yup, i ride 9 months + a year (as long as there is no ice!). i have already ridden in some snow 'showers" this year. (no road accumulation, but a couple of inches on the grassy surfaces...
my '05, which was totalled in may of this year had 72,000 miles on it. and i rode it at least one day every month for 3 of the years that I owned it.
My '09, which I picked up on June 3rd of this year, has just over 7,000 miles on it. the snow showers aren't too bad, as long as the ground isn't frozen. once the hard freeze sets in, I am very careful when I put it on the road. last year, I had the bike out the first week of March, and had parked it after Thanksgiving.
My daily commute is just over 110 miles, and I have done as low as 8 degrees. That is just beyond my limit (NOW!!)
I also did hit freezing rain one morning on the way to work on the '05, and had to drive in the right hand tire track for over 20 miles (10 miles beyond my exit). I could not break out of the slush and ice on either side of the beat down track.
man, what a pucker factor!
I envy you southern riders (NOT!) i have taken the LT to Sugarloaf (www.sugarloaf.com
) to downhill ski before. now that did turn plenty of heads!
P.S. I rented equipment that day!