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.
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.
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.
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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