In the Inland NorthWest if you arent willing to ride in almost anything you dont ride much (easy for me to say....i'm just a backrest). LOL I have ridden when its 17 degrees. I had so many clothes on I could hardly get on the bike.
This last Winter here in New York was pretty mild. I rode all year round. I do not have electric cloths.(I will next year). I put on the wind screen, foot guards, and lots of layers. With mental conditioning you still freeze your ass off. The cold numbs your sense's and delays reaction time. The ice and snow does not help either.
LIVE WHERE IT'S WARM!
Too cold to ride ? Well I lost several fingernails & almost the tip of my nose due to frostbite after riding up to Leadville, Colorado one winter's night & I can tell you from personal experience that thawing flesh hurts like hell. But the fingernails eventually grew back & I didn't lose the end of my nose so I'll still ride in the winter, snow & all, I modified some tire chains years ago from ones made for a Volkswagen & they'll work fine when the road is in a less than perfect condition. Others I've done polar bear putts with will use good rough hemp rope spiraled around the tires & rims to get a grip too [you might laugh, but it really works], I've ridden my bike into the lowest part of the arctic circle up in Fairbanks, AK. (which to a number of my warm weather friends in California seemed like the height of absolute madness), it was the first of two times that I rode up to Alaska & let me tell you, those men & women who ride their bikes up there are some of the toughest I've ever had the honor to meet, if those of you in the north central & north eastern tiers of the lower 48 think you have a sawed-off riding season then you're wrong. For myself I think it'd need to be near impossible [or what I consider impossible to be] conditions to prevent me from riding, personally I couldn't tell you what the coldest temp I've ever ridden in was because I think that if I'd truly known at the time & given myself a rational moment to assess the situation then I wouldn't have done it LOL. I won't claim to be the bravest or smartest wind tramp there ever was, nor the ironbutt champ of the world when it comes to making a ride in adverse conditions.
Yes, I've had my share of foul weather mishaps & laid my bike down in the snow & on icy roads, I've paid for my lunacy & arrogance a number of times & to be honest it was all well worth it & I wouldn't trade the experiences for anything, bright sunny days are great but they aren't everything. So until they shovel dirt clods on my coffin I'll continue to get out there, rain, snow or sun because any ride, no matter what the weather is a good one if you're enjoying yourself.
Only the good lord knows how many more years we're going to be able to fill our bikes up with gas then hit the road & personally I don't want to miss any chance to get on the road, so I'll do just that, as long as there's cash in my pocket, air in my lungs, fuel in my tank & a direction to go. There's still lots for me to see & do out there & I just can't let some bunk weather prevent me from kickin' the engine over & aiming for the horizon.......
Well the ice has made it interesting. But never too cold to ride. Heated grips are sounding good these days. Almost got hypothermic last week. It was 19 degrees in the sun. Went out 90 miles .... no problem. The last 20 home I thought my fingers were going to fall off. Good thing I am a trauma nurse eh!
When my sole was residing in a younger man's husk, I rode in snow once or twice. Now days I'm a little more watchful of the road conditions. Although I've been caught in situations that I had no choice but to ride back to the roost in the teens, normally my limit is in the 20's. Now snowmobiles, that's a different story. On occasion I find myself on a snowmobile for work (yes as in getting paid to ride the thing) but with heated "everything" and a snow suit I'm pretty much good to go, so bring it on!
IKE2005 write: Been riding the last couple of days just after the big freeze -13 without the wind -39 BRRRR. But it is back in the 20s so I ride everyone says I'm crazy but with the leather its OK. Nothing better than a intense morning wake up ride Yaaaahoooooooo!!!!!!
it's never too cold to ride
I have gerbings heated clothing, and get dressed as if I were going snowmobiling. I'm as toasty warm at -15?F as I am at 80?, AND I get to take advantage of the FREE HORSEPOWER you get with cold air
Dude, we ride our sleds, (snowmobiles) in subzero weather all the time.-20 and going 110 miles an hour across a flowage. Just make sure the roads are clean and clear. Watch the jetting on those carburated bikes to man, they dont burn good when the air gets so thin. Good luck and ride safe!