Have you taken into consideration the wind-chill factor when riding a m/c for believe me it IS really chilling to freezing. Then to the grip by the tyres is not what it is like in Spring to Autumn weather.
Also does the road or hwy people apply salt & sand for grip of cage drivers when snow is on for just a few hrs? That to can be deadly for grit, sand, salt will make bends or stop sign places tricky for a m/c rider to stay up PLUS thesalt, sand & some snow will eat into the paint & alloys of the bike.
They are JUST finding out some of the over-under roads in some parts of Canada are crumbling not after 35 yrs of use, but in their teens & much of this has to do with salt/sand.
Lastly you had best purchase a Battery Tender from $30.00 to $35.00 to be plugged in once home from the ride SO the drain on the battery (starting being the greatest) will still fire up the bike without to much trouble or be a dead battery.
An additional bit is that you can purchase electric vests, to gloves to even sort of chaps---vests & chaps go under your outer clothing. In my case as living in the southern part of B.C. when freezing or close to it comes ----that is when I winterize the bikes. You are riding & enjoying the day only on comes a part shaded by some trees or whatever & suddenly the bikes goes out from under you. Do not say "what the 'ell" but look for the BLACK ICE that sent you flying.
Some thoughts from one that has been riding for 60yrs!!!!!
Last edited by Smitty; 10-26-2006 at 01:31 PM.