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Cold Weather Riding Gear?

Old 09-15-2014, 01:39 AM
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Cold Weather Riding Gear?

Looking for ways to stay warm. Usually wear a First Gear one piece thermal suit, baclava, double layer gloves and socks. The suit is lightweight and does a pretty decent job, great for the money. Low on style points though.

Probably don't want to electrify as I'd forget to unplug and rip the wiring off the bike.

Any suggestions? TIA!
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Old 09-15-2014, 01:58 AM
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Have you ever tried leathers?

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I usu. sport some cold weather nike thermals or underarmour and usually the leather blocks the cold air and traps some of my body heat. Just my 2c

found a dainese two piece on craigslist for 50 bucks gotta love craig
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Old 09-15-2014, 07:12 AM
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Originally Posted by jerryh View Post
First Gear one piece thermal suit, baclava, double layer gloves and socks.
Well Jerry, do you want to eat pastries or do you want your head to stay warm with a good balaclava ?

A good heated vest is the surest way to go. I know you're afraid to rip to connection off if you forget, but, these are made pretty tough. I know, been their done that !
This has been covered in the past. Make a little search, you'll see a lot of folks have different ideas about warmth, and all are pretty good. It just depends on how good your body is at staying warm.

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Old 09-15-2014, 08:00 AM
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I was doing it wrong......baclava goes in the belly not in the helmet, no wonder.

The tank bag I use is sweet but there just ain't no tucking in like there used to be. Yes will search. Joe gets all wired in, he's the master of cold weather riding. Have read about his set up.

Thank you!
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Old 09-15-2014, 10:37 AM
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Or, you can just dress up like Doug and Bob McKenzie, eh.
(see Jack Flash's avatar)
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Old 09-16-2014, 12:23 AM
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Dress up hell, I wear all that stuff already ya Hoser!
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Old 09-16-2014, 12:26 AM
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Originally Posted by andrewvophoto View Post
Have you ever tried leathers?

Motorcycle Jackets - RevZilla

I usu. sport some cold weather nike thermals or underarmour and usually the leather blocks the cold air and traps some of my body heat. Just my 2c

found a dainese two piece on craigslist for 50 bucks gotta love craig
Oh yeah I wear a Joe Rocket Bull Dog for instance in the summer. Great find on Craigs! I need to spend time on there
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Here where I am in Oz the winters are mild with no snow.

I like to ride at night and the temp is usually around 7 degrees c so I wear track suit pants with thermals over the to then my leather pants.

On top I were a merino wool ski by, the thermal, then leather jacket.

A neck warmer or scarf and a balaclava and a pair of thin soulmate leather gloves and a helmet of course!

A pair of long touring boots and I am set to go.

Keeps me warm as toast but a bloody rigmarole to put on and take off.

Nothing worse than being cold on the bike eh!!!
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I have a Gerbings heated jacket, don't use it much, but I will in a few weeks while riding to Vt. Via back roads of course! That and heated grips work wonders. And I use ski pants over jeans, easy on & easy off with Velcro & zippers down the legs.
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Install some snowmobile handgurards. No one thing can protect your hands better than keeping them out of the cold air stream. http://www.ebay.com/itm/2008-Arctic-...#ht_2279wt_781

Wear wicking double skins. Cuddleduds work best for some reason and I have tried many. Taramar fleece lined are close but will roast you when you come indoors.

Touring type jacket with zip out liner. I wear a Fieldsheer hydro tour. It kept me fine donwn to -9F last year. Insulated boots (dont skip that one).

I made this fleece lined spoiler to seal off my neck.(cant do without it)

A touring windshield keeps the air off me & is worth having.

I broke down and got electric gloves (10x better than grips). Your fingers spend a lot of time on the levers so grips are less useful. I only use these in sub 24*F weather.

You can put surgical latex tubing on your levers as ice cold aluminum is a natural heat sink to suck warmth from fingertips.

Fog city face shield guard means never a fogged visor, huge safety issue.

Good gloves can save your life as frozen fingers mean poor bike control.

Be sure to always be waterproof. You wont for sure survive getting wet in the cold. I wear this type jacket. Fieldsheer Adventure Tour Textile Women Jacket Hi Viz Yellow | eBay

You can get them for way less from the guy who bought one and never wore it.
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For a base layer I have been using this Men's BASE LAYER WINDSTOPPERŽ Turtleneck | GORE BIKE WEARŽ
It is far and away the best I have used. Very versatile. I use the shirt under my summer perf leather jacket to extend the seasonal use. Under insulating layers with my winter jacket it is amazing how well it traps heat and blocks wind losses. Combined with a good pastry under the helmet I'm all set for the relatively mild temps here.
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When the temps drop around here to January weather I usually zip my liner in my open mesh jacket and close the top vents in my helmet .
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When the temps drop around here to January weather I usually zip my liner in my open mesh jacket and close the top vents in my helmet .
Two words for you sir, You Suck
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Two words for you sir, You Suck
Keep in mind during the summer in PHX if you travel at more than 20mph on a motorcycle you will burst into flames.
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I've learned that zipping the quilted liner into a perforated leather summer jacket does not turn it into a winter jacket, more like a nippy morning summer jacket.
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Yeah, the earth finallly turned and today I had to switch to fall gloves and put my touring screen on. Having handguards means I could use summer gloves til this week (into the 30s). Touring screen means leather jacket is fine even without liner but a couple more degrees and its touring jacket.
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Originally Posted by smokinjoe73 View Post
Yeah, the earth finallly turned and today I had to switch to fall gloves and put my touring screen on. Having handguards means I could use summer gloves til this week (into the 30s). Touring screen means leather jacket is fine even without liner but a couple more degrees and its touring jacket.
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I rode to work on Wednesday, but it was nice out.

I'm getting too tender to RTW when it's below 40. Just not fun at that time of morning + my commute is mostly all hiways.

But Gerbings goes a long way.
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Say Joe; What brand of touring screen have you found that fits the Hawk? Where can it be gotten from? Info will be greatly appreciated.


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I dont know what brand. I think I bought it on here or hacked fleabay. (pretty much how I buy everything). It is always a shock when I take it off in summer. So much wind blast.

It looks like this.
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Old 11-19-2014, 03:32 AM
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Originally Posted by smokinjoe73 View Post
I dont know what brand. I think I bought it on here or hacked fleabay. (pretty much how I buy everything). It is always a shock when I take it off in summer. So much wind blast.

It looks like this.
Looks like a Zero Gravity ST. About $90 full price online direct from ZG or about $50 from their factory seconds store on eBay if you're not picky about color.
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Yeah zerogravity sounds about right. Its been a long time an a million projects since then.
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