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Do you ride in the cold?

  • Yes

    Votes: 40 64.5%
  • No

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Till it gets to the freezing point

    Votes: 20 32.3%
  • Till around 70*F / 21*C

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Till around 608F / 15*C

    Votes: 1 1.6%
  • Till around 50*F / 10*C

    Votes: 9 14.5%
  • I live in a warm environment year long

    Votes: 3 4.8%
  • I live in a cooler environment year long

    Votes: 1 1.6%
  • As long as the snow isn’t too deep.

    Votes: 6 9.7%

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I’m anything but a fair weather rider. I live in a (somewhat) northern climate, so it has been getting a bit cooler here and the other day I rode into work at a warm 29f (-1c) found the brush guards a little small for blocking the cool wind but good gloves and a 20min commute is not bad and the Givi windscreen helps big time..
So I’m curious how many other AT owners ride in the cold weather..
 

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UK weather isn't always good , I'm not so much bothered by the temp so long as it's not wet too.
Yea I hear you, even tho I do have really good rain gear, rain and temps below 50f/10c is a bit taxing. I pretty much avoid riding my bike if it’s raining for my commute in, but could care less if it’s even a bad storm on my way home.
 

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I do ride in cold weather using heated gloves and socks plus layers. As long as there is no ice risk I'm OK. Wet on top of that make me think twice. Not much fun being cold and wet.
 

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I live atop a hill. and my bike is only insured when parked up at my home. (unless I'm travelling)

So.. the bike is used all year round until the snow (if any) arrives.. at which point the bike is grounded. I 'could' get it down the hill, but its impossible to get back up again and for the above reason, i cant leave the bike at the bottom.

So, thats about the only restriction in winter. Im lucky that my workplace is just 1.3miles from where I live so i dont need to commute. I either walk or cycle.

Ive lived at this address for 19yrs now and only been snowed in 4 times.. and only once for more than a week. The winters are getting milder, the snow doesn't generally become a risk here in Nottingham, until January onwards.
 

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I’m anything but a fair weather rider. I live in a (somewhat) northern climate, so it has been getting a bit cooler here and the other day I rode into work at a warm 29f (-1c) found the brush guards a little small for blocking the cool wind but good gloves and a 20min commute is not bad and the Givi windscreen helps big time..
So I’m curious how many other AT owners ride in the cold weather..
I'm right there with you. I also rode last week into work and I'm not too far from you just across the border in Sarnia. Currently on my CB500X I have good waterproof cold weather riding gloves, Barkbuster Storms and Honda heated grips. I'm fine wearing my riding pants and my jacket with all its inserts. I have a neck gator to keep the cold off my neck since I have a dual sport helmet that is open on the bottom.

There isn't much blocking the wind in front on a CB500X but it does a little good.

The weather is looking like snow the coming week so my bike will stay in the garage until the roads are clear again. Once they are I'll be back out using it for my commute.

I can't lose. I either have fun on my bike or I get to drive my full size 4x4 in snow. :grin2:
 

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I ride year round and have ridden down to single digits F temps. But I do prefer temps above freezing and no snow. But sh.. err snow happens :)

If you are a year round rider and happen to be on Facebook, check out the Rounders group :)

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ha! when younger I still remember riding to work at 40F...In a shirt. Starting past Sept. I've lost some Insulation....Over 90lbs. So just winging it...yesterday 55 and sunny. Today 40 and rain.

Tues. 11 12 19 Record Low 8F. Not riding today :frown2:
1:30 PM Local Pic.....melting on sidewalks, roads
 

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Let's see: Heated Grips? Check. Heated Gloves? Check. Heated Insoles? Check. Heated Vest? Check. Coming back from Deadwood Mid-June going over Togwotee Pass in Wyoming at 28F in a sleetstorm with warnings to keep windows (what windows?!?!) up due to bears coming out of hibernation Check. Still warm? Check.

The only problems were keeping the face shield clear and the slush/traction on the road and we were able ti mitigate the latter by riding in the fresh tracks of a truck. It is all about the right equipment.
 

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Let's see: Heated Grips? Check. Heated Gloves? Check. Heated Insoles? Check. Heated Vest? Check. Coming back from Deadwood Mid-June going over Togwotee Pass in Wyoming at 28F in a sleetstorm with warnings to keep windows (what windows?!?!) up due to bears coming out of hibernation Check. Still warm? Check.



The only problems were keeping the face shield clear and the slush/traction on the road and we were able ti mitigate the latter by riding in the fresh tracks of a truck. It is all about the right equipment.
The visor thing can be a problem for sure. The wife and I got stuck in a spring storm where it became a real issue (it wasn't supposed to snow, I swear) where we had to periodically pull over to the shoulder and scrape ice and slush off the visors. Not so lucky with the tire tracks as we had to make our own path, but luckily it hadn't accumulated to the point where the Anakee Wilds lost grip before the snow began to taper off on the descent.

In hindsight I wish I had gotten a photo or two, but it was snowing like crazy and we were far more concerned about getting down than posing for photos with our bikes.

I will have to borrow a representative photo from a friend instead :)



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I'm right there with you. I also rode last week into work and I'm not too far from you just across the border in Sarnia. Currently on my CB500X I have good waterproof cold weather riding gloves, Barkbuster Storms and Honda heated grips. I'm fine wearing my riding pants and my jacket with all its inserts. I have a neck gator to keep the cold off my neck since I have a dual sport helmet that is open on the bottom.

There isn't much blocking the wind in front on a CB500X but it does a little good.

The weather is looking like snow the coming week so my bike will stay in the garage until the roads are clear again. Once they are I'll be back out using it for my commute.

I can't lose. I either have fun on my bike or I get to drive my full size 4x4 in snow. :grin2:
Hi and a friendly wave to you from across the river, lol yea we got our snow and yea I got the same “issues’ ride the bike or when the snow hits, drive my H2 that’s a blast in the snow...
 

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From the last time we got snow here before I had the AT.
NE Bama - LOL ppl must really think your off your rocker down there for riding in the cold and far flung occasional snow, even up here in snowy Mich. they think that of me. Funny thing is they think I’m nuts for riding my bike in the cold, but even when it’s really cold and heavy snow I’ll say I’m taking the sleds (snowmobile) out and all I get is ‘hope you have fun”
ROFL strange; snowmobile is speeds of 100+ (at times) snowing, cold, out for hours and I get “have fun”
Motorcycle is 50mph and below (mostly 35mph) not snowing, usually around freezing and a 20 min commute and I get “are you nuts”
 

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Ohh yes, I am very accustomed to the crazy looks, then walking though my office building in full leather with a helmet, i face all of the same comments again.....ROFL
 

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People ask, So have you winterized your motorcycle? I reply, Why would I do that?
For the last month, at least one person in the elevator at work every day would ask...
"When do you put your motorcycle away for the winter? You must be cold."

...as I'm peeling the layers of clothing off. Some people just don't get it. I'm dressed for it numbskull...

I used to have snowmobiles... I'm use to riding 100+ mph in the cold and snow. Just like AT-Dragon said.

The only reason I'm not riding my bike this week is the road in front of my house and the parking lot at work is ice covered from poor plowing that happens everywhere anymore and I don't feel like riding my street bike like a dirt bike and having to pick it up a lot.
 

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The cold is acceptable up to a point, but the minute the salt goes down on the roads, the bike doesn't go out until spring is sprung and the salt is washed off the roads.
 

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The cold is acceptable up to a point, but the minute the salt goes down on the roads, the bike doesn't go out until spring is sprung and the salt is washed off the roads.
Yea I hear ya, I ridden bikes on ice but they were YZ’s and 400+ pounds lighter and at times could be a handful when the tires weren’t studded...
 
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