50 degrees is manageable
September 30, 2008 at 1:47 pm #2176
I have been riding for a week now and today the forecast called for dry but cool weather with 50 when I left and a high of 60. I threw the liner into my jacket and came in anyway. The jacket and over-pants were fine but I noticed the cool wind getting under my helmet and on my fingers. The 5 miles ride wasn’t a problem though. I did stall the Ninja at a stop sign but that was rider error. Not paying attention to the revs.
I had to deal with 85 last week and the jacket was fine without the liner and with the vents opened while I was moving. When I was stopped at a long light it was warm.
I also passed 500 miles on the way in this morning. Yay. I’ve found that I’m using a lot of the skills from MSF and parking lot practice in traffic. The slow race is really useful in slow moving traffic to be able to move really slow but not to have to put your foot down. No problems so far.September 30, 2008 at 1:58 pm #13031ilnamParticipant
It’s about time I ask what this “slow race” is? I’ve heard it mentioned several times now, but what are you referring to exactly? Slow speed with both feet on pegs? congrats on the 500 milestone!September 30, 2008 at 3:37 pm #13036
Yes. One of the exercises you can do is to basically go in a straight line as slow as possible. It helps build your clutch, throttle, brake skills. It also allows you to practice balancing the bike at very slow speeds.
I have come into a light that is green but has traffic backed up so I do the “slow race” to wait for the traffic to get going again. I don’t want to put a foot down unless I have too.September 30, 2008 at 4:01 pm #13038eonParticipant
Hasn’t got very cold yet out here in Seattle (at least when I’ve been riding) but I did notice my hands were the first to notice the chill. I’m going to try and find some under-glove warmers, the kind you get for skiing, see if that helps. I do have rain mitts but I only want to wear them if it is actually raining.September 30, 2008 at 4:23 pm #13046MattParticipant
I’ve ridden in zero C (32F) and found it surprisingly doable. Long uderwear and layers helps a lot.
“The two seconds between ‘Oh S**!’ and the crash isn’t a lot of practice time.”September 30, 2008 at 4:25 pm #13047MunchParticipant
What! Seattle is just starting to get in the 50’s…. what wrong with this picture… lol… I am in the SE and we are seeing 40 degree mornings. Which made me go buy a leather jacket and now today I need to go get more of a gauntlet style gloves, and chaps. My hands are good in summer gloves to about 50 degrees. I am a mechanic so alot of temperature sensitivity is gone. 40 degrees and 75+ mph windchill breaks that limit though, that and my leather jacket is not tight at the wrist , giving enough room for a brisk wind to go straight up my arm…burrr.
Yesterday is a memory, tomorrow is a prediction, but today…… is a Bi**hSeptember 30, 2008 at 5:28 pm #13052
I’m in IL and the weather has started to turn cooler.September 30, 2008 at 5:39 pm #13056eonParticipant
Well, I should mention my morning commute is the 20 feet from my bedroom to my living room so I am not sure how cold it is in the morning. But it does not really get too cold here. Wet yes, cold, not so much. I had been living in Atlanta for the past 3 years and it can certainly get cold there. Ten years ago I was in NJ and that redefined cold for me. I pity all you poor sods who live in places with weather like that. Way too extreme for me.October 2, 2008 at 1:27 pm #13166
I made it in today with a temp of 40 after caging it yesterday. A scarf around the neck helped with the wind under the helmet so the only problem was cold digits.October 2, 2008 at 3:23 pm #13174MattParticipant
I just rode in with teh air temp hanging in it 45F (7C) and drizzle.
Let me tell you, these hot-weather short cuff perforated leather gloves just aren’t doing it for me!
Time for some cold weather gauntlets!October 2, 2008 at 5:36 pm #13183BuddParticipant
I ordered some Joe Rocket balistic 5.0 gloves from Knee Draggers on Tuesday for $36. They came yesterday. The work a lot better. After I have tried them with the rear vents of my jacket closed I will tell you how much better.
“I am the best there is at what I do, and what I do ain’t nice.”-WolverineOctober 3, 2008 at 1:20 pm #13230
Thats my only problem right now, cold fingers. Not sure how much riding I have left here in IL though. Once the first snow comes the bike will be put away.October 3, 2008 at 3:24 pm #13240BuddParticipant
The balistic gloves keep the wind out. they are not really insulated.
I am going to have to get a mask or something too.
“I am the best there is at what I do, and what I do ain’t nice.”-WolverineOctober 3, 2008 at 3:28 pm #13242WeaponZeroParticipant
I have odd shaped hands and the gloves I have are cheaper gloves made by a company called River Road. I got them at a dealership because after trying on about 10 different pair of gloves they were the only gloves that fit my big hands with short stubby fingers.October 3, 2008 at 4:30 pm #13251
I have small hands with short fingers and the only ones that were a good fit were Power Trip. I ended up with US Army branded Abrahms gloves that are made by Power Trip. A good fit just not meant for sub 50 degree weather.
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