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1-25 and 1-27 rides to work....

It is indeed a bit brisk at 630 AM here in central VA.

35°F, maybe a little less, as there was a thin film of ice on my metal livestock gate at the end of my driveway -- pavement's clear and dry, light breezes, light traffic.

Why wouldn't I ride? coocoo

The 35 miles to work are mostly at highway speeds, I only have four stop lights, and two stop signs on the whole route.

The tip of my nose and my feet are the only areas that had any discomfort, at all. the balaclava is pretty tough to keep in place when I pull my helmet on so it tends to cover my chin rather than my lips and nose. this time I managed to keep it in place to a better degree.

Should be in the mid 40s to low 50s on the trip back this evening. That's actually better for me, as it means I can wear the same gear going home as I did coming to work.

"There's this adage that we have 2 ears and one mouth so we should listen twice as much as we talk. Unfortunately with the Internet people have taken this old adage and turned it around. They have two eyes and 10 fingers so they think they need to post 5 times as much as they read. And since they have 10 fingers and one brain, they only have to think 10% of the time! "
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Damn, that's a bit chilly. Here's my upcoming week. I'll probably ride too.
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Damn, that's a bit chilly. Here's my upcoming week. I'll probably ride too.
I'd say it all scales, but I'm pretty sure it gets just as hot here in the summer as it is there.....

The PNW really only varied about 40 degrees F over the course of a year.... ~30-~70F, with around 2 weeks where it was above 80.

Makes it much easier to figure out what gear you need, to ride comfortably....

"There's this adage that we have 2 ears and one mouth so we should listen twice as much as we talk. Unfortunately with the Internet people have taken this old adage and turned it around. They have two eyes and 10 fingers so they think they need to post 5 times as much as they read. And since they have 10 fingers and one brain, they only have to think 10% of the time! "
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Damn, that's a bit chilly. Here's my upcoming week. I'll probably ride too.
Looks like the weather here in MD is pretty shot for the foreseeable future.. so let me be the first to say you suck and I'm jealous


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I'd say it all scales, but I'm pretty sure it gets just as hot here in the summer as it is there.....

The PNW really only varied about 40 degrees F over the course of a year.... ~30-~70F, with around 2 weeks where it was above 80.

Makes it much easier to figure out what gear you need, to ride comfortably....
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Looks like the weather here in MD is pretty shot for the foreseeable future.. so let me be the first to say you suck and I'm jealous


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Don't be too jealous. One summer we had over 100 days of +100F high temps. We might enjoy some nice riding weather in the winter but payback is a bitch Riding all day in full leathers in 100 degree heat sucks.

I was out on one of my long adventures on an extremely hot day and I kept feeling like my bike was sliding a bit in corners. It was really weird. When I came to a traffic light and put my feet down I noticed my feet were sliding a little bit too. The tar, or whatever it is that they use to hold the chip seal aggregate down, was melting. I literally was sliding in the corners because the freaking road was melting. Welcome to southwestern Texas in the summer.

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Seeing the upcoming weather is going to be colder, with snow in the mix, I went ahead and stopped at the gas station a very few miles from my house and filled the tank as full as I could possibly get it.... almost out the top, after rocking the bike to move the air bubble into the neck.

It won't sit long enough for me to feel like I need to add stabilizer; but I do want to keep the gas from going stale during the lull in riding.

"There's this adage that we have 2 ears and one mouth so we should listen twice as much as we talk. Unfortunately with the Internet people have taken this old adage and turned it around. They have two eyes and 10 fingers so they think they need to post 5 times as much as they read. And since they have 10 fingers and one brain, they only have to think 10% of the time! "
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I got to use my heated gear this week for the first time and it works pretty well. It has 2 plugs in parallel, one for the upper body and one for the lower, the gloves are in series with the jacket, and the socks are in series with the pants. With just the liners on under my jeans and perforated leather jacket I stayed comfortable in around 50° weather.

The only downside to the gear is my feet and hands obviously heat up much faster than my core and legs to the point I had to unplug one of my gloves from the circuit and unplug my entire bottom half to keep my feet from catching fire.

Once I can find a place to mount the controls I won't have to resort to such extreme measures. As of now it goes in my pocket and is hard to grab with my gloves on.

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The only downside to the gear is my feet and hands obviously heat up much faster than my core and legs to the point I had to unplug one of my gloves from the circuit and unplug my entire bottom half to keep my feet from catching fire.

Once I can find a place to mount the controls I won't have to resort to such extreme measures. As of now it goes in my pocket and is hard to grab with my gloves on.
My Sedici gloves have a thermostat built in..... they produce much more heat when I am moving, than they do when I am sitting still. They each have a button on the back of the glove that lets me set it in one of 3 temp ranges.

I can't use the highest setting unless it's at freezing.... too hot, otherwise.

"There's this adage that we have 2 ears and one mouth so we should listen twice as much as we talk. Unfortunately with the Internet people have taken this old adage and turned it around. They have two eyes and 10 fingers so they think they need to post 5 times as much as they read. And since they have 10 fingers and one brain, they only have to think 10% of the time! "
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That's sounds cool, I wish I could control the heat like that. Mine is 2 potentiometers with no markings to indicate anything. Once I get the control mounted I'll be able to adjust on the fly.

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1999 YZF600R aka The Briggs & Stratton 600
2006 ZX-10R aka The BigCat (bored and stroked to 1157cc)
2006 GSXR 600 (bought from friend to fix and sell)
2008 ZX-10R aka The Green Goblin (Best handling 1000 Ive ever ridden)
2004 GSXR 600 (bought in a pinch and sold to a friend, who still owns her)
2009 GSXR 1000 (meh)
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