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Old 11-26-2012, 07:13 PM   #111 (permalink)
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28f this morning..... The very ends of my fingers were the only things that got cold but even that was bearable.
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:56 PM   #112 (permalink)
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It was 37 for me this morning. came home after dark and it felt warmer. checked the net and it was 41, only 4 degrees but noticeable.
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:30 PM   #113 (permalink)
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So far 28 degrees for about 30 miles at 75 mph. No heated anything. Not fun but at least I don't have to worry about forgetting how to ride in the spring...
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:42 PM   #114 (permalink)
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I started this morning when it was 38f. Ending after 80 miles and 5 stops at about 45 degree's. It was nice to get out, but the bike didn't run so good ugg!
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I started this morning when it was 38f. Ending after 80 miles and 5 stops at about 45 degree's. It was nice to get out, but the bike didn't run so good ugg!
Time to add fuel additives ie. fuel stabilizer and dryer...makes a huge difference when things start getting cold, additionally partially covering the rad. (just like they used to do on big rigs and other big diesels) helps. I've two ABS panels that get tucked in behind the grill cover...I start out with the rad completely blocked, then once the bikes's warmed up I slide the top one down to let her breathe.


Keep wanting to track down a Vanagon heat bypass valve so I can just recirculate the coolant back to the engine instead of to the rad. but cash is as always an issue...actually want the forward bypass and the entire rear heater assembly (which has the bypass, heater core and blower all in one compact surface mount housing) so I can add heat (would be nice to be able to defrost the windshield) to my fairing but again cash is uber tight for now.
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I rode from my girlfriends house today, 27 degrees to work. Still some snow on the sides of the hill and Frosty hasn't melted yet. 30 miles to work one way. Heated grips, tall shield. My chin felt a bit of bite even though I had one of those ski things over my head, down my neck and up on my chin. Fun!
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:28 AM   #117 (permalink)
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19 degrees this past Monday morning. It snowed a little after I got to work, but it was all gone and dry by the time I needed to leave that night. No heated gear. I only felt a little chill in my fingers.
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:02 PM   #118 (permalink)
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with heated grips, a good layer of fleece, good windbreaker and a snowboarder's face mask under my full face helmet, I used to ride to work at close to 0 fahrenheit. The Volusia stalled one morning (I put the choke in too soon) and I had to take the bus until my broken collar bone healed.

Now that I am retired, I'll still ride at temps below freezing as long as there is no ice on the roads.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:44 PM   #119 (permalink)
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only snow and/or ice stop me from riding. As stated before wear layers and your fine
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:00 AM   #120 (permalink)
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Often around 45 degrees, but I do enjoy the occasional ride in the snow but only if I can get the dirt bike going.

I think, My son-in-law who rides a scooter to work doesn't have a temperature he doesn't commute in. But we are both in the Pacific Northwest and it really never gets really cold.
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