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post #61 of 78 Old 11-05-2019, 09:16 AM
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I got this balaclava with front wind protection at amazon at the suggestion of another vstrom 650 rider: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N9G3YGX . He has both models but suggested the lighter weight one. Wore that yesterday and it works fine. I need better wind protection for my hands as the stock handguards aren't quite doing it. I'm currently riding mid 30s at full highway speeds but I am a bit leery of road conditions.
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I have not had a chance to ride in warmer weather with them yet. I imagine they will not be as cool as a dedicated summer boot but I'm hoping they are tolerable.
Probably. They won't flow as much air as a ventilated boot, like the Alpinestars Roam 2 Airs I wore through most of the summer. But, your feet also won't be damp for the rest of the ride, if you splash through a puddle.

My solution was 2 pairs of boots, but it's not ideal. I can have waterproofness and hot feet (Forma Adventures), or absolutely zero water resistance but oh so much airflow (Roam 2 Air).

The Forma Adventures were and are more stiff, too. They were so stiff initially that I almost couldn't operate the shifter, and thought I was going to get blisters walking around in them.

However, by now they've broken in quite a bit. They're still more bulky than the Roam 2's, though.

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I ordered one of those Klim "2-stage" balaclavas yesterday through Cycle Gear.

It's a little annoying that the shipping is only free if you have it sent to a store - I guess they're hoping you'll buy something else while you're in. But, at least if the thing is obviously too thick to fit, I can return it on the same trip.

Also on its way: a Respro Foggy.

Getting a Foggy is a bit of a PITA. Respro is a UK company, and it seems that their sole US distributor is Aerostich. I ordered a Foggy through Amazon, as it was a few $ cheaper and in the color I wanted (Aerostich only offers black), but it's shipping from the UK.

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post #64 of 78 Old 11-06-2019, 02:56 PM
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I’ll ride my Triumph Trophy down to the mid teens, but not a naked or semi naked bike like the Strom. I think my limit on one is probably 40. I have heated gear for longer rides — I’ve done 10+ hours in the high 20s. I have a 1st gear thermo suit for my less than half hour commute to work when it’s not worth the hassle of plugging in the heated gear.

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post #65 of 78 Old 11-06-2019, 05:21 PM
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I knew it was going to be cooler this AM, riding before sunrise and frost on the car windows as I was leaving home. Since my bike lives in the garage, I got to slowly watch the temp drop on the gauge as I rode to work... hit 32 degrees F about 10 min into a 40 min ride.

I have heated grips, turned all the way up, barkbuster hand guards, and a larger Givi windscreen that keep me pretty much out of the wind. Also wear thicker/insulated winter gloves, lined jacket and lined over pants.

My upper and lower body were fine, but the helmet I have doesn't feel like I get much air circulation in the summer shows all the airflow in the winter. The tops of my hand get too cold, even when moving hand around the grips and trying to keep them moving.

I know I could get heated gear, but I worry about slick spots on the road when it gets below freezing. I think 34 degrees indicated on the bike is where I'm drawing the line

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While I do not ride a V-Strom, yet, I often ride when the temps get into the mid 30s. My main concern is hitting an ice patch on the road. I have all the heated gear, heated grips and heated seat (yes, I treat myself well), and Im as comfortable as one can imagine. But, yeah, slick ice patches is definitely a concern.
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post #66 of 78 Old 11-07-2019, 10:49 AM
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If the temps are and have been below freezing, then ice is usually not a concern. It's when there have been warm temps, melt, and then refreeze, that I need to be aware. Refrozen melt that has flowed across roads, or melt from parking lot exits transfered out onto the frozen road by traffic, are the main culprits I encounter. I find I just need to be aware and smart. If I am going in a straight line, don't change speed or direction, and I sail right through. In corners, excess salt is more an issue than ice. If I need to wait till the sun has had a chance to do its thing, then I wait.

15F is my limit for anything longer than a short ride, even with heated gear and hippo hands. Did an eight hour ride in those temps once, and it was brutal.
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With the stock hand guards my fingertips have been getting cold and starting to hurt, even in the low 40s.

Tues after dropping ballots off at the library I decided to take off my gloves and check air flow. I was surprised most air was hitting the tops of my hands and swirling around in the hand guards. The right handguard was worse about the turbulence.

Friday on my ride to work I stretched my hands out so I was touching the levers and had no problems with my fingertips getting cold at all. One of my thumbs started to get cold though. That trip (usually ~20-25mins, almost all of it 60-80mps) the bike was reading from 31 to 34F. The position was pushing me towards hand cramps, and it's not exactly the safest way to ride.

I'm hoping a handguard change can fix this problem and get me easily into the mid 20s...

And here in the denver area we pretty much constantly swing temps. Yesterday was about 70, this morning was about 15F with not so nice frozen roads. I hope it clears up enough today that I can ride again tomorrow morning...

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I have made some Kydex shields to block off the bottom of my hand guards. You could use the same stuff to block off part of the top although for me that didn't make much difference when I used to do that.

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With the stock hand guards my fingertips have been getting cold and starting to hurt, even in the low 40s.

Tues after dropping ballots off at the library I decided to take off my gloves and check air flow. I was surprised most air was hitting the tops of my hands and swirling around in the hand guards. The right handguard was worse about the turbulence.

Friday on my ride to work I stretched my hands out so I was touching the levers and had no problems with my fingertips getting cold at all. One of my thumbs started to get cold though. That trip (usually ~20-25mins, almost all of it 60-80mps) the bike was reading from 31 to 34F. The position was pushing me towards hand cramps, and it's not exactly the safest way to ride.

I'm hoping a handguard change can fix this problem and get me easily into the mid 20s...

And here in the denver area we pretty much constantly swing temps. Yesterday was about 70, this morning was about 15F with not so nice frozen roads. I hope it clears up enough today that I can ride again tomorrow morning...
I live and ride where you do, with the same experience. You can tough it out for 20 minutes but handguards by themselves are not enough to take you down into the low 30s and 20s.

Hippo hands and heated grips with good gloves- luxury
Hippo hands w/ no heat, and good gloves- passable for 2-4 hours riding.
No Hippo hands, no heat, and good gloves- okay for an hour, maybe two, but not necessarily comfortable.

Heated gloves- I don't have them but my friends say it's the way to go. I don't like the wires, so I choose suffering and ride as far south as possible.

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I think the lowest I experienced was something around 30 degrees. I had heated grips and put winter overalls over my gear. It wasn't too bad except for my helmet visor fogged up so bad I had to keep it cracked open. Also, I rode with only one barkbuster and boy does it make a difference. One hand felt like it got frostbite while the other was actually fine.

I know some people claim they're tough and ride all year round, but to them I say "we don't all live in SoCal."
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