I need some tips for taking a heavier bike through snow and ice, in the back country.
Here's what I have learned so far:
At the first sign of ice in the road,
stop, park on it and take a picture.
Travel 10 or 15 miles into a forest like Mendocino National Forest.
Hope that the road is open on the other end.
If after many miles,
you reach a portion of the road or pass that is blocked with snow, you should
increase your speed, shift into 3rd gear. By lifting the front wheel off the ground you will raise the footpegs above the snowpack and ride your now weighted rear wheel safely accross the obstacle.
I could also use advise on digging and removing 5oo pounds of motorcycle from deep snow, turning it around etc.