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Old 11-17-2012, 09:00 AM   #81 (permalink)
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I've never really taken notice of the temperature, but I'll ride to and from work so long as there is no snow / ice on the pavement.
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Old 11-17-2012, 09:18 AM   #82 (permalink)
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So far this year the coldest ride for me has been 4 hours in 36 degree weather. No heated gear just dressed for it. I wear Head ski gloves with a glove liner and warm boots. I still wear a half helmet in 36 with a face wrap.
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Old 11-17-2012, 09:48 AM   #83 (permalink)
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I found that if I wear zip-on ski/snow pants they keep me warm. Layered with thermals, jeans and then the over-pants, works well. Hunting socks and insole heat packs take care of the feet. On the upper body, thermals, dri-fit style shirt, and balaclava with a leather jacket. Cut the wind out while riding and you can ride all day. Stopping for water breaks and warm refreshments makes it easier to start up again.
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:51 AM   #84 (permalink)
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-20deg.F Is the coldest that I know I've ridden in. So I don't think it's possible to find a temperature or weather condition I won't ride in, as long as the bike starts it's getting ridden...and if it wont start I'll f*** with it till it does (it lives outside in my driveway year round) Used to use an enduro now I use my Vol. with a carefully selected studded car tire on the rear (and on occasion snow chains) and a studded knobby out front. A hat, a cheap pair of gloves, two or three sweatshirts, a light jacket, insulated blue jeans (or jeans with sweatpants underneath), steel toed work boots, two pairs socks, a duster and a very beat up old full face helmet make up my list of typical winter wear when temps drop below freezing. Some day I hope to at least own a heated vest and gloves.....some day.

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Old 11-17-2012, 11:01 AM   #85 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Jendesigner View Post
I rode this morning and it was 34*. I don't have heated clothes at all. I dress in layers, but 34 is still not cold for me, when it drops in the 20's* I will put on the highway bar chaps and layer a bit more, also good winter gloves are a must. The problem for me is not the cold on me but the tires feels like rocks at that temp and traction is not always the best, also that black ice is a killer.
Run your tire a few psi softer, I find 5 under softens em up enough for comfort but it also causes the tire to flex more helping it warm up.
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:58 PM   #86 (permalink)
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I'll throw in too... I'm down to about -10 or so... As long and as cold as i can without snow or ice on the roads. Full snow suit for me though and this year i custom cut a huge lexan windshield for the bike to help with the wind. What a difference!
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Old 11-17-2012, 05:29 PM   #87 (permalink)
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I ride just fine in the 20s and 30s on the Sprint with a tall shield and heated grips and a few layers underneath. On the Triple, naked bike, 30s can be tough for more than half an hour.
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Old 11-17-2012, 05:59 PM   #88 (permalink)
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I will ride as cold as it is as long as no salt has been laid down. Then I am down until spring time after the rain washes the salt of the road. I was out today and it was 32
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Old 11-17-2012, 06:26 PM   #89 (permalink)
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Rode two hours today in 7 degree weather - felt colder tho - brrrr - definitely need warmer gloves. Hard to cave in and put the bike away for the winter -- there's a nice sunny week ahead (temps of 9 or 10) yet to enjoy! Is it spring yet?
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Old 11-17-2012, 07:16 PM   #90 (permalink)
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Allright, if a dirtbike counts than 18 inches of snow at -1 degrees. 2009 YZ 450F.

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