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post #1 of 55 Old 10-22-2013, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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Will you be putting the bike away soon?

This was the question from my wife today. I have been getting similar questions from other people for the last couple weeks. With the idea that winter is just around the corner and the mornings are in the 30's, for some crazy reason people think that I should be giving up riding the Wee real soon.

As long as there isn't ice and snow on the roads and the morning temperatures are bearable, I would much rather start the day riding to work than taking the warm truck.

I was wondering what limits to the cold and winter do others have? My limit is in the upper 20's with clear roads. I don't have winter gear or heated grips.

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I don't have a specific cold temperature but my coldest (on a Strom) was 4 degrees. This was my commute to work which at the time was 40 miles, half secondary highways and the other half freeway. I didn't use electric gear but did have heated grips. I had layers of fleece over my dress suit and under my Roadcrafter. It was pushing it temperature wise for me.

Being under freezing by itself doesn't concern me.. Just dress accordingly. I do also try and avoid snow and ice but have gotten caught in that stuff several times.

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Here in Colorado Springs, I don't ever really put the bike up for the winter, but I generally don't commute to work on it anymore that often either. I am the opposite; I'll take the warm vehicle and the coffee over the bike, because the commute is 9 miles through the city and park it; not a big deal for me. I will however take it out for a decent ride if I get a warm weekend day, any month of the year. Usually 3-4 weeks is the longest stretch before we get a fairly warm day.

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My 2012 DL650A will be going into hibernation soon. It's supposed to be colder/wetter than normal for the next few weeks and I'm not going to drive the bike to work anymore. I'll spend this weekend rearranging what's in the garage (grill, 3 motorcycles, some tools, garden/yard equipment and the car) and find all the battery tenders. Each time I do this I have to get into TETRIS mode.
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Each time I do this I have to get into TETRIS mode.
Ha ha! I know that feeling when organizing the garage.

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I just bought mine last week so I'm going to try to enjoy as late into the year as possible. I have a nelson rigg arctic suit which is super warm, only my gloves and boots limit me on how much cold I can stand. But once they start salting the roads will be the ultimate reason to put it away.
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Uh, no. Here in Tucson, AZ., I have the luxury of riding year-round if I want to, and I most certainly do want to. But before everyone goes getting all jealous, look at it this way: riding year round makes up for the fact that for 2-3 months in the middle of the year, this place is hot as hell and not particularly comfortable to ride in, especially if you are practicing ATGATT.

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I don't really have a limit, I've been down into the teens quite a few times and still riding. I don't commute in that weather though. I just got the strom, last year my snow bike was a klr650. This year it'll be my klx likely, I can handle it on snow and ice. Strom will probably prove to be too big and heavy for snow riding, but I could be wrong.
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What's this winter thing you speak of?

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What's this winter thing you speak of?

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