Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Middletown, Connecticut, USofA
Re: how cold is too cold?
I ride in Southern New England and I ride 12 months out of the year. Obviously, you don't want to ride when there's ice on the road. Temperature range for icing on highways and bridges, formed from dew, is between 24 and 36 degrees, generally speaking. The bridges will ice over more quickly than the roads.
That being said, if you are like me and inflate your tires on the hard side, then you'll want to reduce those pressures, in cold weather below 32 degrees, to the BMW recommended pressures. Then, when you first go out for your ride stay below 40MPH for the first 3 miles to let everything warm up. I ride a bit less agressive in below freezing temperatures.