Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: The Rock and Roll Capital
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I will ride n any temperature where I can get tires warm enough to stick to a road and there isn't ice on them. My "record"... heck who knows... I have been out in well below zero in a sidecar rig. Yes, without my heated gear on.
I also have my annual Snowduro event; I wait for at least a foot of heavy powder and then I take to the streets at night on my GS with knobbies or on an enduro bike. I always get pulled over and the look on the cop's face is priceless. Donuts in Wal Mart Parking lots, hot cocoa and brandy at Parnell's pub.
Riding well down into the low 30's is fun (I learned a valuable lesson about frozen roadways a few years back) I will say, heated gear is the very best investment you can make. I wear the Gerbings heated Jacket (I already have iron hot heated grips and just wear long underwear.
I The reason for this is even down into the 20s all I have to do is wear an underwear t-shirt the heated Jacket and my outer shell. This creates a nice freedom of motion and that means riding is still just as comfortable as spring or summer. I can't tell you how much fun it is to go out in November, in the low 40's, when ALL the motorcycle traffic is gone and go for a nice ride, all without being all bound up like a burn victim and enjoying the day, the heated jacket pumps warm blood to legs and toes. You feel just like it's a spring day. I'm a true convert; a few years ago I would have scoffed at the idea. Also tourmaster and even now Aerostitch offer heated clothes that are no more expensive than the expensive micro-fleece body suits I used to get to stay warm! Heated gear, even the best is much less than you think. Gerbings has an outlet; my Gerbings jacket was a freebie.
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