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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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cold weather riding

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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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.

Whenever and wherever you ride, ride safe.
 

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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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My Idea of Cold weather riding consists of a couple words.

Gerbing & Firstgear.;)
 

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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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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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I'm fortunate that the weather here allows for riding all year long. On some of the days that we call cold, I have a heated vest :)
 

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My Idea of Cold weather riding consists of a couple words.

Gerbing & Firstgear.;)
i agree but i wear tourmaster synergy electric jacket and pants liners and cold-tex gloves. cabels fleece lined jeans and over pants are good by them self down to the mid 30's. a pair of wigwam winter sox and my trusty tourmaster response sc boots. i usually don't get cold feet , i work most of the winter outside and don't wear boots or get cold feet. all this talk about cold feet, we are talking about biking in cold weather arn't we? :)
 

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my trusty tourmaster response sc boots. i usually don't get cold feet
Doc seems you & I have similar equipment likes. I love my Tourmster boots, can't believe they are a resonable price for how well they work & comfortable that you literally can wear them all day.
 

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A long trip in the cold I have never done. The coldest I have riden in was over Mt Hotham Victoria. If its going to get coolder than that I will not be with you. I have done rides at 2-4c for 200 miles and that was cold. To me thats brass monkey weather.
 

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Doc seems you & I have similar equipment likes. I love my Tourmster boots, can't believe they are a resonable price for how well they work & comfortable that you literally can wear them all day.
the heel support inside the boot was too low so i added a dr. schrols heel pad, works great for me. took off this morning, 34f outside. jacket liner on low cabela fleece lined jeans and tourmaster quest over pants, left the electric pants liners at home. only 48 miles and an hour and a half later i made it back home. i was looking for and outdoor thermometer to take a pic of with the wing in front of it but no luck
 

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I used to escort funerals on a motorcycle. We rode unless the rode was covered. I have been out in ZERO Fahrenheit and wow thats not fun. I had three issues my hands and my feet and my feet. I could come home from a run jump in the shower and my feet would still be cold when I got out. First layer would be under armour and then work my way out. I tried elec socks different boots and never found heat. Nylon bibs worked very well...Sorry Im jumpin around...Im going to go ride!! Stay warm
 

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The solution to the winter riding problem is so simple I really get tired of talking about it. Buy a heated seat, heated grips, electric socks and pants and vest and gloves, put wind deflectors in front of your handlebar grips, buy a tall windshield, and go for a ride.
Then, have a yard sale. Get rid of all that junk, And move to GEORGIA.
My favorite ride of 2010 was my FIRST one of the year. It was on New Years Day (as in January first) and I did 135 miles in the company of more than 100 other bikes. It was glorious.
 

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My trick is heated vest with a fleece top, heated grips, regular boots that are insulated. I just purchased a nice pair of over pants that are insulated and looking forward to see how they work.
 
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