R1100S in the Snow (Long) – Pelican Parts Technical BBS

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Yamaha FZ 1S ABS
Yamaha FZ 1S ABS

R1100S in the Snow (Long)

I just returned from a 4 day tour on my R1100S through parts of New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona. We started from Albuquerque, with six riders on a variety of bikes including my R1100S, two Yamaha FZ 1s, a R1150GS, a Kawasaki Concours and a Honda Valkerie.

The first day’s destination was Monticello, Utah by way of Cortez, Colorado. From Monticello, the next day’s destination was Panguich, Utah. We followed back roads through beautiful country side.

Forecast for southern Utah – snow.

We awoke in Panguich the following morning to find a dusting of snow on the bikes. Then it began snowing at the rate of about 2 inches per hour. We were heading south to Chinle, Arizona so we decided to immediately mount up to head south to try to escape the snow.

No luck! We got about fifteen miles south of Panguich through some higher elevations and found the road covered lightly in snow. We forged on without discussion. I was the second bike behind one of the FZ 1s when I noticed that the S started crabbing down the road with the tail end coming round to the right. This caused me to lose most of my directionsal control.

I slowed and was passed by the GS and then the other FZ 1. The riders on these bike seemed to have considerably less difficulty in the snow that I was having on the S. The Concours and Valkerie riders were also having difficulties in the white stuff. The three of us caucused and decided that discretion was the greater part of valor and turned around. The GS and the FZ 1s trudged on through the snow.

Yamaha FZ 1S ABS

The three sane riders found a small cafe about five miles back and had breakfast. After about an hour and a half the snow dissappated and we headed out again. By now traffic and warming temperatures had cleared the road where we encounted the most snow. We went about twenty more miles and ran into more snow.

This time we waited about 45 minutes for things to clear and we went on to Chinle, Arizona through much wind and snow flurrys, but nothing to cause us to turn back.

When we caught up with our compatriots on the GS and the FZ 1s in Chinle, they indicated that they spent about an hour battling the snow before things cleared up. The ride the next day from Chinle back to Albuquerque was great under near pefect weather conditions. The trip was puntuated by stops at the Canyon De Celly and travels through some of the most beautiful and desolate parts of the planet.

The one thing I still puzzle over is why the S seemed to pull to the right in the snow. I originally attributed this phenomenon to the drive shaft/boxer twin set up. However the GS has this same set up but did not have this problem. Can anyone think of other explanations for this.

Tires? By the way, I was quite impressed with the performance of the FZ 1s both in an out of snow. That bike provides a lot of performance and handling for relatively little money.

Yamaha FZ 1S ABS
Yamaha FZ 1S ABS
Yamaha FZ 1S ABS
Yamaha FZ 1S ABS
Yamaha FZ 1S ABS
Yamaha FZ 1S ABS
Yamaha FZ 1S ABS

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