I live in Florida. Land of Sunshine. Orange groves that stretch on forever and a day, home of the mighty Kumquat. At our most southern point we are only 90 miles from Cuba. In theory it should be warm.
|Original photo by Ryan Robinson.|
When I've been able to ride, it's been a bit...well shall we say freaking cold. Over the last few days the temperatures have varied from in the mid 50's to as low at 19 degrees. It's put me into an interesting position and something I never really considered. Riding in the cold.
It's easy to forget that we do have cold snaps here. I am originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and still don't consider anything below 40 degrees or so "cold" but I also lived in Charlotte, North Carolina for about ten years or so, so I know my blood will eventually "thin out" and what was once "cool" will become cold. Then freezing and finally freaking cold.
|Yes, you actually see this in Florida.|
So I did what all geeks do. I turned to the internet for research, reading that it's not so much the cold that will get me as the wind chill. That made perfect sense considering I'm buzzing down the road open and exposed to the elements. About warming my hands on the headlights, which is a little tough to do due to the design of the Burgie. About how to protect my exposed skin from the wind.
I ended up taking my car in most of those cold days. I felt more than a little embarrassed by doing so, after all I am planning on letting my bike replace my car. In fact, one of the reasons I settled on the Burgman was because it was designed for commuting and touring. In my mind at least that means riding it every day to work and to the store no matter what the weather. Cold and rain be damned!
|Actual reading at 8:45 AM one morning.|
The day will come where I will have to deal with cold weather. Understanding and preparing for it just makes sense.
Keep the Rubber Side Down blog. What's interesting is that 10 additional miles of speed does not really effect the "cold" your feeling that much.