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post #11 of 25 Old 11-28-2016, 08:46 PM
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I've ridden down to 14 Fahrenheit on my 40 minute commute at 55-65MPH. Not too fun, but managed just fine with my jeans under my textile riding pants, Thinsulate leather gauntlets, a wool scarf, and my Scorpion Exo jacket with the quilted liner installed. Add my Vietnam boots, and my feet were fine. My fingers did get quite cold about halfway to and from, but nothing incredibly uncomfortable. Any longer or any colder and muffs and/or heated gloves/grips would have been necessary.

I ride in the winter for the commute; nothing fun about the cold for me. Then again, there's nothing fun about the sweltering summers here either.

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dont knock kiwi's step-fathers newspaper down front..
whatever else you wear,, its cheap, easy, recyclable
and actually works as torso insulation..
[not a few sheets, the full sydney morning herald]

woolen scarf closing off helmet to jacket
works as well.. as does attitude..
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The most vulnerable to the cold (imo) are hands, arms/shoulders, and torso.

I'm a big believer in heated grips, heated glove liners, and a heated jacket liner. I will ride down to any temperature so long as I don't expect ice/black ice on the roadway.
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The big problem with heated grips is that they heat the wrong side of your hands.
When I commuted on my sidecar rig for five winters, I had heated grips, handlebar muffs, and a old, ugly handlebar mounted fairing. Plus a snowmobile suit, and a heated vest.

This is always fun, guess what this is/used for:



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dont knock kiwi's step-fathers newspaper down front..
whatever else you wear,, its cheap, easy, recyclable
and actually works as torso insulation..
[not a few sheets, the full sydney morning herald]

woolen scarf closing off helmet to jacket
works as well.. as does attitude..
Newspaper - a decades-old solution. Long before my time, that is for sure.

I have a leather bandana for my throat. It is from this company, but this one may be a little larger. Other companies make similar ones in a variety of configurations. I would not own a motorcycle without having one of these.

https://www.wilsonsleather.com/produ...page=2&from=fn

This one looks real good:
https://www.amazon.com/Shaf-Internat.../dp/B00IWHJTO6


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The big problem with heated grips is that they heat the wrong side of your hands.
When I commuted on my sidecar rig for five winters, I had heated grips, handlebar muffs, and a old, ugly handlebar mounted fairing. Plus a snowmobile suit, and a heated vest.

This is always fun, guess what this is/used for:

Blowing your warm breath down your jacket to heat you up.
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Maybe most of us just aren't trying hard enough. This was my lunchtime viewing today.........
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Maybe most of us just aren't trying hard enough. This was my lunchtime viewing today.........
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOLyb621_W8
That looks like a blast!

I'd never ride a bike that size though. Because speeds are low, I would think you could get away with a 250 enduro - which would be a lot more manageable (and more fun IMO).
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That looks like a blast!

I'd never ride a bike that size though. Because speeds are low, I would think you could get away with a 250 enduro - which would be a lot more manageable (and more fun IMO).
My thoughts exactly.
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I used to ride my cbr every day to commute to work. Nowadays I work from home. I didn't ride on any day that was under about 39 degrees F. Reason being is that black ice someone else mentioned. Plus the discomfort! I had a 45 minute drive one way and did ok with a good gloves, a thermal shirt, insulated jacket and boots and a balaclava. Freeze-Out is great stuff!
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