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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 11-17-2018, 06:44 PM   #11
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I do know my home made ice tires were really really bad at dealing with more than an inch or two of snow...

I don't think a paddle would work for two reasons. One is that flinging more snow backwards probably isn't a good way to create forward motion. That works with sand because sand is very dense, but will just dig a hole in snow. The other is that the paddles will load up and turn the wheel into a lumpy polygon rather than a paddle wheel; sand isn't sticky like snow is.

Your best bet for snow is to figure out a way to create the biggest possible contact patch (bicycles do this with crazy wide rims - before makers sold such rims, custom builders would weld multiple rims together) with a moderately aggressive tread that sheds stuck material easily (IE, a mud tire) at very low pressure. Obviously a track accomplishes those goals...

Maybe figure out a way to mount an ATV wheel, likely in a custom fork / swingarm? Or hell, just ride a TW200...
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 11-17-2018, 07:16 PM   #12
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Considering those kits are like $5k....I'd just buy a used sled instead.
Yeah, but these kits give you a good reason to put a turbo on the dirt bike. Plus dank whoolies.

I've never ridden in snow, but I'm vaguely active on TT, and most of the northern brethren just run knobbies. Soft compound to get the tallest lugs with the widest spacing.

If you need to be DOT, I believe Motoz tires have a pretty good selection.
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 11-17-2018, 11:10 PM   #13
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I got a DOT Michelin AC10 out back right now. Very wide lug spacing and decent height. I'm not sure how it got DOT approval. It's a very stiff carcass, too. Stiff enough I can run at 5psi and not feel sketchy on the road at all. This tire has better lug height/spacing than the Kenda Trakmaster I ran on the KLR. I rode the KLR in bout 4" of snow with good success, but any deeper than that and things stupid in a hurry.

Maybe i'll just try some studs or spikes. Seems the knobs will push the snow out of the way allowing the studs/spikes to grip the frozen ground underneath. Would be handy with slick, snow covered logs, too. Even if I did pick up a paddle (less than $60, so no huge investment)it would still need studs on it.
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Ah, if you are trying to cut through to the ground under the snow rather than ride in / on top of it, that's a different thing. Yup, for that I'd put my bets on tall widely spaced lugs, stiff tire, and big studs. Might also pick an extra narrow tire.
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 11-18-2018, 12:39 AM   #15
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Well, if we get 6" or less I guess cutting through to frozen dirt will be easy enough. If we end up with a foot on the ground I'm not sure.

A big fat ATV tire out back on a one-off SSA would be cool, now that you mention fat tires.
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