I admire northerners who ride all year long. I live in southern Pennsylvania and I took a 16 mile ride last week and froze - it was 44 degrees F. After having a H-D that wouldn't start if the temp was much below 60, I was delighted that my 650 Burgy started right up - what a joy this thing is.
One of the things I use to keep warm in 'colder' weather.. www.kneenecks.com
I use the shorter wraps for the lower leg...had'em for
5 or 6 years. They work great, when I don't need to
wear my WALLs insulated nylon bib-overalls....which are
similiar to the Carhart line of outdoor work clothes.
My OEM tires work great in the wet, including a few commutes with unusual torrential rain. That's one reason I keep using the TH01's. If I'm heading into our wet season I also won't run the tread past the wear bars at all. You need some tread depth to pump out the water. I haven't been on them in <50 degree weather though so I don't know how they handle when freezing cold.
Just seen this thread, but for the last two years I have used Metzeler Feelfree Wintecs they are ultra soft and I have used them regularly in temperatures down to 35F. I even rode in to a car park one day to find it was covered in ice (could explain why it was nearly empty) I managed a gentle U turn and rode out without a single slip. They do however start to wear really quick once the weather gets above 50F.
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