How cold will ya'll ride?


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Re: How cold will ya'll ride?

Post by PileDriver » Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:01 am



It was snowing nicely in Kitsap County this morning. But it was 34 degrees which meant the road surfaces were just wet. The Wing didn't have any issues, and I got to use my thumb squeegees for the first time this season.


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Re: How cold will ya'll ride?

Post by FM-USA » Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:54 am

Me and my Wing (sounds like a tune) made it to -17*F about 5 years ago.
No elec. heat, just good clothing.

In that low temp. a few oz. of MMO thins it a little for easy starting.
I also used a propane torch on the oil pan.
Tires were STIFF!!! so I rode several miles cautiously until they warmed up some.

GoldwWing riding, about 2.5 inches of snow.
Honda 500-4 mid-1970's blizzard, 13 inches of snow, truck refused to start, bike did. I made it to work. ;)
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Re: How cold will ya'll ride?

Post by CruiseControl » Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:01 pm

Like PileDriver I rode in the snow today here on Island County. Back when I was commuting Greenbank to Redmond I regularly passed the bank showing 25 degrees. But here in the Puget Sound, moisture is a different thing. Very seldom snow. And even though I'm not supposed to admit this to anyone outside of the Seattle area, days with no rain. :O Plus enough traffic to have a track that is just wet not icy.

I did have one occasion to check the traffic cams wondering if I could get by riding in the snow. It seemed possible. However, traveling at 45 MPH on the way up a slight incline in snow my rear tire started to spin. I decided to go back for the cage. Fortunately the heated gear I wear plugged into the power port of the truck so I didn't have to wait for the cage to warm up to be warm in my electric vest and socks. That also helped me catch the same ferry as I would have on my Wing... which incidentally is why I commuted by bike in the cold... motorcycles go to the front of the ferry line!

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Re: How cold will ya'll ride?

Post by Wingsconsin » Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:38 pm

Rode to work today -- 28 degrees at the time I left the garage
As I walked into the building I ran into a co-worker --
She said .."Are you serious ? - Your are nuts"
I laughed and walked to my office in full gear --

Helmet with face shield
Neck gaiter
Gordons Heated Gear Liner & Heated Gloves
Wrap Chaps Insulated chaps
First Gear armored jacket with liner

Wasn't really cold - and the roads are dry and clean thanks to a lot of rain recently -
Going to be like this all week -- might as well ride..

Once they salt the roads for winter -- I am done with 2 wheels for the season. (Too soon usually)


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Re: How cold will ya'll ride?

Post by Goldwingsnut » Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:48 pm

If there's any possibility of ice on the roads, I won't ride. It doesn't get much below 20 F in the Seattle area so I'll ride with my heated gear all winter on days where there's no ice.

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Re: How cold will ya'll ride?

Post by frodeem » Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:48 am

I'm in Chicago and I try to ride all year round - the last two winters have been great (not a lot of snow) so I rode whenever the streets were clear of snow. Plan to do that this year too. I ride a Moto Guzzi V7 and recently bought a 1982 Goldwing Aspencade.

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Re: How cold will ya'll ride?

Post by coolrogue1 » Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:15 pm

I'm tough so I ride all winter. Course I live in the central desert of Arizona so how tough do I need to be HA!!





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Re: How cold will ya'll ride?

Post by DarthJ » Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:52 pm

Sometimes it's gotten below 20 here, but for riding, think 30 is my absolute lowest I'll go. Windshield up all the way, vents closed, thermals on, hand warmers in my jacket pockets for after I get off. Won't find out about my lady this winter, she broke her ankle so no pillion for her for a while.
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Re: How cold will ya'll ride?

Post by FM-USA » Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:31 pm

Far NE ILL., just me, 5 winters ago, no elec-heat, just good clothes... minus 17*F
"Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip." W.C. Have a wonderful flat tire day while doing 99mph.

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Re: How cold will ya'll ride?

Post by tigi » Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:31 pm

plain and simple 50 degrees

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Re: How cold will ya'll ride?

Post by Hoosier Jack » Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:58 pm

FM-USA wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:54 am
Me and my Wing (sounds like a tune) made it to -17*F about 5 years ago.
No elec. heat, just good clothing.

In that low temp. a few oz. of MMO thins it a little for easy starting.
I also used a propane torch on the oil pan.
Tires were STIFF!!! so I rode several miles cautiously until they warmed up some.

GoldwWing riding, about 2.5 inches of snow.
Honda 500-4 mid-1970's blizzard, 13 inches of snow, truck refused to start, bike did. I made it to work. ;)
I don't even drive my car at that point. -17 Huh!

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Re: How cold will ya'll ride?

Post by FM-USA » Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:43 pm

Hoosier Jack wrote:
Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:58 pm
FM-USA wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:54 am
Me and my Wing (sounds like a tune) made it to -17*F about 5 years ago.
No elec. heat, just good clothing.
;)
I don't even drive my car at that point. -17 Huh!
Back in the early 90's Jan. 1st Polarbear ride, I tried riding -21*F... got 2 miles and turned around. But I didn't have the clothing I have now. Good thermal ware was too costly for us peasants.

I do it as a personal challenge WITHIN safe limits.
I never cared to jump off a cliff hoping to land feet first.
"Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip." W.C. Have a wonderful flat tire day while doing 99mph.

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Re: How cold will ya'll ride?

Post by hank4244 » Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:33 pm

I love to ride my 1500 GW Trike in the cold I live 36 miles east of St.Louis. two years ago I was raiding
on the back roads and it was about 15 degrees and 6" of snow which was a complete surprise. I realized
that there were no tire tracks in the snow except mine. I was getting concerned and than my heat
controller quick on me than it dawned on me that my bike could have electrical promlems, now I was more than concerned. Bottom line is I made made it home only because I hand cold weather boots
on and cold weather gloves in the trunk, heated gloves are very cold without power. My jacket was
also a cold weather jacket over my heated liner. Lessons learned I will always carry a spare controller
even if it's just a simple on and off switch and always wear a jacket over my heated cloths to keep
my core warm enough for the weather I'm in.
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Re: How cold will ya'll ride?

Post by Hoosier Jack » Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:48 pm

I rode today to listen to my new stereo. Cranked it up and listened to Gerry Rafferty at 45 degrees. Got some numb fingers but still a good ride.



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