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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-21-2008, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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.... or just plain idiot!!!

18* at around 95 mph! 17 mile ride, Beerwyn to Darien.


When I start the bike the temp gauge usually just reads "LOW". This morning it was ---!


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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-21-2008, 09:36 AM
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but, then again, so am I

I rode to work this morning. Kenosha WI (16'F) to Waukegan(18'F). 23 miles. I think i was just short of frostbite on my toes. I had to at least see what it was like to ride in 16 degrees.

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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-21-2008, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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Good man!!
What are wearing for gear?
I am pretty cold blooded. Standard textil riding jacket with a zip in liner, Cabela's gore-tex cold weather pants, Sidi wet weather boots and Cabela's gore-tex snowmobile mittens. Also a Schampa polyester neck wrap and Arai helmet.
Only issue I have are my thumbs. May eventually upgrade to heated gloves.

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My Suzuki wont read any temperature below 65. If it wern't for my lack of warm riding gear I'd still be on the bike.

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Hein Gerike - Summit riding suit (pants/jacket). Insulated and has typical foam body armor.
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Fleece neck warmer tucked up in helmet and over chin.
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Thermal underwear, jeans, t-shift, and sweat shirt.

This is riding a H-D Electra Glide, so I do get a break from some of the wind over a sportbike. I should have put my soft lowers over the crash bars to block the wind off of my feet, but I need to go find them first.

The worst part was fighting the face shield. If I put it down, it fogged up quickly, because I don't get enough wind behind the fairing to defog it with the vent. If I left it up/cracked open then my nose was freezing.

The ride home should be a lot better in the high 20's

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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-21-2008, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
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Ahhh yes, the face shield. My fix:
I used to have a Nolan flip up. It had this plastic insert that snapped in. It is a moisture absorbing plastic. I simply drilled two holes in the Arai shield and installed it inside. I used SS allen heads with plastic washers.
Bees knees man!

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post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-21-2008, 12:21 PM
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you should cover your oil cooler
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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-21-2008, 12:23 PM
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you should cover your oil cooler
Wrap half of it in heavy foil.

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post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-21-2008, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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Like this:

Carboard halfway up the rad that I can easily remove on warm (40*) afternoon rides home and oil cooler covered.
TJ at Corse Superbikes rec this last year. My engine was hovering around 120-140 last winter and we felt the oil was not getting up to temp. Now at 90 or mph it runs around 152-158 and on surface streets runs around 168.

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Carboard halfway up the rad that I can easily remove on warm (40*) afternoon rides home and oil cooler covered.
TJ at Corse Superbikes rec this last year. My engine was hovering around 120-140 last winter and we felt the oil was not getting up to temp. Now at 90 or mph it runs around 152-158 and on surface streets runs around 168.

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Very nice... I might try something like that with the Multistrada.

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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-21-2008, 04:00 PM
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I hope you guys got the right tires for the cold. I felt mine sliding under me a bit today @ ~35*F.

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post #12 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-21-2008, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Michelin Pilot Power 2CT. Seem fine, I'm not trying to drag my knees. 3rd winter on this bike.
Two be honest too I rode through four winters previous on a Vespa PX150, riding from Rogers Park to Northbrook. Snow and everything. -11 lowest temp which while on a scooter was still quite cold. And the bike was carburated and cable shift & clutch so was alwys a challenge when the grease would solidify!!
My point is and I may curse myself later but I learned a lot of control in 3" of snow and two wheels.
Now I really don't plan to ride the Ducky in 3" of snow....

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post #13 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-21-2008, 05:51 PM
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I wasn't exactly dragging knee, but performance rubber gets hard in the cold weather.

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post #14 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-21-2008, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah it does. I try to be smooth with the throttle and clutch.

It is a good thing to remember, the softer compound tires are harder in the cold and may never reach a temp to make them as sticky as one would be used to in the summer.

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post #15 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-22-2008, 08:03 AM
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Duane I still say idiot
it is getting too cold for me to go outside. haha

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post #16 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-22-2008, 08:30 AM Thread Starter
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Go hang decorations! Old man...
Drew and I may ride out to Galina tomorrow. Could be a fast ride...

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