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post #1 of 44 Old 10-13-2010, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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Any cold weather riders?

My last bike was a DL650 with hand warmers. They worked great. I bought a 1k now I want to ride some this fall with cold weather coming on. Initially thought I'd put hand warmers and heated seat on the bike, now I am thinking electric jackets and gloves may be the way to go? An iron butt bud of mine who rides a vintage bike with 270w output uses the electric jackets and gloves for he and his wife and says it was fine. Could only turn the jackets on medium.
I'd like to ride through December here in lower Ohio but I don't see myself riding in the fridgid stuff.
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post #2 of 44 Old 10-13-2010, 10:36 PM
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I ride my Wee year round. Down to 15F one morning, that's as cold as it gets here, and we don't get much snow or ice, mainly a dry cold. I have a tourmaster synergy jacket, and first gear heated gloves, I also have factory heated grips which are useless below about 45F, they keep your palms warm but fingers freeze and the left side is not as warm as the right, so I do not recommend the OEM grips. I love the gloves though, I plug them into the sleeve ends of the jacket and they both run on the built in controller on the jacket. I have only used it on high once or twice when it got below 20F. No problem keeping my hands warm. I also have added the handguards that your Vee comes with. For lower body I just wear my Tourmaster Venture pants with quilted liner, wool socks, and boots, no problems there either, but even if I did have problems there, not much I could do as I am about tapped out on electrical capacity on the Wee. Your problem is going to be snow and ice.


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post #3 of 44 Old 10-13-2010, 11:00 PM
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I live near the water, so I don't ride when it's below the freezing point. I wiped out on a patch of ice six years ago, and once was enough for me.

Warm gloves, thick socks and thermal liners in my jacket are enough for me.

I MOntreal (very dry cold) I was ok to commute at -20 celsius, but anything longer than 20 minutes or faster than 100 km/h was suicide.
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post #4 of 44 Old 10-13-2010, 11:01 PM
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I ride year round, barring snow and ice. I've ridden many days down in the single digits on my 15 minute ride to and from work daily. My co-workers think I'm a bit touched, but it makes me feel alive!!
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I ride year round, use Oxford Heaterz on the grips & a Synergy heated jacket liner. I'm good down to 15-20 degrees, my legs don't really bother me if I'm wearing layers with my core & hands being warm.

I much prefer heated grips to heated gloves....grips stay on the bike at all times, don't require a bulky glove. You need the right kind of glove for heated grips in the real cold - thin palm and wind-proof, heavy on the outer hand.

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post #6 of 44 Old 10-13-2010, 11:30 PM
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My Wee is put away for the winter but the Sherpa is still on the road. Had a nice little ride today. (N. central BC).

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Around here cold weather is below 60 degrees. So yes, I ride year round and in cold weather :mrgreen: In fact the best riding here is during the winter.

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post #8 of 44 Old 10-14-2010, 12:27 AM
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If it's a case of what will keep you warmer or allow you to ride in the lowest temps, the gloves would be the way to go. What's nice about heated grips is that, even this time of year when it's not cold enough to break out the heavy duty winter gear, it still gets chilly on those late night rides, and the grips are always there, just waiting to be switched on.
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Heated grips do help as do heated clothes, neck gaiter . However only to a point. Ice forms on your visor, and bike and even with heated clothes you will get very cold. My idiot story; I went to spend Christmas in Portland a couple years ago. I am about 35 miles north of Seattle and it was about a 2 1/2 hour run. The temp was around 20F . My thinking slowed and I noticed I felt stiff but Ok during the ride, cold but the roads were clear and dry. I got there and put the kickstand down on my FJR. I had trouble getting off the bike and more or less fell off of it. My legs would not support me. I was hypothermic and spent Christmas in the Hospital. Lesson learned, short rides no problem long not so good.

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post #10 of 44 Old 10-14-2010, 08:14 AM
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I ride year round as well, and as my name insists, I still ride in snow and ice, with extreme caution of course. I wear waterproof insulated gloves, jacket, pants and boots. I also wear a waterproof balaclava. Here in northwest Washington it rains pretty much every day, however, it only snows maybe 5-10 days a year. Still gets in the teens sometimes. Just my two cents.
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