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post #1 of 21 Old 10-18-2007, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Now that we are very close to the colder season, and some of you guys have been in it for a while, what kind of cold weather gear do you use? all leather? heated? or just puss out?

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post #2 of 21 Old 10-19-2007, 02:50 AM
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Fieldsheer Adventure Jacket & Adventure Pant (both with liners)
A balaclava on colder days
Held makes some great winter gloves

I don't need anything heated for Florida, yes it sounds funny to think I'd need anything heavy in Florida but the temps are often in the low 40's high 30's during the coldest months.

Heated grips are a great luxury.

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puss out!!! Below 50 degrees my Sunday morning ride is shortened to a 8 miles round trip to Marcus Dairy.

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I've got:
a two piece lined textile suit. Waterproof with removable liners.
Wool socks.
A-Star waterproof and lined gloves.

All of these really help. But the best investment I ever made for colder riding is a balaclava. Put that thing on and close the vents on the helmet and your much toastier.

I've ridden the 9er on a trip as low as 35 degrees, but even with the above gear below 50 is my usual limit.

It's kind of funny how much your interest plays into it. Going into winter below 50 feels cold. Coming out of winter below 50 isn't too bad. I'm much more motivated to ride in cold weather when I haven't been on a bike all winter.

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[QUOTE=HondaJim;137568 But the best investment I ever made for colder riding is a balaclava. Put that thing on and close the vents on the helmet and your much toastier.


+1 on the balaclava. A real luxury keeping the cold wind off the neck and out of the helmet.

Any good set of long underwear is worth its weight as well. I often through on a set of polypropelene LJs and long thermal socks. With a fleece under a slightly oversized weatherproof textile, cold weather gloves and above mentioned balaclava, I have done 100 mile rides in lower forties temps comfortably.

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Be a man! You're in NC, not NY.
Layer up and ride.
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Be a man! You're in NC, not NY.
Layer up and ride.
hey, it does get pretty darn cold here. you wouldnt know it with all the dry heat lately but just watch, its going to get down to -25 this winter!!! you'll see!!!

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I ride with my EXO-scorpion helmet, fleece neck warmer and my Joe Rocket Ballistic jacket to keep me warm. I picked my gloves up for cheap from the Honda shop here, they are mainly just to keep the wind off my hands. I will ride in weather under 25 F if my wife lets me, I just LOVE the ride, no matter what! In fact last year when I rode, a big fatty piece of snow fell from a tree and hit me in the chest while going about 30. Pretty cold but that is about it. I figure, what doesn't kill you just makes you stronger!

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Here in the great state of Texas, I switch out my gym shorts, wifebeater and flip flops for some jean shorts, full short sleeve t-shirt and tennis shoes. Keeps the coolness out....

Actually,

I usually layer some long underwear with jeans for the bottom, if it is really cold (under 40) then I wear my rain pants to block the wind. I wear long underwear shirt, tshirt, long sleeve shirt and lined PowerTrip jacket. I always have a full face helmet, but I use a scarf to block the wind on my neck under about 40. I also have a thick leather gauntlet glove for cold weather riding. 28 is the coldest I have ridden, and was pretty good with that gear. I don't know how much colder I would want to go, as there were some ice patches out there at that temp. I do plan to buy some overpants soon to replace the rainpants.

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If it's really cold get some snowmoble/Skiwear.Anti-fog stuff comes to mind also.

And like everyone else a balaclava is your newest bestfriend.

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I did the whole Widder electric gear, heated seat, heat grips thing on the ST13. Maybe I'm getting old, I don't know. I'm not going to do it again. Riding in the cold is more effort than I'm willing to expend these days. I'll puss out if it's less than 45 degrees now. It's easier to toss the bike in the trailer, take it to a family house in Florida, and fly down there a couple times over the Winter to get a ride fix in.

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For the last several years I've been riding that big ole rattling woodstove called a Concours! A great bike for winter. But, since Connie Red is at a new home, and my lil 919 is nude, well, I guess I'd better get me some woolies and layer up. Working for years in a switch yard and riding on the side of boxcars in all kind of weather I don't pay much attention to weather.

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post #14 of 21 Old 10-21-2007, 09:10 PM
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here it is pretty cold already.
I make balaclavas (yes I manufacture them) in cotton spandex plain and printed helmet liners, and tech poly carbon silver for the summer moisture wicking and anit odour. and in thermal cotton and poly cotton for the winter. all with flat seams so no iritation on the head.
I wear a helmet liner/ balaclava all year round, keeps my helmet from getting gunky and funky.

even in summer it is sometimes pretty cold here

I find it is really the cold wind that gets you.

so I wear long underwear, woolsocks, balaclava as first layer
then windstopper jacket, windstopper pants, my regular leather jacket with padding/protection , and another windstopper jacket on top, and textile pants with padding/ protection, and sometimes if it is really cold a pair of rhyno rhisa (like gortex) over pants, that I use for the rain also.
windstopper neck topper
alpine star ridge waterproof boots,
belstar gauntlet gloves. I bought another pair of gloves tourmaster cold front carbon , I hope they work.

then I have to go piss, so I have to take everything off again, go piss and put it all on again.
reminds me alot of going out in the winter when I was a kid in a snowsuit same swish swish sound and everything.


I need some advice about how to handle the fogging in my helmet, I have a shoei helmet so I have the "open a fraction click" so I am usually ok at higher speeds ( even if it is cold in the helmet ) but in the city I get alot of fogging, any suggestions?
I read above about a foggy mask, thank you for the suggestion, I am going to try and find a dealer here.


(yes I take the cold seriously) I have a place in the mountains about 80k north of montreal, it is always 4-5 degrees colder than in montreal.

Wow this forum is great so much excellent information thank you semi grey


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post #15 of 21 Old 10-22-2007, 01:38 PM
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I bought another pair of gloves tourmaster cold front carbon , I hope they work.

I need some advice about how to handle the fogging in my helmet, I have a shoei helmet so I have the "open a fraction click" so I am usually ok at higher speeds ( even if it is cold in the helmet ) but in the city I get alot of fogging, any suggestions?
I read above about a foggy mask, thank you for the suggestion, I am going to try and find a dealer here.


(yes I take the cold seriously) I have a place in the mountains about 80k north of montreal, it is always 4-5 degrees colder than in montreal.

Wow this forum is great so much excellent information thank you semi grey


Mnet.

Really hope the cold front carbon work .I'm thinking of getting a set,Ive got the winter elites right now the carbons look like a better glove.

As for fogging rain-X on the inside and out I've got some stuff in a stick form that works good,but the label has wore off,Can't remeber what it was.

Been thinking of using a snorkle (no really I have).I also wear Glasses and when they fog up and freeze it is bad.

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It's easier to toss the bike in the trailer, take it to a family house in Florida, and fly down there a couple times over the Winter to get a ride fix in.

Can I have some of that extra money?

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ok so took my ride today
was 0 degrees outset and -5 north where I rode.
so 32f starting and down to 23f. (brrr)
I wore a ski suit, with long underwear and windstop.
my tourmaster gloves hmmmm , ok I guess for 35-45 but on the way home (23 my fingers were cold.
if I ride again this year i will wear some polar fleece glove liners and see.
they are made big.
in their favor they are really well made gloves and have an extra big opening/ gauntlet so you can fit them over a ski jacket easily.
I picked them up at ridegear for like 52.00 so for the money I think is well worth it for a winter glove, with protection and a squeegee.

my best purchase was a windstop neck protector this is one thing I would not do without.

I think it is my last ride up north, they have started putting sand on the roads, and on the country road I usually ride there is already some black ice

is it time to buy stabilizer for my 919 ?

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My balaclava I'm not very happy with it. Can you post some picts of the ones you make?

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post #19 of 21 Old 12-17-2007, 12:42 PM
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Yeah, I'd love to see your balaclavas.
I need to get a Respro Foggy mask, too.

I use:
Fog wipes on the inside of the shield
Silk long Johns
Balaclava (polypropylene) if below 45
fatty wool socks
Widder electric vest
Widder electric gloves if really cold
Cortech Advanced sport jacket, Nikwaxed
Hein Gericke G-line (women's) Lucia pants, Nikwaxed
Held Monsoon waterproof gloves if raining--cover 'em with yellow dish gloves if it's really wet.

I don't own a car, so it's the bike or the bus! Rarely freezes here and no snow, fortunately.

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It's been in the 20's-40's When it get's to the upper 50's I just put on a turtleneck, my Icon full length gauntlet style Merc gloves, Icon Battlecry leather jacket with liner in it, a bandana on my face (actually does work to keep chin from freezing, and you can actually talk after you get off!), and my converse desert combat boots. Not too terribly cold with all that.

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post #21 of 21 Old 12-18-2007, 06:59 PM
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Roadcrafter suit
Jettvest battery heated electric vest
Snowmobile Mechanized Gloves
Nylon Balaclava
Chemical heat packs in glove

Good into the mid 20's but really comfortable in the low 40's

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