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post #1 of 87 (permalink) Old 11-15-2007, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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coldest temp you will ride?

i'm going to attempt riding tonight, i'm only going about five miles across town, but how much is this gonna suck? it's like 30 degrees out and i'm riding a naked bike.

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My record was 14 deg...it seems that with each year that minimum continues to go up

...the titanium in my leg isn't helping anything with the cold weather riding either

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In the fall 50 degrees was too cold, but come spring time if the snow was all melted 35 degrees seemed ok.
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this is only my first season but so far the lowest that I was able to brave was 40 and I really really don't want to ride in any lower than that. it really take the fun out of riding and your tires are to cold to hook up to boot!
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In the fall 50 degrees was too cold, but come spring time if the snow was all melted 35 degrees seemed ok.
I agree, it also depends on what the sky looks like, sunny days when it's 35 degrees and the snow is melting make it way better when you're wearing black leather and have the sun to warm you.

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My record was 14 deg...it seems that with each year that minimum continues to go up

...the titanium in my leg isn't helping anything with the cold weather riding either
+1 It was -5 degress 2 years ago, now it has been bumped up to 32. BTW, I will be riding to work tomorrow if the bike starts .

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Depending on the bike, I can go pretty low. On the wing I'll probably be able to handle 30-35. On the VFR, maybe 45...

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post #8 of 87 (permalink) Old 11-15-2007, 08:07 PM
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I need it to be at least 60 degrees. Yes I'm a wuss.

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I rode to Schaumburg from Barrington....it was 22....no heated gear at the time...it was freaking dangerous, people are not expecting motorcycles on the road...do they ever If your riding in freezing weather, be super careful. Even now with heated clothing and grips, I don't like riding in below freezing temps after dark. I have ridden in 28 degree weather....did 550 miles that day....brrrrrrr

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This year we rode back from WI from the ABC ride and it was in the 40's.
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Back in the day I would ride in anything above 38, now it's more like 47.

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post #12 of 87 (permalink) Old 11-15-2007, 08:25 PM
 
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anything above freezing I guess, I never look I just decide if I want to go I'm gonna go
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It was 26 degrees on my coldest ride last Jan.

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I used to ride as long as it's above 35, cause when it's close to 32 it get's icy. But now I'm a lazy ass and is just to lazy to go to the city to get my bike out of garage.

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This year we rode back from WI from the ABC ride and it was in the 40's.
And most of us were still wet. How cold was it when we were going up there? That was worse I think...
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I ride to school everyday, regardless of temp. It's an easy 1.5 mile commute, all side streets, nothing over 25 mph. It was easier last winter on the Husky SM which was just fine sliding and not overly powerful to be too much in limited traction situations. I've ridden the Superduke as low as 35. It has a little frost light on the dash that lets me know its damn cold to be riding, but I do it anyway. If it gets much colder, I won't because it wants to spin the rear even on 50 degree days.

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I think the coldest for me was 26 degrees. It was damn cold, but it warmed up to mid 40's. As long as your dressed for it I don't think the cold is that much of a bother. Look at snowmobilers, they ride when it -20 below. Granted they aren't on 2" of rubber they have that huge track to keep them going.

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there was a trackday last fall at autobahn that was in the 30s and 40s all day. fuggin windy too. suck.
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I ride to school everyday, regardless of temp. It's an easy 1.5 mile commute, all side streets, nothing over 25 mph. It was easier last winter on the Husky SM which was just fine sliding and not overly powerful to be too much in limited traction situations. I've ridden the Superduke as low as 35. It has a little frost light on the dash that lets me know its damn cold to be riding, but I do it anyway. If it gets much colder, I won't because it wants to spin the rear even on 50 degree days.
Man, can you feel those plates too when it's cold?

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Man, can you feel those plates too when it's cold?
yeah, especially the one in my left cheekbone. It gets all irritated from the inside/outside rapid temp changes and it looks like I got punched in the cheek.

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When I bought the Speed Four from Smartdrug last year, the temp was 7 degrees when I got home. Wheaton to Romeoville with no helmet and thin gloves, last time I will ever do that.
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yeah, especially the one in my left cheekbone. It gets all irritated from the inside/outside rapid temp changes and it looks like I got punched in the cheek.
Shit that's right

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When I bought the Speed Four from Smartdrug last year, the temp was 7 degrees when I got home. Wheaton to Romeoville with no helmet and thin gloves, last time I will ever do that.
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I ride to school everyday, regardless of temp. It's an easy 1.5 mile commute, all side streets, nothing over 25 mph. It was easier last winter on the Husky SM which was just fine sliding and not overly powerful to be too much in limited traction situations. I've ridden the Superduke as low as 35. It has a little frost light on the dash that lets me know its damn cold to be riding, but I do it anyway. If it gets much colder, I won't because it wants to spin the rear even on 50 degree days.
I rode everyday to school down at SIU as long as there wasn't snow on the street. A few times I had to plow a path out of the motorcycle parking lot, which is always fun. Also got caught in a couple snow storms on my way home from class. Always fun riding in the tire tracks of the truck in front of you to try to keep a little bit of traction. Coldest was definitely below 0. Same commute, about 1.5 miles.

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my ex bought a leftover zx6rr in 04, and i rode it back from the dealer 20 miles in 11deg but sunny..

the more realistic low limit is 50degs
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Last night from work at 10PM an hour home. 90 mph felt like 150 sliding naked on ice. That isn't too bad compared to what tomorrow is going to feel like. 2.5 hours riding my MTB to work and the same back home. I need to get some sleep.

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Back at home i was riding during the winter on the snow all the time that was like -15c (4F) eaven whith my bro. But of course that was smaller bike.
Now i cant eaven thing about it

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Bah i ride every day has yet to compare to the temps in the UP when we did our ride there a few weeks ago.

We did alot of night riding but here is a over view of how cold it was in the morning


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I ride down to about 35 (mostly because of ice), and because it gets to be a bit of a hassle to get all the gear on. However I remember riding for about 4 hours on the interstate last winter at 75mph when it was 15f out in the dark. Sure you can do it, but I did not find it to be that much fun.

I can not imagine riding below 40f, without the proper gear, especially a helmet. Thats got to be so cold! I only have fun if I'm not getting cold at all.
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