It really depends on whom you ask, and when & how they ride.cross wrote:Great info, thank you.
Is there really a need for 13 row cooler in Toronto?
First of all, you might be surprised at how hot a Toronto summer is - a fair bit hotter on average than San Diego according to the stats at WeatherSpark.
And every couple of years we get a pretty serious heat wave. So hot you can bake cookies in a parked car.
Of course, I am also known to ride into the southern US - NC/SC/TN/KY semi-regularly (REALLY wish I could make it to the rally this year!), and every now and then I'll visit my buddy in GA. I don't do that stuff in the head of midsummer, but I still don't want to plan my vacations/trips entirely around ambient temps.
Toronto also has some really brutal gridlock, both within the city (which is why I usually take the subway or bicycle when I can rather than the motorbike), and the surrounding highways. Highway 401 through Toronto (meaning about 60 miles east and west of the city) is the busiest highway in the world. Getting out of, into, or through the city can mean literally hours in stop & go traffic. Even in mild weather, that can send temps into scary territory. I once got an overheat warning on my liquid-cooled Duke 690 when I was trapped in traffic due to the Santa Clause Parade. Consider that.
Of course, the big cooler could definitely overcool the bike in the colder months, and I usually ride most of Nov and Apr at least. That's a big part of why I wanted the thermostat as well - and my heated vest and gloves are part of why I did the alternator upgrade.
For me, it makes sense - I wanted to do it once and be done with it, and have a bike that I can take (almost) anywhere I want, whenever I'm feeling tough enough to go there.