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    Default when is it too cold to ride

    I know the obvious answer is when it is wet and below 32 degrees. From a safety stand point, when do you consider it too cold to ride. I am not looking at hypothermia impact. I am trying to figure out tire traction impact.
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    Default never too cold

    As long as its dry and sunny, its never too cold to ride. Ive seen a guy out last winter in -35c (prolly about -30F) . Just be aware that the tires are hard and take it easy in the corners and youll be fine.

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    My tires feel squirrely around the low 40's. It gets that way at night around here. I ride almost every day to work. I work from 3pm to 11pm.


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    Amount of moisture on the road will determine that. Bridges always freeze first so if you think the bridges maybe freezing then don't ride.

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    Anything below 32 can make the tires harder than normal. Just be careful for the first few miles until they warm up. I ride into single digits every winter. I will call it quits below zero but that's incredibly rare here in GA.

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    Default cold weather riding

    Quote Originally Posted by BuddyRich View Post
    Amount of moisture on the road will determine that. Bridges always freeze first so if you think the bridges maybe freezing then don't ride.
    Good rule to follow. I personally don't notice a difference w/ cold weather handling. I ride year-round, of-course I live deep south but it still freezes here, don't stop me though.

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    I put 3,000 miles on hy bike last winter. Just make sure theres no H2O/ice on the road. Shady low lying road will have old patches on ice that didn't melt awau. So, watch out for that. Even if the temp is in the fortys. I would not ride at night in the winter unless its been dry for weeks and you know there's no 'black ice" on the roads

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    I rode with 6 inches of new snow on the road ONCE!! Will not do it again!!
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    For Winter riding you have to factor in more than tire traction. Personal comfort/safety as well as road conditions should be considered too! If your hands are too cold to function properly you are asking for something bad to happen.....and frost bite to the feet can cost you a few toes as well!


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    I knew a guy who would ride his Goldwing to work every day of the year, no matter what the weather was in Salt Lake City Utah.

    It was his only vehicle.

    About 45 miles each way.

    Rain, sleet, snow, cold, whatever.......... he rode....




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    I used to ride all winter till I had to ride home from work in several inches of white fluffy "partly cloudy" a few times. If you dress the same as for snowmobiling, then the cold is not an issue for your body.

    Also, If you live in snow country where they use salt on the roads then you may not want to ride till you get a couple of good hard rains in the spring so that the road salt does not eat your bike for lunch. Unless of course you have the ability to thoroughly wash and rinse your bike as soon as you get home from each ride or don't care about the looks of pitted corroded aluminum.
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    Default 45's the limit

    I wasn't sure if this was a question about when each of us decides to ride or not. I used to ride an open Honda Sabre with just a small windshield. 27 miles one way. Even with lined jeans, chaps, sweater etc. My limit was 45 degrees. anything lower and my hands would go completely numb. Not fun when you can't feel the throttle. I learned the hard way when I thought its was in the 40's one morning and it was only 33 degrees. i took me 20 minutes to get the feeling back in my fingers after I got to work.

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    For me, the older I get, the warmer and nicer the weather has to be ..

    I generally look for temps to be about 10 celcius (appx 50f) or better. Can't stand cold no more.

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    A snowmobile suit and elecric gloves....What cold weather????

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    Default Remembering Cold Rides

    All this reminds me of one of my own cold day riding experiences. I rode back to the college I was attending many years ago in cold weather. As I gor closer, the temp fell below freezing. The ride itself was not bad. However, when I arived and dismounted, to my sudden surprise my legs were so cold that I didn't have the strength to hold up the bike. Like mmost others (and as I have aged), I now don't like to ride in weather below around 40".
    My Dad used to say "Driving is like watching a movie - riding is like being in the movie."

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