Winter in the San Francisco Bay Area doesn’t mean the same thing as most of the USA. For most of the country it means snow, ice and no motorcycling. For me it just means cold and rain, which not nice to ride in, doesn’t make it impossible. It just makes it damn uncomfortable.
A little while ago it got really cold (for the Bay Area) and we even had sub freezing temperatures. I actually did not ride for a couple of days because of the extreme cold (and the black ice) but as soon as it warmed up a bit I was back on the bike. One morning as I got onto the freeway in my predawn commute to work realized it was much colder than I thought it was and that I knew I was going to have very frozen fingers by the time I got to work. I’ve always wondered if the wind chill created by going faster was worth the fact that you spend less time out in the cold. I can’t say for certain, but in my very unscientific study I would say the answer is no. In an effort to not incriminate myself on the world wide web I don’t want to announce my average speed that morning. However you can imagine that at 5:30am there isn’t much traffic to slow you down…
I was just as cold or colder when I got to work. My fingers hurt quite a bit and I’ll never try that again.
Well not until I forget the fact that I tried it once already.