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What is the lowest temperature you will ride in and for how long?

This question was suggested by Dave. Thanks for a great suggestion!

I don't care for riding in the cold, myself. I can stay warm in pretty chilly temperatures, probably down to about 40 or so, but I can't seem to find a way to keep my hands warm, so that's rough. I'll have to try some surgical gloves, I guess! ;) I've ridden a couple hours in what I consider very cold weather and by the end of that time, my nose was running and I was pretty darn miserable. It's just hard for me to turn down a ride. :D
 

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I would have to say 50 degrees for a prolonged time. I am not 100 percent comfortable unless it's like 60 or so I would say though. I feel tight when it's cold, partly because the heavier clothes, the leather stays stiff when it's cold, etc.
 

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Pansies, the both of you :rolleyes:

I routinely ride 50 miles to work in the mornings in temperatures in the mid 30s. 'Course, it warms up to the 50s or 60s by the time I leave for home, but hey, one hour in 35 degree weather will make you appreciate heated handgrips, opposed pistons (to keep your feet warm), and electric vests.

When I was younger and even more stupid than I am now I rode in 17 degree weather for about five miles. Worked the graveyard shift at a convenience store in Kansas and had to get home. A front came through in the night and dumped a few inches of snow on the ground. The road crews had cleared it off the roads, but I ran into about 100 yards of ice on the way home. Luckily the salt had melted the snow, and the ice was kinda chunky instead of smooth. I didn't go down, but I still remember telling myself "...don't breathe, don't roll off the gas, don't get on the gas, don't blink..."

These days, being older, wiser, and richer, I take a car when it gets below 35 degrees. Attired properly, I can ride all day in 35 degree weather, but I draw the line when there may be ice on the road.

[Edited by photobug on 01-01-2001 at 11:28 AM]
 

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I've ridden 40 miles in the high 30s to low 40s while it's raining! He asked what temps we were comfortable with! heh. Riding is riding, but without all that cushy heated stuff, us sportbike riders get mighty cold.
 

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Hmm. Interesting

Interesting that a few of us feel generally the same.

If its 50* or higher, I can ride for as long as I want. Since realizing I can use surgical gloves and rain pants, I will ride to work which is 20 miles down to 45*. I do-not like riding in the cold at all, the only reason I'll go to work in the cold is so I can ride home when its nice and maybe take the long route :).

The coldest I think I've ridden in was 42* and I was miserable with no rain pants nor surgical gloves. So you can call me a sissy, but hey, I live in Southern California where there are Plenty of days to ride, I can miss a few chilly ones. :D
 

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the coldest was a race school. 5 or 6 hours in the rain, high was supposed to be 43, not sure it ever got that warm.

note: if you decide to take the penguin school, take the second date, not the first.

i do have a friend who used to ride his vmax year-round. and i mean, year-round. on the highway 80+ in the 20's.

now he has an r1 and a baby, so he's a bit more responsible.
 

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Yeah Riverunner. I would say it's more interesting people are being honest! heh. We all have a 98.6 body temperature roughly, so our thresholds for comfort, pain, etc, are all going to be relatively close. Some people might live up north and have the gear to handle the lower temps. Myself in TX, you CA folks, we don't have heated grips, thermal undies, etc, heh.

Riding in the rain with hands and feet cramping in near freezing weather sticks in my head as some of the most uncomfortable riding I did on my F3 :) I guess that's what we get for going to the dragstrip 40 miles away when all the forecasts say rain.
 

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Rob Nance said:
Myself in TX, you CA folks, we don't have heated grips, thermal undies, etc, heh.
Not exactly true Rob. I'm an expatriate Texan living in California. I have heated handgrips, thermal underwear, Polartec liners, Gore-Tex outwear, and waterproof boots and gloves. The biggest problem I have in cold weather is my face shield fogging.
 
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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 :D... The only thing that was cold was my head , Ill buy a helmet liner next year.
 

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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. :eek:

Who asked this damn question. :mad: That night sucked. I was so stupid for getting out in that crap. :( Come on, who asked this question. It brought back bad memories. :rolleyes::D:p
 

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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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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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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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I will generally ride in what ever temperature I can. I don’t 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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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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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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