This is why I love this forum. Tons of help.
Bottom line from what I'm reading is...seat time is the only way to learn. Unfortunately in Pennsyltucky it's going to be below 30 until August
I know this is off topic a little bit, but here goes: PinoyRider88
, you fhuu-uuhp, you should have asked Santa/Mrs Claus, or one of the kinky she-elves
in the workshop to cobble you up some spankin' new electric riding gear.
Almost every summer I ride Hwy 101/PCH 1
from approx. 45° N. latitude. These are the furthest west Hwy in the contiguous US. I continue as far S as Cambria, CA, which is 35° N. latitude. It's a fair stretch of the legs, so to speak. Well, what's that in E. coast 'money'? It would roughly be the equivalent of Bangor, ME south to Fayetteville, NC.
Why, the geography lesson? Because so many think of CA as palm trees, bikinis and sunshine, and it can be. But even in Monterey, CA (which is S of San Francisco) in the month of July the mornings are foggy and cold; sure the afternoon temp warm up nicely. Likewise, once the sun goes down below the horizon, the evening get very chilly as well. Move that same latitude measurements a few hours E and one finds themselves smack dab in the Sierra Nevada Mtns. Which is the route I take home, going N.
So, the E has the Appalachian Mtns. But Hwy 120 in CA goes up to 9,944 ft high (Tioga Pass). On the other hand, the highest paved road over the Appalachian Mtns is a respectable 6,684ft via Mt Mitchell pass on Hwy 128 in NC. Uumm, that's a difference of 3,260 ft.
Now this isn't to illustrate whose Johnson is bigger
. The point I'm trying to illustrate, is that in Sacramento it might be in the high 90s, yet Tioga pass out of Yosemite NP
can be chilly (40s/low 50s) even in the summer.
Gain 3K in elevation is probably gonna see some cooling affects. Double that and oh H. yes. Triple the original figure and absolutely one can find the air temp cool, esp with 'Ninja Speed.' So, electric gear isn't just for winter, or über high elevations. Wind chill can lead to hypothermia
, which rapidly decreases judgement, depth perception; and can result in one going into shock - yes while one is operating a motorbike.
When I was young (20s), I thought only old grey-beard land-yacht riders on Gold Wings, and touring BMWs, and huge HD 'baggers' wore electric gear. Badass sportbike riders didn't use that kind of gear. Right now, just S. of Portland the lows were in the 30s, as they are projected to be tonight; the highs have been/will be in high 40s/low 50s; with lows in the low 30s.
Another way to look at is on a 50° F day, and going 50 mph yields a windchill of 25° F! Yes, water freezes at 32° F. Food for thought.