...that is the question...
In the never ending quest for motorcycle related knowledge, I've realized that I've been riding long enough to know, that I don't know much...And that there are endless options for staying warm on a motorcycle, at all price points. Some prefer heated gear, some prefer strategically chosen layers, or a combination of both. I would assume this is like an oil thread, in the sense that there are a thousand opinions, all of them "correct"
. I"m open to, and will continue to practice random experimentation with this. It would be nice to hear from some of you more experienced riders regarding what your favorite setup is. A wise lyricist and BMW rider from my favorite band says "There is no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong gear."
Bike: 05 1200RT, has heated grips and seat.
Conditions: West Tennessee fall/winter/spring. I will be attempting to stay warm between 30-50 degrees F, occasionally 20 degrees. Very little snow, fair amount of rain.
I do own a (recently purchased) heated jacket liner although a few trial runs at 46 degrees have revealed a general lack of heat control. It has "low, med, hi" and here are some observations when using a medium weight riding jacket as an outer layer:
Heated jacket seems warm for the torso with not enough heat to the sleeves. With just a moisture-wicking shirt under the jacket, "low" is entirely too warm. With a medium weight shirt between the jacket and torso, heat is more comfortable. I would tend to think that a thin moisture-wicking undergarment is still recommended to control the inevitable perspiration. This of course in addition to a medium weight shirt. However, adding yet another layer between your body and the heating elements would seem counterproductive when the temps get even colder. I'm starting to see the wisdom in the older style Gerbing heated jackets with the bike-mounted dial control for heat settings. Customarily, with all things "motorcycle", this revelation comes immediately after purchasing something else.
If the moderators don't mind, I'll link to an article which gave me an idea, of which I'd like your opinion: No heated gear at all. Here is the article: (see section labelled #1 in article, 1/4 of the way down, to skip to pertinent portion)
What say ye?