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    Winter Wear

    Did 160 miles today in 25-30 degree temp.

    I purchased a pair of leather coveralls (heavy grade) from stone lake leather works which work fabulous and a pair of Gerbing heated gloves which saves my life. Nothing worse than cold hands, that's all I think about once they're cold. I also got an Under Armor ski mask that really keeps my face comfy. Underneath I had on a pair of long johns and 2 thermal shirts under the leather jacket.

    Out of the 160 miles, I did about 120 of the miles on the 4 lane to see how it all handles at 70-80 mph and I got to say I stayed pretty comfortable. I'm good to go. H
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    Glad you're comfortable at those temps! I've considered handguards for off season riding to block the wind. They seem to be easy on, easy off.

    Be safe

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    Quote Originally Posted by criminaldesign View Post
    Did 160 miles today in 25-30 degree temp.

    I purchased a pair of leather coveralls (heavy grade) from stone lake leather works which work fabulous and a pair of Gerbing heated gloves which saves my life. Nothing worse than cold hands, that's all I think about once they're cold. I also got an Under Armor ski mask that really keeps my face comfy. Underneath I had on a pair of long johns and 2 thermal shirts under the leather jacket.

    Out of the 160 miles, I did about 120 of the miles on the 4 lane to see how it all handles at 70-80 mph and I got to say I stayed pretty comfortable. I'm good to go. H
    I love my leather bibs from Stone Lake,they really do keep the cold off,are easy to get on and off,well worth the money!
    Nose

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oznay View Post
    I love my leather bibs from Stone Lake,they really do keep the cold off,are easy to get on and off,well worth the money!

    very nice people to deal with it as well. making sure you get what you want/pay for.
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    The best winter riding gear improvement I ever made was getting a neck gaiter (for free from Buell!). Man, I was a lot warmer after that.

    Now, I also just throw on my rain gear over my normal riding gear. I'm good to go, too.

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    I've done a few rides lately. One was 17 degrees and 120 miles. I was pretty good on that one except for freezing thumbs despite my Gerbing G3s. My cold weather formula is -

    a neoprene helmet skirt, fleece neck warmer (essential!), 6 top layers consisting of polypro tank, cotton turtle neck, 611 armor vest, fleece sweater, rei windproof stretchy jacket, and 1st Gear 3/4 length lined, water proof jacket. Gerbings G3 gloves with silk liners, handguards on bike, fleece lined wind pants under Scorpion armored pants, 2 pairs of wool socks, and heavy, waterproof Garneau boots.

    Yes, I weigh about 50 lbs more after I get dressed! I want to get a Gerbings heated jacket liner to take the place of the Rei jacket and fleece. Hopefully it will reduce some bulk.
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    i ride all year round in the NE and here is what works for me:

    temps in the 30's:

    hands: heated grips w/Held "steve" gloves inside hippos hands

    head: outdoor research balaclava.

    upper body: wickers light weight shirt, wickers expedition weight shirt, BMW windblocker shirt, Olympia thermal/waterproof liner under my Olympia riding jacket. with the temps in the low 30's i will use my warm & safe heated jacket liner w/only one wickers shirt.

    lower body: Daytona riding boots w/smart wool socks, wickers light weight long underware, Olympia riding pants.


    when the temps drop into the low 20's or below this is what keeps me warm:

    hands: i do not use my heated grips but instead, inside the hippo hands i use my Gerbing heated gloves

    head: outdoor research ninja clava

    upper body: wickers light weight shirt, warm & safe heated jacket liner, BMW windblocker shirt. when the temps are in the teens/single digits i will add the Olympia thremal/waterproof liner over top of the BMW shirt.

    lower body: Daytona riding boots w/Gerbing heated socks, wicker light weight or expedition weight long underware depending on the temp. temps in the single digits i use both pair of wickers. Olympia thremal/waterproof liners, Olympia riding pants.

    additonal note: once the temps drops into the 30's (or below) i use my Shoei helmet with a pinlock visor to prevent fogging. when the temps drop into the teens i will add a Respro foggy mask to keep the shield from freezing from my breath. when using the heated gloves/jacket & socks i use a dual heat troller and keep the socks on one side and the jacket/gloves on the other so i can adjust the temp independantly as needed.

    if your bike does not have a high output alt. your going to need a good battery monitor/volt meter to make sure your heated gear is not drawing so much juice that your battery is not charging. my bike ('07 F650GS) only puts out 400 watts so i need to keep an eye on my battery monitor when running below 4000 rpm and when in stop & go traffic turn off some of my heated gear to keep my battery charging. i also drop my CS sprocket from the stock 16 tooth to a 15 tooth so the bike turns a little higher rpm during the winter riding season.

    one final note, take off those street tires and put a pair of Mefo Explorer tires on both the front & rear for those slushy/snowy rides home from work.

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    I've ridden many times in the lower 30's with First Gear's insulated one-piece rainproof coveralls and balaclava. T shirt & jeans underneith . The only thing to get cold was the hands but I didn't have heated grips then. Downside is no armor.
    2001 LTC, "Molly"

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