What's the coldest weather you'll ride in?
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:18 am quote
With no precipitation, the coldest temp I can ride in for any distance is about 45F. Any lower than this and it gets a bit painful. With the windscreen and jacket/pants/gloves, etc., 45 and up is doable for me up to about 55-60 mph. I own no true cold weather gear.
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:27 am quote
I used 45 for years until I got a Termoscud. Now I find myself riding well below that without a second thought. As long as the roads are safe and its above freezing.
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:37 am quote
I don't have any fancy gear but will ride as long as it is above freezing so anything above 32F is game on with me.
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:43 am quote
Re: What's the coldest weather you'll ride in?
Jet Peddler wrote:
With no precipitation, the coldest temp I can ride in for any distance is about 45F. Any lower than this and it gets a bit painful. With the windscreen and jacket/pants/gloves, etc., 45 and up is doable for me up to about 55-60 mph. I own no true cold weather gear.
I imagine that our weather here is similar.


I don't have any specific cold weather gear how ever I a 2 piece rain suit with over boots and layer under that with regular clothes and long johns. The rain suit is the best wind breaker that I've found. I even use it when posted outside at work. I've found that it's most comfortable when I leave the vents open. It also allows me to remove layers as needed during the day.


I've ridden as fast as 70 MPH for 50 miles with no discomfort. I forgot to add that I also have rain over gloves of the same material and layer my hands as well. Once again layers can be removed as needed dependent on the temperature during the day or added during the night.

No riding on snowy or icy roads.
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:44 am quote
I'll ride up to about -15C ( 5F ) . I have ridden in colder than that but there comes a point it gets uncomfortable.
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:00 am quote
Dry, sunny and 41 degrees F here now, and I am going out in about 30 minutes, for a 4 hour ride. No windshield, but Alpine Stars Drystar jacket with liner and electric heated vest, Aerostich gloves, and Olympia textile over pants. Supposed to warm up to 51 by 4 pm.
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:01 am quote
Couple of pics of there scoots in winter. Honestly with the right gear it's no big deal. Just need to avoid ice and heavy snow. There is enough traffic downtown where I live that the roads dry up pretty fast from all the traffic and the city is pretty good about clearing the roads in the core.

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Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:22 am quote
Ive ridden in temps down to the teens F but typically not below 40F these days....
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:33 am quote
Harbinger wrote:
Couple of pics of there scoots in winter. Honestly with the right gear it's no big deal. Just need to avoid ice and heavy snow. There is enough traffic downtown where I live that the roads dry up pretty fast from all the traffic and the city is pretty good about clearing the roads in the core.
Down here they don't know how to handle snow or ice. They just shut everything down until the temperature goes above freezing long enough to melt the ice and dry the roads.


Parts of the interstates through town are elevated so the interstates actually get shut down until it's gone. The best they can do is sand and conservatively apply chemicals to melt the ice but January of this year the elevated highways were shut down for 3 or 4 days. Big hassle for everyone especially the big rig drivers.
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:34 am quote
When I was younger, -20C (-4F) and even a bit below for short distances and slowish speeds. I lived in countryside, so not much traffic, but plenty of snow....

Today the comfort zone ends around 45F too.

My neighbour rides a snowmobile (not here, at some piece of land/woods he owns), so when my season ends, his is about to start....I've tried one (who hasn't ), but they are no substitute for a bike for me.
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:45 pm quote
60F degrees

Hey, I'm old and I'm a native Californian... we define "cold" differently!
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:09 pm quote
18F years ago on the Honda Met. Was a record low that year for central FL. Doesnt mean Ill ever do it again. Ill go as low as 40 nowadays.
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:12 pm quote
Fatbear5 wrote:
60F degrees

Hey, I'm old and I'm a native Californian... we define "cold" differently!
While not a native Californian I definitely know what you're talking about.
While normal this time of year there are times when the temperature doesn't always cooperate. Last Tuesday the high temperature, which is normally around 70F reached a high in the mid 40's and that night the low ended up at 29F for the morning commute.


Doesn't help when the scooter is your only vehicle.
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:38 pm quote
In my youth I've ridden for 100's of miles through blizzards but I like to think I'm a little clever than that now. I used to find the thermoscud brilliant in cold weather but I'm mostly on motorbikes now so I'm just hoping the new electric vest will make it the chilly days a bit more pleasant.
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:43 pm quote
DoorBuster wrote:
Fatbear5 wrote:
60F degrees

Hey, I'm old and I'm a native Californian... we define "cold" differently!
While not a native Californian I definitely know what you're talking about.
While normal this time of year there are times when the temperature doesn't always cooperate. Last Tuesday the high temperature, which is normally around 70F reached a high in the mid 40's and that night the low ended up at 29F for the morning commute.


Doesn't help when the scooter is your only vehicle.
Yeah, I'm lucky there... yesterday I drove a Mercedes to meet two Vespa buddies... and took crap for it all morning.
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:48 pm quote
One time I rode in 45 F temperature in CA.
When I lived in Oregon, I rode in rain and temperatures down to freezing. I sucked, but I was younger and survived just fine. No more of that stuff now. None of my biked have ever been wet since move here. Just wait for another day.
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:48 pm quote
Last year I rode to work twice in the 30ies. I had to stop 2 times each time to put my hands down my pants for 2 minutes to thaw them.
Other than that, if it's below 40, I'll drive the van
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:58 pm quote
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Last year I rode to work twice in the 30ies. I had to stop 2 times each time to put my hands down my pants for 2 minutes to thaw them.
Other than that, if it's below 40, I'll drive the van
You're lucky your crotch warmed your frozen hands and not vica versa
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 4:20 pm quote
Rode today in 50F for a little over 63 miles. Speeds 60-70 mph.

Once at my destination I visited a Cycle Gear about a mile away. Picked up a new pair of winter/waterproof gloves and a neck warmer.

The ride back home was certainly warmer than the trip out.
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:10 pm quote
Jet Peddler wrote:
Once at my destination I visited a Cycle Gear about a mile away. Picked up a new pair of winter/waterproof gloves and a neck warmer.
A neck warmer (or neck gaiter) is a great addition for cold weather. I carry one around among the kit in my pet carrier. Also carry warmer gloves (plus glove liners) and adjust as needed. Not good to get chilled.
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:20 pm quote
When I commuted year round in the Phoenix area heat was usually the problem, but I have ridden in ~30 F temps.
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:54 pm quote
Lowest-temp day (actually night) I've ridden Melody: 22F.

Unfortunately, I was still using my poorly-named Joe Rocket Sub-Zero gloves, which were rather crap below 40. Had to stop halfway home (six-mile ride between train station and house) and hold my bare hands behind the exhaust pipe for a few minutes. Upgraded last winter to Joe Rocket Windchills, which do a far better job - now a realistic low-temp threshold for relatively short hops (12-20 miles RT) is 30F. This took care of the weakest link in my cold-weather setup; the rest of my setup is a good set of thermals for a base layer, jeans and a sturdy shirt, Clarks or Wolverines on the feet, and my four-season RevIt! sport-touring jacket. This has kept my core, legs and feet reasonably comfy even down to that otherwise hand-torturing 22.

If it gets icy or especially snowy, the bike stays parked.

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The night we low-sided (gently). I don't ride when it's this bad anymore.



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Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:54 pm quote
In my younger years, I rode no matter the temperature. As I have gotten older and wiser, my riding (and comfort tolerance) has changed. We don't ride cross country anymore, but haul our scoots behind our motorhome.

So, these days, when it comes to the riding weather we can weather (see what I did there?), we use the whole comfort range: from around 63 to 87(ish).

There is a reason we moved to a sub-tropical climate.
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:35 pm quote
I used to commute year round when I was younger. 20's were common in the winter. I recall 14 one morning. Now days I try not to ride when it's below freezing. It's just not worth the risk.
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:16 pm quote
Well this time last week I was riding from Breckenridge Colorado to Houston Texas. Saturday it was 30f when I left my house there, Saturday morning it was 24f and foggy when I left Raton. Leaving Sweetwater on Monday it was 37f and drizzling. Heated grips combined with handlebar muffs worked well. That was my only heated gear and the only my toes were really cold. Rest of me was fine behind the windscreen. The 38f after dark ride from Austin to Houston was actually colder since I had traded in the bike with the heated grips (kept the muffs which were very useful if not quite as good without the heated grips so still had to wear winter weight gloves under them instead of the midweight ones with the heated grips). No windshield though made it a much colder ride than the 24f and foggy. Most of this was done at 70-85mph depending on the state and the posted speed limit. Total for the trip was 1,300 miles.

I don't think I've ever ridden below 20f though.
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:49 pm quote
The coldest I rode was last winter it was 14F at about 2Am or so.
This season I have ridden at 33F thus far. Cold doesn't bother me much now that I have heated grips, a termoscud & muffs plus the windshield. I don't wear a full face helmet, I will wear a balaclava when it really gets cold & windy.
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Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:50 am quote
On a scooter or snowmobile?

When it is really cold there is no ice on the roads so as long as one has all the gear. It should be the same.
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Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:57 am quote
It's 28 this morning. If the bike starts, I'll ride. It's going to be cold this week, but the roads should be dry. That's my criteria more than anything ... if it could be icy I don't take many chances.

I just installed some Heidenaus with the K58 tread. I'm anxious to see how they handle.
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Mon Nov 19, 2018 2:24 am quote
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It's 28 this morning. If the bike starts, I'll ride. It's going to be cold this week, but the roads should be dry. That's my criteria more than anything ... if it could be icy I don't take many chances.

I just installed some Heidenaus with the K58 tread. I'm anxious to see how they handle.
Fully agree and that seems to be consensus for those of us that cold weather ride.

Let me know how the Heidenaus work out. I'm putting a pair of their winter tires on this coming Saturday.
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Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:00 am quote
Took the BV 500 to the store in town for some milk, about 8 km round trip.
It was - 4 C with ice fog.
Not the smartest ride I've done.
That's about it for my cold WX rides.
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Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:09 am quote
When it's below 50 I have to think about whether or not I'm going to have fun.... so upper 40's is the lowest I'll go.

I gotta admit that this fall was a total bust for me.... I was out for the Distinguished Gentlemans Ride on September 30 (low 50s in the morning, upper 60s during the ride, wonderful!), and haven't been out since. I spent a week working with my father in law, some time just chillin, and working. Now it's cold and rainy and snowy, so that's it unless we get a really nice day.
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Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:41 am quote
Each year I host one of the snow sculpture teams in Breckenridge last week of January. A few years ago about 10:45 pm I was walking over to catch the bus home after indulging in adult beverages with the team. We had a couple of warmish (28-30f) sunny days so in town the roads were dry and ice free. Temps one the sun was down were in the mid teens when I read the sound of a bike engine. Being a curious sort I walked a block out of my way to see what was making the noise. There I saw a guy on a cafe racer doing laps around the center of town. Not fast mind you but he was practically dancing in his seat.

Last summer I was at a party and we were talking about bikes/scooters and when I told the story one of the guys sort of sheepishly raised his hand halfway saying that was probably me. His wife of a year chimed in saying it probably wont happen again. He will have other things to do in the middle of the night with a glance at her waistline.
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Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:47 am quote
68 degrees for long rides. 62 degrees for carry out. I hate the cold.
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Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:32 am quote
I have ridden in sub-zero several times and as long as I am covered head to toe, I am good with any temperature that's cold. I just don't ride if there is too much snow or ice.
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Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:35 am quote
I've ridden my Guzzi in the 30's by choice but I wasn't a very happy camper. I'm sure to ride the scooters this winter whilst it's chilly because they offer more wind protection, but I'll still freeze. My happy place is anywhere between 80 and 95.
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Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:36 am quote
In East Central Florida there is a significant sea breeze, so with that in mind 40 degrees can feel like 30 degrees. I have ridden in the 50's but even then I'm wearing a lot of layers and thermal underwear under my pants.

Riding in the cold just isn't fun.

However in Florida you can typically get away with riding any time of year.
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Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:37 am quote
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I've ridden my Guzzi in the 30's by choice but I wasn't a very happy camper. I'm sure to ride the scooters this winter whilst it's chilly because they offer more wind protection, but I'll still freeze. My happy place is anywhere between 80 and 95.
Then you live in a good place about 3 months a year!
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Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:07 am quote
We ride anytime in the fifties or above. Below that even in the 20s was okay until we got old.
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Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:13 am quote
I used to try to ride at least once a month all winter when the temperature was at least 20F. Now as I get older cold weather riding is less appealing.
Keep in mind that deadly black ice begins to form when temps drop to about 0F, even though streets appear to be dry and clear.
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Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:57 am quote
Answering the spirit of the question: I put the two wheelers up as soon as there's a risk of melt and freeze cycle. Above freezing by day and below at night means commute time is Maximum Danger of icy crap. Cold's easy to deal with, but lack of traction is not to be screwed about with.
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