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What Temp do you stop riding

My pansy a$$ parks it at mid 50's but have ridden this bike in upper 30's (thought it was upper 40's)

In my early days the coldest was 10 or less and had to get to work 50 miles away. WON'T do that EVER again. (That was 50 years ago on a sportser)

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Lancaster, PA ... I never check the temps but, as long as the roads are DRY, I ride ...

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post #3 of 47 (permalink) Old 10-13-2019, 10:08 AM
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When the highway dept. starts salting the streets I'm finished for the season, otherwise temps don't deter me.
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Years ago I bought one of those snow-mobile suits for riding when the temps got frosty. Keep in mind that we have that nasty humidity that makes cold feel colder and hot feel like the gates of Hell. Would normally attack the roads in the 30's, but I have expanded a bit in size (again) and not sure I can get into the suit. Thermies, a sweatshirt, and leather jacket will get me around the local area when we hit the 30's.
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Joe, I'm with you on this. Mid 50s is about the lowest temp I will ride in. But let me qualify that a bit further--mid 50s must be SUNNY for me to ride LOL.

My riding philosophy in a nutshell--I ride for pleasure and if the weather ain't pleasurable I ain't riding.
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If there is a possibility of frozen water on the road, I stop riding. I haven’t reached an upper limit yet, being too hot to ride.
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Out here Joe. I stop when it gets over 98.
Ive had to ride back East when I didnt want to. But At times duty called and I did it. Now days Im calling the shots if Im not comfortable we aint going

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post #8 of 47 (permalink) Old 10-13-2019, 11:58 AM
Well I can say I didnt ride this morning.... but it was 32 degrees!

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One yr 12 of us got together and planned a ride to Daytona for bike week.
Weather was mild all winter until 2 days before we planned to go.
The temps dropped to-4 that morning.
What could we do ?
We had motels reservations do we had to go.
We left my house about 45 mins to the Ohio border.
We stopped at a rest area to defrost our hands and feet.
All the hand dries were on with our boots in front of them with our hands. We pulled over in a restaurant to get some Hot coffee and breakfast. I couldnt even feel my feet till we were leaving.
But the temps warmed up the more south we went.
It was a memorable trip but we had a great time.

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Like with KD, the humidity here is no joke. It makes the hot hotter and the cold colder.

If it was a dry cold, maybe 40. But here, it's never a dry cold, and it can get down to a humid 40. I still ride, because I love it so much, but I don't go nearly as far and I definitely don't stop anywhere. I don't change to cold weather oil because I'd only need it for about 3 weeks at most, so I throw an oscillating space heater on it to pre-warm that 20W50 and the engine. Can't exactly do that if I stopped in some parking lot somewhere for too long. Plus, going that far in the cold sucks. If it's 40-45 here, I usually only do maybe 10 miles round-trip. I wouldn't even count that as riding, might as well be considered put up.

If it's over 45 though, yeah I still ride like any other day (just with lots of layers).

I've often thought about getting heated gear for that reason. I'll mostly feel fine with my layers except my hands and feet. They don't salt the roads here because it only "snows" (AKA flurries that melt before they hit the ground and people think it's the apocalypse) once every 5 years and only ever actually snows once every 10 years (and that's just barely enough to build 1/8" of fluff at best).

I think the coldest I ever rode in was 35 here, and after about 10 minutes of that, I went back home and just said "nope, not today".
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