2021 CanAm Spyder RT
I used to say to myself that as long as the temps are above freezing and the sun is shining I can get out for a ride. Especially since my current ride has a full fairing, heated seats and grips, the cold should not be a major factor. But a few years ago I adjusted my cold point to 40. The other day I went for a ride when the temp was 50, and sunny, and came home after only about 45 minutes on the road. I was just chilled enough to not want to stay out for a longer ride. Now I am thinking that maybe I should set my lower limit at 60 degrees, and just accept being a biker wimp. Maybe its age. I know that as we age we lose the layer of fatty tissue just below the skin and that makes us more susceptible to cold. This is why you will see folks in a nursing home often wearing sweaters or other warm clothing even while the staff is still in short sleeves. This came to mind when I received a message today that the local riding group is going out tomorrow morning for a ride to see the fall colors in the area, and the weather report shows that at the time the ride will begin the temps will be in the lower 40's. Not too long ago I would have not let that stop me for a moment, but now I am not sure I will be going for the group ride even though it may be the last such ride before winter really sets in. Or maybe I'll put thermal underwear under my jeans, and add a sweatshirt under my lined jacket, and still give it a go. I hate the reality of growing old, even though it sure beats the only other alternative.