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post #11 of 78 Old 10-30-2019, 10:51 AM
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A good helmet liner or balaclava will help with the cold head.

I also use a leather bandanna wrapped around my chin/neck to block air from entering the helmet from below.
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post #12 of 78 Old 10-30-2019, 10:54 AM
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Originally Posted by realshelby View Post
It isn't the first hour or two that gets you. It is the following several hours in those temps that will tell you if your gear works well.
^ This is the most important advice so far. I'll add that if you're shivering or your hands/feet are numb, you're in danger. That's the point where both judgment and fine motor control start to fade.

Some observations from nine years of winter riding:
- A neck warmer is a requirement, balaclava or vest can help
- Heated gloves are usually better than heated grips. If your bike spends its nights in moisture, replace the shitty barrel connectors with SAE
- If you're shivering or your hands/feet are numb, you're in danger
- For longer trips, some military surplus thermal pant liners are wonderful
- Your tires will never reach their design operating temperature, so don't ask too much of them

It's very possible your helmet just isn't up to the task. You might consider getting one designed for smowmobiling, they're designed with cold temperatures in mind.

Whether it's worth it is up to you. If you also have a car and there's any chance of black ice / snow, it would be foolish not to take it instead.
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post #13 of 78 Old 10-30-2019, 11:08 AM
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Dry and problem. I ride down to about 15F comfortably. Wet and cold...take the car...
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post #14 of 78 Old 10-30-2019, 11:08 AM
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Having had the experience of traveling on a motorcycle in West Texas and New Mexico over the Continental Divide in sub freezing temps and snow on the ground I can wholeheartedly state that I'd rather NOT do that again.
Gimme Death Valley in the middle of summer with a fresh wet vest.
And those that have mentioned they now have a respect for a certain temp point in not commuting, congratulations. You've developed a high level of common sense.....or you just got old!
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post #15 of 78 Old 10-30-2019, 01:01 PM
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Here on the west coast once fall hits the cool temperatures combine with the humidity to make it bone-chillingly cold. I've lived in the Yukon and I was more comfortable at 30 below than I am at 0 degrees on Vancouver Island.

Add in the frost and leaves everywhere because virtually all our side roads are tree-lined and the surfaces can be unexpectedly slippery and I park my bike for about 4 months until spring.

Finally, my insurance is $130 a month and I just can't justify that for 1 or two rides a month when the weather is bad.

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post #16 of 78 Old 10-30-2019, 01:54 PM
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With Hippo Hands, heated grips and a heated jacket, I'm good to 35F. Below that, I start to worry about frost on the bridges and overpasses. With the Hippo Hands, I can wear light summer gloves and my hands stay warm and comfy. Don't bother with a vest. Go with a jacket.

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post #17 of 78 Old 10-30-2019, 02:00 PM
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I routinely ride in temperatures below freezing. Generally 0f /-18c is my lowest and that's about the lowest that I'm comfy temperature wise

Gear is ultra important: Warm n Safe Heated jacket, Warm n safe heated gloves, for the last year as my circulations slows down Warm n Safe heated socks. Aerostich soft shell with the above takes me down just below freezing with another soft shell as it drops from there. Generally a cotton shirt for commuting (no undershirt) and for longer rides I add a t-shirt under the shirt.

Aerostich fleece pants go over my street pants and I start using them as I approach freezing (depends how long the ride will be.)

I also block off the bottom of my factory hand guards using some kydex I shaped.

I don't use thermal underwear as I find I get way too hot and sweaty when I stop and can't stand that feeling and the cold that comes when riding with damp underclothes.


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post #18 of 78 Old 10-30-2019, 03:18 PM
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Before I got the Gerbing and Aerostich stuff I had the Hein Gerike Dakar Leather suit. I was surprised that the leather worked as well as it did in the cold. For the ride to Texas I had installed a bunch of nichrome wires from a surplus store in the liner of the jacket. That convinced me that Mr Widder was on to something good. Widders' out of it but there are some dandy replacements now.
On the far side, the leathers worked in the summer too.
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post #19 of 78 Old 10-30-2019, 03:34 PM
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Been in the low 30s here, my ski racing gloves work fine on the bike. The thing I dislike about heated gear is thst it can fail, insulation is insulation.

My jacket and underarmor 4.0 base layers are actually too warm in the 30s

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post #20 of 78 Old 10-30-2019, 04:15 PM
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My very first road trip started on a December morning, with the temp around 15F.

I was wearing about 20 lb. of layers, including 3 pairs of socks. While I was comfortable and warm, I also felt like the Michelin Man looks.

Since then, I've added heated gear and been able to shed layers.

I am considering purchase of this or something like it:

I wear a Mission Multi-Cool year-round, but it does not stop cold air. That can get uncomfortable in sub-freezing temps. Especially on the interstate.

I'm not confident that buffs/mufflers will stay up, or fit under my helmet. I've tried balaclavas, but found that even a relatively thin one was enough to make my helmet painful.

You know what seems like it would work really well? A balaclava made from at least 2 different thicknesses of material. A very thin piece to go under the helmet, attached to a thicker insulating piece, extending well down the neck and onto the shoulders. The thin piece would act to keep the thicker piece from falling down.

Haven't seen anything like that for sale though.

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