"When you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there."
I've ridden as low as 15F and it's OK. I generally find it's a lot of work both in the prep to go and what to look out for.....Like the pick-up truck that backs out of a driveway and the water dumps on the road and "flash freezes".
"I bought a ticket to the circus, I don't know why I was so surprised to see elephants" Norris Church Mailer
2009 F800GS 1994 TW200
I really begin to rethink riding <30 degrees. It also depends on where I'm headed and how long I'll be out ... usually shorter local rides (errands, visiting friends etc).
Coldest ride for me was last Thanksgiving Sunday morning headed to Polly's Pancakes (Sugar Hill, NH) last day of the season. It was 22 when I left CT - and 16 when I hit VT. I pressed on until near exit 17(?) where the rest stop is when it really started snowing hard. Waited a bit with some free coffee and then turned tail and headed back south as the snow was really piling on the highway. I was hating to think what 117 was looking like and I wanted no part of it
With heated gear 10-15f is my limit and that's only for rides < an hour one way.
Riding a bike in the snow...pfft! You ain't a real man until you low crawl to work in the snow. If you don't know what low crawl means there is a school that teaches it in Columbus GA.
R. Reece Mullins Ebony R1200RT (Gretchen)
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1997 R1100RT (Restored Basket Case) , 1981 KZ 440 LTD (Restored Basket Case)
3xR90/6, two just sold, one for a sidecar.
1983 K100RS for winter project, two K's sold and just acquired a very rough R80RT.
40 - 45F is about it for me, with the occasional day ride if it stays colder for a longer spell as long as the roads are free of salt and ice. The bike is my escape but if its too cold it's not fun, and if its not fun I'm not doing it.
I still prefer riding in the cold to riding in brutal heat though. Turn on the seat and grips, bundle up with a vest and your good to go!
And by the way, the typical summer temps at our house are generally no worse than when we lived in Lawrence, Kansas. Just more sunshine, and dryer. We live in the desert, not Houston.
If the roads are dry ill ride down to 10-15f, but trip has to be 1hour or less each way. For all day riding, probably 35-40f