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    Senior Member maddawgj's Avatar
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    Need help from our Northern riders

    Umm, yeah Iím a Georgia boy so Iím very very familiar with this:How the #}@$$& do you unfreeze a bike??? Iíd love to go ride in the snow because I never have but even after chipping the ice off the ignition lock so I could get the key in the lock is frozen. What sort of wicked torture is this? If I could start the bike the engine heat will unmelt it, but I canít start it! Not cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maddawgj View Post
    Umm, yeah Iím a Georgia boy so Iím very very familiar with this:How the #}@$$& do you unfreeze a bike??? Iíd love to go ride in the snow because I never have but even after chipping the ice off the ignition lock so I could get the key in the lock is frozen. What sort of wicked torture is this? If I could start the bike the engine heat will unmelt it, but I canít start it! Not cool.
    Borrow a hair dryer or use a heat gun like the kind used for stripping paint. A bic or similar lighter stick will work as well. Heat the lock cylinder slowly AND heat the metal body of the key. Any of these ideas should work in 5 minutes or so.



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    throwing a tarp over the bike would help avoid this kind of problem
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    Yeah, parking outdoors... Never did it with any of my motorcycles.

    But I think maybe throwing a tarp over it, AND, setting up a electric space heater under it too, make a heated tent to thaw the entire bike.

    Just don't burn it down!!
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    There are aerosol sprays for frozen locks you can try. I keep a can in my car I use for skiing and it works.

    BUT! make sure your drum brake isn't frozen. I've ridden through creeks, then later TRIED to apply the brakes only to find it was frozen and wouldn't work.
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    Well, if you are very, very familiar with this, you would probably already know that unless you have a solid, but not melted and frozen base layer (could be dirt) with a few inches of light snow, it's pretty much like riding on ice....good luck getting more than ten feet before crashing. (Unless you have studded tires). Consider your frozen lock a blessing.
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    You parked your bike upside down and all the gas ran out of the gas tank and carburetor. Of course, you probably realize this predicament already and are asking for advice for the next step. If you spilled some whiskey on the ignition lock after taking a swig that might help. More practical ways are listed above but it just depends on how thirsty you are.

    If you get it running and want to ride it in the snow, make sure to air down the tires. Helps but won't totally prevent a tip over plunging you into a roadside ditch. You don't want to end up in a roadside ditch.
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    Time for a shed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by grewen View Post
    throwing a tarp over the bike would help avoid this kind of problem
    Last time it snowed here was 1981 so needless to say this wasnít exactly expected or the type of thing we deal with here.
    Forever grateful for all your help brother
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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyTFS View Post
    Well, if you are very, very familiar with this, you would probably already know that unless you have a solid, but not melted and frozen base layer (could be dirt) with a few inches of light snow, it's pretty much like riding on ice....good luck getting more than ten feet before crashing. (Unless you have studded tires). Consider your frozen lock a blessing.
    Low speed falling is half the fun, if I wanted more than low speed tractor gearing Iíd be trying to get one of the other bikes unfrozen. Besides in these temps Iím wearing so many layers I can barely move let alone feel a 5 MPH fall.
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