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Old January 21st, 2014, 05:18 AM   #1
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What's the coldest you've ridden in?

Just got back from a 150 mile night ride. Was mostly between 32F-37F the whole way. I froze my ass off and should of worn my ski mits over my gloves and a thermal underpant (only had motorcycle jeans on and the cold went straight through it).

I remembered halfway through my ride that I have the heated grips on my Hyper (DOH!). Turned them on high for the roundtrip and frankly was a little disappointed as I could hardly feel them through my gloves. Perhaps they just can't overpower 32F weather when going 80mph. Seemed my throttle grip was hotter than the left side though because I had to stop 50 miles into the 75 mile return journey in order to thaw out my left thumb. LOL!

Also, I noticed that even while cruising at 6k rpm at 80mph, the engine temp never got above 138F and dropped as low as 132F. I guess the engine was having a hard time keeping even itself warm with all of that ice cold air rushing over it!
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Old January 21st, 2014, 05:22 AM   #2
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I regularly ride into the mid 20sF but not long distances
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Old January 21st, 2014, 06:12 AM   #3
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Below 39f is brutal without proper clothes. I use warm & safe jacket and have heated gloves also. Another thing that I have discovered by accident, when I added the anti-fogging shield to my Arai XD3 it provides a double shield air pocket which shields the cold from your face.

31f is my coldest ride, couple of weeks ago, but short ride, it hurt my fingers for sure!
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Old January 21st, 2014, 06:17 AM   #4
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Early spring in Sweden, 32-41F.
Coldest was in winter 1984 when I drove a motorcross bike, 0F.
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Old January 21st, 2014, 06:32 AM   #5
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I got one of these for face & neck protection and helps reduce fogging when pulled over nose/mouth: cyclone buff

But...being in Florida, it's not worth buying extreme weather garments for maybe a month of very cold weather. So, I spend the money on wet gear and just park it below 50 F.
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Old January 21st, 2014, 09:53 AM   #6
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I Ride: Triumph Thruxton R,Ducati 916 foggy rep, NC30 Honda, RD350 YPVS F1, Ducati HyperStrada, CCM FT6
I concur that the headed grips cant cope at 80-90mph at temps around 4-5*C
Although once I slowed to about 65mph my hands warmed up again. I'll ride all year providing there is no ice on the roads. I always wash the bike down and blow dry and then spray protect with fogging oil.
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Old January 21st, 2014, 10:51 AM   #7
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I've ridden in the high 20s. I have a heated jacket and gloves and those get plenty warm.

The weak spot is my chin. I have a balaclava with a Turtle Fur neck, but it's so much material I can't turn my head. I've been using a thin wool Buff instead. It takes the edge off, but at those temps it is not what I'd call warm.
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Old January 21st, 2014, 11:12 AM   #8
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In my early motorcycle days, the lowest Temperatur was something around 15-20F while driving to school. After 10km every finger seemed to be frozen
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Old January 21st, 2014, 11:17 AM   #9
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About -2c in snow. It seemed warmer as I looked like the mitchalin man ! Just slow up a bit and it warms up!
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Old January 21st, 2014, 11:26 AM   #10
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I have a rule, if the temp at night will drop to 0c (32F for the Americans) or below then I don't ride. Basically don't want to run into ice on the road on any bike. Reason for the night item is that if i ride to the office and i end up staying late and temp drops it could be ice situation. Now if its Saturday and 1c for the afternoon I would go. But I do have the gear to ride colder, but ice and 2 wheels not my idea of fun.

I have gone out on colder days when I know the roads I will take are perfectly clear.
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