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There is a bit of snow on sidewalk and temperature is stable just above freezing and under 40`F most of the days. I'm still riding, but the last time I've seen another motorcycle on the road was on Thanksgiving day. I took a break for a few days during and after recent snow in NYC and surrounding areas, but now I'm back in the saddle. Bike has heated grips, OEM windshield and Ultimate seat (non-heated). For short rides in the city (5-10 miles) I don't even put-on insulated riding pants, just jeans. I do wear an insulated riding jacket (Joe Rocket Ion, I think) with a sweater underneath, winter riding gloves (non-heated) - heated grips do a very good job, especially on the highway. For longer trips I put on insulated pants, and I'm very comfortable, even at highway speeds.

So WHO is still riding in winter temperatures, and why more people don't?
 

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I'm not exactly in the Tri-state area (PA), but my C50 is still ready to go. I was riding up until a couple of weeks ago. I then went out of state for Thanksgiving week and since I returned the road conditions aren't safe. I just won't ride if there's a probability of ice on the roads, sometimes hidden under fallen leaves.

it's not low temperatures that stops me. It's the probability of slippery winter road conditions. When the roads get high and dry, I'll likely be on the bike again.

PS: I ain't stoopid...much. :wink: Although I don't mind a brisk winter ride from time to time, I'm a year older than I was last year (and the year before that) with nothing to prove. If it's too cold to enjoy the ride, too cold for my riding gear, I'm not about to risk pneumonia. I'll stay home or take the car. 8)
 

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I say no, because it's cold outside...Ride safe
 

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with the changing temps from warmer to cold to colder at night, melting snow will freeze at night and in some instances, areas where these puddles will freeze that are in areas where sun light will be blocked and not help to melt those spots can result in dangerous situations,,,come around a corner, hit that spot,,,before you know it you're sliding one way, the bike another,,,been there, done that, Be careful.
 

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Lol, I don't have anything to prove, it is just so convenient for me, and fun :) While NYC public transportation is one of the best, it still takes about twice as long to get anywhere by train/bus/etc. My better part drives our car 99% of the time, she has no love for anything under 69`F :) And good luck finding parking on the streets, even in Brooklyn (forget about Manhattan).

Understandably, in suburban PA, and outside large cities it is usually a few degrees colder than in the city itself, and temperatures drop significantly overnight. I'm very careful in the turns, avoiding leaves, and shaded areas as much as possible. Today's temperature went up to 45`F and plenty of sun, yet not all the snow has melted on sidewalk. So being careful is a must, but still riding is too much fun to give up if water is not freezing on the ground.
 

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Welp, up here in the Catskills, we got 28 inches of snow on Thanksgiving weekend -- huge boon for nearby Hunter Mountain ski area, but not so hot for riding a motorcycle.

Honestly, my bike was put away earlier in November, when we had our first small snow and the DOT salted the highways. I won't take my bike out when there's salt around -- learned the hard way some years ago about what a mess it is to clean that off. I also get a little concerned about the possibility of hitting ice that might be hidden under fallen autumn leaves.

The short days don't help; I'm not a fan of riding to work in the dark, and that's what I would have to do this time of year.

Like you, FireManC50, I've got the gear to ride in the cold. My secret weapon is a heated jacket liner! But when it gets below about 35, my Subaru starts to look pretty appealing. :)

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always try to do a Jan 1st ride every year even if just for a quick jaunt around town...no better way to get the new year off on a good riding note...plus because I usually do my end of the year riding contest the mc hasn't been put up yet...not that it really ever is unless never ending snow becomes the norm for the winter...this year there was no contest...no justifiable excuse really...but bike still sits just inside the garage and a press of the garage door button will let me be on the road in seconds...which is nowhere close to how long it actually takes me to get dressed to ride in the winter months....but whether its a ride around the block, or around the neighborhood or just to feed the need, like we all know...its all about the ride.
 

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Wife called from the car, and cheerfully announced that she saw another "crazy" motorcyclist on the road this morning :) She also suggested a new edit to farmer's almanac, along side "if birds fly low, expect rain and a blow": "if motorcycles are out in the winter, expect a nice day". LMAO!
 

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will be surprised to see any mc's on the road around here at least until early next week when it suppose to rain which will help clean up the roads, as well as the expected 50 degree temps for Monday & Tuesday to allow a few, unlike me who will ride in the 30's, warmer temps to get in those last few rides...unfortunately tho, for most, those 50 degree days coming on work days, by the time they get home, darkness will have set in.
 

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Here is a perfect example of my luck with weather, it started raining today...
 

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did see a few drops here and then it stopped...wished it would have rained all day personally. Maybe tomorrow.....
 

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Tomorrow I'll be working in Kenilworth.

Hope this helps :-{~
 

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Wife called from the car, and cheerfully announced that she saw another "crazy" motorcyclist on the road this morning :) She also suggested a new edit to farmer's almanac, along side "if birds fly low, expect rain and a blow": "if motorcycles are out in the winter, expect a nice day". LMAO!
Yesterday, in the city where I work in the mid-Hudson Valley, I saw a guy out riding his Suzuki Katana. Gotta hand it to him, he was in head-to-toe insulated gear.

Carhartt gear, but still gear. ;)

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Wife called from the car, and cheerfully announced that she saw another "crazy" motorcyclist on the road this morning
She also suggested a new edit to farmer's almanac, along side "if birds fly low, expect rain and a blow": "if motorcycles are out in the winter, expect a nice day". LMAO!
Yesterday, in the city where I work in the mid-Hudson Valley, I saw a guy out riding his Suzuki Katana. Gotta hand it to him, he was in head-to-toe insulated gear.

Carhartt gear, but still gear.


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Yeah, I just ordered insulated jeans, just for quick errands around the block type of errands. I do ride in a Helite Turtle and a mc jacket all the time, but it is a drag to put on over-pants for short rides (10-25 min with 30/70 highway/city).
 

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I have a ez recipe for riding my mc if its under 70 it stays in the garage, that s why I moved to Florida
 

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I have a ez recipe for riding my mc if its under 70 it stays in the garage, that s why I moved to Florida
Lol, that is viable solution :) I guess if I lived in FL, I would just ride all year round everywhere.
 

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I had the VL800 out for about 60 miles yesterday. (45 to 60 MPH). I had to give it a shot to wake it up, The bridge to the mainland was tough, wind was bad. The temp was 43 when I left and 45 when I got back. I enjoyed it.
 

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There is a bridge her in NYC, Verrazano Narrows Bridge: I was crossing it on Thanksgiving Day, and it was brutal! I had to lean the bike into the wind just to keep moving withing my lane. This first gust almost ripped my full face helmet off (now kids, always remember to close that strap) and practically threw me at the divider wall. I had a 40 litter saddle bag strapped to the back of the bike, and combined with windshield, it all acted as a sail.
 

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I was in NYC just this past week, and I was really shocked to see a few bikes out on the road! I guess if you have the right gear for the cold weather, why not? One rider had what looked like trash bags wrapped around the grips and stuck his arms in them. I don't know if I would ride a motorcycle in Manhattan, I don't even like to drive in that crazy traffic with a car. If you live there though, I would imagine you're used to it and it's no big deal.

I was very happy to get back to Florida yesterday where it was 78 and sunny.

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I was in NYC just this past week, and I was really shocked to see a few bikes out on the road! I guess if you have the right gear for the cold weather, why not? One rider had what looked like trash bags wrapped around the grips and stuck his arms in them. I don't know if I would ride a motorcycle in Manhattan, I don't even like to drive in that crazy traffic with a car. If you live there though, I would imagine you're used to it and it's no big deal.

I was very happy to get back to Florida yesterday where it was 78 and sunny.

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What you saw was probably delivery e-bikes/50 CC scooters with no clutch. These guys ride all year round, in any weather (including snow) delivering food. Those e-bikes/scooters don't have heated grips or seats, no way to power heated gear, don't have proper wind protection. That said, they barely if ever go above 35-40 MPH, and windchill factor is fairly negligible. It is still very cold, but I guess if your livelihood depends on it, you will ride in any conditions.
 
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