never had any issue riding in the winter as long as the road conditions allowed safe riding. Usually lasting anywhere from 30-60 minutes, depending on the temps, dressing is of upmost importance especially with the hands. Using heated gloves works wonders as well as fleece for base layers including on top of your head under the helmet. Needless to say no one expects to see mc's on the road during the winter season so really being aware and assuming they don't see you will help you to avoid unnecessary emergency stopping. Also if ice conditions had existed several days before you ride and warmer temps have melted the icy spots, be cautious when riding under overhanging branches as these will often prevent the sun from melting the ice and the ice will still be on the road...Been there...done that...learned the hard way.