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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-14-2016, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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Winter Riding

I've never done any winter riding (I live in Wisconsin ), and I'm thinking about doing some and just wanted to see how many do it, and any tips and experiences you would like to share would be greatly appreciated

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Polaris Lock n Ride Cargo Box- Front
OGIO Camo Lock n Ride Cargo Box- Rear
Polaris Mirrors
Polaris Hand Guards
Polaris XP Front and Rear Brush Guards
Hand/Thumb Warmers
Polaris 3500 lb. Winch
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Polaris MB Quart Sound System
Maxxis Big Horns 29x9x14, 29x11x14
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2015 Polaris Sportsman 570 SP HUNTER EDITION
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Polaris Mirrors
Polaris Hand Guards
Polaris XP Front and Rear Brush Guards
Hand/Thumb Warmers
Polaris 2500 lb. Winch
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Polaris MB Quart Sound System
Kenda Bear Claw Evo Tires 26x9x14. 26x11x14
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post #2 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-14-2016, 05:01 PM
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I live in Rhode Island and winter riding a is a blast! Only advice is till you know the trails, go easy. Ice can be hiding under the snow. Once your comfortable, have fun. Night riding is fun too, snow kinda lightens up the trails for you.
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post #3 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-14-2016, 05:20 PM
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Looks like your machine is already set up with the heated grips and thumb. Your bighorns will do great in the snow. As long as you have good gear to stay warm, you are golden.

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post #5 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-15-2016, 05:56 AM
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If you get stuck, and wheels start to spin..stop! Winch out. Snow is nothing like mud( which I'm sure you know being in WI.) even if you are on groomed winter trails you will just dig down and high centre yourself. Always run in AWD too, unless you are looking to fishtail and power slide. ��

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post #6 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-15-2016, 05:58 AM
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Hey Buckmaster!

I'm up in Lincoln County WI.
Fer sure on the hand warmers . . . I need to see what is available for retrofitting on my old machine.

I have only done plowing (driveway and a path through our pastures), found that if you are getting stuck, downshifting and light throttle works well for getting you going again.

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post #7 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-15-2016, 06:15 AM
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Hello from Wood County WI!

I just picked up my bike so Ive been forced to ride it in the cold, I will say a windshield or handguards makes a big difference with keeping that wind off your hands. Cant wait for my Vip Air windshield fairing to come in!

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As long as you are on your 1000, high gear and full throttle are your best friend when you get into the deep stuff. When forward progress stops, back up and hit it again. If after a couple of tries you can't get through, throw in the towel and try a different route.
If you are on your 570 and hit the deep snow, turn around and go get your 1000.
I also highly recommend riding with at least one other quad when playing in the snow!

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Hey Crazyairborne,
We are almost neighbors, I'm up near Tomahawk.
We recently moved here.
Going to Gleason today to learn more about winter driving:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IzHZuUtPfXc

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post #10 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-16-2016, 05:45 AM
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Dress warm.

And bring a small shovel for if/when you get high centered. It is a lot of fun. But very easy to get stuck in drifts.

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