Join Date: May 2008
Location: Toronto - way way way too much traffic
Heated gear makes things sooooo much more pleasant when riding in temperatures near freezing. And if there is some rain thrown in it may be a life saver.
I ride with a heated jacket liner and heated grips. I've ridden in well below freezing weather and had chilly knees and once, oddly, toes, but so long as the core stayed warm I was fine. The Tourmaster heated liner I have is too hot to run on high. The OEM heated grips are a little anemic but do the job.
If nothing else, pick up a heated vest. Keep it in your cases or near your riding gear and throw it on when the temperatures drop. A reasonable heated vest can be had for $100 - $150. You can usually wire them straight to the battery. The improvement in your riding attitude when it heats up will be miraculous.
Take a look at Tourmaster, Warm'n'Safe, Gerbings. They're all good. I bought the Tourmaster because it comes with the temperature controller. Some of the others didn't when I bought mine.
'04 650, and goshdarnit it's fun - matte silver (#9 in the Silver 'Strom Club)
farewell to an '81 KZ550, '83 GPz750, '83 V45 Sabre, R-Reg GT380, '84 GPz550, early '70s DT175, and a '72 Peugeot 102