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Old 01-04-2013, 04:33 AM   #46
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I just put a trouble light next to my engines cases for about an hour before I ride and it starts right up.
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:51 AM   #47
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Still riding daily down in the teens. I am using heated gloves and jacket. Thermal underwear and riding pants keep NY business casual wear warm down to single digits. The versys still does not have wind guards so finger tips get cold in single digits but only have a ten mile ride. The wr is the steed for snow, but I rarely ride in that as cars are nuts.

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Old 01-04-2013, 08:09 AM   #48
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I was checking my calender from last year and I got in three rides in the first week of last year. I think I got in at least one ride once a week all winter last year. I haven't ridden since the beginning of November, mainly because I've been out of state since the beginning of November but I probably wouldn't have ridden anyway. Other than a lack of snow its been cold and windy here in Michigan. I miss global warming.
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:58 AM   #49
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Still riding every day. Temps were down to minus 19 on New Year's morning, but today the expected high is nearly thirty degrees.

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Old 01-04-2013, 03:32 PM   #50
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Still riding daily down in the teens. I am using heated gloves and jacket. Thermal underwear and riding pants keep NY business casual wear warm down to single digits. The versys still does not have wind guards so finger tips get cold in single digits but only have a ten mile ride. The wr is the steed for snow, but I rarely ride in that as cars are nuts.

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I have found wind guards to be a lot less effective then I thought they would be, but they certainly don't hurt.
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:05 AM   #51
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I have found wind guards to be a lot less effective then I thought they would be, but they certainly don't hurt.
Yeah, me too. I ride a VStrom commuting to/from work on dry days in the winter. The cold air blast that comes up from underneath the wind guard is HARSH as hell, and it hits the part of your hands that has less contact with the heated grips (fingertips, thumbtip). Below 20F, I'll throw on my set of Hippo Hands, which are the shiznit -- they create dead-air space around the grips, so the grip heaters actually have half a chance to keep up.

They do, however, cut down on fuel economy, as I found out (and then pushed that heavy bike about a mile to the nearest fuel station!)

Ride well and safe!
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