While many people put their motorbikes away in winter, there are still a select few who want to ride as much as they can. Maybe it’s for commuting, maybe it’s for fun, or maybe it’s a bit of both. In any matter, it may be feasible—but you will probably have to work on it. Depending on what the winter weather looks like in your area, you will have to decide whether the additional preparation is worth it or not. As with most things motorcycle, that is entirely up to you. Whichever bike you choose to ride in winter, you need to make sure you have the right equipment to keep you warm and dry. After all, no one likes to be cold and wet, whether you are driving or not.
The most important things to consider when thinking about winter driving are a) keeping warm and dry and B) maintaining decent traction through what winter driving conditions to look like in your area. now,” decent traction” is difficult because if you are very good at driving in slippery conditions, your idea of what constitutes “decent” looks much different from another rider. it is important to remember that everything is relative!
What’s not to like about a light dirt bike with gnarled tires? For 2021, Honda has both increased displacement on its beloved CRF250L and simultaneously shaved about 11 kilograms of the total weight. This should make it quite manageable for winter driving, as well as crossing your favorite dirt rides the rest of the year.
The problem with winter driving is that everything is a compromise. The CRF300L (or a light dirt bike with tires you like, really) will be easy to handle, but what it won’t give you is wind protection. You could make up for that by bundling yourself very well with insulated and possibly heated motorcycle clothing, or you could choose something with a windshield, foot Shields, handguards, heated handles, and/or a heated seat (you get the idea).
Can you tilt a sidecar? I mean, you’ve probably seen people deliberately throw their sidecar in the air for fun, right? However, once you acclimatize to the low-end torque data and throttle response of a modern Ural, what you’ll find is an eminently solid car that can tackle most terrain, including winter. The Sidecar is also perfect for all those hearty winter soup and/or stew ingredients that you’re sure to stock up on to feed yourself—or, you know, a passenger as well.
After all, the whole point of a Ural is to be a hardcore workhorse that keeps going, even if the conditions are not ideal. If that doesn’t describe most of the whims of winter weather, I don’t know what it does.
The Bike You Feel Most Comfortable Using
We know that situations do not always work out the way you want, but if you are serious about walking this winter, we recommend a bike that you already feel comfortable with. One where you know its quirks and adapt almost instinctively to any weirdness you can throw at it.
Make sure all your maintenance is up to date and that you have the right winter tires that suit the local winter weather. There’s really no good time to find out the brakes are syrupy, but winter is probably at the top of the list of bad times to deal with this problem. While you may not be an expert at Snow riding, like most things, you get better with practice.
If you want to get really good, we also recommend a bike that will not upset you when you fall. Having that kind of confidence while traveling will help show you what you (and your bike) are capable of, in any weather. A bike that already has a few scars here and there is a bit of momentum. It’s one less thing to worry about, you know?
A Piaggio Ape Snow Drift Cycle Fueled By Triumph
The thing about any top five list is this: words like ” top ” or “best” are highly subjective. This vehicle, we think, is probably one of the most ridiculous enjoyments you can have in the snow. We thought about it in 2020, when we first saw pilot Francesco Guerrini take off in this video.
Who wouldn’t want to try the Triumph 675 Street Triple-engine Piaggio Ape in the snow? I think probably no one who reads RideApart, anyway. I’ll also tell you now that I’ve been riding a Street Triple R Recently and absolutely love that power plant. If only I could imagine what it would be like for this monkey to fly into the heart of a Chicago winter, grinning from ear to ear.
A pack of Chrysler Sno-runners with your friends
As I said before, ” top ” is such a vague word. Are we saying Chrysler Sno-runners is good? Objectively, I’m not. However, if you’ve never crashed into a bunch of simple giggles after doing some silly but crazy nonsense with your friends, I’m really sorry. That’s where a vehicle like the Chrysler Sno-Runner would absolutely excel.
This is clearly not the situation of winter bikes for you if you really want to go somewhere at speed. However, we look at it as something like a motorized sled, tube, or sled though. These are all things that many people like to do for fun in winter, just for the sake of experience.