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    Default Snow tires or chains on Spyders

    Has anyone fitted chains or snow tires on a Spyder and what are suggested or recommended? I ride year round and I donít want to be restricted to summer time use. So any recommendations please?

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    Don't waste your time. You've got a single rear wheel that simply cannot push the two front wheels through just about any amount of snow at all.
    The autonomic functions continue; but there is no mind!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Denman View Post
    Don't waste your time. You've got a single rear wheel that simply cannot push the two front wheels through just about any amount of snow at all.
    Just 2 words (Snow Mobile )

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    It's actually one word: "Snowmobile"...
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    I can tell you from experience 2 years ago that the rt-s can move in light snow & with the vredstein quadratrac it
    does work in snow but they only make the front tires in our size

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    I've seen YouTube videos of people riding them in the snow. I don't know if you would have clearance for tire chains, without removing the fenders. If you could find snow tires, I bet you could ride in a couple of inches of dry snow. I value my life too much to try it myself. Though I think with the tires on the Rally edition of the Ryker, I bet you could ride in some light snow.

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    SethO rides his to work all winter in Bemidgi, MN. I believe he uses a snow tire, maybe even studded, as he is in a wheelchair he is allowed to use studded tires.

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    True... But SethO is harldy your average Spyder-ryder!
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    Are any of us the average spyder rider ?

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    First of all--the manual states NOT to ride the Spyder in the snow. From there...it is up to you. It's your money, and your Spyder.

    When first came out in 2008, the local dealer put studded tires on his. He lives about 20 miles from the shop. He took one ride in the snow and parked it.

    One drive wheel in the back, pushing two wheels in the front, make for a bad situation. You have a snowplow. If you encounter more than two or three inches--you are not going to go anywhere.

    Black Ice: In AK, we encounter a lot of black ice. It goes down before the snow accumulates. It really greases the skids. If you can get going, you are not going to stop--nanny or not. Add in the big SUV's and pickups (most of the vehicles that you share the road with) and you are courting a recipe for disaster.

    Every new snow, a 30 mile stretch between Wasilla and Anchorage, of the Glenn Highway, becomes a haven for "ditch divers." You will find 50 to 100 in the ditch, some overturned on any given snowstorm day. I don't want to be a part of any of that with my . Mine get parked with the first black ice on the roads.

    RE: Seth from MN. Like Anne said--not your usual rider. I lived in Northern MN for twenty years. I am very familiar with those road conditions. I used to call on schools in all of Northern MN and the driving is very treacherous. Been to "dirttown" (Bemidji) many times in the throes of winter. He posted videos that curled my eyebrows.

    Another video posted by a dealer showed them riding around in the snow--trying to make the Spyder handle like a snowmobile. They were not driving on the public roads though--if I remember correct.

    Many arguments for not--but just my .02. It also might be a good idea to check with your insurance agent to see if they will cover a major damage accident in such conditions when the manual says not to.
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    Default snow

    move to Key West

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    Quote Originally Posted by willey View Post
    move to Key West
    But there's no place to ride...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Denman View Post
    But there's no place to ride...

    Yea there is Bob. Down to Joe's Bar and back. A favorite hang out for Hemingway. Would have been more interesting in the 20's or 30's. The ride down the old Flagler Hwy used to be interesting when I went to school at the U. of Miami. Part was built on the old Flagler railroad trestle that had previously been wiped out by "would you believe" another hurricane from the past. Possibly the big one in 1935.

    Well I am sure this is more than you want to know but it brings back fond memories. Leaving for Boerne TX next Tuesday for the Spyders in the Hills Rally. Why don't you join us? Will be in the new Tiffin Phaeton Diesel Pusher!

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    Every year about this time someone asks about riding in the snow. It can be accomplished for short distances if you get caught in the snow. Like it was said previously, one rear drive wheel does not push the 2 front wheels well at all. You might be able to travel at very low speeds, but you will not be able to keep up with traffic on the roads. Not safely anyway. Keep it parked in the winter and spend your spare time adding accessories for the next riding season. You will live longer.
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    Getting snow here now ,and it is wet and cold. So time to wrap the bike up for the winter,and get the sled ready for the deep stuff . I like sledding as much as biking ,do not trail ride anymore just play in the bush. ( 850 summit 154 )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Denman View Post
    It's actually one word: "Snowmobile"...
    sorry my bad. I'm still trying to figure out what snow is. It might show up in middle Tennessee maybe once every 3 to 5 years.

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    That's quite all right!
    We're trying to figure out an escape plan from the snow...

    But I was a die-hard snowmobiler for 45 years...
    The autonomic functions continue; but there is no mind!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Denman View Post
    That's quite all right!
    We're trying to figure out an escape plan from the snow...

    But I was a die-hard snowmobiler for 45 years...
    snow is really just white mud to play in down south. give me a 4 wheeler with nobby tires and I'll be happy as a hog in a slop bucket

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