Kerry wrote:those IRC tires have next to no traction in slush. .
Nor do any
other brand or type of street tires. Slush and wet snow are particularly difficult to ride in because every little rut tries to divert your front tire from a straight path.....but any form of ice or snow on the pavement is bad news. Glad you made it home safe !
Dirt bike style knobby tires are slightly better in the snow than street tires, but still pretty much suck
. Some hardcore street riders put ice screws or studs in their knobby tires , borrowing a trick from the ice racers , but the only really realistic way to operate a motorcycle in the snow without crashing regularly is to mount up a side car to the bike. Scooters are particularly unsuited to snow because the CVT is basically going to downshift automatically if the drive wheel slips .... yikes.
Plus , in the snow , even if you stay upright on the bike, you have cars pinballing all around, out of control , ehh..... bad situation .
I've gotten caught on a motorbike in a couple of unexpected snow showers , but was always able to bail for home before it started to get deep . I actually enjoy airing down the knobbys on my ATB and going for an occasional trail ride in the snow , but I usually crash a few times .