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At what temp do you take the cage?

Wanted to head out earlier today, but it was in the mid 50s so I took my car. Just too cold for the bike.

I know that varies with climate, to some mid 50s is a nice spring day. Here its the depth of winter.

I would say 60 is my absolute lowest riding temp, but I'm a cold baby and it only drops that low 10 nights out of the year anyway (so I can be picky)

At what temp will you absolutely without question (assuming no other factors to sway you like snow on the ground) not take the bike?

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i dont take the bike out really on any temps below 40 degrees, i ride a lot so i bundle up but the cold streets and cold tires do scare me a little , so the 40 degree mark is kinda where i like to be in my truck rather than on the bike.
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Im with euro, under 60 ill pass.... But i mean it doesnt happen that often.





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I make mine easy to remember, freezing point is my cut off. Colder = Cage (car/van/truck), Hotter = Honda (bike).

Although I don't like to ride when it's too cold, I really like winter and cooler temperature. Only thing I don't like about is is lower temperature = more power and less traction, not the best of combination.

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Between 50-55* was my absolute min. even in my 1-piece suit. My bike is for recreational purposes so I only take it out when its comfortable (warm weather, minimal night riding, minimal rain riding).

Back in my young & dumb days only once did I ride in a snow/sleet storm with temps around 34* ...won't be doing that **it again anytime soon lol.

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I have a simple rule to remember if I should take the bike or not. "If the roads aren't closed, it's riding weather" rain, shine, ice, snow, just a matter of getting used to riding in it. although I will admit, riding when it's 12 degrees outside does kind of suck lol.


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its been 14 here at night around 35-40 during the day.. still riding. but thats cause i grew a pair about 21 years ago
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It's never too cold to ride in Hawaii.
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i rode to work one day in October not checking the temp before leaving and it was -2*C (28*)

.....froze my balls off.

around 45* is my cutoff then ill take the truck

our weather goes anywhere from -30F winter to +95F summer
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Well I don't own a cage anymore, so I have no choice but to ride..Not that i'm complaining :) Coldest i've ever ridden was -8C in the snow. Wasn't enjoyable but that's down to the snow. Temperature doesn't really bother me.

Getting the bike started in -8C wasn't a good experience, that's for sure. Trying to start a 125 little stroker with no choke is not for anyone with little patience.



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Any chance of rain or low 30s...

I've learned to live with the cold(er) temps with like 3 jackets but with rain I don't see the need to risk it.. I have ridden in the rain tho but any chance of showers or just after one I take the cage everything else I suit up if I feel like riding


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I live in the SF Bay Area. Ride to work every day, year round. Rain or shine.

I'll ride in 30's no problem. I wear my heated glove liners and a couple sweatshirts and I'm good to go.

I have a long commute to work each day so I would rather ride and it be a little cold than to sit in traffic and have the ride take twice as long.


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Anything below 30F and I drive. Any REAL rain, not that weak stuff we've been getting in SoCal lately, and I'll drive.

About 45 minutes to work each way and the only discomfort I ever experience is in my finger tips, but that's nothing an engine cover can't warm up if needed. I typically only ever wear my dainese jacket with liner and thermals.


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For me to go out under 50 degrees I would really have to be jonesin for a bike ride
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Lowest this winter for me on a ride is 15F....20F is more than comfortable and a great blast :) Can easily go a few hours with just finger numbing/pain :) ... I have no heated **** either

To those avoiding rain....lolz....live in the UK..it rains throughout the year.....decent tyres and clothing and you can have as much if not more fun :) Just avoid the flooding if poss

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For pleasure above 40. When I'm really itching to ride or if the weather is supposed to be nice when I get off work I'll brave it as low as the teens. Heated jacket, heated grips, underarmour, and every square inch of skin covered. Works great for about 30 minutes.

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Coldest I've ridden was 28 on the way home from work one morning. I only have a 4mile commute to my job so I'll usually brave any temp as long as it's not raining or ice on the roads.
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below 30 is when I wont ride my bike but Ive ridden in colder temps then that. above 30 is fine for me but ive got a sweat shirt on under my gear. I need to get a pair of winter gloves though then id probably ride in the 20's but I don't know about traction at those temps its bad enough with the salt everywhere right now.
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As long as it isnt pouring and there isn't sleet or black ice I'm riding! Then again I live in texas :0
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This is something I've never thought about. Considering im in socal and ride up to Las Vegas to visit the gf biweekly anything the weather has to offer i ride.
Few weeks back was raining and i was like damn i need rain jacket, bought one from Southbay Motorsports then took off to Las Vegas in rain. Was rained on for 2 hours. Only rain gear/cold weather gear i had was jacket. Normal riding gear i always use other than that. Coldest temp i saw was 48, didn't bother me much even though gloves and pants all wet.
I just figure if i ever go somewhere its snowing, then that's the only time i won't ride. Well i don't think i would.

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Although my bike is moreso for fun, I still use it to commute from time-to-time. Here in socal, we're pretty spoiled with our weather. I'm from NY so I know what real cold feels like.
With that said, I'll ride in just about any temp that socal has to offer. And eventhough I've ridden in the rain several times, I try my best to avoid it -- drivers here lose their minds when there's even the slightest bit of precipitation.

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I have a simple rule to remember if I should take the bike or not. "If the roads aren't closed, it's riding weather" rain, shine, ice, snow, just a matter of getting used to riding in it. although I will admit, riding when it's 12 degrees outside does kind of suck lol.


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+1 , I'll ride whenever too. In Cali it was like 30ish and I still went out riding. All I did was add more layers and I was warm as hell.

I'll take the cold vs waiting in traffic .

Gonna get sis or bro a helmet and see if they'll convert them to ride 2 up so I don't need to take car anymore.

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Coldest temps I've ridden is 26f with mist in the air... Was able to watch the ice form on my gloves... a rain jacket to block the wind and I'm good to go. Rode thus morning when it was 31f with freezing fog


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The coolest I like to go is 50 deg anything colder and my hands freeze since I dont have winter gloves yet
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I've been commuting in 30F mornings this winter. I use a sweater under my touring jacket, leather boots, and a face mask.
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