Cold Weather Motorcycle Riding

It’s not necessarily easy, but cold weather, winter riding is definitely doable. Though much of the U.S. has been experiencing somewhat of an Indian Summer, Beijing has still been pretty cold this winter, as low as 5 degrees Farenheit (-15C), however that hasn’t stopped me from commuting daily on my Jincheng JC250-6! The single biggest danger when riding in the winter is probably black ice, which is an ice patch that blends in with the color of the pavement and thus you have no idea what’s coming when you hit it. Luckily for me though Beijing has been almost entirely devoid of moisture and so the bitter cold and harsh winds have been the only challenges I’ve had to contend with. To get a good breakdown of tips for winter riding, I highly recommend reading book Proficient Motorcycling: The Guide to Riding Well by David L. Hough. This is a
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I can see the light at the end of the Canadian winter tunnel: It’s time to get out the Sporty!

I don’t know about everyone else, but after months of not even being able to hear the engine of my bike, I’ve just been itching to get back out on the road. So after what I’m hoping is the final major snow storm, a couple gorgeous sunny days in toronto, and a 7 day forecast where the highs are all above freezing (it’s still dipping below consistantly, but I can deal with that later…), I put the call in yesterday to S.O.A.R. to get my bike out of storage. Where I’m at right now, as long as there’s not ice on the road, I’m riding!
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