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Old 07-19-2014, 11:41 PM   #346
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its been a bigger problem than I'd anticipated
its like the chill factor sucks the warmth right out of you....bleat bleat bleat.... but I don't like wearing so much crap
Might I suggest you have a couple of these before setting out ?



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Old 07-19-2014, 11:50 PM   #347
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Wade (GPSMAN) does a lot of winter miles and swears by a heated vest. Plug it in and you’re toasty as.

I’m too tight for that so have been known to shove a newspaper or magazine down my front (it was a good excuse to buy a grubby mag from the servo). Wind chill is a huge factor. When riding sports bikes it was amazing how effective even a small fairing was. I used to hate fueling up on a cold morning. Hugging a cold tank wasn’t much fun and it seemed to take ages to warm up.
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Old 07-20-2014, 12:09 AM   #348
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Longer more detailed answer than I expected
Was wondering cos the tall screen on the GS is fantastic. Only got it to lose the head buffeting, but the added bonus of bugger all wind on my body is fabulous (DR word). Arms still get wind and the wind just rushes past the sides of my helmet so I know I am on a motorbike, but yea I am a screen convert.

Must be getting soft.
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Old 07-20-2014, 12:28 AM   #349
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Yea it's the gear that makes a bigger difference than a screen IMO.
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Might I suggest you have a couple of these before setting out ?
or I could do what the real southern men do and just give up and go home before the ride has really begun.....

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Wade (GPSMAN) does a lot of winter miles and swears by a heated vest. Plug it in and you’re toasty as.

I’m too tight for that so have been known to shove a newspaper or magazine down my front (it was a good excuse to buy a grubby mag from the servo). Wind chill is a huge factor. When riding sports bikes it was amazing how effective even a small fairing was. I used to hate fueling up on a cold morning. Hugging a cold tank wasn’t much fun and it seemed to take ages to warm up.
Yep a heated vest is definitley a possible solution
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Old 07-20-2014, 12:33 AM   #350
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Was wondering cos the tall screen on the GS is fantastic. Only got it to lose the head buffeting, but the added bonus of bugger all wind on my body is fabulous (DR word). Arms still get wind and the wind just rushes past the sides of my helmet so I know I am on a motorbike, but yea I am a screen convert.

Must be getting soft.
nothing wrong with getting soft (its been my permanent state for as long as I can remember)

if all else fails I'll try a screen
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Old 07-20-2014, 01:41 AM   #351
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I believe it depends on if you are a person who feels the cold or not.
I rode for a short time today without the usual small givi screen. I feel the cold. I had my usual good layers (poly prop, Cotton tshirt, pressure suit, windproof/ fleece ground effect vest, square of 5mm closed cell foam that covers my chest/puku & winter textile jacket with liner.
I really noticed not having the screen. Although I was warm during the low speed pootle I know I would have had to get out my warehouse rain jacket to seal the goodness in if I was to be riding at speed (over 95kph) for an extended time. The cold air would have worked itself into my soul sapping all energy & resolve. The screen although annoying with the redirected air being pushed up into my face does keep it off the chest area. Choose your demons I spose.

I no longer look at it as a HTFU thing I look at it as a safety thing & an enjoyment thing. I ride like crap when I'm cold & never feel confident - it feels like hard work. When I'm warm & my muscles are loose riding a motorcycle is like heaven. I don't have use my bike for transport, I use it for fun.

I reckon heated vests would be the way to go - you can always turn them off on the run.
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Old 07-20-2014, 02:16 AM   #352
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I rode my PD naked while upgrading the forks. Hated it. Too cold and wind buffeting. I love my fairing. Wouldn't be without it
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Old 07-20-2014, 02:19 AM   #353
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I rode my PD naked while upgrading the forks. Hated it. Too cold and wind buffeting. I love my fairing. Wouldn't be without it

You should at the very least wear a helmet
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Old 07-20-2014, 02:21 AM   #354
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Yea, I'm not at all surprised it was damned cold
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Old 07-20-2014, 02:22 AM   #355
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The cold air would have worked itself into my soul sapping all energy & resolve. The screen although annoying with the redirected air being pushed up into my face does keep it off the chest area. Choose your demons I spose.

I no longer look at it as a HTFU thing I look at it as a safety thing & an enjoyment thing. I ride like crap when I'm cold & never feel confident - it feels like hard work. When I'm warm & my muscles are loose riding a motorcycle is like heaven. I don't have use my bike for transport, I use it for fun.
Only one thing for it Padmei. Your gunna have to bolt the woolly mammoth head thing back on...
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Old 07-20-2014, 02:34 AM   #356
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Only one thing for it Padmei. Your gunna have to bolt the woolly mammoth head thing back on...
Well actually I may have to fork out for a BIG Givi screen. Actually goldwings are looking better & better to me everyday.
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Old 07-20-2014, 03:01 AM   #357
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Only one thing for it Padmei. Your gunna have to bolt the woolly mammoth head thing back on...
you've ridden your beast naked through some fairly nasty weather and I don't ever recall you bitching about being cold?

you wear any special gear or are you just a much harder man than I am?
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Old 07-20-2014, 03:09 AM   #358
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you've ridden your beast naked through some fairly nasty weather and I don't ever recall you bitching about being cold?

you wear any special gear or are you just a much harder man than I am?
Yes
The tank acts as a mini fairing, the cylinders keep my legs warm, the way the handlebars / instruments are set up gives me a modicum of chest protection, & I use the heated grips a lot...
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Old 07-20-2014, 04:25 AM   #359
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Again I say it,keep the wind of your body and upper legs,hand warmers are enough
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