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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 10-02-2009, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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brrr ... need cold weather gear

I rode in to work today, about 45 degrees and no wind, but it felt COLD on my bike.

I definitely need 1) a better pair of gloves, 2) some chaps or something for my legs, and 3) a scarf or something else to keep my neck from the chill.

Anyone want to share how they beat the cold? I know at least some of you are year-round riders.


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Rode down to 28 degrees last year. Fingers were the worst. I use snowmobile bibs and a HiVis jacket with liner, long johns and turtle necks, no scarf. A balaclava (sp?) on the head, wool socks top things off. Full face helm too.

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This might sound silly coming from a Texas rider, but it gets cold down here too. For my legs my wife bought me some of those black, nylon, insulated work out pants, large enough to wear over my jeans or riding pants. They do a good job of wind breaking and keeping the legs warm on longer rides. Gloves are more personal. I have a thick, insulated pair of leather gauntlet gloves that are pretty good, but if it's real cold, like in the 30's or lower, my fingers get pretty cold with them over a long ride. I'm actually shopping for some warm winter gloves for this season. I'll be watching for other suggestions here!
I wear a fleece neck gaiter (I think that's what it's called) the just goes from my lower neck to my chin, kind of like a turtle neck sweater without the sweater. It works really good to keep the icy wind off my neck and chin.

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Searching would have helped you here.

See:

https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthrea...d+weather+gear

https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthrea...d+weather+gear

https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthrea...d+weather+gear


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Head: full face helmet.
Hands: thinsulate gloves under leather gloves.
Torso: t-shirt, neoprene longsleeve zippered up like a turtle neck, leather jacket with lining zippered in and vents closed.
Legs: underarmor long johns, jeans, leather pants.
Feet: uber thick wool socks and big ol' leather boots. Make sure your boots are not steel toe. That steel gets aweful cold aweful quick in that wind and toes are extremeties.
I seem to do ok in that even at 30 degrees. Leatherup.com is pretty good on prices for pretty good leather...
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I forgot to mention I have about 75 lbs of winter 'storage calories' keeping me warm too ;-)

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I need better gloves, and a balaclava myself. Jeans seem to provide me enough warmth for my legs for now at 49deg temp.
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thanks everyone. I actually have a balaclava, didn't even consider using it but it would be perfect for the neck.


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For the cold hands I recommend grip heaters. I put a pair of Symtec (the best under grip version and only $30) with a heat troller (not cheap at $70, but worth it) on last winter and love them. I use my spring/fall gloves down to 40 degrees, without issue.


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Ride year 'round, mostly to work, at night. I wear the off brand underarmour longjohns, jeans, longsleeve shirt, fleece jacket, leather chaps, leather jacket with zip out/in thinsulate liner with build in nesk gaiter, thinsulate lined leather gloves with light weight wool gloves, neoprene face mask, and insulated boots. The coldest I have ridden in was 18 F one morning coming home. Felt like a cold airconditioner in summer. Poor bike had to warm up for 20 minutes just to get temp gage to move.

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