiler.com/collections/frontpage/products/tutoro-auto-automatic-motorcycle-chain-oiler-standard-kit
  7. Not too keen on the salt either. While it's nice with bare tarmac in winter it comes at a price. Rust everywhere and car drivers drive like it's summer. When they loose control the accidents are worse than it would've been otherwise when they come to the bits where there hasn't been salted.
  8. Wait a sec, is that a 50 cc moped? A significant part of the road to work is max 70 km/h and uphill. I need more power than a 50cc engine can offer I think.
  9. I actually thought about that. What's holding me back is that a complete Scottoiler system would be 10-20 % of the bike's street worth. Are there any known cheaper clones?
  10. The whole idea with winter-commuting on a 30 yo Honda Dominator is that it's old enough to not cause tears and anxiety when I drop it on icy roads. But yes, you do have the right idea!
  11. There's an idea! I'll look into this. Thanks!
  12. I'll start there, with every second day and see how that works out. I'm not sure the city cleans their winter stuff. They seem rather rusty now.
  13. I use wd40 on frame parts and other exposed parts. Normally not the chain unless I'm out of kerosene. I've no problem with the chains on my other bikes. Environment is quite different in winters.
  14. I lubricated the chain weekly during last winter, as well as spraying WD40 on especially exposed parts (no WD40 on the chain though). Maybe that's to little on a winter-commuter bike used on salty roads? Alignment was a problem indeed. I recall checking the tension bi-weekly or so and adjusted as needed. The chain got to be bendable to the right and left (in the horisontal direction) in no time. As far as I remember this was a middle-segment chain - RK, IIRC, so should've been a quite okay chain to use on a low-powered Honda 650 Dominator.
  15. Hello all! I winter-commute cross-town in my city; Uppsala, Sweden. Our city loves salting the roads in the winter. So much so that the chain and sprockets on my winter-commuter basically needs a bi-yearly replacement. It's either that, or face a chain sandwiched in three layers around the front-sprocket, much like what happened this year in early spring at rush-hour... No amount of cleaning and oiling the chain helps unfortunately. Besides, a daily wash with kerosene and re-oiling is just not practical when the thermometer shows -15 centrigrades... Flushing the chain with water daily to get rid of the salt, is obviously not a solution in winter for physical reasons (the whole effing bike freezes in an icy armour...). Replacing chains and sprockets bi-yearly is a cost that runs up fast, so even if a stainless-steel chain would be more expensive to buy, I'm thinking it'd still be cheaper in the long run if I could extend the replacement with a year or rather two. However, have you ever heard of stainless steel motorcycle chains? Or are they as rare as the fabled unicorns? Generic rusty motorcycle chain from https://pixabay.com/p-555162/?no_redirect. PS. This is no troll posting. It's a real problem for me. DS.
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