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Hello everyone. I am picking up anchor pretty soon and headed to the Chicago area from Jupiter, Fl. I have never lived north of tallahassee and I know I am in for a HUGE shock. BUT, I was wondering if all you northerners could give me a few tips, pointers, etc to help extend my riding season and what is needed for winterizing the scoot when i cant ride anymore.

Whether I need it or not, I went ahead and ordered the heated grips, heated seat, and the soft leather closeouts. I know a lot of people ride with heated jacket liners and other stuff and I guess I will find out more as I get into it BUT you guys of course talk to other people and have a good idea of what is typically needed to stay warm and prolong the riding season. I am just looking for some of those tidbits.

Also, is there a pretty standard practice that everyone follows for winterizing the bike after the riding season is finally over? How late in the year can you usually ride and when can you head out again? usually? That is going to be the hardest thing of all. Not being able to hop on the bike for a full day of riding in January.

Lastly, I heard Randy’s bike shop up there is pretty good but is that the only one around worth using?

Lastly, hopefully I can meet up with some of you guys that are local. I’ll be leaving the familiar and friends behind down here in Fl and it would be nice to meet up with some other fellow Vic riders.

Thanks in advance.
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You are moving from Jupiter, FL to Chicago, IL?......and you've never lived north of Tallahassee? WOW!
May the Lord have mercy on your soul. I got a cold chill just reading that.
 

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In all seriousness, Randy's Cycle is one of the best dealers in the country and you'll get some great service. As for extending your riding season, keep this one thing in mind: its all about getting out of the wind. All the heated gear in the world won't do crap with that cold midwest wind blowing.
The best money you could spend would be on soft lowers for the crash bars, fork lowers, any wind deflectors, and a tall windshield. If you can keep the wind off of you then you have a fighting chance to deal with the ambient temps.
With all that being said, October in Chicago will be colder than anything you have ever experienced so take it easy this fall.
 

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I used to have to do all that stuff......now I just hit the "UP" buttonfor my windshield. Works pretty good.
 

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2 last helpful hints to keeping warm in wicked cold temps.
Tip #1- Put a pair of surgical gloves on underneath your regular gloves to help keep the heat in.......you wouldn't believe how good this works.
Tip #2- to keep your feet warm, wear a thin pair of dress socks under your regular socks.....again the thin layer helps hold in the heat extremely well and they will not be too bulky in your boots.
 
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