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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-24-2016, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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The Secret to Enjoying Cold Weather Rides

My personal minimum for cold weather riding is 45 degrees. Being a Minnesota girl I have to do what I can to extend my riding season for as long as possible. Few tips on how to enjoy the chilly weather and extend your riding season.

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i'm surprised your minimum isn't lower since you Minnesotans are used to cold weather
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The coldest I ride it is about 2*c or 35*f . I both my bike and the wife's are set up for cold weather riding. I recommend a fairing with lowers and highway bar chaps. the least amount of wind getting at you, the longer you can ride without getting to cold and fatigued. The fairing gives great hand protection from the cold. Wearing multiple layers is key, you can always take it off, you can't put on what you don't have.

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When I was much younger and lots dumber, I rode to work (~ 18 miles) in 19 degree weather. No leather, no heated stuff, 3/4 helmet with a shield. Every time I remember that ride, my fingers and toes start to hurt again! Now - I have a heated vest under my leather jacket, battery heated gloves, full helmet, leather over-pants. Around 32 is usually my limit in the AM - if it's going to warm up later in the day.

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I had a guy pass me on interstate 95 one evening last week. It was in the low 20s and he was hitting about 70MPH. He appeared to just be wearing a basic leather jacket and chaps. No fairing or even a windshield. Have no idea how he was doing that.

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hoodie under my leather, sweat pants under my jeans, felt bandana for mouth and nose with open face helmet with shield down and good gloves 35 degrees no problem. never ride below freezing because the frost risk is to high when you live near the ocean like i do. it's the nighttime temps that make me put the bike up for winter, i don't want to change the oil to a low weight for an extra month of riding

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Yikes!
Years ago I wouldnt ride if the daytime high wasnt forecast to hit 70, as the years wore on, I got to the upper 60s, lows 60s ... and just this winter, I have been going out for short rides if its above 58 or so. *L*

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Snowmobile suit, surplus airforce sheepskin mittens and good boots with wool socks. When we had the side car on we rode all winter when the bike would crank over. Now Much below 30 degrees and I give up, getting old I guess.

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For me I find that layers (and my heated gloves) do the trick. I ride whenever it is safe to do so regardless of the temp. I let the beard grow a bit longer this year. I had some scary moments with a scarf last year. As long as there isn't a high chance of snow accumulation, I am on the bike. I live in NC, so we don't get much snow, but I have ridden to work and had to ride in flurries when I was on the way home. Talk about being scared. Besides, motorcycle parking is so much easier to find in the cold weather if you live in a place without crazy amounts of snow and ice
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For me I find that layers (and my heated gloves) do the trick. I ride whenever it is safe to do so regardless of the temp. I let the beard grow a bit longer this year. I had some scary moments with a scarf last year. As long as there isn't a high chance of snow accumulation, I am on the bike. I live in NC, so we don't get much snow, but I have ridden to work and had to ride in flurries when I was on the way home. Talk about being scared. Besides, motorcycle parking is so much easier to find in the cold weather if you live in a place without crazy amounts of snow and ice
people ride snow mobiles in super cold temps at some pretty fast speeds so really a motorcycle would be the same thing if road conditions permits riding, so if you wan't bundle up anything is possible
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