Join Date: Aug 2011
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE
Color: Orange SE
I'm a big fan of overpants (Same idea as chaps; just with full coverage; and I prefer the look, but that's subjective). As you probably know, 40-50 on the bike is entirely different than 40-50 when walking around. Wearing some heavy insulated pants then hopping off to go eat or something can be pretty rough! With overpants you can just wear bluejeans underneath, take them off, and go about your business!
Food for thought anyway. They don't have to be marketed as overpants either, just get a couple sizes bigger than you normally wear. (Though most overpants have nice 'adjusters' to help it fit snug regardless of the thickness of your clothes)
What I've found, is that below about 40 or 45 your ride time is limited without heated gear. When it's down in the 30's, with long-johns and my overpants with liner over jeans, a sweatshirt followed by by thermal liner and my riding jacket, the thickest gloves I care to wear (thicker would be hard to control!), full face helmet, scarf, and chin curtain; I can ride for about 30 minutes before I'm cold. Beyond that, eventually, the cold seeps down through the layers. I think heated gear is the only solution at those temps for any extended riding. You have to be putting heat back in, just all there is to it. I'm thinking I may invest in some heated gear this winter. If for no other reason than it could really eliminate a lot of 'layers' for me. Just throw on a heated jacket liner under my riding jacket, heated liner underneath my overpants, heated gloves. Good to go! Could ride all day in the 20's. At least that's what my friends who have such setups tell me. I don't yet.
"8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8 (NIV)
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS SE
iPod Connector Kit, Kuryakyn Highway Pegs, Mustang Touring Seat, Marvella's Hitch, Kuryakyn Trailer Wiring Kit, Haul-Master Tag-a-Long Cargo Trailer
2011 Honda Shadow Aero 750 (Wife's)
Memphis shades quick-release windshield, OEM Solo Seat, Mustang Fender Bib, Chrome Solo Luggage Rack
Past: 2006 Vulcan 900 Classic LT