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post #1 of 38 Old 12-05-2013, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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Riding in the cold

Every day this week - who else? I really enjoy the crisp, dry air on days like we've been having. The Gerbing stuff doesn't hurt either.

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Not quite as good as you Rob, but have managed a couple days. Noticed that my tab had expired, so that ended one ride. Got the new one(And mandatory new plate) today.
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I rode to work on Monday and Tuesday of this week when the temps were in the 40's and it was rainy. I've ridden the Strom down to about 28 degrees. The wind protection seems much better than it was on my Vulcan 1500 even though the Vulcan has a large windshield and lowers. I do worry about riding below freezing though because of possible ice on the road.
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I rode one day last week, but not so far this week.

I really need to hook up a battery meter. I ran out of juice running the heated gear, and ended up with a dead battery. Fortunately the parking lot had a slight slope.
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My last riding day this year was Monday Nov 24th. May be done for a while. Just received nearly 20 inches snow and now temps nearly 0 F. Hoping for a warm up in a couple weeks. Enjoy your winter riding. God bless heated gear.

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I rode one day last week, but not so far this week.

I really need to hook up a battery meter. I ran out of juice running the heated gear, and ended up with a dead battery. Fortunately the parking lot had a slight slope.
Get yourself a voltmeter so you can moniter things. Even just an idiot light tells you if you're discharging the battery. It's a must if you push the envelope.

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My cut off is generally 34 degrees. I had a bad experience with ice/frost on a motorcycle. I haven't been riding much lately, but it's also been in the 20's and below during the morning commute. Breaking down on a motorcycle would really suck when it's COLD.

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Indeed. Yesterday I rode my Concours, 22 when I left in the morning. The battery in that is several years old, but because it gets ridden regularly it is doing just fine. However, it was a bit slow cranking in the morning. Then when I stopped after about 20 miles to get gas, it cranked but did not want to fire right away. For a few moments I was thinking, great, not a good day for this! But lo and behold it got me the rest of the way and back home again.

Again, I love riding in the cold, but had to cage it today in order to be able to pick up a couple of larger items after work. My day feels so incomplete....:mrgreen:

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-2 with the windchill over here on the eastside. I'm a wuss. I'll sit by the fire and start planning next summers Idaho adventure ride. Any takers??

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Rode to Seattle Sunday, the train station Monday and Tuesday but my heated gear is still not up to speed so I'm going to hold up a little till I can get that worked out. I miss riding but cold is cold.

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