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Old 09-30-2009, 09:55 AM   #21
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The high is 87 today....you guys/gals sound like the folks back up north....while you're at it, drain the coolant from your bike, add some stabil to the gas, and change your oil before storing it. ha ha.
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Leather! And a polar fleece scarf

Buy you some winter gloves - and wear them with a liner. Get some thick socks (hiking variety) for your toes. I can ride in all temps, but I don't like below 40.
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Old 09-30-2009, 10:01 AM   #23
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All I had was my bike for around a year while I was in college and working. I rode everywhere I went, regardless of the whether. I had a whole pile of warm stuffs by the door and would gear up for the weather. Layers, masks, neck gators, liners, armor, rain suit, etc.
I had profs at school that would give other students a hard time for being late by pointing me out and saying "he made it on time, on a motorcycle, in 35 degree rain...whats your excuse?"
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The high is 87 today....you guys/gals sound like the folks back up north....while you're at it, drain the coolant from your bike, add some stabil to the gas, and change your oil before storing it. ha ha.
Fah, the new guy is just trying to get ready a few months before it starts to get cool. You know it's december/january before we see who the polarbears are. :-)
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Old 09-30-2009, 10:14 AM   #26
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when i first got my RR i would ride year round...no matter how cold it was....but now im to much of a pu$$y so once it drops below 50 im staying inside lol


when i do ride and its COLD outside, ill wear my leathers with latex gloves under my riding gloves
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i'll take riding in the freezing cold over the unbearable heat any day. for me its way more enjoyable not to be sweating like crazy. only part that bothers me about riding in the cold is my hands, but i plan on getting some winter gloves this winter, or use my snowboarding gloves to ride
I used my snowboarding gloves this morning to try it out, wasnt very comfortable cuz they're really bulky and the thick size made it hard to reach the clutch and brake with my fingers, harder to grip and feel the handles too.

felt GREAT though as far as heat/cold, my hands actually got warm, didnt any ANY wind at all.
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Old 09-30-2009, 10:24 AM   #28
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oh yea i forgot the scarf or the fleece neck thing i use when i board as well. and i guess that i got track leathers i can wear those too
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i thought the cold weather underarmor and a shirt under, and all under a jacket with lining.

never really found much to help the hands enough but ill try the silk gloves this year...........under my leather ones haha. Its all about layers!
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Old 09-30-2009, 10:31 AM   #31
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Keep your core warm. A good jacket with a liner goes a long way.
If you're riding a bunch, an electric vest is the best money you can spend.

A scarf, bandanna or balaclava can help keep your face and neck warm.
Some people use liners in their gloves, but in my experience they tend to stretch out the gloves.
I recommend using a cold weather glove, and there's a lot to choose from. However, unless you're doing long distance touring or daily commuting I'd stay away from the overly bulky ones as you lose some feel.

As far as over pants once again there's a lot to choose from, and some can be uncomfortable / bulky.
My best advice for occasional riders is to wear good quality thermal underwear, ski oriented stuff works well, under your armored jeans.
Depending on how bulky the long underwear are, you may want to go up one size in your armored jeans.

Leather in itself does an acceptable job of blocking the wind, but has terrible insulation qualities on it's own.
For winter especially I prefer textile. The good quality stuff will do a better job of blocking the wind and keeping you warm.

I also recommend wearing good quality wool socks or equivalent.
Visit Gander mountain or Pro Bass Shops and look in the hunting section for thin thermal socks.

As always, we keep most of the aforementioned motorcycle gear in stock, and we're happy to help you pick out gear that fits properly and keeps you warm while saving you some money.
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Keep your core warm. A good jacket with a liner goes a long way.
If you're riding a bunch, an electric vest is the best money you can spend.

A scarf, bandanna or balaclava can help keep your face and neck warm.
Some people use liners in their gloves, but in my experience they tend to stretch out the gloves.
I recommend using a cold weather glove, and there's a lot to choose from. However, unless you're doing long distance touring or daily commuting I'd stay away from the overly bulky ones as you lose some feel.

As far as over pants once again there's a lot to choose from, and some can be uncomfortable / bulky.
My best advice for occasional riders is to wear good quality thermal underwear, ski oriented stuff works well, under your armored jeans.
Depending on how bulky the long underwear are, you may want to go up one size in your armored jeans.

Leather in itself does an acceptable job of blocking the wind, but has terrible insulation qualities on it's own.
For winter especially I prefer textile. The good quality stuff will do a better job of blocking the wind and keeping you warm.

I also recommend wearing good quality wool socks or equivalent.
Visit Gander mountain or Pro Bass Shops and look in the hunting section for thin thermal socks.

As always, we keep most of the aforementioned motorcycle gear in stock, and we're happy to help you pick out gear that fits properly and keeps you warm while saving you some money.

Patrick and crew got me sorted out with an A* rain suit. No matter how warm you dress, if its wet you need rain protection.

Like I mentioned previously, all I had for awhile was the bike and I had to ride in the cold/rain. I would not have been able to do so without a good rainsuit rolled up and ready to go in the backpack.
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Old 09-30-2009, 04:50 PM   #34
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I hate the cold period. I can't handle riding in it. Yes, I'm a sissy. whatever..when I'm shaking so bad I'm biting my tongue from my teeth chattering so hard, it's not fun. I've done the layer thing...layers & layers. I don't have enough insulation maybe? I dunno....Eventually it's harder to move around on the bike. I'm just not a winter rider.



Its not fun for me when I have to try and concentrate on not being cold when thats the only thing I can think about. Guess I'm the puzzy too
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Gloves, jackets, pants, accessories, whatever keeps you warm, ideas & etc, post it up!

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Latex are great, they hold your body heat in. Mitten are also warmer because your finger stay together , no separated.

you only have to be ready for winter about 3 day a year around here. and then there not even 3 day in a row.
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It really depends how cold it is, how far you are going, and how fast you are moving. Need some insulation for coolish weather. Need insulation and wind block for cold weather. Need insulation, wind block and heat source like heated vest for longer trips in cold weather. If you have heat source to keep core warm, the warm blood will help keep extremeties(hands and feet) warm. Frogg Toggs pack well and will help block wind also.
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Only time I don't ride is when I get up at 5AM and it's below 40 AND raining....

Other then that, ride all winter.

I have a Feildshear winter suit. It actually gets too warm above 70 which means some days I have to either layer or wear the suit in the morning and
sweat in the afternoon on the way home.

Maybe we'll have a mild winter.

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