Winter is a great time to visit Death Valley. Getting there is the challenge, it is cold most everywhere else in the state. Crossing the Sierra Nevada Mountains in winter is a real challenge on a motorcycle. The two all season passes, Donner and Carson, lead to Highway 395. 395 runs along the eastern side of the Sierras and at high elevations, so that's a really cold ride.
The only real route is down Highway 5, then east over Tehachapi Pass. The ride is about 365 miles from home to the town of Tehachapi. We left in the afternoon and got into Tehachapi around midnight, when we arrived at our motel the temperature was a chilly 27 degrees.
You can see, in addition to the heavy leathers, there are power cords dangling. Hell yeah, we got electrics!.