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Old 10-30-2010, 01:10 PM   #1
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what are some tips for riding in the cold weather that has set in on us
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Old 10-30-2010, 02:03 PM   #2
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Not too much to say except dress warm and enjoy it.....I rode yesterday at 31 degrees with no problems, but I do have heated grips and seat which helps some.
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Old 10-30-2010, 02:32 PM   #3
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Budoka's from Alberta. I think he runs snow tires and puts a plow on the front of his Wing
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Old 10-30-2010, 03:09 PM   #4
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Actually in Alberta we ride cold weather all year round!!!
When it gets really cold we put ski out riggers on and use huskies to pull the bikes.
All joking aside..... I ride until not safe to do so, meaning that when the roads are to the point that water will freeze on them in the shade.
First thing in the morning is for me the most dangerous time, roads are really slick. I look out of the window and check current road conditions also checking the weather network and local tv channels, but i find that listening to the radio reports for traffic conditions is a good bet.
As to clothing LAYERS LAYERS LAYERS, its easy to take off if your hot.
Heated seats are great for keeping your core warm but I find that the heated grips only keep the inside of my hand warm, the outside still gets cold so a very good set of cold weather gloves is a must. I also wear a full face hood under my helmet only problem is fogging of glasses.
That's my 2 cents worth. There will be others, hopefully that will chime in.
Oh yes also take it easy first thing in the morning, your tires are very cold so warm them up for a longer time before leaning into those corners too much
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Old 10-30-2010, 03:23 PM   #5
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I usually ride until it gets to be to punishing to enjoy or weather conditions warrant putting the Wing to bed for the winter. Dress in layers, heavy socks, boots and gloves. I also have the heated grips and seat which helps. If weather permits I can ride into mid-December. After that, all bets are off.

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Old 10-30-2010, 03:28 PM   #6
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If you are going to ride in cold weather, get some good chaps, not the leather ones, leather gets cold, get nylon with quilted lining. Also a heated vest works great, and good gloves, heavy sox and good gore- tex boots. A full face helmet is a must in cold weather.

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Old 10-30-2010, 04:42 PM   #7
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My Idea of Cold weather riding consists of a couple words.

Gerbing & Firstgear.

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Old 10-30-2010, 05:04 PM   #8
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I look at the temp, 40+ it's good to go... Went for a ride today got to 55 in CT and it was nice, had to put the liner in the jacket.. My other solution is move to Florida for 6 months...
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Old 10-30-2010, 05:09 PM   #9
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I normally ride down to about 3 or 4 degrees C. ( 37 to 40 F.) A side from a good suit, layers, and use a long sleeve thermal liner, I wear a belaclava under my helmet. I have heated seat and grips, and find that the Baker Air Wings, on the mirrors, upper and lowers really make a difference, especially on the hands. I never get cold hands. Feet sometimes get cold after a while, but if I get real uncomfortable, I'll put on my rain boots over my regular boots.

If it gets much colder, I get out the snowmobile.
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Old 10-30-2010, 05:56 PM   #10
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For seious cold weather riding, Joe"s right about heated gear especially the vest to keep your core warm. Full riding pants (insulated) are a must as well as good gloves with thinsulate liners. a good neck protector is also very valuable. Strat is only kidding about the snowplow btw (at least I hope so lol). Even if there is no threat of ice on the roads, m/c tyres don't like cold (near, at or below freezing) pavement. Once there is any accumulation of white stuffand the tempersture refuses to break the frost mark the scoot goes into her lair and my snowmobile takes over.
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