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    The temp is 15 degrees with a light scift of dry swirling snow. I'm going to put the heated clothes to the test again. It will be about a 200 mile round trip, the good news is that it will warm up to 26 degrees for the return trip. Another great day to ride! LOL

  • #2
    Well, you're an animal!

    I'm still holding off until next week in hopes of NC. Looks like SE Michigan is done for a while. 11* yesterday, 16* this morning with 2-3" on the way and rain for the weekend...

    Be safe!

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    • #3
      It's pretty chilly here in Houston. I'm heading out too but I'm going in my truck! I'm old and wimpy. I'm not wearing a jacket though. just a sweatshirt.
      2012 Goldwing CSC Viper Trike
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      • #4
        I like riding in cold weather, but usually make 20 degrees my cut off temp.

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        • #5
          I live in north Texas, and we don't get long cold snaps, but unless there is a good chance of icy roads, I don't let the cold stop me from riding.

          Well, at least riding back and forth to work. Late last winter, I checked the temp as I was riding to work one morning, and it was 19. I was warm and happy in my electric gear.
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          • #6
            At what temperature do most of you feel it is necessary to have heated clothing? I never ride in anything like you guys are describing but I have been in the high 30's for a short time and it did not really bother me. All I was wearing was my tourmaster jacket with the lining and my gloves. I have ridden with long underwear before to keep the knees warm.
            Dave - High up in Arizona - Black Metallic 2019 DCT

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            • #7
              We still ride at 30 below 0 on our snowmobiles !!!
              T.A. Jens
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              • #8
                Originally posted by 530ktm View Post
                At what temperature do most of you feel it is necessary to have heated clothing? I never ride in anything like you guys are describing but I have been in the high 30's for a short time and it did not really bother me. All I was wearing was my tourmaster jacket with the lining and my gloves. I have ridden with long underwear before to keep the knees warm.
                I carry my heated jacket liner in the bike all the time. I am good with that down to about 35 then I add the heated gloves. I don't have a set temp that determines what I wear. I've used my heated jacket liner on cool summer evenings. Some days 40 makes me cold and others I can go at 25 and be fine. Guess some foods thicken or thin my blood, LOL

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                • #9
                  I also have rhe heated vest in a saddlebag all the time - a cool August night in Nove Scotia saw the vest get used and it was a welcome feeling - that was also the 12th hour of a 15 hour ride.

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                  • #10
                    Good luck with your ride......too cold for me!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 530ktm View Post
                      At what temperature do most of you feel it is necessary to have heated clothing? I never ride in anything like you guys are describing but I have been in the high 30's for a short time and it did not really bother me. All I was wearing was my tourmaster jacket with the lining and my gloves. I have ridden with long underwear before to keep the knees warm.
                      If it's a short distance (less then 20-30 minutes), I'll typically just pull on my riding jacket, winter gloves, and chaps. However, my daily commute is a minimum of 45 minutes, and with traffic can be (and frequently is) an hour to hour and half (a couple of times it took me over 2 hours!). So, if the weather is predicted to be less than 40, I put on the electrics. If it's over that, I don't turn them on, but I'm ready. If it's less than 40, I put them on low to medium (those gloves get HOT sometimes). If it's less than 30, I turn 'em up.

                      Edited to add:

                      Once we hit September, the heated clothing stays in the trunk (along with the chaps). Around April, I'll take them out and hang them up, except the chaps. They are also frequently used to keep the rain off me.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Pizza Man View Post
                        We still ride at 30 below 0 on our snowmobiles !!!
                        If the weather outside reached 30 below 0, I'd be turning on the heater.

                        In the cab of the moving van as I headed south!!!!!
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                        • #13
                          I'm home, it was a pretty uneventful trip. I saw I was riding into what appeared was going to be white out conditions on I 99, I could see it for quite awhile, I chose to get off the highway at the Tyrone exit and take 45 into state college. Not sure what I missed, but that took me on the opposite side of the mountain which was clear and sunny. I said to myself,..self, good call! Got home at 30 degrees. So regardless of the flack I caught this morning from my girl friend, it was a good day.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by 530ktm View Post
                            At what temperature do most of you feel it is necessary to have heated clothing? I never ride in anything like you guys are describing but I have been in the high 30's for a short time and it did not really bother me. All I was wearing was my tourmaster jacket with the lining and my gloves. I have ridden with long underwear before to keep the knees warm.
                            I ride year round and have never owned any heated gear, even when I lived in Illinois.
                            As long as I have good wind protection, and decent coat and gloves, I am fine.

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