On a ride
Give me the 60's. Can wear leather, decent gloves, boots, etc. and not be roasting like a piece of meat with grill marks from the seams of clothing. OK, give me the 70's at night. Your daytime optimal riding temp?
Sounds about right, but I have been known to ride into the mid-30's if needed. And we don't always get to choose here so there are a few rides above 100°, so you need to stay hydrated.Generally, as long as it's over 60 and under 100, I'm fine. Don't care too much for being roasted in traffic when it's 90+ but on the highway... as long as I have lots of water, I'm fine.
Somewhere around 80 would be ideal.
And if it's January... a dry, sunny 50 is quite enjoyable.
This reminds me... what is the coldest any of you have ridden in? One winter night I rode 33 miles at 60mph down a highway for dinner and saw 17 degrees on the bank sign. Brrrrrrrrrrrr.Sounds about right, but I have been known to ride into the mid-30's if needed. And we don't always get to choose here so there are a few rides above 100°, so you need to stay hydrated.
KBO... Saw a post from someone once regarding heated gear. He made the remark, "What took me so long". So I finally bought a heated jacket and gloves several years ago. I now say the same... "What took me so long." Just put a lead onto the battery and plug in. I know I get looks from drivers thinking I must be freezing, when in reality, I'm toasty warm.Coldest? New Year's Day, 1994. Rode back to the North Side from the Highland House... about 25 miles in the snow. Tucked the front end on my Softail while braking over a manhole cover. I'd say it was maybe 33 deg.
Also rode in a couple Toys For Tots parades over the years that were prolly in the upper 30's.
Maybe someday I'll pick up some heated gear.