Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Roseville (Gateway to the Sierras), CA, USA
I use the BMW heated insoles when it's going to be really cold. They are the same product you see in ski stores that run on batteries. The control module hangs off the back of the boot so you can keep them running when you stop. The deflectors, if removable, seem like a good idea but not just for temperature. Last summer we rode through a five inch deep, 200 yard swath of Mormon crickets in northern Nevada. They were all over the road for over a hundred miles of twisties. We stopped when we reached Idaho and discovered cricket guts all over the toes of my boots.(and all over the fenders)
We are all individuals with the same basic biology but with definite variations. I never get cold in the arms yet I read about riders getting the Gerbing jacket and touting its praises in favor of a vest. I have a very nice heated vest but rarely use it even into the low 20s. Must be my Chicago blood. However, my toes still get cold in certain conditions even with high quality waterproof boots, high quality, insulated, wicking socks, and 30 years of fall/winter deer hunting to season them. The heated insoles do the trick for me but may not be for everyone. With all these tricks and electronics for winter riding seems like someone could come up with an all encompassing seated enviro suit!
Bob Morrow #4204
2014 K1600GTLE "Firefly" GTL 4 Two
2002 K1200LTE "Green Hornet" LT 4 Two (history)
"Kyrie Eleison down the road that I must travel"