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I really thought I'd be taking my scooter over to our storage unit, putting the battery on a Battery Tender Jr., adding Stay-Bil to the gas and parking it till Spring.

But...

I'm still riding. Wool-blend long johns, ultrafleece lined jeans, winter-weight armored gloves, sweatshirt, zip-in vest under my armored jacket, full-face helmet and I'm out the door.

I've been out as low as 31 degrees. Really makes you feel alive! External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

I do need to get some sort of neck gater or balaclava -- my neck gets cold after a while.

My wife, who does not support my riding, told me that I'm crazy. I told her that people go skiing and snowboarding when it's cold out -- this is just another activity (the fact that I am actually going somewhere and/or bringing home groceries, etc. is icing on the cake).

I won't go out if there's snow on the ground, and I guess I'll have to park it when the cinders (small gravel for traction in snow) are put down by the road crews, but I'll keep going out as long as I can...
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Re: Am I crazy for enjoying cold weather riding?
Marcster wrote:
I've been out as low as 31 degrees. Really makes you feel alive! External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
Yup!
Once you get the gear thing figured out, there's nothing better!!
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I was out yesterday for a 20 mile ride in mid 20s°. You're not crazy.
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I dig it also however my hands got frost bite when I lived in South Dakota a couple of years as a kid and when the hands go, I am done.

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No man, not crazy. Riding in a bit of a chill is amazing.

I went out on Sunday to look at a house my wife and I might be buying.

Tossed on a NorthFace down jacket, my wife in a fleece and her Aerostich.

The sun was out, a chill was in the air, but damn it felt nice. We rode around and looked at a few Open Houses. Realtors gave us odd looks but it was one of the nicest days of riding I've had in a long time.

When the sun is out and you are geared up proper riding in the cold can be amazingly sublime and invigorating.
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Re: Am I crazy for enjoying cold weather riding?
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I've been out as low as 31 degrees. Really makes you feel alive! External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
I totally agree!
Don't ride under too much though - I used to until the ice came and found me. But man is a cold wind in the face invigorating!
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Quite a rush...
I've been asked almost everyday for the past couple weeks by my co-workers when am I driving my Tahoe to work? I just look at them, laugh and say "and give up this great riding weather?" Oh, the looks I get! 8)
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+1

There's no such thing as bad weather for riding (except perhaps for a full-on blizzard!). Dress accordingly, and the ride is always great fun.
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Check out Outdoor Research's Ninjaclava, it fits well under a helmet & gives good neck & face coverage. I love riding/walking/biking in the winter, my favorite time of year!
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I'll check that out Mocker, thanks.

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In warmer weather, I am used to "waving" first (two on the ground), I usually get a wave back from other bikes, with various levels of enthusiasm.

On Saturday I went out for a 10 mile ride to an out-of-the-way sandwich place. Saw a cruiser on the way out and a sportbike on the way back.

Did my usual wave each time. Both guys returned HUGE thumbs up! External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
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Geared up the cold is not a big deal....

I go for the heated vest if riding more than an hour in the 30's thou.....call me a whimp....

At 35F only the passionate ride.....

R

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glasseye wrote:
Geared up the cold is not a big deal....

I go for the heated vest if riding more than an hour in the 30's thou.....call me a whimp....

At 35F only the passionate ride.....

R

8)
Like I've said before any type of heated gear will make the ride MUCH better. Especially a heated vest or jacket liner.
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driving in the cold is great, but i'd like to remind everyone to dress the part and consider the windchill factor.

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hypothermia isnt a myth.
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More comfortable wearing layers last week riding at 24F than last summer with temperature in high nineties.
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Dressed appropriately cold weather riding can be enjoyable. Just try to avoid days where it will snow or there may be ice on the roads.
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The only thing that slows my riding is the possibilities of ICE on the roadways. Have for many years told my fellow "riders" that you have to plan "FOR" the weather not around it.
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Re: Am I crazy for enjoying cold weather riding?
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I've been out as low as 31 degrees. Really makes you feel alive! External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
You are much braver than me.
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I totally agree. I finally had my riding streak stopped this week when it was freezing rain in the morning. Have ridden every day since the 4th of July when I got my scooter.

Wimped out this morning as it's supposed to snow with some accumulation. I didn't have time to put the snow plow on the BV this morning.

Cold is no big deal but ice and snow will stop me.
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Yep it is time to get out the full face helmet. Then my wool muffler, and heavy gloves, lastly Uggs (very effete but warm) and I will still think it is damn cold after 20 minutes! Laughing emoticon R
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I would have to agree with calling you crazy for enjoying the cold.

But take into account the fact that I grew up in central Texas, where cold is considered a foul four-letter word. I'd rather be sweating than shivering, as I know how to handle that problem. It's been hovering around freezing or below lately in the mornings, and I'd be a popcicle if I didn't have my lap apron, or had to go more than a few miles to get to work.
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Your not crazy at all! If there was less snow Crying or Very sad emoticon in these parts I would be doing it.
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Oh yea, you are nuts.... 50 is cold...Brrrrrrrrr for a scoot..

I like to ride WARM.... I hate the cold..... 80 is just right AHHHHHHHHH.. Laughing emoticon
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I had to go over to the post office, went by the bank, checked on my new GT box and had it installed

It was pretty nice at about 2 C

So long as the streets are fairly dry...

I'm gonna ride Baby!!
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just bought a balaclava at REI they have a good selection of cold weather gear.
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Another ordinary November day on two wheels.
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I have been riding to work each day. Temp in the 30's to upper 20's. Two items that have helped a lot are riding pants, and a windscreen. I hate the way the windscreen looks. But it cuts the wind. I can ride in the 40's no helmet without getting uncomfortable. And yes somehow riding in the cold is not a chore but FUN.
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Marcster - Bad news today:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/25/business/25james.html?_r=1

My condolences.

Cheers,

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Marcster - Bad news today:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/25/business/25james.html?_r=1

My condolences.

Cheers,

Gianni
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The "Pudding" skit was removed from YouTube too. Something about a copyright issue...
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dragonredlx50 wrote:
just bought a balaclava at REI they have a good selection of cold weather gear.
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The balaclava I bought is ment to have the face protected,
it has a place for your mough to breath through but I rap
in under neith my chin and around my neck. It keeps
me very warm on COLD nights. I purchased it at
the local Motorcycle shop in Costa Mesa, Champion
Yamaha.
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Great toy
Marcster wrote:
Gianni wrote:
Marcster - Bad news today:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/25/business/25james.html?_r=1

My condolences.

Cheers,

Gianni
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The "Pudding" skit was removed from YouTube too. Something about a copyright issue...
The slinky will live on in our memories. 8)
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I actually like driving in the cold better. It's almost zen like. Your senses are hightened, it feels crisp, the smell of fireplaces burning... it's invigorating! I invested in the lap apron for a little warmth on the legs, but I think it's cool! Pun intended.
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I love it!
Saw 25 deg F on the GTS dash during my sunrise commute.
Everyone looks at you like you are a lunatic or don't have a license - LOL

Below 35 I have to leave my MOMO Fighter in the bag and use a Full Face, (albeit flip-up) modular.
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I'm not sure we have it as cold down here, but when the weather gets "cooler" it's much more enjoyable. My Corazzo 5.0 does a great job of blocking the chill, while riding fully geared in the hot summer is pretty uncomfortable.
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Fuzzy wrote:
More comfortable wearing layers last week riding at 24F than last summer with temperature in high nineties.
Agreed. Ambient temp 25F @ 8:00am, all skin covered & layered, crisp air, total comfort. Much enhanced experience (except for the Michelin Man factor in walking around!).
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I ride year round.
I love it. Its like sledding...
just get bundled up right. I have a huge parka that my armored Alpinestars jacket fits underneath. Rain pants make great windbreakers over regular pants for the really cold days.
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just have to remember to use the seat cover
I've got some snowtires on order, and industrial zip ties to act as emergency tire chains in the pet carrier.
Now if I could just consistently remember to use my seat cover! I refuse to carry a ice scraper in my glove box.
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I prefer winter riding to the summer when the seasonal riders are out in force here.

Summer is worse here because fat Henry who owns Ducati wakes up from his winter slumber, rides in his undercrackers and likes to commute into London with another billion people who have forgotton to do shoulder checks.

Cold is relative, but riders who do most of the year are better riders, imo.

I also like a crisp frosty morning to commute in - the scooterist's vodka, puts a tingle in the tail.
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I also like a crisp frosty morning to commute in - the scooterist's vodka, puts a tingle in the tail.[/quote]
Laughing emoticon Laughing emoticon Laughing emoticon You brits are all Poets! 8) R
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Whiskey89 wrote:
driving in the cold is great, but i'd like to remind everyone to dress the part and consider the windchill factor.

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hypothermia isnt a myth.
Geez Mom...
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If I don't ride to work with morning temperatures in 20s or 30s then I don't have my Sccoter availabe for those great lunch time rides with temperatures in 50s and 60s. One of the great things about working in a sawmill is they are seldom located in a city and thus have some good country roads close by for riding.
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