Post by orforester on Dec 18, 2008 22:05:59 GMT -5
You guys back East are CRAZY, on the Coast here, we wear rain gear, raingear and raingear and when it gets to 38 degrees we STOP riding, too cold, too much ice!
But more power to you, wish I was riding. Usually I just wear leather and waterproof rain gear, casue winter here includes rain, if you couldn't tell. Of course I occassionally wear the rain gear in teh summer, just cause I can or is it because it is raining! Keep the sunny side up!!
79 XS650 streettracker, 1982 Heritage, Electra Glide, Grandpa's 1918 J model, and now a parts bike!
WOW, 9 degrees F when I went out today. Cold as a witches ____. Dang, 60mile ride. What the heck am I doing? Stopped at MD's for a few minutes. After getting to work, I decided that it was a good thing I left the bike at home today. 10ecjed
In winters past, I would wear a Joe Rocket Comet jacket with Joe Rocket Ballistic pants. This year I've just been wearing my leather jacket over a hooded sweatshirt and no overpants. The hood on the sweatshirt fills in the gap at the back of the helmet and keeps my neck warm. I also wear fleece lined "long underwear". That's really the secret to my keeping warm. Actually, I wear that stuff pretty much year round, and not just when riding. You have to get the fleece stuff, the wind will cut right through the regular "thermals".
The only thing I really do different when the temperature drops is switch to a larger helmet so I can wear a ski mask under it. I have tried a bunch of motorcycle and snow mobile head socks and face masks but the $1.99 knitted ski mask from Walmart blows them all away. I also switch to a pair of Gore-Tex riding gloves. That is really the only trouble spot I have, keeping my finger tips warm. The thumbs are the worst. Those poor little guys are always out in the wind. When my hands start getting cold I reach down and put them on the engine. Full palm right on the side of the head. That does a good job of warming up the palm and fingers but those poor thumbs are still stuck out front.
Coldest trip I ever took was February, 1974 on Lucille between College Station, Texas and Mena, Arkansas...435 miles...at night. Army field jacket over sweater and flannel shirt with a ski scarf for the neck. Army issue gloves and liners and two pair of fatigue pants with combat boots. Bubble shield on my Bell helmet. Still froze. Riding two up with my brother and carrying a five gallon cardboard and plastic cube full of gasoline bungied to the luggage rack...no windshield. Yeah, I know...we were a rolling bomb but the Arab oil embargo was in full cry and there was no place to buy more fuel. Actually, the ride itself wasn't so bad....you can only get SO cold and then you zen out and endure. The part I dreaded most was pulling off the road to whiz. Muscles were so cold and stiff, we really had to concentrate to make them work enough to get a leg down and stop. Then, uncovering the vitals enough with frozen fingers to accomplish the reason for the stop, shocking said vitals and covering them back up again to get back on the road. Log trucks and poultry trucks on the two lane high-crown blacktop kept the attention level honed to a razor sharp edge.
Nowadays my cold weather gear consists of an '04 Ranger Edge with an excellent heater.
I rode up until last Thursday. It was down as low as 13 degrees (F), and I rode about 35 miles. It was on my Yamaha Road Star, with a windshield. I had 4 layers on top, but only jeans on below. My hands were frozen solid- everything else was tolerable. I can tell you this- ride with a bandanna over your face, and you won't regret it. You'll look like a bank robber, but it will keep your face from freezing solid. Goggles and a beanie kept my head warm. I would have kept riding, but they salted the roads, and that is death to a nice motorcycle... John Scribner
I recomend Wristies, available from Whitehorse Press. They're fleece and cover the area between your gloves to inside your sleeves. I've been using them for years whenever riding in 60 degree F or less and all winter when not riding and the snowballs are flyin'. When the glove are off, you look like a refugee from a Charles Dickens novel, but what the hell, you're warm & toasty...... Rick
Post by tomterrific on Dec 20, 2009 11:11:44 GMT -5
The easiest cold wether clothing I can suggest is a hooded sweatshirt with the hood up under my full face helmet.
Heated clothing can be made very easy and compaired to the price of retail heated clothing it might pay to do so. Thread small gauge wire through the fabric of a hooded sweat shirt and you have a cheap heated liner for your leathers.
A bike can be outfitted with a heavy blanket split to fit around the tank to the down tubes in front of the engine. The blanket fits over the top of the riders thighs. This works well with crash bars to direct all the heat from the hot engine to the riders legs. Split the back of the blanket and add velcro so the blanket is attached easy and safe around the midsection and the heat will migrate to under the jacket.
I had a thick fleece pullover with a high collar that zipped past my chin.... used to tuck it under my Full-Face to keep my neck toasty... Went to a club to see a band and left it bungeed to the seat. Came out and it was gone... That was a COLD RIDE HOME. This was years ago and I've never found another like it.
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