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post #11 of 36 (permalink) Old 01-01-2001, 11:56 AM
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I drove 200 kms back in november to NY... It was about 7 degrees celcius outside. I had all my snowboarding gear on ... The only thing that was cold was my head , Ill buy a helmet liner next year.
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post #12 of 36 (permalink) Old 01-01-2001, 02:49 PM
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You are the exception I guess I think mainly it's like someone said a few posts before, that they don't justify getting all that stuff since the non-ridable days, are so few and far between over a period of 365 days. This is especially true for a sportbike rider, as I am not going to put specialized cold weather equipment on my bike for a few days a year.

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I prefer temps >50 degrees F. I have ridden for about 150miles in temps 38 degrees at around sea level and about a third of the trip was at elevations ranging from 3000 to 5500 feet. So I guess I was in some pretty damn cold temps. Deal's Gap is not that fun when temps below freezing. It was at night and temps were 38 when I got to Knoxville.

Who asked this damn question. That night sucked. I was so stupid for getting out in that crap. Come on, who asked this question. It brought back bad memories.
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post #14 of 36 (permalink) Old 01-01-2001, 04:04 PM
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I have ridden for an entire afternoon (about 3 hours) in -10 deg. C (that is about -17 deg F). Top that. I froze my fingers pretty good, but I did it anyway. Normally, I will ride in any temperature as long as the roads are clear of snow and salt.
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post #15 of 36 (permalink) Old 01-01-2001, 04:15 PM
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My commuting record is -10 for the 3 mile ride. One year on the way to Daytona Bike Week, I left Iowa in 19 degrees and didn't get above freezing until Little Rock, AK.
Nowdays, I generally don't ride unless it's at least 20 degrees, no snow, no ice.
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post #16 of 36 (permalink) Old 01-01-2001, 04:56 PM
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Damn, and I thought Rosco929 was flipping me off, I guess it was just the only finger that didn't have to be amputated!
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post #17 of 36 (permalink) Old 01-02-2001, 12:01 AM
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Yall are crazy! Nowadays I dont ride if it is below < 40. If I can help it that is. I did do a trip from Virginia Beach to Richmond in the snow. I don't remember how cold but I couldn't tell with my hand how much pressure I was applying to the front brake when I left the highway, thats kind of spooky!
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post #18 of 36 (permalink) Old 01-02-2001, 04:31 AM
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I will generally ride in what ever temperature I can. I donít normally ride in below freezing temperatures simply because I worry about patches of ice in the road. Give me some good pants and warm gloves and Ill ride for as long as I can.
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post #19 of 36 (permalink) Old 01-02-2001, 09:03 PM
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Well,I went for a ride today...it was 50 degrees..I put in only about 40 miles or one hour riding.I LOVED it!! However my poor fingers turned white and cold due to a condition I suffer from.I coulda put on my Widder electric gloves,but,they are so clumsey I hate to use them.I had a great time never-the-less!!

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post #20 of 36 (permalink) Old 01-03-2001, 01:19 PM
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Rob, keep in mind that I grew up here in the Great White North. I am used to skiing, skating, walking, running, snowmobliling, etc, in temps as low as -40 deg F (even colder when I was young and crazy). Temperature is not the limiting factor when I ride, it is road condition, and salt. As long as one dresses for it, one can stay warm in any temprature.
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