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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 1:12 am 
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...and they just don't understand. About two months ago, I had a conversation with a co-worker. She just couldn't understand why someone would travel alone on a scooter for over 300 miles...A few days ago, it dipped below 40 degrees (Fahrenheit). I showed up at work in my cold weather outfit and she was shocked that I find it fun to ride in the cold. She just couldn't wrap her head around it... I have a theory:

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 10:22 am 
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40 fahrenheit isn't really properly cold.
If the roads are clear and dry therefore no ice I'll happily ride much colder than that.
The only thing which stops me riding these days is snow and/or ice, however once upon a time I would regularly ride through deep snow.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 11:13 am 
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gn2 wrote:
40 fahrenheit isn't really properly cold.
If the roads are clear and dry therefore no ice I'll happily ride much colder than that.
The only thing which stops me riding these days is snow and/or ice, however once upon a time I would regularly ride through deep snow.


I know that, and you know that, but she couldn't process it. It was rather funny. She went nearly apoplectic when I mentioned that I ride in temperatures as low as 15 degrees...The only reason I never rode in colder weather is that my old scooter wouldn't start when it got colder than that. Riding any kind of distance in sub-freezing temperatures isn't really my cup of tea, but I will commute if I'm working closer to home at the time.

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Love my scoot but it's around town, due to the light weight, I'll take the car for long trips.

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It's a two wheel thing in general, although there tends to be a lot more fair weather riders in the motorcycling world than there are in the scooter world.

It was -2C or 28F this morning. I had a chat with a motorcyclist on the elevator who commented there aren't a lot of us anymore. There are still 4 riders in my building, myself, him in a dual sport or adventure touring type bike, an SV650, and a Burgman 400, so a 1:1 ratio, whereas in the summer it was more of a 4:1 ratio. One scooter did disappear though about a couple of weeks ago -- a Piaggio Fly 50 that is physically bigger than my Vino 125... o_O

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As the old saying goes: four wheels moves the body, two wheels moves the soul.

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gn2 wrote:
As the old saying goes: four wheels moves the body, two wheels moves the soul.


Cheers to that.

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37F in Milwaukee today, had to wait for it to warm up so it stopped snowing. 28F yesterday. For the first time in a long time I thought of getting a hard helmet this week instead of continuing to use a sheepskin WW-II bomber pilot helmet; found a way to keep the status quo though. :D

Admittedly, with people getting close to picking me off around 3x a week most every week this year I'm thinking of getting a brain bucket and actually wearing it. I'm in full body armer (except for a turtle shell), but none of that is going to stop a woman in an SUV who's texting or an asshole in a huge pickup who's in a God's-Firey rush and weaving through traffic from putting me in the hospital. It'll probably keep me out of the morgue though....


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With the right full-face helmet your head will stay warm all winter. Fugeddaboudit. Shoei makes some nice ones with removable chin protectors that keep that cool breeze away from your neck and chin. Spend some money, live a little, sez me.

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I fully agree with that, though I have a 3/4 helmet. It usually doesn't get cold enough down here for a long enough period of time for me to consider investing in a full face helmet. However, there are other riders here who do have them, so they are worth thinking about. They will not only give you better protection, but they will also keep you warm. Right now, if I ride in cold weather I have one of those chin/nose protectors to keep me warm...darned if I know what they call it, but it works...wind stop or half face mask, or whatever. It works well, and also protects my neck.

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