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Old 10-16-2011, 01:25 AM   #1
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Winter riding in houston???

With the winter season approaching us, Is there any tips that you veteran riders would like to pass on to us newbs?

This will be my first winter on a bike. And since this bike is my only form on transporation, I will be riding it all winter long..

Ive got an 09 ninja 250R.
Its Carbed.. any advice on carbed bikes during the winter? Gear recommendations?

Fill us in on what to expect.

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Old 10-16-2011, 01:51 AM   #2
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Old 10-16-2011, 01:58 AM   #3
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Old 10-16-2011, 03:04 AM   #4
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Its not so bad,leather is your friend, cover your neck and be always be careful with ice
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Old 10-16-2011, 07:56 AM   #5
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Winter riding in Houston is a great way to start the day!

For years, I've commuted every day from Sugar Land to the Galleria on an St1300. My thoughts...

Layer your gear. The temperature can be 30 degrees different between morning and afternoon - especially if you leave for work predawn like I do.

Don't forget to bring a lighter pair of gloves for the commute home. Heavy gauntlets are great in the morning but too much later in the day.

Spray anti-fog on both sides of your face shield and windshield. Use it on your glasses, too, if you wear them.

Find alternate transportation when the temperature drops below 35 degrees on rainy mornings. Overpasses ice up fast even when other parts of the roadway are just wet.

Remember: You're starting your day in a better way than 99% of the other commuters.

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Old 10-16-2011, 08:18 AM   #6
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don't think '09s are carbed. i thought they went FI on the new style 250's?
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For years, I've commuted every day from Sugar Land to the Galleria on an St1300. My thoughts...

Layer your gear. The temperature can be 30 degrees different between morning and afternoon - especially if you leave for work predawn like I do.

Don't forget to bring a lighter pair of gloves for the commute home. Heavy gauntlets are great in the morning but too much later in the day.

Spray anti-fog on both sides of your face shield and windshield. Use it on your glasses, too, if you wear them.

Find alternate transportation when the temperature drops below 35 degrees on rainy mornings. Overpasses ice up fast even when other parts of the roadway are just wet.

Remember: You're starting your day in a better way than 99% of the other commuters.

Ride safe!
What do you do with your extra layers on your way back?
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Old 10-16-2011, 08:35 AM   #8
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They're all carbed. You shouldn't have a problem with it running. Over my past 8 winters bike only I've learned two things. Wear high socks layered, and wear a hoodie as a layer with the hood up under your helmet. These are my tricks
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buy some winter gloves, a turtle neck and a foggy mask. all of which I have for sale if you are interested in winter gear. the foggy mask will stop the shield from fogging.

like was stated, layer. I was always fond of using a wind breaker under my leathers. since the wind is what makes it "cold", they do a good job.

if the rare event of ice occurs here in houston, the city shuts down anyways, so stay off the bike.

as for the extra layers of clothes, buy a tank bag or backpack to haul in
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i have the gerblings heated jacket liner and gloves. you wouldnt believe how well they work. i installed the toggle switch yesturday on battery. if a bike is your only means of transportation maybe you should look into it.
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Old 10-16-2011, 09:46 AM   #11
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the 09 ninja is carbed for sure..


Also, Im looking for a good jacket for the winter but im torn.. I dont want to spend hundreds on a leather jacket that Im only gonna use for a few months.. We all know Houston is a Heat box in the summer... Would a Textile with a thermal liner better suit me??
Houston DOES get cold.. We experience 30 degree weather just about every year.. and I want to be ready...
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Old 10-16-2011, 09:48 AM   #12
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textile is what i have. with the heated liner thats all i wear on rides were its 30 degrees.
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If you can still ride your bike, its not winter That being said i used to ride back home as long as there was no snow on the road (and sometimes when their was).


If you dont want to spend the money on a new jacket, try riding with a sweatshirt on under it. Thats all I ever did back home, and that was when it was 5 deg outside. Good pair of gloves that dont have a lot of perforations so your hands stay warm. As far as your legs are concerned, your going to be cold unless your wearing chaps or you have thermals on underneath them.

Also, get neck protection. Most online venders sell cold gear, and getting something to protect your neck is crucial.
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i have the gerblings heated jacket liner and gloves. you wouldnt believe how well they work. i installed the toggle switch yesturday on battery. if a bike is your only means of transportation maybe you should look into it.

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Winter? Houston? Huh?

I haven't seen winter in almost 6 years. (when I left NY)
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it's funny that people think that 30 degrees is winter,lol. yes it is chilly.....but not cold. and the 2-3 days that houston actually gets to 30 degrees....well, that is our "winter".
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I've ridden the 250 in colder weather and it should be fine. You may need to use the choke every once in a while - i dont think I ever did unless I haven't used it in a week or two.

Layers of clothes are great. However I remembered that even with winter gloves the fingertips still get cold.
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I have some Thinsulate gauntlet gloves, a neck warmer (going to get a mock-neck this year), a rain liner inside my jacket, a silk undershirt, and long sleeve cotton shirts. Carrying a backpack will also help keep you warmer, as your back will not get any wind. My feet and legs have always been the 'frozen' parts after a cold ride, so i am looking into ways to help protect them from the cold. The rain liner really helps to keep the wind out, and the other layers help insulate you. If you decide to use a heated vest, remember it puts a big load on your bike's charging system - if you don't have a long ride to work (which will allow the battery to recharge) then getting a battery maintainer would be a good safeguard against possible carging system issues.

and good job to all the "houston doesn't have a winter" comments. way to work on your post count.
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grip warmers made last winter stupid easy.
have a back up plan for getting to work or whatever. avoid riding in the dark, frozen rain that will probably be around in the early months. that is dangerous.
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My feet and legs have always been the 'frozen' parts after a cold ride, so i am looking into ways to help protect them from the cold.
oh yeah, thermal long underwear and some extra layered on thick wool socks.
leave space in the pack to put that stuff in once you get where you are going

a set of frogg toggs might help, too.

i got a firstgear jacket a couple of years back that has proven it's worth dozens of times in the harsh . they have excellent venting that zips up for when you dont want it. the liner is great, as well as the jacket's insulation. i could show up sweaty to work with near scalded hands from the combination of grip warmers and my eskimo motorcycle jacket, in 25 degree weather.

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