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post #41 of 72 Old 01-16-2013, 12:11 PM
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I don't like to ride to work in the cold because I have to strip off a lot of clothes and extra layer of pants. But so far as just going for a joy ride I ride in the 20's with heated gear and feel just fine.

One thing I like to do is use a longer sock over my head as earmuffs. I just fold it over the top of my head and drape it over my ears and put my helmet on. It works great for insulation and stopping any drafts and is comfortable.
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post #42 of 72 Old 01-16-2013, 01:05 PM
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I stop riding at 32 deg. There are too many shaded secondary roads where I live and I'm afraid of black ice.
This^^^ Below, or even close above freezing, the ground/road temperature may still be significantly below, and black ice can happen.

Beyond that, I find my hands get cold at low temps, even with the hand guards and (when they were still working) heated grips. Electric gloves would probably be the thing for me.
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Why would it show any different on the highway?

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As long as the roads are dry and clean, I don't care about temperature.

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post #45 of 72 Old 01-17-2013, 10:56 AM
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How cold is too cold?

Today it was 24 degrees with freezing fog.I was on a straight stretch of freeway with nobody around doing about 50mph when noticed that the bike had smothed out.I looked down at the tach ( which was iced over ) and wiped it off and saw I was doing 5,000 rpm's not the 4,000 it should have been!!.Wheel spin in the dark at 50mph woke me up a bit and I eased my way for the next 15 miles to work.When I got here my buddy looked at me and started laughing,I looked in the mirror and my black Darien jacket was completly white was ice !!.Maybe NOT the best day to ride ??.



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Re: How cold is too cold?

I know its to cold to ride when the dog comes back inside after his morning business and climbs back in bed with the wife instead of wanting to play.

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...,I looked in the mirror and my black Darien jacket was completly white was ice !!.Maybe NOT the best day to ride ??.

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Did your bike look like this?



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How cold is too cold?

Not the heavy clear ice,it was the white lighter stuff !!.hehe


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Earlier this week I left my 2012 at our local dealer for the 24,000 km inspection (yeah at 43,000 km a bit late.). I picked it up tonight it was -10c or 14f and snowing a bit. Only a 15 minute ride home but I was nice and toasty. To bad the snow is accumulating..

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cold weather forecast for northern New England next week, I may set a new low for my V-strom

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