Road Riding or Ice Riding? Is either more fun? Possibly. If speed is your thing and you have access to sturdy ice and some “screwed” up tires a.k.a “motorcycle ice tires,” you may have a new sport calling your name. Splatterings of YouTube videos can quickly and visually explain the concept of cycle ice driving. Unfortunately, there are not any known books to prep you on taking up this sport. You can however; find out what ice driving is all about in an animated on-line video game at CarTitans.com.
It appears that the Canadians have this sport nailed down with their 2010 AEIRA (Alberta Endurance Ice Racing Association) series. This 54 hour intense ice racing series runs every weekend from late January through early March each year.
This cool new sport and a surge of interest are popping up in southern Wisconsin. Reporter, Tim VanVooren at FOX6, Milwaukee Sports Television reported that the Kenosha county riders in Wisconsin participated in an ice riding event where they “were topping 60 miles an hour on their track.” Even faster speeds are achieved on longer ovals. The Wisconsin version of chilly ice driving is quite condensed compared to the 6-hour Canadian style event. Canadian ice riders utilize several lakes throughout Alberta with plowed tracks along the frozen lakes.
If you want to learn to more about the sport, visit the website dieseljo.com. The site encourages riders to start with a set of professionally built motorcycle ice tires. The tires have a V-pattern that faces the ground and the “pro-tires (professional tires) stick to the ice like a SuperMoto bike running fresh scuffed in slicks on a hot summers day” spoken in true Canadian wisdom. A variety of on-line sources warn against the urge to create your own tires due to the efficiency and safety of the pro-built tires.
Lastly, be sure to install an ice fender. Simply put, if you want fellow riders to compete with you, install your ice fender. Besides keeping others safe, it will extend your ice riding season.
Whether you are on the ice or on the road, one thing is for sure, HaulBikes can safely ship your bike to any location for just about any adventure.