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Re: Icy here... :)
« Reply #10 on: October 13, 2015, 08:38:17 PM »
Hey, didn't anybody over at ADV Rider tell you you can't do those things on the TEx?  :008:

Welcome, and glad to see a true off-roader on a TEx!   :037:

BTW, are those Mitas E7's I see in some of the shots?  If so, how do you like them?  They're on my short list for my next tire change, probably those or Heidy-Ho K60s.
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Re: Icy here... :)
« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2015, 09:45:28 PM »
 :821:

haha. the things I do on that bike. thank you for the warm welcome

Yes I had the Mitas E07s on the old one. I love them. The new bike came with the dreaded Tourance crap and I couldn't sell them. If I can sell them, I will switch over to the Mitas E07 in a hearbeat.

I prefer Mitas over the Haidenau because Mitas has better side-grip on leans and wears nicer. It's a tad bit softer though. I got the Dakar version, with reinforced sidewalls to be more sturdy with leans and against shear damage from rocks.

I put on Dakars and did the NY Motomarathon; 450 miles a day of 5 days of riding in rain and sun and whatnot. They performed flawlessly and I did feel the same heavy-ness, more feedback from the tires as well. After that I went to Labrador City (from Prov, RI) and the last day was a 750 mile stretch, again, those tires saw rain, sun, mud and dirt and pavement all in the same day - flawless performance. I liked them on the trails as well.

I was at 6K miles on the tires when I sold the bike and the rear looked like this (I sold the bike two days after this shot)


WP_20150731_012 by I.C., on Flickr


WP_20150813_08_35_13_Pro.jpg by I.C., on Flickr


WP_20150813_14_34_03_Pro.jpg by I.C., on Flickr


WP_20150813_14_33_56_Pro.jpg by I.C., on Flickr

In short, cool looking tyres with a flawless performance benchmark in my book.
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Re: Icy here... :)
« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2015, 09:49:38 PM »
Two of my favorite shots, one from the past (yesteryear) and the other from the past (yesterday)


OLIVIASEALLY_Jim1 by I.C., on Flickr



WP_20151012_10_58_24_Pro by I.C., on Flickr
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Re: Icy here... :)
« Reply #13 on: October 14, 2015, 09:38:02 AM »
Great thread. Love the photos. Keep posting. Sorry its so cold over there though  :164:

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Re: Icy here... :)
« Reply #14 on: October 14, 2015, 01:46:10 PM »
Thank you Griff - that's why we have heated gear, right? right?  :821:

More stuff in the gallery

https://www.tiger-explorer.com/index.php?action=media;sa=album;in=156
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Re: Icy here... :)
« Reply #15 on: October 15, 2015, 03:50:59 AM »
Ah, my good old snowy NYC days. Back when I lived in NYC (until this past May that is) I commuted on the TEX every day - out of Brooklyn, into Manhattan, to Rockefeller Center. Rain, shine, and, ahem snow. The first time it happened it was a bad miscalculation on my part. I had the Harley back then. The first picture is from that particular night. My friend Chris @UnionGarage (literally next door to me) took that picture - as soon as he saw me he said "I've gotta take a picture of this" I got caught in the worst Blizzard ever and almost killed myself on the bike. Man that was a nightmare. Did I learn my lesson? Nope. After that I

- bought the TEX and the next day I dug it out of the snow that it was buried under and rode it around town to test the traction control and ABS; and dropped the bike while looking for a parking spot doing 1mph (pictures below) apparently there was a groove on the road covered in snow and I was riding the edge. front fell in and I followed

- then I rode during the next blizzard.

- then the next one. by the time I got home it was dark and walking was harder than riding. man that was slippery. I parked in front of a hydrant about a block away from my place. I thought to myself "I can't do this anymore, I have to stop before I skid crash into something (the night shot below)

- then the last one. I rode when it was 9F out and got a frost bite. man, that was crazy cold. nothing helped. I literally stuck my hands into the engine block and felt nothing (the morning shot below) I should have known though. the bike wouldn't start, I heard cracking sounds when I moved the bike (tyres frozen) and the road was somewhat glittery too...

beh, live and learn. I don't ride in snow anymore - too much excitement. wifey doesn't appreciate that some bloke might kill me and she'd have to pay the medical bills or something...

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highres_178123952 by I.C., on Flickr

the day after I bought the bike. before I dug it out of the snow

highres_324251652 by I.C., on Flickr

the day after I bought the bike. after I dropped it.

highres_324258432 by I.C., on Flickr

the day after I bought the bike. the reason I dropped it  :002:

highres_324258442 by I.C., on Flickr

one morning, when I get to the bike

highres_324053802 by I.C., on Flickr

that one morning, when I parked the bike in the garage under the office in rockefeller center. the snow had blown off. that's ice you are seeing on the windshield, not condensation  :002:

highres_324053792 by I.C., on Flickr

It was always harder to park the bike. Nobody would clean that mound by the road and I couldn't push the bike back. I almost dropped it so many times because of that stupid mounds by the road side. Such bad snow cleaning etiquette.

highres_316316172 by I.C., on Flickr

My last blizzard riding. After that one I said no more. This is not fun anymore - well it was still fun but there were other factors involved  :038:

highres_324251742 by I.C., on Flickr

That's thin ice. Condensation would freeze. Beh.

highres_324251922 by I.C., on Flickr

Oh what fun it was to ride...

highres_324252002 by I.C., on Flickr
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Re: Icy here... :)
« Reply #16 on: October 16, 2015, 02:22:11 PM »
Quite the epic introduction! Some very cool photos and experiences you shared.  :400: :062:
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Re: Icy here... :)
« Reply #17 on: October 16, 2015, 02:52:33 PM »
*Originally Posted by isb [+]
Quite the epic introduction! Some very cool photos and experiences you shared.  :400: :062:

Thank you Isb  :002:

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Re: Icy here... :)
« Reply #18 on: October 16, 2015, 06:10:15 PM »
Thanks for the support I needed to present a case to my wife why we should do winter rides together. I'll let you know how it works out  :110: .
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Re: Icy here... :)
« Reply #19 on: October 16, 2015, 09:09:45 PM »
*Originally Posted by 1984Rider [+]
Thanks for the support I needed to present a case to my wife why we should do winter rides together. I'll let you know how it works out  :110: .

please, don't forget to take pictures, or movies  :002:

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