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How cold will ya'll ride?

Post by C-dub » Sat Oct 28, 2017 8:58 pm



I rode to work this morning when it was 38 degrees F. I have a suit (pants and jacket) that has a rain liner and a thermal liner. The thermal liner also includes the sleeves. My last one only had a thermal vest.

I put the heated grips and seat on 3, closed the vent in the shield, opened the vents for my feet, and off I went. My ride is only about 11 miles, but mostly highway. I was comfortable the entire short ride.

How cold will or do ya'll ride?


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Re: How cold will ya'll ride?

Post by themainviking » Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:08 am

It depends on the humidity. As bridges and overpasses freeze before roads, and this at temps of 39 F or 4 C, and below, if the humidity is high enough, 70 to 80 percent, that is my limit. I have too many bridges and overpasses relatively close to home in all directions, so getting away from here becomes hazardous. Once they combat this, in my area, by salting the bridges, overpasses and major highways, I put the bike away till late spring after the rains. I have ridden in 40 degree temps when it is rising from lower, and where the roads are shadowed, I have found frost and black ice.

When I lived in New Mexico, which has a much lower humidity factor, I rode in all temps, as the possibility of frost on the roads was about nil except for bridges over the Rio Grand, which is about the only water in New Mexico. :lol: I wore a snowmobile suit for some of that riding. I have ridden in blinding snowstorms in New Mexico without fear, as the roads melted the snow as fast as it could come down, but I was much younger and more bulletproof then, :mrgreen:
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Re: How cold will ya'll ride?

Post by Corkster52 » Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:48 pm

At the start of winter I ride down to 25 F (because the frost is not in the ground yet so the roads don't freeze). At the end winter I don't ride until it is 32 F.

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Re: How cold will ya'll ride?

Post by Steve F » Sun Oct 29, 2017 5:39 pm

I won't ride if it's freezing or below, but I'll ride to work occasionally if it's 40 or above since it's only a 30 minute ride. Anything below 50 and any long-ish rides are out.
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Post by Alan_Hepburn » Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:42 pm

You just need to remember: it's only uncomfortable until hypothermia sets in...
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Re: How cold will ya'll ride?

Post by Rednaxs60 » Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:03 pm

Mornings are settling in at around 4 to 6 deg C (approx 40 to 44 F). Nice riding weather, crisp and clear (so far). Heated gear soon to be part of the norm. Down around 0 deg C (32 deg F) start to wait until the mid mornings.

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Post by wiretician » Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:15 pm

At present, can't ride, bike is down for extensive maintenance and then new tires. However, when I get it back on the road. I will ride down to 20-23°F. I work at a steel mill, so I wear thermals anyway. Add a good set of gloves, heavy riding coat (Cortech), full face with a balaclava. Then again in Georgia, it rarely snows, and if it does, it usually turns to slush and then ice quickly, in that case I go truck. I pretty much ride year-round. Rain or not, as long as it isn't below 35°F to freeze. The gear makes the difference. Had to ride to a class for 3 days in a row last November, dipped down to 20°F, and an hour and fifteen away, had to pull on the liners and riding pants. Learned that if I were to have to ride that distance and time regularly, I'd get some heated gloves.
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Re: How cold will ya'll ride?

Post by Mountain rider » Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:54 pm

My rides to work lately have been around the 35 mark and the roads have been great. I won't ride on ice or snow, but until the hands start freezing, I'm good. I've been looking at heated gloves lately.

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Re: How cold will ya'll ride?

Post by Corkster52 » Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:16 am

Steve F » Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:39 pm

I won't ride if it's freezing or below, but I'll ride to work occasionally if it's 40 or above since it's only a 30 minute ride. Anything below 50 and any long-ish rides are out.
I ride for the pleasure of riding, and if I'm not enjoying it, what's the purpose?
Before I retired, as winter set in, it was kind of fun to observe the number of bikes at our bike parking area dwindle from about 10 down to the only one being me, and it would be the only one there for at least a month before I gave it up too. Needless to say, it sparked a lot of interesting comments (ranging from mostly all in fun derogatory to high fives) from coworkers that I typically didn't have any interaction with, so it was good for me. Other than my hands getting pretty cold, due to the wind over them, it really wasn't all that bad. I considered getting heated gloves and/or grips but never did.

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Re: How cold will ya'll ride?

Post by minimac » Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:39 am

As long as the roads aren't sloppy or icey, I ride. There are plenty of times there is snow, and we get a lot of it, on the ground but the streets are dry. I keep an eye peeled for 'black ice' and cagers that don't expect to see a motorcyclists, but I can dress for the cold-at least until it gets to 20*F. Colder than 20* and I'll take the car.

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Re: How cold will ya'll ride?

Post by Rednaxs60 » Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:43 am

My heated gear is from Gears Canada and it's a liner that includes the sleeves, and the heated glove hookup is part of the liner. The glove hook up is at the end of each sleeve. There is a temp controller that plugs into the liner and has individual controls for the liner and gloves,one hook up to the bike - works very well.
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Re: How cold will ya'll ride?

Post by brianinpa » Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:50 am

Temps don't really matter to me except when there is moisture on the road. If the roads are wet for any reason and the temps are below freezing, the bike stays parked. If the roads are dry but the temps are 16 degrees, I just put an extra layer on and wear the full face helmet rather than the 3/4.
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Post by dtrider » Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:37 pm

Two quotes come to mind:
"Every day is a good day for a ride. Some days are just better than others."
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"There's no such thing as bad weather. Just inappropriate clothing."

Like some of the others, I'll ride year-round as long as the roads are clear. I may get real cozy with the fireplace when I get back, but I'll still have a grin on my face.
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Re: How cold will ya'll ride?

Post by Big Blue UK » Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:54 am

Steve F wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 5:39 pm
I ride for the pleasure of riding, and if I'm not enjoying it, what's the purpose?
About sums me up. Like Viking, I am not as bulletproof either, and it takes me toooo long to wash the cars and the GoldWing. Apart from that, being retired every day is Sunday, and I have every day from April - October to ride as I please. After a 400 mile ride these days, all I want to do is put my feet up, some years, come November I feel I have rode my body to death, and look forward to just picking up my keys to go out, warm and dry, without feeling like


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Re: How cold will ya'll ride?

Post by hondapotamus » Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:38 am

In Ontario, Canada I ride until there's salt on the road (with usual caveat that the roads are dry)- then it goes away until the rain has washed that crud off the roads.

I have ridden 78 miles (125 KM) to work in -5C (23F) (all expressway). That's the lowest so far. Had to turn the electric vest off half way there when the traffic slowed due to rush hour - just got too hot.
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Post by jeffcosmo » Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:34 pm

I ride.
The coldest I've ridden is -15ºF to work and then back again. Sidecar so I wouldn't fall. A bet meant there were two hacks at work that day.
Longest cold ride was Madison, WI. M/C's New Year's Day Ride 2013. High temp was 8ºF, mileage was 250. I lived in South Elgin, IL at the time. I've done that particular run 5 times, though that was the coldest.
The most snow I've done on two wheels was a 4-6 inch snowfall while I was at work. 7 miles home. GoldWing handled that well, though the backwash from an impatient truck knocked me off. He didn't stop because he knew he was wrong: uphill, on a corner, in a No Passing zone.
I've done 10-15 miles on black ice. Didn't know until cars started flying off into the ditch. I do ride smoothly normally, that day made me smoother. 9 of us made it to breakfast that day.
Chicago's Toys For Tots I've done many times. Wife loves that one and the NYD ride in Madison. She's done down to 15-20ºF for 180 miles.

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Re: How cold will ya'll ride?

Post by ralphdud » Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:35 pm

I'm a New Englander -

With a heated jacket liner, and gloves, chaps and insulated boots, my usual cut-off temperature is 40 degrees. I've gone to work in mid-30's in the morning, with the caveat that the day will warm up a little! Reading other replies here, I guess I'm a lightweight! 8-)

With the jacket liner, keeping the core warm, it's really very comfortable. I'll shy away from freezing temps due to icing on the roads always a possibility. Once the roads have been salted, the bike is off the road until spring, even if they're dry.

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Post by aj1500 » Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:17 pm

well being in south Ga. I don't see the REAL cold temps that a lot of others do. I think the coldest I have ridden so far was when I lived in Atlanta and it was around 10F in the morning and 35 to 40 in the afternoon.I actually hit some black ice and had the bike slide out sideways on me at about 35MPH, :o luckily it was a small bike and all my years racing MX I was able to ride it out and bring it back around to straight by dragging one foot. as I get less young I find the cold rides less fun so I had made my limit of 20F or so because my hands would be numb from the cold after my 30 mile commute to work. But this year I have bought my first pair of heated gloves, if they work good then if it's not raining and no threat of ice on the roads I'll be back to full year round riding

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Post by waituntilthebeep » Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:56 am



Well, the coldest I rode last year was 18 degrees F. Didn't have a problem staying warm with my gear but the roads were sketchy as frig and the best of it was what was showed in the picture. There was no snow when I left home but when I got off the ferry on the Seattle side of the commute, it went from bad to worse to 'do you have a death wish?' in about 10 miles. Almost stopped a dozen times or so but was able to plow along and get to work. Then it snowed at work 20 minutes after I got there. That was about 3 weeks before I found an icy spot and dumped the bike at 35mph. Not a good year for winter riding. I think I am going to take it a bit safer this year :roll: Or not. :twisted:

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Post by Corkster52 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:21 am

by waituntilthebeep » Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:56 am
That was about 3 weeks before I found an icy spot and dumped the bike at 35mph. Not a good year for winter riding. I think I am going to take it a bit safer this year :roll: Or not. :twisted:
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Post by smack67 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:27 am

I ride until her dirty looks get my attention usually around 18-20 F. Only been caught in the snow once on I-55 between Bloomington and Rockford with her, I will never live that one down. "Remember that time..."

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Post by PileDriver » Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:52 pm

I'll ride as long as snow isn't building up. About 20F is the lowest I remember riding.
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Post by PastoT » Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:36 pm

Well I've already swapped my passive jacket liner and gloves for my Gerbings heated gear. I plan to ride as in the past until the roads freeze over. I've ridden the 12 miles to work at 5F and can say at 65 mph my gear starts loosing the battle and I have to slow to about 55 to take off the chill. I do have lined over pants and heated boot insoles also and ride with a Scorpian EXO-900 Helmet. I am comfortable at 20 degrees for an hour and half as long as my jacket liner and gloves are heating (I'm really disappointed with my new Garbing gloves they are nowhere near as warm as my older Gerbings Gloves with the SAE connecters ( the new ones don't heat you fingers much if at all). A Next gator is nice to extend your ride a bit more. A Neoprene Face Mask wouldn't hurt if you don't drink coffee an smoke a cigar. So far what stops me is iced up roads, I just don't trust those around me.
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Re: How cold will ya'll ride?

Post by Stew » Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:05 am

I have to drive my car for work 99% of the time because I have to carry more stuff than would fit in the motorcycle, and since I’m just getting back into riding I don’t have much in the way of inclement weather gear. But I do plan on riding as much as I can, cold temps aren’t so much a problem where I live but I won’t be riding in the rain. As long as it’s dry out count me in!

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Re: How cold will ya'll ride?

Post by patbrandon1 » Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:46 am

I live in Michigan, and there may be something in all the water that surrounds us that makes us goofy. :oops:
Many of us ride until there is ice or snow on the road. Them some of us put her up. :roll:

I don't know what temperature I ride in. I wear layers and layers, and well insulated gloves, pants, and jacket, and boots. I don't have heated gloves or jacket, or anything, but I never get cold. :?:

Maybe it's because Dow Chemical Company is only 18 miles away, or the sugar processing plant is 4 miles away that keeps it a bit warmer around here, or the fallout from what they produce makes us not care how cold it gets. :!:

But I try not to tempt fate (too much). :D

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