I'm in the northeast - last year, I rode every week through the winter. This year, not so much. As long as there is no snow on the ground, I'd be out. This year, though, I decided the salt took too much out of the bike. Some of my anodized fairing bolts got eaten away, and the salt stained my lower fairing. I rode with a facemask, Joe Rocket Textile jacket, Joe Rocket textile pants, tcs boots and some GREAT skiing gloves. Under, I had all under armour cold gear (including socks). The only time i remember being cold - it was 9 degrees! I'm going to wait until some march showers take care of some of the salt, then fire her up. Hopefully sooner than later, though. I am jonesing to get back on the road!