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Old 11-26-2012, 09:11 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Not sure how cold I've taken the Triumph out in but have gone way down in temps on a couple other bikes.

Got the HD Softail Deluxe a year ago and have been having a lot of fun cruising around at the speed limit. I also got my first Gerbing's electric jacket liner. I've had electric grips on other bikes but got some of their leather gloves to plug into the sleeves of the jacket. Very nice! I've also been using their electric socks riding my studded tire KLR thru 4 Alaska winters. My feet have never felt so good!

So anyway, I was able to ride studless till Oct 29 this year, the day before our first real snowfall up here. The coldest it got down to was about 20f or -7c. I've had electric vests in the past but it was quite an experience riding down the road totally bathed in warmth. VERY nice. I keep track on a calendar when the last ride of the year is each year and I've gone as late as Nov 9th.

From the last studless ride 2012. It had dusted but roads were pretty dry EXCEPT for one intersection that got compacted into ice that had me a little worried on my way out of town.



Lovely evening ride out the Seward Hwy, a Designated Scenic Byway along Turnagain Arm a few miles south of Anchorage.



Now about that "coldest." Well, riding studs on a dualsport takes me deep into the winter. I don't commute on the motorcycle in the winter but have fun taking it out on occasion for a fun little spin.

I've ridden colder but this is the coldest with a thermometer in the pic:


This shot was published in RIDER magazine about winter riding, taken about 45mi south of Anchorage:



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Old 11-26-2012, 09:15 PM   #52 (permalink)
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As long as the road is dry count me in. I dig on the chilliness.
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:35 PM   #53 (permalink)
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I've ridden colder but this is the coldest with a thermometer in the pic:


A cold run and Italian food. Nice, Mark.
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:40 PM   #54 (permalink)
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:43 PM   #55 (permalink)
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as long as it is dry, mid 30's. Some of those 0 dark thirty mornings are a bear though.
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I don't ride in below freezing anymore. It's just too damn cold and not enjoyable. I have done so. I was riding my R90S with a oil pan cooler over the passes from SoCal to the Mile Hi in Spring and Got very very cold. The temp was freezing and the bike got below operating temp so it was running like Krap. Had to stop at Dillon and warm up in a hotel lobby for about a half hour before going on. Plugged the cooler with rubber plugs and made it into Denver, but I froze my a$$ off.

It's not fun to ride in the cold and ain't riding supposed to be fun?
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:48 PM   #57 (permalink)
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when I was commuting in Omaha 35 miles each way, I'd ride as long as the roads were clear and it was at least 17f

more than once I came out to snow on the seat for the trip home.

but even a little snow can't stop the determined (or ignorant!)

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Old 11-27-2012, 08:31 AM   #58 (permalink)
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when I was commuting in Omaha 35 miles each way, I'd ride as long as the roads were clear and it was at least 17f

more than once I came out to snow on the seat for the trip home.

but even a little snow can't stop the determined (or ignorant!)

Awesome pic there, Ammo.
You could almost make it a Christmas card.
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Without electric gear on a naked bike, my limit is 40F. On the tiger, I would go out in anything above freezing, as long as the roads were dry.
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The way I look at winter riding is there's no end or beginning to the season. That's a good enough reason for me. I am really happy with the warmth of my new Triumph Sympatex jacket. This thing is warm without electrics down to 30. Much better than last years jacket. Found a leftover on eBay for $150! Jacket review below...

http://www2.2wf.com/index.php/produc...-pantha-jacket

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