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For my 17 mile commute to work it was 20 F yesterday morning.

The biggest problem was my hands. I wear leather gauntlet gloves with a thin liner glove inside those, but it was pretty rough.

I think I'll keep it above 25 from now on.
 

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I was riding real cold today. I went out to Rancho Cucamonga and got a big screw in my tire, which then began to leak.
I put a patch into it, so I ran real cold coming back, 75 miles and I tried to keep it under 60, then 70, but still I got up to near 80, which is my low cold point, usually.
But once I get two new tires, I will be hot again, 90 or 100 ...

Oh! You mean weather wise. Yeah, I suppose it only got up to 75 today, where are you?
Paso Robles last year, Sunday morning, 32 degrees, but only for a few hours.
I suppose 27 or so, I think I had that in Colorado, with snow and ice, but again, only on the high passes.
At this time of year I only ride California, and then only parts, or Mexico.
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We usually ride if it gets down to mid 20s. Here in South Carolina we just do not have that much bitter cold weather for any extended time. We ride year round. Talking about your hands get a pair of heated gloves and you should be good to go. Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas! If you are not a Christian at least enjoy the spirit of Christmas by giving and extending a hand to those less blessed than we are.
 

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I ride to work everyday regardless of the temperature. As long as there is not more that 4 or 5 inches of snow on the roads I'm riding. I'd rather ride on ice than deep snow.
 

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Eastern-ish PA. We go below zero, but give me 30 and I'm in the saddle.
Here in NE Pa it has been darn cold for riding. Yesterday the sun came out in the afternoon and the news reported that we finally broke the 15 consecutive day streak of NO sun, previously the last sun was Dec 7. Been mostly below freezing that entire time, ground is well frozen but a lot of the snow is gone. Today got up in the 40's with rain and the top surface turned a muddy mess including the roads with snow melt off. Ride your bike and it will get well brined from the road treatments.
 

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I have full electrics, so cold doesn't bother me; I can ride well below freezing, and be perfectly comfortable. I do try to avoid ice.
 

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I rode at 18 degs a few days ago, it was not too bad, but the tips of my fingers were very cold after an hour.
Any more riding long distance at those temps will require heated gloves.
 

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Can't say I ride all those very low temps but just rode my 2009 LT from
Cincinnati to Minneapolis last week - 800 miles (12 hours in the saddle) with the
temps at 40F most of the entire trip.

A few observations:

1. Aerostich Roadcrafter offers body protection but not thermal protection.

2. Gerbing Jacket works but needed to be on high at all times and unless it is
tight everywhere you need to press if against your body to get the heat to flow.
Poor heat on the underarms and upper back. Having a Bakup backrest was able
to lean back and pour the heat on the lower back. Could not have made the trip
without the heated jacket - period. Also the Gerbing Powerlet connectors - I have two
are flaky and I had to use Gorilla Tape to get the wires in the right positions so
they would transmit power. Will be looking into the Powerlet Jacket with wireless
remote controls on the thermostats. Understand this jacket uses infrared to heat
and not the same principal as the Gerbings.

3. Heated seat set on low

4. Heated handle bars on high most of the time

5. Schuberth helmet (C2) offered good protection

6. Should have worn some sort of neck scarf

7. Mist and occasional rain in most of Wisconsin required looking over the
windshield 100% of the time

8. What made the trip bearable was cruise, my new Garmin 590LM, very low gas
prices and running on Bridgestones!

9. Oh yea pulling a loaded Unigo gave me a little more confidence on a few of the
roads were to getting a little slippery at the low temperatures.

Riding below 32 at night would be a no no for me since two wheels and ice do not mix!!

Just my 2 cents!!
 

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Here in NE Pa it has been darn cold for riding. Yesterday the sun came out in the afternoon and the news reported that we finally broke the 15 consecutive day streak of NO sun, previously the last sun was Dec 7. Been mostly below freezing that entire time, ground is well frozen but a lot of the snow is gone. Today got up in the 40's with rain and the top surface turned a muddy mess including the roads with snow melt off. Ride your bike and it will get well brined from the road treatments.
+ 1 on all the above !

The problem is snow melt on mountain roads changing to Black Ice overnight. Makes for not so pleasant unexpected surprises.
 

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When I was working, I had a 15 mile commute on my LT. When temperatures went below 20, I wore one of these (Schampa SkullGaiter | 130-105 | J&P Cycles). I usually only had to wear it in the morning as the temperature got at least in the upper 20's in the afternoon. I always wore a heated jacket and gloves in temperatures below 40. You need to invest in these and your ride will be a pleasure! I am attaching a picture showing the location of the Gerbing clothing temperature controller I installed. In ten years of owning the RT, I had to replace it one time. I had the controller lead coming out in front of the seat. In the summer time, I just tucked it under the seat.
 

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That's really a nice clean install on the controller Mike, well done!

I'm perfectly comfortable down to 40 all day with just the seat and grips going, but will ride to work, errands and whatnot down to about 28 with electric vest. As long as the roads are clear I'm usually good to go!

The hardest part when it's real cold is finding a way to clean the crud from the bike.
 

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Get some kind of Balaclava, I got lucky one year and found one at Walmart for $1 because it was spring and they we closing out winter stuff. It has been a life saver. Keeps the cold off your neck.
I also have a set of these insulated coverall's. CARHARTT Insulated Coveralls, Chest 34In., Brown - G0096135 at Zoro
I know that they are not "Motorcycle" coverall's but they work really good. I sprayed them with some waterproofer and I have no issues. Extra layers are also your friend.
 

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I use snowmobile gear

Gloves, Jacket. and Helmet

Oh and the biggy is I switch to three wheels, (and I can engage my sidecar wheel for 2WD)
I also have some Hippo hands on the handle bars and I wear a lap rob
handle bars heated...
-13F is my rec.. no extra clothes, jeans and tshirt, As I would be sweating....
 

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.How cold do you ride?
I think the coldest I've seen was 3 degrees.

cold doesn't effect my decision to ride. pouring down rain or snow, I take the jeep.

My motto is, If I can make it to work dry, I ride. (I don't mind riding home in the rain)

snow?
I try to avoid it.

I got caught in a small snow covering a few years ago..... 24 mile ride home... not fun.

for gear in extreme cold I wear Gerbings microwire gloves, BMW vest and Kilimanjaro jacket and over pants. works very well.

seat heat is nice too.
 

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Sova,

I like the Ural....

I tool around on a little 750 Kawasaki / Velorex from time to time...

fair weather only.... ;)
 

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I tend to ride down to 32 (without accounting for wind chill). But i get nervous about ice here in the northeast so I don't do it very often, and once the salt is out, I'm done. Having said that, on the K1200LT I only use an over jacket and thin overpants, and with the seat and grip heaters coupled with the excellent wind protection, I'm not cold. Oh and I do wear a neck gaiter though coz it does get cold up there! And my full face helmet shield is closed of course...

I have ridden my VTX1800R at 25 degrees (not accounting for wind chill) with my wife on the back, and on that bike, which has a lot less wind protection (read "way less"...), we had the quilted liners installed in our jackets and pants, along with gaiters. We were barely ok, in fact my wife was complaining (fun right?!!). Thankfully I had tried to make a BMW out of that bike and just prior to that ride I had installed seat and grip heaters (big-ish task just in case you're wondering). So we cranked them up, and it was interesting to feel the blood in my legs getting warmed and starting to circulate to other very cold parts of my body - it was a wierd, yet highly satisfying, feeling! Once these were all on we were perfectly warm, and i felt I could ride in colder conditions (and my wife stopped complaining and started commenting how good it was, although she kept saying "how will you see any ice in the dark?" - sometimes you just have to trust in the universe..!!). Having said all that, I would still not choose to ride that bike when it's that cold - I felt the like Michelin Man with all that gear on!
 

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Are you guys serious? Riding in snow, ice, very low temps? I think the coldest I've ridden is maybe 60 degrees. And I was pushing it at the temp, lol. No thanks, I'll drive a car in the cold and leave riding the bikes at min. 65 or so. I guess I'm just a wimp.:)
 
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