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Well the group i ride with, (Road Riders for Jesus) will be going on our Polar Bear Ride this Friday to the St.Louis Arch. Temps are going to be in the mid 20's, and i will probably ride the scoot as long as it doesn't rain / snow. When it gets below ..... say ...... 15 degrees i won't ride, but above that the Gerbing gear makes it to where i will ride for a good cause.

How about anyone else, what temp is too cold?
 

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once it's below 35f it's too cold for me but that has more to do with medical reasons than being cold
 

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... HOWDY ... I RIDE DOWN TO 35* ... ANY LOWER AND YOU'RE GETTING CLOSE TO SAFETY ISSUES (ie: ICE) ... REALLY SUX COMING INTO A CORNER IN FREEZING TEMPS WHERE KIDS HAVE POURED WATER ON THE ROAD ... HAPPY TRAILS ...
 

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I am too cold

I have riden my 69 350 handa at 17 below before but that was a long time ago. About 26 years ago. Now i stop at about 40. It dont feel to go when i get to cold.
 

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Coldest I've been on the Wing was 24 up in the Adirondacks coming home from a 3 day trip. Had to scrape ice of the windscreen. Now I try to stay above 32 for comfort and safety.
 

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I have been in high 20's and snow and hail, but not on purpose. I can ride all year round here in southern California so if I think it's to cold to ride I just don't ride, probably below 50 degrees I wouldn't start a ride unless I had to be somewhere.
 

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Yeah, I'll ride down to just above freezing. The thing that keeps me off the roads in the winter, even when the temps go above 32, is all the salt and sand on the roads in upstate NY. Even in the spring when the temps are fine I've almost lost it a couple of times when I hit loose sand/salt on a curve... Not to mention what a mess it makes of the bike...
 

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If i leave for a long ride i can ride in the 20's as long as it is clear so it will warm up into the 40's by mid-day. A little sunshine helps. A overcast cold day makes for a miserable ride.
 

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Cold Rides

a little weather is a good thing and make for a memorable ride. My sense says cold begans at 39F. Safety says 34ish ( just above freezing) and fun factor says go ahead and enjoy the cold ride if it is dry. I live in Arizona so dry is pretty much status quo.

I don't recommend riding into a storm front. I would motel it until the front passes by and see what was lurking within. It may be just a cold blast with no snow. What ever the conditions you must dress for it. I wear cortech and a bunch of layers starting with long johns.

My hands are what takes a beating and i solved this by buying a few pair of the hot gravel envelopes skiiers use. These are small, work very well and stay hot all day. It is a minor distraction at first but you soon get used to it. You could put them in your boots too.

Wet is tolerable, cold is ok but wet and cold is a bummer!
 

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I'm pathetic, for me to just jump on and ride we're talking 45* and good chance of sunshine. I just don't do cold all that well. Becomes not fun real quick. 24* here this morning, time for more coffee....
 

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New Years day ride today, it was cold here in KC. When I got back the thermometer read 19, there is snow on the ground but the roads were clear, wouldn't do it everyday.
 

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It's never too cold, however, I need to be sure that I will not encounter ice or snow. At my age sliding around on two wheels is a bad idea. - The Coach
 

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I ride year-round, escorting funeral processions. Put sidecars on the bikes for winter - about 1st of December. Goldwings are fine to 5 degrees - ask me how I know. I dress like a skier - snowsuit, full face helmet, 150-gram thinsulate gloves with heat pads in 'em, heat pads in insulated boot toes.

My '04 Suzuki 1500 needed thinner oil, so I put in some 5W30 and changed out the 2-year-old battery. Now she runs all winter, too. The 'wingOcurrently a 98) is much better at keeping the wind off me, and has twice the power of the Suzi.
 

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I agree with Coach, cold is not the issue (as long as you're dressed for it). The trick is avoiding ice and snow. It also depends on how far you're going. I rode to work a couple of weeks ago at 9, but that's only 20-30 minutes and only half of that is at 60mph, the rest is low speed. Not sure I'd go much below that especially if it's all on the highway. If I'm going for a longer ride, I would probably be sure that it will stay above freezing like others have mentioned for safety and comfort.
 

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Rode Friday around So. Nevada. Was 42 when I left home and it got up to about 60 during the day. Got a little cocky and decided to trunk the chaps but forgot about a snowy summit on the last leg (after the sun had set) and was really missing the leather when my display said 39. 30 minutes later it was back in the mid 50's and I was sad the day was over :(
 
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