I live in Florida now, but when I lived in NC and SC we would always do a ride on new years day, no matter what the weatherman said. I was actually ticketed for speeding on the Parkway while the snow was coming done (we were coming out onf the tunnels sideways on ice,[smiley=grin.gif]. I went to a friends wedding in February on the bike (along with the entire wedding party, and several of the guests) and we got 3in. of snow that morning. As for rain, the day I bought my Duc it rained 6in. and I didn't have a truck or trailer, you know what they say, "like a Duck to water". Have fun, be safe, dress warm.
you people that wear heated vests are a bunch of wussies. I had the bike out last week after skool- around 9 pm and it had to be 40 degrees outside. I had my leathers on and a bandana around my neck. The only thing that got numb was my feet. I have combat boots that I ride in and they really didnt provide too much protection. If you are cold, pull over to the side of the road for a minute. Thatll warm ya up!
The heated vest is a good first coice, it heats the trunk and therefore the blood, the warm blood then heats the rest of the body. I am amazed at how well it works. It also gets rid of the massive layers of clothes required to ride on the hwy in cold weather. When you slow down you just shut it off (instead of stopping to shed layers).