hey everyone! i got my first vespa in april of this year, just barely on the tail end of a cold season, now that winter will soon be here, temps are dropping with fall now... just wondering what kind of things to keep in mind with the scoot... i will most likely be riding it well into winter and probably through it, as long as the streets are dry.. so yeah, just wondering what to keep an eye on, to prepare for... i know tire pressure changes in cold weather.. how do i deal with that too, thanks guys!
I think it depends in the type of rides you are planning. I commute in Toronto until Christmas without much different than usual - a thick sweater layer and warm gloves. I also have a windshield and full face helmet year round.
But my ride is 6km at slow downtown speed. Longer distances and faster speeds would surely warrant more protection. And that's where you will hear advice for heated gear, lap aprons, etc.
I find the main issue is road salt after the first snowfall. I still take my old LX out then, but would have second thoughts with a new GTS (or would at least look into anti-corrosion coatings and frequent cleaning).
Honestly as someone that has heated grips on a few bikes heated glove liners are way better. Heated grips are ok in the chill but fail in real cold as they do not warm the finger tips. Mind you I ride in up to about -17C. A Tucano Urbao skirt is also a HUGE help especially when on the move as the rads vent inside. A heated vest is also a big bonus. The glove liners and vest can be purchased with battery packs and do not need to be plugged in to the bike if that's an issue. Bar mitts are also a big help to keep the wind off.
I think I am the coldest weather rider here with maybe a few other hardy soles. We are in the same city, visit the Icebreaker shop on Queen west , their merino wool long johns and other gear is top notch but you're going to pay for it.
Lou at Vespa West has a skirt order coming in soon, might be worth touching base with him as they sell fast.
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