Why would you want to commute in heavy traffic and snow on a cycle?
- Avoid heavy traffic by splitting?
- Not have to leave 1h before usually do because maybe the bus will: not show, get stuck in traffic, etc...
- ride? (4months is a long wait!)
I've ridden in snow and ice (with and without studs), but always on dirt bikes. Bigger bikes, even the size of the little Ninja, are going to be a handful - no matter what tires you have..
I expect the ninja to be a bit heavy but I don't think it would be too much of a problem if the tires have good grip.
I had to drive back from my dealership after a snowstorm (around November) that had not fully melted and it was quite a fight to keep it upright on patches of melting snow/ice but not impossible! (And this was with my Michelin Power Pilot, not a winter tire)
You are kidding right.
For the most part the people that I have observed these days can not even drive safely on snow and ice, in four wheel vehicles.
Just watch the news and the WEATHER CHANNEL and you will see all of the idiots with their totaled vehicles, that thought they knew how to drive in wintery conditions.
Well the plan is not to go straight to the busiest street with full throttle, if I find it too dangerous then of course I will not do it!
But I don't think conditions should always dictate whether we can drive or not, if you know your limits you will know what you can and cannot do. Some people won't drive when it's raining or on some surfaces (gravel/sand) and it's fine but it does not automatically make if impossible / too risky! (I mean we wouldn't all be here if we were super risk-averse
I realize how slippery snow/ice CAN be (I drove on melting snow/ice once & survived!), which is why I am asking if anyone has experience with those tires.
As for cars, I think people can't drive properly on snow because nobody actually learn how a car behaves and how to work with it instead of against it. I use a small automatic fwd Toyota matrix, it has no electronic assistance whatsoever and since I started practicing different maneuvers I have had no issue.
I even managed to drive up steep streets while people in big awd suv's were abandoning.
I know it's not what I asked but our province has a winter tire law so a side benefit would be going on a ride when roads are not covered in snow/ice which happens at times.
Anyway, in any case there will still be another problem...
... it's Canada after all!