How cold is too cold to ride?
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20106 Piaggio BV 350
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Location: Denver, CO
Sun Nov 03, 2019 5:16 am quote
If they're ice or snow on the road it's too cold. Otherwise, gear up and ride.
Molto Verboso
Triumph Street Scrambler 2018, Suzuki VanVan200 (sold), 2015 Sprint 125 (sold)
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Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:35 am quote
Just remembered something:

When I was around 17 years old, a 2-wheeler was my only mode of transportation.
I remember one time, it was about - 20 degrees Celsius, that is - 4 F, and I rode with a cheap open face helmet.

I had a selfmade balaclava, made by my mother , that covered most of the face, but of course left eyes without protection.

The cold breeze made my eyes water. When I stopped, I realized my one eyebrow was frozen so that I could not open my eye!

That was cold... and no, I would not do this again.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
Modded Vespa 2017 GTV 300, BMW 2017 C650GT, Ural 2019 Gear Up
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Location: Downtown Toronto
Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:18 am quote
alloo wrote:
If they're ice or snow on the road it's too cold. Otherwise, gear up and ride.
Speaking of GearUp. I'm getting my GU winterized Thursday though hoping for warmish weather. About a 2 hour ride in the early morning to the dealership. Winter tires and Barkbusters are going on. Already have the heated grips, power run to the bars for heated gear and the sidecar even has a Ural heated blanket. Wish there was an option for a skirt but they stopped making them a while ago.
GTS 300 Super
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Location: West Sacramento, CA
Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:35 am quote
I OVER-geared this morning! It was 41 Fahrenheit (4.44 Celsius) I had an undershirt tank top. Long sleeve shirt AND a thermal top. Plus the Jacket.

The legs I had the thermal pants and my riding pants. I also threw on my fleece neck warmer I got 2 years ago form the holiday gift exchange from another member on here.

It was a bit much. I could've done without the thermal top and neck warmer. I would've been fine. The full face makes a HUGE difference. I wasn't distracted as much as when I wore my 3/4 with the face shield.
2020 Vespa GTS 300
Joined: 19 May 2019
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Location: Westchester, NY
Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:37 pm quote
Temperature wise, Iíve ridden as low as 8 degrees F. With heated gear 20F isnít an issue on my motorcycles. On the scooter, this is first cold season. With the Turbano skirt and muffs had a 39F ride recently and that was fine. Could see that working to mid 20s easily.

When I donít ride is if it is wet and below 40F. Too much chance of black ice. When that happens, I switch to the car.
2006 Vespa GT (Rocket): 2005 Vespa GT (Razzo): 2007 Vespa GT (Vanessa): 2009 Yamaha Zuma 125 (Zoom): 2018 Yamaha Xmax (Max),
Joined: 26 Sep 2006
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Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:08 pm quote
MJRally wrote:
Anybody know how cold is too cold for carbureted Vespas? I know theres a warmer built into some carbs but that takes time to warm up, and is only so effective. Any rubber bits Iíd assume would have issues as well.

On the flip side cold air is more dense and is better for engine performance but how cold is too cold?
Even though I live in Florida, I have started plenty of rides below freezing.

My carbureted Vespas have never failed to start.

And to answer the original question, 32 F, 0 C is about as low as I am willing to go, unless it is clear and warming. Then I will head out when it is a bit colder.

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