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We've had a particularly cold November in the midwest. (of the USA) and I've removed the battery and put stabilizer in my fuel. But we're going to have a 50 degree day soon and I'm thinking about taking the bike for a ride. I have a liner in my riding jacket which is very warm. I'll put long underwear under my riding pants.



But that got me wondering: How cold will you folks ride? I kind of draw the line at about 55 degrees if I'm going to be going fast. But I'll ride 50 degrees if I just ride relatively slow around my small town. (nothing above about 45mph)
 

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If the sun is shining I will ride any day from 32 degrees up to and including 110 degrees Fahrenheit.

I use a windshield when ever it is below 50 degrees and just a fly screen the rest of the year. I also have hand guards for colder weather.


I dress appropriately for the weather conditions.

Be careful if you are going to ride below 32 degrees, frost bite will be one issue that you will not soon forget.

Kenny G
 

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i was just thinking of posting this yesterday.. i've already ridden much colder than i ever used to . i'm convinced i won't let crappy mid-atlantic weather keep me indoors for months. coldest so far was 45 F, though i anticipate trying in the 30s as well, as long as it's above freezing and there was no rain or anything previously, where there could be ice on the ground.
i've been wearing my Carhartt extreme jacket with tshirt and sweatshirt underneath. kevlar pants with thermals underneath, wool neck gaiter/balaclava , wool gloves inside my winter snow gloves.
so far the only thing to get cold are my hands, mostly due to wind. was thinking if anything I'd add a pair of hand guards.
 

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We only get a few weeks of mid-30's temps here from Christmas to after New Year's. With an average two inches of annual rainfall and rarely-below-freezing temps, the odds of getting white powder from the sky are so astronomical it's the only thing Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal never bet on...suffice it to say I ride year round.

Granted those bragging rights are offset by six months of triple digit temps. ;)
 

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It depends on the time of year for me. In the spring I will go out on the first sunny 50F day - in the fall I won't go out unless it's at least 70 and calm. So ya, I like it to be warm not cold. When I was young, I used to ride my Kawasaki 100 2 stroke year round - no matter the cold or how far I was going. Picture the movie "Dumb and Dumber" when they are riding that minibike up to Aspen.
 

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Was out yesterday, 48F when I left, 46 when I returned here on the right coast. Lined leather jacket was warm enough, new Rev'it Crater gloves not so much. Disappointed in them for $90. Ordered some fleece lined jeans. Hoping to get out on any sunny day over 40, we'll see.
 

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The right gear is everything. I'm certainly no tough guy but the thermometer said 28F this morning when I started my bike to ride to work. Granted it is only about 15 miles each way. Rode up and around the lake for a couple hours yesterday in the high 30s. Leather jacket with thermal liner and mid layer jacket underneath, jeans w/ thermal riding overpants, and joe rocket windchill gloves do the trick. With all that gear on, the main thing that seems to keep me from riding is moisture that could leave ice on the road, which luckily doesn't happen to often here in Idaho.
 

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I was out for a ride to meet my buddy for breakfast at South Point, in White Rock yesterday morning. It was 3 degrees C.


The weather has been pretty nice in Vancouver lately and I have been taking every opportunity to ride whenever there is no rain. :wink2:
 

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From southern Canada here & our winters can get quite bad.. However with proper gear & assuming the roads are free of ice, Ive riden about 1 -1.5 hrs in -5 to -10 celsius or for my American friends 23-14 farenheit.
 

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went out today for the first time when it was literally freezing (32F). not bad with all gear on. still the only thing that got cold was my hands, so i'm definitely looking at hand guards to cut down on wind chill, trouble is the ones I want are out of stock (of course). but i'll keep looking until they're available
 

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went out today for the first time when it was literally freezing (32F). not bad with all gear on. still the only thing that got cold was my hands, so i'm definitely looking at hand guards to cut down on wind chill, trouble is the ones I want are out of stock (of course). but i'll keep looking until they're available
Odin,

Have you looked on Amazon?

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01COP355A?pf_rd_p=c2945051-950f-485c-b4df-15aac5223b10&pf_rd_r=GTJ44VART9NGWGXETWRN

This a link to the hand guards that I have and they have worked very well for me.

Kenny
 

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Odin,

Have you looked on Amazon?

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01COP355A?pf_rd_p=c2945051-950f-485c-b4df-15aac5223b10&pf_rd_r=GTJ44VART9NGWGXETWRN

This a link to the hand guards that I have and they have worked very well for me.

Kenny
I remember you mentioning those in another post. nothing wrong with them i'm sure, and they're cheaper than what i'm looking at. I just seem to like these from what i saw, though the price was more than i thought. granted i'm still interested, and probably would have already bought if they were in stock. revzilla and twisted throttle are out, didn't see the exact one on amazon, and ebay -lets just say they're not the same place they used to be to buy stuff, have to be much more careful here and there.
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/barkbusters-storm-handguards-single-point-clamp-mount-1-handlebars
 

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what i'd really like to know is how much room there is between the stock levers and the guard.. because not everyones hands/fingers are the same size and length you know? I just have this feeling my big hands are going to be scraping the inside plastic every time i reach for the lever, especially with my winter gloves on
 

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what i'd really like to know is how much room there is between the stock levers and the guard.. because not everyones hands/fingers are the same size and length you know? I just have this feeling my big hands are going to be scraping the inside plastic every time i reach for the lever, especially with my winter gloves on
Odin,

I wear a size XXL glove and I have plenty of room for my hands, even with my real thick winter mittens.

After installing the hand guards I decided that I don't need heated grips.

Pay attention to the instructions about over tightening the screws and cracking the plastic.
I did curve the metal pieces to match the curve in the plastic and used longer screws and Nylok nuts. This is my second season with the hand guards.

Kenny G :surprise:
 
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