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« on: December 03, 2018, 07:35:06 AM »


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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2018, 03:52:57 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2018, 04:03:14 PM »

That's not much. It'll be gone soon and the roads will be good. Just bundle up and ride!
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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2018, 04:35:01 PM »

My allergies flare up even when I look at pictures of that stuff!
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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2018, 06:30:28 PM »

My allergies flare up even when I look at pictures of that stuff!


Hmm, I posted a thumb up but it didn't remain when I hit send.

Anyway, I have the same aversion to the white stuff.  It would be ok if it just didn't snow on the streets.  And my driveway and back deck.  I had to go out and shovel 3" of heavy new snow off the deck this morning, and I'm not looking forward to clearing off our driveway.  This wet stuff tends to clog up a snow blower, and I'm allergic to shoveling that much snow.  Snow is a "4-letter word.". And right after the earthquake, this really complicates things.
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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2018, 08:35:27 PM »

Try getting a foot of the stuff out of about 1/8th of a mile of driveway JUST IN CASE they get around to removing the stuff from our road. This was BSB (Before Snow Blowers) Oh, yea, they came down our road just so I could remove another ton of the stuff they piled up in our driveway. 

And the day when one neighbor road his daughter to the bus stop on their horse.
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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2018, 10:26:34 PM »

If it wasn't for snow or salt on the roads, at what temperature do you stop riding until warmer temps return?
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« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2018, 03:29:13 PM »

I winterized the Silverwing this past weekend, and went for a short but enjoyable ride.  Now she is  all tucked away with fresh oil and stabilized gas.  The transition of the seasons can be a sad thing.  But if you make use of the next season the sadness is short lived.  It is cold enough here now that the ski hills are making snow and my sadness is quickly diminishing and being replaced with the anticipation with the thrills of ski time !!   Some of the US north east hills - Killington, Sunday River and Sugarloaf, to name a few have been open for a few weeks and claim better than 5 feet of snow on the ground already. There is a local NS ski club planning a pre-Christmas week at Sunday River.  If life's circumstances were right, I'd be going too.

When the roads are clear and not heavily salted I will be out for the occasional short ride over the winter.  To answer Dan's question,  below +5C is my threshold even for a short ride. The transitional sadness happens again at the end of March when Ski Martock closes.  But that sadness, or pain of skiing withdrawal, is short lived since the riding season is so close at hand at that point.

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« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2018, 06:09:24 PM »

I think the coldest I ever rode in was 27 degrees.  Thank goodness for heated gloves and jacket liners--my Gerbing's heated jacket liner.
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« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2018, 08:51:37 PM »

I think the coldest I ever rode in was 27 degrees.  Thank goodness for heated gloves and jacket liners--my Gerbing's heated jacket liner.

About the same for me... 27 degrees F for the morning commute on a day forecast to reach near 60 in the afternoon.
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« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2018, 05:58:25 AM »

If it wasn't for snow or salt on the roads, at what temperature do you stop riding until warmer temps return?

For me, it stops being fun at about the 50 degree mark, and unless I'm only riding a short distance, I'll shift into four-wheeler mode at about that temp.

The coldest temperature I've ever rode a motorcycle in was -3 for about ten miles on I-94 between St. Paul and Minneapolis, that was in the late 1970's.
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« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2018, 03:40:49 PM »

Looks like riding motorcycles around western North Carolina this weekend might not be a great idea.
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« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2018, 07:29:47 PM »

When I used to commute to work I would ride in much cooler temps as long as the afternoon/ride home temps were in the upper 40's.  Now that I work from home I use around the 50 degree mark, like JB.  I should say, with my very nice heated grips on the Versys, high 40's can be quite comfortable.

I'm also not a fan of the low sun in the horizon during the Winter months.
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« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2018, 08:11:30 PM »

I generally won't go for a long ride unless it will get into the 50s. I'll do a short ride in the 30s and occasionally commute when it drops into the 20s.  When I lived in Maine I once rode out to watch the ice races on a nearby lake when the temperature was in the mid teens. 

Of course if it snows then I have to go out and ride in it.  Believe it or not, this was in Alabama:



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« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2018, 12:03:09 AM »

Did I mention that I liked riding in the snow? 

New Mexico:



This was an all day ride and it was pretty cold but I didn't want to hang out all day in a motel room.



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« Reply #15 on: December 08, 2018, 12:48:39 AM »

Sitting in my outdoor Hot tub helps me take the edge off the winter blues of not riding.
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« Reply #16 on: December 08, 2018, 01:00:54 AM »

The coldest I ever rode was on the Bet & Win, 11 miles clear roads @ 4 degrees.
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« Reply #17 on: December 08, 2018, 02:35:28 PM »

Great pictures klaviator!    Really like the second one -- looking over the lake.

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« Reply #18 on: December 08, 2018, 03:38:44 PM »

Nice snow pics!
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« Reply #19 on: December 08, 2018, 04:44:12 PM »

When I was working, I would commute 75 each way, rain or shine. There were quite a few times I'd run through snow on the way back home, and the temps were often low 20s. I'll still ride when it's cold-I have great gear and am a year 'rounder- but unless the roads are good, I won't take the bike or scooters out. There's no place I HAVE to be and I have all the time I need to get there!
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« Reply #20 on: December 09, 2018, 12:07:35 AM »

It's 42, all day rain and about as gloomy as it can get here today.  I'm not even going to think about riding today.  I think the rain and gloom bothers me more than the cold.
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« Reply #21 on: December 09, 2018, 03:48:38 PM »

It's 42, all day rain and about as gloomy as it can get here today.  I'm not even going to think about riding today.  I think the rain and gloom bothers me more than the cold.

Although I might think about riding, today isn't the day for me...



Snow is expected to continue most of the day.
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« Reply #22 on: December 09, 2018, 05:02:48 PM »

It's a pretty snow :-)
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« Reply #23 on: December 09, 2018, 05:14:12 PM »

It's a pretty snow :-)
  Says the girl looking at it from afar, that doesn't have to shovel it! :D :D :D
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« Reply #24 on: December 09, 2018, 05:19:31 PM »

It's a pretty snow :-)
  Says the girl looking at it from afar, that doesn't have to shovel it! :D :D :D

Yes we dodge that bullet, it went to the south of us. 

It's an El Nino winter so I'm sure we will get a "big" snow this year. 
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« Reply #25 on: December 09, 2018, 06:35:07 PM »

We had some snow a few days ago, then it got warm and it all melted, then yesterday it snowed again, and now I have to deal with it.

Here's one from a couple years ago.  By the time I got home, most of the snow and ice had melted off the windshield, but it was on there pretty thick for awhile.  This was in the summer.  I couldn't see through the windshield, and I couldn't look over it or my face shield would instantly coat over, and I'd be blind, and I couldn't open the face shield, either.  Riding by braille for awhile.



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« Reply #26 on: December 09, 2018, 07:18:29 PM »

Okay, now you make me feel like a wimp when I think it is "cold" here...
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