If you have good gear the riding season CAN be about 9 months out of the year. I just winterized my 600R 3 weeks ago. The 250 has been put away for a couple months because the gf thought it was too cold to ride.
Pretty much. There's only a couple of rainy days, and the cold doesn't get nearly as bad as most other places. A good sweatshirt underneath the jacket, a balaclava and good gloves is all that's really needed. Of course, there's some people with heated gear, but that's mostly when going to some other places in the state and beyond.