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Old 10-31-2013, 08:35 AM   #1
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Cold weather riding

I know this has been discussed before. But with winter coming on, a revisit won't hurt.
Here in Colorado, we can ride most of the year, and most of us do. On the dirt bike, it's not a problem since you are physically working. but on the street. Whats your tricks to being comfortable?

I have heated gear, but that's not always enough if you don't protect the exposed areas, and if you don't keep the wind off. So I layer it. Thermax long underwear as a base, then the electric gear, the normal riding gear over that, then rain gear like Frog togs as a top layer. that keeps the wind out. I wear a balaclava type stocking cap under my skid lid. I have heard Gators to protect you ankles. Have not tried that yet, but I will. This keeps me pretty comfy down to 40F degrees or so when its sunny. below that I am concerned about water on the roads in shady areas that might be ice.
So whats your tricks for staying comfy on these nice winter days?
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Old 10-31-2013, 08:39 AM   #2
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Yes that's snow in the background. So extend your riding season.
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Old 10-31-2013, 09:26 AM   #3
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Just got a Firstgear Kathmandu jacket and pants (with liners).
With no fairing thinsulate layers for me the way to go.
Care to ride this Sat (Nov 2)?
Planning on Terryall Rd via 211 to Deckers?
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Old 10-31-2013, 09:33 AM   #4
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I keep warm by thinking about socialism.
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Old 10-31-2013, 09:42 AM   #5
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I keep warm by thinking about socialism.
Southern California has an ism?
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:33 AM   #6
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:45 AM   #7
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UnderArmour T&B, long sleeve ski thermal tee with turtle or mock t neck... heated gear, jacket.
No rain gear as all my jackets are waterproof.
A turtle fur balaclava if needed.

Heated gloves or glove liners w/ merino wool lined Elkskin gauntlet gloves, Belstaff waxed cotton mittens over the gloves if I use a lighter glove
Keeps the hands warm in single digit temps for long distances.
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:47 AM   #8
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Southern California has an ism?
Lol, perfect! The shoe definitely fits with that one.
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:47 AM   #9
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Teiz lombard with thermal liner in, Schampa long balaclava (best thing ever), gerbings t-5 heated gloves, long underwear, jeans, sweater. With this setup I am good into the single digits. Rode a SS1000 last weekend in the low 30's
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:04 AM   #10
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Pretty much the same as you and everyone else on the gear, grips, layering. Winter riding can be awesome!

January ride to Bishop's Castle a few years ago


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Old 10-31-2013, 11:08 AM   #11
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smartwool or ice breakrz base layers (top, bottom, socks) - wool is THE key!
bmw neck gaiter - cold air sneak in here
klim goretex outer wear (pants & jacket) - keeps the wind out
windproof fleece mid layer - another layer of windproof helps seal 100%
warm Revit winter gloves - cold hand kill a ride fast
stay inside if it's too cold - i don't need to ride that bad that i'll do it when it's miserable outside.
and finally plan riding trips down south
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:15 AM   #12
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pretty similar: smartwool base, then fleec-lined tights and microfleece pullover, then normal riding gear with all vents zipped shut. I've got heated grips but haven't made the jump the electric underwear yet.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:47 AM   #13
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I would have killed kittens just to use them as gloves that day.
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:59 AM   #14
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Just got a Firstgear Kathmandu jacket and pants (with liners).
With no fairing thinsulate layers for me the way to go.
Care to ride this Sat (Nov 2)?
Planning on Terryall Rd via 211 to Deckers?

I think we're going to ride the opposite direction, Buffalo creek to Terryall
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Old 11-01-2013, 07:31 AM   #15
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Just got a Firstgear Kathmandu jacket and pants (with liners).
With no fairing thinsulate layers for me the way to go.
Care to ride this Sat (Nov 2)?
Planning on Terryall Rd via 211 to Deckers?
I'm working Saturday.
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