I guess I'm not going to even pretend that winter hasn't arrived. There is a winter storm warning in place until Wednesday with 14" of snow being projected. I needed to run some errands in town this morning so it was a good opportunity to see how well my minimal studs are doing. My conclusion, not great. I only have about half of the studs in the pusher and none in the sidecar tire. And non-carbide studs in the front tire. I even needed 2WD to head up our road due to the deeper snow.
I'm also starting to have the now familiar problem with moisture clogging the air cleaner. There was a hint of this during rain storms i.e. you can tell that the engine was running rich. I guess it's time to install the plastic fence post air box and see if it makes a difference. I need to work on the bike anyway since the oil needs to be changed anyway. I have been running 20w50 full synthetic (Amsoil) and I just picked up 10w40 full synthetic. I think that this will work until the temperature drops even further. One thing I do not plan on doing this year is ride when the crankcase vent would freeze. I don't need any additional problems this year and I really am not out to prove anything.