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post #1 of 14 Old Feb 24th, 2016, 1:02 pm Thread Starter
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The Secret to Enjoying Cold Weather Rides

My personal minimum for cold weather riding is 45 degrees. Being a Minnesota girl I have to do what I can to extend my riding season for as long as possible. Few tips on how to enjoy the chilly weather and extend your riding season.

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post #2 of 14 Old Feb 24th, 2016, 5:51 pm
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Nice pair of Held gloves (scotty's with the short finger option, thin on the heated grips, padded on the backs and sides.) AND a good heated jacket liner which is thin and can fit under your stock riding gear. Makes all the difference.
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The single best thing I did for extending my riding season to all year here was a one piece Aerostitch suit.
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I have a heated vest and of course hippo hands. I frequently ride in sub 30 degree temps and find the aforementioned items adequate for longish rides in the 20's.
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When I worked for a living I road my bike to work if it was 25 degrees or higher. +1 on the hippo hands & electric vest....& one piece Aerostitch suit

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I have heated gloves & socks & have rode 800 plus mile days with temps in the teens & single digits. My last layer of defense is my rain gear to keep the wind out .
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My personal minimum for cold weather riding is 45 degrees. Being a Minnesota girl I have to do what I can to extend my riding season for as long as possible. Few tips on how to enjoy the chilly weather and extend your riding season.

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I salute you penguin riders!

When I was on GL there was a bunch of hardy-dudes that rode Alaska and Canada in the winter. You might still find pics of them with icicles dangling from their mustache, knobby tires in the front and car tire on the back (that's right, on a Goldwing) in order to handle the snow.

My idea of riding below 40 deg. is a football game and a TV...a hot drink.
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How quickly we are spoiled!

My minimum temp was my age but when I got over 40, that seemed like a good number. That was to leave the house at noon to my second shift job and sometimes I worked over until 2a so sometimes low 20's on the ride home. I won't leave in the rain, but I will ride home in it. I can ALWAYS make it home =-}

Took out the '79 R65 (only a bikini fairing) this past week at 60 degrees on a 40 mile ride. Had on a fleece jacket under a Gore-Tex riding coat, long johns under jeans, and Gore-Tex Summer Rain gloves. No heated grips or seat and no place to plug in a vest. Froze my a** off!

With the LT down for repairs (see "Hit a deer") I'm hoping the '91 RS (which I bought for the summer, but found the fairing too protective so I bought a '85 K100 Standard =-} ) will be better with a pretty good fairing, heated grips and a place to plug in the vest. Of course, living in the middle of The Great State of Alabama helps since we don't see freezing too many times a year.

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Re: The Secret to Enjoying Cold Weather Rides

If you need advice on cold weather riding I recommend watching this series of Youtube videos.

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Look like I have something to watch this weekend, especially since football is over.

The best cold weather tip I have is a to use a combination of saran wrap and hot hands. I used to be a hunting guide and it never fails a customer will show up without adequate clothing. The Hot Hands with the adhesive backing are the best. Peel and stick right on top of your kidneys, the theory is they will work like a radiator. Then wrap your core with plastic wrap and finish getting dressed.

I've only had to do this once on a ride, but I live in South Georgia it doesn't get cold too often.
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If you need advice on cold weather riding I recommend watching this series of Youtube videos.



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That was great. Thanks for sharing that video. Very funny...made my day.


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I have a Gerbings jacket that works well (the actual riding jacket, not the liner). I like not having to remember to bring an extra layer with me.
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Gerbings sold out to a company that is not the same stuff of old. His son now is running a shop with great stuff with the old quality.
https://gordonsheated.com/
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