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Old 03-08-2009, 04:19 PM   #1
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what's too cold?

What do ya'll think is too cold to go ride around all day? The reason I'm asking is because we have a trip planned to go to Arkansas for spring break and the highs are 51, 51, and 57 for the three days that we're going to be there. We'll all be in full gear (leathers, boots, gloves, etc.), so do you think it'll be miserable? or should we reschedule our trip?

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Old 03-08-2009, 04:25 PM   #3
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just layer up and it will be fine.
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You should be fine. My ideal riding temp is 65 - 75. I will ride in 55-65 weather, just have to layer up a bit. Anything below 55 I tend to stay away from. You also have to factor in humidity. Just as humidity makes it feel hotter, it will also make it feel colder
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Last week at GSS we started the day in the 30's and windy. It was cold as sh*t.
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i was riding when we were hitting temps in the 30s...gear up nice and warm

i was riding with, thermals, long sleeve shirt, leather jacket w/lining and scarf and a mask for the top

thermals and jeans for the bottom

and the underlining glove thingies with my mesh gloves

i was fine...
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Those temps will be fine. Just join the Polar Bear Riderz club, as I go out when it is in the 30s F. Just layer up. Get good non-vented gloves and everything else should be warm.
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i'll ride in the upper 30's......once even in the rain and 30's.......dress in layers and it only takes a few minutes for ur hands to go numb then ur fine
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freezing point, 32 degrees starts to get pretty burrrr on a motorcycle
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I'd be more worried about my tires getting good traction in the turns.
Just layer up, be safe, take lots of pics, and come back with good stories
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If the liquids in your bike aren't frozen solid then RIDE!
if gas and break fluid starts to freeze you got more things to worry about then riding
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I've rode often in high 30's with a thermal, a tshirt, hoodie, and alpinestars textile jacket with windproof liner. I was pretty cold but still managed to have a good time over long distance rides. I think the most important thing is to cover your neck, wear a balaclava, and really warm gloves. My gloves suck so my fingers were freezing. I think if you have leather you'll be fine though. I have to assume each person kinda has to figure out their own tolerance, though.
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Yeah, I know the 57 degrees will be ok, I'm more worried about the lows, it's supposed to be in the 30's in the mornings.

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I'll take 30's in the morning with some light out over 30's at night, anytime.
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I rode when it snowed back in November, thermal, hoodie and a Carhartt... Its never too cold to ride
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I guess you guys will have to call me a big ole puzzy cuz When its under 50s, there is no way I will ride. I think riding should be enjoyable, not freezing your hands until they hurt, thats not my idea of fun. Rule of thumb for e is, if its too cold to walk around in shorts and t shirt, then its too cold to ride.

I prefer to ride above 60 degrees, tht way I know getting traction on the ground is not a serious issue. Carry on
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I've had to scrape ice off the bike you will be fine in leathers and thermals
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