I will admit up front that I have never lived up north so I may need someone to explain this to me. It has always been my understanding that the reason people park their bikes for the winter in the northern half of the country is because of ice on the roads. Even if their is no ice on your street you still can't ride because you never know where you will encounter it. The story about Gerbing's electric gear said that this stuff allows you to ride in the winter time providing the roads are safe. How can the roads ever be considered safe up north in the winter time if you never know if there might be ice around the next curve?