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What winter weather temperature are you willing to ride in?

  • 60 +

    Votes: 21 5.9%
  • 59 - 50

    Votes: 67 18.7%
  • 49 - 40

    Votes: 104 29.1%
  • 39 - 30

    Votes: 93 26.0%
  • 29 - 20

    Votes: 37 10.3%
  • 19 & below

    Votes: 37 10.3%

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I ride rain or shine. It doesn't get too cold here in Northern California (in comparison to other parts). It's gotten as cold as freezing on a few occasions.

So, I have ridden through California frost (even when there was snow up on Highway 9).

I voted 39-30 since I'm not sure what the numbers are here.

Having an Aerostich and a Widder electric vest helps. I use Olympia gloves (not great, but not bad) for all season riding. They are not too hot during warm months, and not too cold during cold months. They do get WET which freezes my hands in heavy rain, though. I never wear "race" gloves in cold weather anymore. They are as useful as not wearing gloves at all.
 

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temps to ride in

Folks,
I'm over here on the right coast and we have a season that is about 11 months long. Good gear and a desire can make it 12.
I have most of the gear,and some of the desire....those February Sundays when there is a hint of snow on the ground or some that lasts about four days is my definition of snow.....dont like it never did....We ride when it cold 45-60 to freak people out...Most of the town folk know we are crazy....Riding in my home town is like taking your life in your hands....IT was said many years ago there was two ways to drive here...the correct way and the Fayetteville way. Cold weather riding is good because the bike runs different....electric gloves were my salvation, Gerbings....they are the schiznit .
 

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When I lived in the midwest I used to ride regulary in temperatures below 20F. Short rides, a full-coverage helmet, and complete wind proofing were the keys. If I'd had heated gear, I could have probably ridden farther.

As long as the roads were clear, I rode. -11F was the coldest that I remember. It was amazing how many people saw me.

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My cut off is in the 50's cause I like to ride too fast to go any lower. I always say if you have to where more than one layer, other than a protective layer, it is too cold.
 

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naefearjustbeer said:
I will ride in any temperature as long as the roads are clear of snow or frost.
i am the same way. here where the roads are usually covered in snow and then loaded in salt and sand, it can get tough to ride but when the roads are clear, i have no issues whatsoever with riding in the cold weather. the sand, salt, and snow do put dampers on it but our season here is short enough without putting "temperature" restrictions on it.

and whoever it was that didn't believe the 19 and below vote, if you were used to cold weather and had a "season" of 5 months to ride in, you'd ride in the cold too.
 

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It reached the Mid 40s last month. And I started ridding I will stop ridding when it goes back to the Mid 40s. :D
P.S. I was living Idaho :p
 

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i went with 40~49 degrees, that really never seems to be all that bad!
The problem I have with temps below 50 is that I like to be able to feel my balls just so I know they're not completely gone. At those temps and the 65-70mph I drive, I'd be more afraid of them shrinking into nothingness. Then there's the whole loss of feeling in my hands thing, but that's not as important :D
 

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The problem I have with temps below 50 is that I like to be able to feel my balls just so I know they're not completely gone. At those temps and the 65-70mph I drive, I'd be more afraid of them shrinking into nothingness. Then there's the whole loss of feeling in my hands thing, but that's not as important :D
i find that they don't "shrink into nothingness", they seem to crawl back into their cave until its warm enough to come back out.

and DAMN it hurts when they fall out again!:crying:
 

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I think its kind of cool to see some of you southerners and how cold 40 degree's is.. No offense or anything, i know its what your used to and all, but its interesting for a better word... I just rode the other day for about 15 miles, was around 20 degrees with a thicker jacket on and jeans and some thin "mechanics" gloves... My hands did get a little cold but they still functioned so no problems there.. We ride snowmobiles all winter so i guess you get used to sub zero windchills very quick.. Its amazing how well the body adapts to the cold, i mean in fall everyone thinks that 40 degrees is kind of chilly, but during the cold months of the winter, and it hits 40, everyone is outside with just sweatshirts on sweating their asses off, snowmobile with sweaters on, hell, some even venture so far as going with just a bikini.. The worst part of that is not all are women.. :p

So to answer the question, i'd go for a ride 19 or below if i had the desire to pull the bike out and do all that, but i ride a sled any day of the week so its basically the same thing..
 

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00blueYZF said:
coldest so far is 29 raining. Too bad we got 8 in. of snow yesterday or I would tried to break my own record.
Was that 29 deg. F or C? If "F", wouldn't that be snowing? :confused: :)
 

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The coldest I have riden in is about 19. That was pretty freaking cold. Almost impossible to keep the helmet visor from fogging up every time I took a breath. Luckily it doesn't get that cold down here in SC too often, It was 72 Saturday. too too nice.
 

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The coldest I went this year was 26. I have to ride on the interstate to get to work so I was freezing. I won't do that again.The coldest I would ride in everyday would be 30+..:thumbs2:
 

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Aside from roadrash and injury resistance .....:twofinger that's what leather are
best for riding in cold weather...... :D
 

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I'll go as low as 40 degrees. Here in PA this time of year it's not the cold that will get you it's all the gravel, salt, ice, potholes etc etc that you have to worry about. I won't be out until mid April. By that time the snow will have melted and a few rain storms have flushed the roads.

I should have moved south:crying:
 

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:finger: I live in NC and if it gets below 59 f im out and so is most of my friends and by the way it gets very cold here in the mountains. so either you people are fucking nuts or you just straight up lying. so go fucks yourselves and eat shit.
 

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:finger: I live in NC and if it gets below 59 f im out and so is most of my friends and by the way it gets very cold here in the mountains. so either you people are fucking nuts or you just straight up lying. so go fucks yourselves and eat shit.
I never have met a sane person on 2 wheels yet.

I rode to Florida and back last December, not sure what the lowest was, but it never got above 35º on the way down, until we got into Florida, and then it was only around 45-50. It wasn`t the most enjoyable ride, but I`d do it again if I had to. Having those little hand warmer things you get in the hunting section of wal-mart makes it more bareable for your hands/feet, wear lots of layers, and a bandana across your face to keep your neck warm/keep your visor from fogging up. Only saw one other bike the whole way, and it was a BMW, and he looked a hell of alot more comfertable than I did (heated seats, heated grips, nice big wind screen, plastic covering his legs from wind).

I don`t intentionally go out when its that cold, I don`t really enjoy riding when I have to worry about salt/ice/cold pavement-tires.
 

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I used to be like the 'go fucks yourselves and eats shit' (?) Corky (Life Goes On) from a couple of posts ago, but I'm learning to thicken the blood up here and ride when it's colder than I'd like. I've been riding in 40 degrees, and it's not so bad: lined warm-up pants on underneath my jeans, several layers under a jacket, a turtleneck to keep my neck and head warm (this new Shoei of mine is low on the back of my head, and wind shoots right up it), a thick pair of socks with thick boots, and thick gloves......good to go. Besides, the weather's too cold here most of the year, so you gotta enjoy it while you can.
 
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