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Noticed alot of people r coming of, thankfully you are all ok. I know alot of us (including myself) have no option but to ride through this cold patch which is evidently going to get worse. so few tips I picked up n a bit of advice, well more common sense actually.

- If your on stock tyres do the sensible thing and change them, at least warm them up or scrub them up a bit with sandpaper (sounds bad but it works)
- Wax or fairy liquid on visor. Rain just beads of easily. we know how annoying it is driving down road in dark with a rain speckled visor with oncoming cars, cant see a thing.
- Watch out for oil spills, mainly in the middle of the road ive noticed, if you see it try to avoid it.
- In snow forget it do the smart thing and stay in.
- Try to get home before 10 o'clock. Seriously around 11 it gets slippy.
- Try not to touch front brake as much, can control a rear slide, front slide your screwed
- INVEST IN CRASH BOBBINS!
- Get warm gloves or heated grips, as soon as your hands r dead u aint concetrating on road as much
- Double the 2 second rule
- Dont stay on brakes if you skidding, cause you speed up, dab on and of way before u need to stop, watch out for
cars behind you if u doing this though
- Dont rag it, you respect the bike shell respect you

Alll these are just obvious tips, i know u probs all know these but just thought id put them up. Common sense and a easy throttle is all youll need.

Another thing i was planning on is this

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When it gets really bad strip all the plastics of other than C bobbins, nose n cone. Even put standard exhaust back on, then if you do crash u aint killing ur bikes plastics.

Hope this helps.
 

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just take your time on the road and dont speed into corner
 

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Have to go from Wandsworth to Kingston to hospital at 11.55am today and there are bits of snow coming down :( do i risk it is it gonna get worse :mad:
 

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you will be fine i ride on the snow this morning to work so you will be ok just take your time
 

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Rode in worse last year, you really just have to take your time.
 

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The piece in the middle of your name is sometimes known as the Diesel Lane, for the very good reason, it contains lots of diesel, not many vehicles ever run in it therefore it fills with muck and rubbish, all of which can put you on the floor.

Another useful thing to remember is never put your wheels where you eyes haven't been. So don't go sweeping round that corner, diesel, leaves, mud etc are all out there to get you.

A road is not dangerous, just the way in which it is used.
 

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leaning is deadly in this weather. trust me lads just take the plastics of, looks ugly but ur saving yourself alot of heartache, rather have a scratched frame than snapped plastics. Take bar ends of, mirrors if you can live without them. its the plastics and small things that add up repair costs. If your gonna do enough damage bend your forks or crack your frame a few layers of plastic panneling wont save it. best to have one thing to sort out not 7 or so expensive body panels.
 

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Or if you dont want to take of all your panels, take of your after market panels or parts! i saw a guy come of behind me few week ago on a big gixxer, his screen was in multiple pieces, that was in the dry on a warmish day. exhausts too!
 

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Getting a bit extreme Mayoh!
NEVER take your mirrors off. They're there to save your arse, they're entirely useless if they're not attached.
If you're getting to the stage of taking off all the plastics and bar ends, you've got the wrong bike! If you feel it's really at that big a risk of decking, you need a winter bike, not to strip this one...
 

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Too right.

You can pick yourself up a nice smoking dirt bike for under ... £500.
Two stroke power, and some chunky tyres should keep a smile on your face all winter!

Even if it falls apart at the end of winter, you got yourself another project bike if you like!
AND you can take it greenlaning later on if you like...

If you tell your insurance company that your R is off the road in the time being, I can't see it costing you any extra.

I would if I had the cash right now, unfortunately I don't!

You COULD also sell it again after the winter, possibly even for a profit if you are lucky :)
 

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I'd have a winter bike if I was allowed the space!
I'd love to have a simple ped, £200 it would cost, but nooooo...
 

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I'd have a winter bike if I was allowed the space!
I'd love to have a simple ped, £200 it would cost, but nooooo...
Yeah, a ped even!
they cost next to nothing, especially a low mileage second hand chinese one (£500 new! )

Although, my commute is a bit far for a ped :p
 

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Mine's all city riding, and I have a strange obsession with the Piaggio Zip.
I'd f***ing love to have a Zip!
 

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I would love a cheap tatty crappy 2stroke piece of crap that I could just not care about.
I could turn up to somewhere and just jump off and let the ped slide to a halt somewhere and leave it there until I return.
 

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Getting a bit extreme Mayoh!
NEVER take your mirrors off. They're there to save your arse, they're entirely useless if they're not attached.
If you're getting to the stage of taking off all the plastics and bar ends, you've got the wrong bike! If you feel it's really at that big a risk of decking, you need a winter bike, not to strip this one...
I had my SJ for a year 6 months no mirrors, just had to look over my shoulder, never any crashes involving cars up my arse. I dont have the money to buy and repair items or buy a new bike for over the winter. Ill only ride if i have to. My bar ends alone were £16 and thats what will get scratched first. So what ill be riding a naked R through winter i dont care what it looks like, itll stop me causing a whole lot of damage. Ive come of at only 30 and it totally knackered my boomerangs and exhaust, and indicator. Indicator was £18 too, for one. these parts prices add up. Ill have my crash bobbins on still (The rack is knackered from my previous crash but still works) so they will protect my frame. Its not a case of me buying the wrong bike its a case of not wanting to ruin the bike i love for the sake of removing a few screws. Even on a crosser you'll come of in this weather, knobblys or road tyres dont count for anything your on 2 wheels, if a car can skid out which has 4 we on bikes have no chance. Like i said all comes down to income, if you can afford to buy a crosser which is no better on ice, insure if for a month while paying for your Rs insurance, thats all well and good, but for ones like me in a crap job with poor money, id exchange good looks of my bike for a few week rather than knackering the panels on it. Can never be too careful in my opinion :)
 
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