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My question is am I hurting my bike by riding in cold weather 30s and 40s?I let it warm up for a long time before taking off,but the temp. needle doesn't get above the 1st litle warm line. It got a litle noisy when it first started getting colder,so I did the Grambo trick and it runs quiet now,no problems shifting. Im thinking about Toc. MCCTs this winter,but Im worried about the cold weather riding. Thanks,Paulywog in CT.
 

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I doubt you can hurt it by riding in colder temps. You may need a different viscosity oil if you notice it shifting funny or making noise and the battery might start struggling to crank it over the colder it gets. But I imagine the salt on the roads will do more damage than the cold temps ever would.
 

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I doubt you can hurt it by riding in colder temps. You may need a different viscosity oil if you notice it shifting funny or making noise and the battery might start struggling to crank it over the colder it gets. But I imagine the salt on the roads will do more damage than the cold temps ever would.
true that yo! road salt is a "KILLER"!
 

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re.cold riding

You guys make sense on both counts. I was mad this past week we had a litle snow and they salted and sanded. So I also have to be weary of the sand. Even that I dont mind riding in the cold,I think Ill just suck it up and winterize it and put it away for winter. There isn't much sense possibly causing problems. My neighbor will let me store it in his garage,so one ride tomorrow and then wait for spring.Thanks again,Paulywog.
 

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Move South!! I rode yesterday, about 70 miles. It good a little chilling through the leather but I don't put on extra clothing. short sleeve shirt and jeans. It got up to 39 degree. But the most we see snow, maybe on a big year, is one 3 to 5 inches deep and some light dustings so salt is rare. The problem here is the first foot or tire hits it, it packs to ice! Last year there was a strip of snow 4 miles long on the main interstate. Cars stuck everywhere. In that 4 miles, 25+ cars where wrecked in the median. Not the first Southern tag on any of them. They thought 'it's only 5 inches of snow'. Welcome to the South:rockon:.
 

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true that yo! road salt is a "KILLER"!
Ask my 85.lol.can you say Swiss cheese frame? Just make sure y'all wash the **** off..
 

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I commuted 3 days this week. I can ride comfortably down to 35 degrees. Colder than that and I worry about icy spots. Bikes don't care about the cold and the VN actually runs better in the winter in my opinion.
 

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Well lets see...heavy coat-check.Winter gloves-check.full face helmet with anti-fog-NO it fogs.Sunglasses/other eye protection only-NO cold air hurts eyes/makes vision "blurry".So best not to ride below 60 degrees!!
 

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Heh. As far as I'm concerned there is no riding season or non-riding season down here. If you wear enough layers you can stay warm in FL. And my full face helmet fogs up a little but only when I'm sitting at a stop light. And then I just crack it and it's all good. :motorcycl

Before I started working from home I rode 27 miles each way 5 days a week regardless of temperature. The only time I didn't ride was if I knew I had to go to a store for something that wouldn't fit in my saddlebags or it was more than 60% chance of rain.
 

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This past week we had a litle snow and they salted and sanded. So I also have to be weary of the sand. Even that I dont mind riding in the cold,I think Ill just winterize it and put it away for winter........ one ride tomorrow and then wait for spring.
No need to wait for the spring. Just wait for a good rain to wash the salt and sand away.
 
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