Re: Freezing brake and throttle lines!
As was mentioned above, it's best to keep the bike in a sheltered enclosure when not in use. Any place where rain or snow won't fall on it. Next best is a bike cover or a well strapped tarp.
I keep realizing how lucky I am to have a small, but solid, windowless shed with a steel door and a reliable door lock. My bike almost never sees rain, let alone snow.
I still do my pre-ride checklist though.
"There is nothing wrong with wanting a motorbike that is an extension of your personal taste and fashion sense; if you must ride somewhere, I say do it with style