Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Pelham, AL, United States
Re: The Secret to Enjoying Cold Weather Rides
How quickly we are spoiled!
My minimum temp was my age but when I got over 40, that seemed like a good number. That was to leave the house at noon to my second shift job and sometimes I worked over until 2a so sometimes low 20's on the ride home. I won't leave in the rain, but I will ride home in it. I can ALWAYS make it home =-}
Took out the '79 R65 (only a bikini fairing) this past week at 60 degrees on a 40 mile ride. Had on a fleece jacket under a Gore-Tex riding coat, long johns under jeans, and Gore-Tex Summer Rain gloves. No heated grips or seat and no place to plug in a vest. Froze my a** off!
With the LT down for repairs (see "Hit a deer") I'm hoping the '91 RS (which I bought for the summer, but found the fairing too protective so I bought a '85 K100 Standard =-} ) will be better with a pretty good fairing, heated grips and a place to plug in the vest. Of course, living in the middle of The Great State of Alabama helps since we don't see freezing too many times a year.
Motorcycle Cigar Smoker
05 K1200LT - The Golden Rocket Ship
91 K100RS - The White Stallion
85 K100 Standard - Big Red
79 R65 - "The Bee" is a buzzin' again!
06 525i - Premium, Sport, Comfort, Xenons
01 E320 4matic
Gone, but not forgotten...
02 K1200LTC - Big Blue (accident at 40k)
88 K100RT - Chocolate (it was brown, melted - fire)
85 K100RT - (wore out)
82 Yamaha Vision - (electrics)
72 Yamaha R5C 350 - (broke trans)