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Riding in Cold Weather

By lem at 11:22 am on February 7, 2006 | 2 Comments

During the past few weeks, it has become some sort of ritual.  The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning, along with checking my e-mail, is to take a look at the day’s weather forecast.

Most of the people I’ve talked with about scootering, including the sales team at the local Vespa dealership, seem to think that the winter months mean an end of riding until Spring.  Subconsciously following this mentality, I groan every time I see the forecast calling for temperatures in the mid-30’s.

The truth is that once I get on my scooter I tend not to notice the cold temperatures.  Sure, riding on a sunny, 70-degree day is optimal, but I’m thrilled enough that I can be out enjoying the wind in my face while zipping around DC.  Of course my legs go a little numb, but to me it’s totally worth it!

Update: Check out the new series Winter Riding? No Problem! for a more in depth of cold weather Vespa action!

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    Comment by George

    December 12, 2008 @ 3:43 pm

    I have found that a good motorcycle jacket with a liner is good down to at least 25 degrees. I have a Fieldsheer “Johnny Jacket” The pants to my rain suit stop numb legs from 40 degrees to 30 degrees. If it is colder than that, I wear my Fieldsheer “Four Season” pants, and I’ve never been cold wearing them with the lining in. The problem for me was always the gloves! I finally bought a pair of snowmobile mittens from Cabella’s. They were cheaper and much warmer than any motorcycle gloves I’ve tried. They are Gore-Tex and have 300 grams of Thinsulate on the back and 150 grams on the palm. The grip is good, and I can work all the controls with no problems. I keep my LX 150 in the garage and let the car sit outside. It makes starting in cold weather a little easier.

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    Comment by scooter

    April 3, 2010 @ 12:57 am

    A cold and tense rider is not a safe rider. Situational awareness is decreased; thinking slows down, as do reflexes. Dressing warmly will slow down the heat loss.But you will still be drawing on the account. The only difference is that it will take a little longer for you to feel cold.

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