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post #121 of 134 (permalink) Old 12-04-2012, 10:07 AM
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Why would I take the bike when its cold? I have a nice truck in drive. 40 is my limit.
yeah...I have a nice truck to ride too but there are those of us who just can't seem to get ....

Whats the big hurry...slow down and enjoy the ride!

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post #122 of 134 (permalink) Old 12-04-2012, 10:54 AM
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Mid 20s F. I have hand guards and desert dawg lowers to keep the wind off my hands and feet, electrically heated gloves, jacket liner and now heated inner soles. Previously I used battery powered electric socks, marginal, better than nothing. Today I wear "BOG"s as my winter cold weather boot. They are neoprene lined and warm even without the heated soles.

You did not ask about electric heated gear, but if you are considering it, get a variable dual controlled for gloves and the full jacket liner. My boot soles are on an off on switch and that seems okay. The full jacket liner already has the cord for the gloves run down the sleeve. Do not get the heated vest if you may ever add heated gloves.

I use a balaclava or fleece neck and lower face cover anda full helmet. Heavy leathers would probably work okay, but I use my Textile insulated gear. Warmer and in the 20sF I do not care if I look like a black stay-puff marshmallow man.

Ice on the roads is what really limits my riding. Dry cold, dry roads are great fun.

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Generally, I don't plan to ride if it is below 10C (50F). However, I will head out in the morning at colder temps if I don't have far to go, and it is going to be warmer later in the day.

I think the coldest I've been out is 3C (37F). That was way too cold!

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Originally Posted by Rips241
Why would I take the bike when its cold? I have a nice truck in drive. 40 is my limit.
I've one too, but and it's a big but, the balance between comfort and finances dictates despite the lack of comfort in miserable weather it is better to ride. I can ride my bike for a month on what it costs to feed my truck for a week. Around $60 vs. $15 per week is just too big a difference. Especially after a steadily declining income that dropped by $8000 over three years, and the more recent permanent pay cut of $23,000 (my position was eliminated) and so far after 5 months of looking, no jobs willing to pay anywhere near the $12.50 pr/hr was making when I was let go.
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I've ridden in the teens - 25 miles to work. That one hurt my hands. I'm very comfortable at anything above 30 degrees. I don't do too bad in the high twenties. My main concern lately I'd the fact that we have had ridiculous amounts of precipitation. It may be raining in the morning, but it could turn to 3 inches of snow by evening. Makes it hard to justify taking the bike to work.
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Just for the record, it's late December in Chicago, and I'm still out riding. Yesterday and today it's been in the upper 20's (f), and I don't let that stop me. As a matter of fact, I think the cold air is refreshing. My wife thinks I'm crazy, but I've owned and have been riding motorcycles since I was 16 years old (I'm nearing 45 now). Anyway, it was a little slick out this morning until the sun came out, which caused me to exercise quite a bit more caution, but otherwise it was a great riding day...I put about 300 miles on the bike over the last couple of days.

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my lowest temp was 34 degrees F, and it was 65mph for 20 miles.. every part of my body stayed warm except for my legs, since i dont have chaps..

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I rode the other day around 50f - chaps, boots, gauntlet gloves, neoprene mask, fleece pullover under a small leather jacket. That was one of the most comfortable and refreshing rides i've had in a while. I debated taking the ride due to possible cold(ish) weather, but it was well well worth it. I turned back when i hit the state line only 'cause i didn't want to have to wear my helmet when crossing the line. I could've rode for days in that weather. Much better than 20's or 70's honestly...
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Last night the weather took a cup of water and tossed it up in the air and it crystilzed immediatley, not a good day to ride LOL
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Below -30C. Snowmobile suit, sidecar equipped. I used to do funeral escorts 365 days a year so this happened all the time. Rode in massive snowfall during this period many times as well.
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