I may well credit Suzuki with a deeper consideration than actually occurred. However, my explanation incorporated the cost-cutting (or cost control) motivation. What I'm saying, (perhaps too wordily), is that the performance you see is consistent with a minimal cost design having the temperature readout feature, and that more performance is not worth enough to customers (in Suzuki's view) to merit making it a more expensive feature in a bike meant to target the cost-versus-value-conscious market.Trepidator,
I suspect you are overthinking their motives. Odds are it was to cut costs a bit.
That is consistent with what I would expect from the physics. Ice becomes slippery when the pressure from concentrated downward force melts the pressurized portion. Strictly speaking, it is not ice that is slippery; it is the water formed between the ice and whatever is slipping. A sufficiently cold temperature can forestall the melting. Thanks for the confirmation from experience. (My below-freezing riding has been pretty much restricted to dry conditions.)Plus it seems to me the worst traction is in the temperatures within about 5 degrees f, 3 degrees c, of freezing. (Very rough estimate!) Depending on the surface traditions seems to get better a bit as it gets colder than freezing; at least when the tires warm up. (Riders that ride in serious cold weather please feel free to chip in here!)
(Of course I'm probably riding in to work Sat AM and the temps will likely be in the range just above freezing.)
Wow, that's incredible!!! I did that "once" a few years back although a few degrees warmer than that, same distance, no heated gear at all.....I'm still trying to warm up!!After a few minutes of riding it dropped down to 18*. I have ZERO heated gear except grips. I was a bit cold for the next 400 miles...