Better to ride than not - and if that means electrics, so be it. Personally, my Aerostich Roadcrafter and whatever layers I feel like using are warm enough for my commute down into the 20's on the SV650. Does that make me milktoast or not?
The implication that I am less than tough and rugged makes me sad, frustrated, angry and a bunch of other emotions that I need to work thru.... I have already scheduled Extra sessions with my therapist, and find myself so distracted that I can't even enjoy my most favorite relaxer, a Venti double shot lapafrapamochachino low fat, half cream, with a dash of cinnamon....
I mean, I wear black leather for crying out loud!
I'm tough, damn it!
Actually, I just live in South Texas, where I don't need any of that crap on the coldest day of the year. What I need is a water cooled vest and long johns and a dehumidifier for the spring, summer, and fall seasons!
And, by virtue of being a Native Texan, only a fool or an ignoramus would call into question the mettle of my character....
"Never ask a man if he's from Texas. If he is, he'll tell you. If he's not, you don't want to embarras him."
I'll ride into the mid 20s without electrics. After that, it's hard to put on enough layering to keep warm enough to go any sort of distance without losing too much dexterity to safely ride. Even in the mid 20s though, without electrics, you're going to need to stop and thaw out your hands about every 100 miles or so...
Heated handgrips are nice, other than that I don't ride below freezing if I can avoid it and my nifty Aerostitch suit and Triumph Explorer goretex gloves, coupled with an adequate layer of insulating subcutaneous fat keep me warm as toast. Somtimes I wear a fleece jacket under my suit and a wool scarff if it's particularly nasty out, but overall if it's above freezing and not monsoon rain the riding gear I have is good enough.
Ah yes. The "Good Old Days". When ships were made of wood and men were made of iron. Who needs all this pansy electric heating stuff? Who needs our modern times with all these weakling conveniences? Let's go back to days of yesteryear... before all this modern complication. Let's go back to the simpler times.... before indoor plumbing, novocaine and penicillin. Days our grandparents remember fondly. When you might die from a toothache and half of your chidren didn't live past 5 years old.
As long as we skip the 70's on the way back I'm cool with it. The thought of seeing sarnali2 wearing a blue leisure suit with a yellow butterfly collar and hearing him say, "That's a stone groove man" would be cruel and unusual punishment.
No Way Mon. I was Defending the Frontiers of Freedom and Keeping the World Safe for Democracy with mscruddy during the Disco Daze... I did have a shiny black polyester disco shirt, wide leg cream colored polyester slacks and zipper boots for cuttin' the rug though.
Before that it was Dirt Bikes, Levi's, flannel shirts and Jungle Boots with hair halfway to my ass.
Absolutely. I stupidly wore my vented race gloves on a 20 mile errand the other day through the rain. By the time I was home, my hands were some confused combination of extreme pain and completely numb. I could barely pull in the front brake. Heated grips, here I come.
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