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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-28-2018, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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Well, it's almost time to park the bike for the season up here and was wondering if there is a real concern over riding in near freezing temps besides the obvious with ice on the ground if it's been damp.
My ride to work is only 7min so in the mornings it usually right around 0c (32f). The bike is stored in an unheated garage and I start it up and run it for about 2min before even rolling off the driveway and I do not rev the motor. 7min is not a lot of time to really warm the motor up so am I causing damage by doing these short trips to and from work?

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That short a commute is not enough to get the engine up to full operating temperature and that is not good. Short runs in cool/cold weather will rust out the exhaust pipes and infest the engine oil with water. The there is that Skid Demon lurking around each bend.
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That was my thought, in the afternoon going home it's warmer (usually in the 50s) so it's just the morning that was my concern but I think it's time to park it anyhow as the temps can really struggle to climb out of the 30s moving forward.

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I live 2.3 miles from my work and its about a 10 min start to finish ride. I don't even bother riding it in the heat of summer never mind the near freezing temps of fall. Its not worth the trouble of getting the bike out and me geared up for such a short ride. But more than anything, that type short hop riding, especially in cold weather, is unnecessary wear & tear on the bike.....in my opinion
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there is that Skid Demon lurking around each bend.
My fear everytime I eat to much Mexican food.
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I ride year round with full heated gear in the winter. I don't care how cold it gets. As long as there is no chance for ice on the road (morning dew can freeze to the road, so be careful!) I'm on the bike. My bike is outside under a cover. I only work about 10 minutes from home, all slower (45mph max) back roads.
My advice is to REALLY let that bike warm up. 2 minutes is not long enough of a warm up. I go out and uncover the bike and get her started up. I take the cover inside and start the process of suiting up in the gear. After gearing up I head outside and lock the front door behind me. Once the bags are loaded up with my EDC and lunch, keys and phone securely zipped in a pocket, I plug the gear in and mount the bike.
It's about a half mile of riding to get out of my section. I take it very slowly, typically in first gear so that all the moving parts have a good chance to start warming up as well. This is not summer time, I do not crank on that throttle, no matter how much fun it would be to break that cold rear tire free. Remember that the tires on your bike were probably not designed for extreme cold. They will never warm up to their designed operating temperature and will not grip that cold road like intended. As long as you think safe, you'll be safe. Take it a little slower, especially in the turns. Avoid riding with any type of moisture in the air. Even if it's not foggy in the morning, the dew can come up off of rivers and streams that are close to the road. Be safe out there.

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My fear everytime I eat to much Mexican food.
TMI Vindex.
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My fear everytime I eat to much Mexican food.




Now that's funny.
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My daily commute is an hour so taking the time to get dressed for riding in the cold is worth it. It takes me longer than 7 minutes to get my cold weather riding gear on.

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I seriously hope that you routinely check the tires for proper inflation in the cold weather regardless of how far/long your ride is.
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