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Well, I woke up this morning and had to make my way to work. I'm a shift worker and have to be there for 5am. As per my usual routine, I check out the thermometer, and low and behold 1.8 C or about 35 F :eek:
Its that time of year up here in Canada, the cold is coming.
Just throwing this out there, what kind of gear do you guys where for those chilly rides?
 

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Well, I woke up this morning and had to make my way to work. I'm a shift worker and have to be there for 5am. As per my usual routine, I check out the thermometer, and low and behold 1.8 C or about 35 F :eek:
Its that time of year up here in Canada, the cold is coming.
Just throwing this out there, what kind of gear do you guys where for those chilly rides?
Wow, that's cold. It's 102○F here in So. Calif. Too hot to ride. Need a happy medium, say 70○ sounds great. Maybe another month or so when Ican start wearing warmer gear.
 

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Same weather here in Geraldton Ontario. Was +1 here this am. All I have added so far is a pair of Skidoo gloves and a full face helmut. But soon will be getting out the long johns and a skidoo jacket
 

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being from up north, i have figured out a few things about riding in the cold.

now i know how wonderful heated gear is an all, but if you are not ready for that investment, this is what you can do:

1) layers, layers keep the heat in better than a big fluffy sweater and you won't look as goofy and no one is gonna see your long johns... unless you want them too.

2) cut the wind, top layer should be a windbreaker of sorts, this will keep the wind from taking away all the heat your body built up and the layers are trying to hold on to. this includes your legs. zippers are a huge source of air getting in.

3) gloves and boots, the further away these are to your core, the colder they get and the more miserable you feel. get good boots, great socks and great gloves! i had a really rugged pair of snowboarding gloves that i felt would be great for snowmobiling. anyhows, they were my winter pair until a buddy of mine walked away with them after i let him borrow it for a ski trip. get good gauntlet style gloves... some people layer their hands but i felt that i have less feel over throttle control. after a red light incident involving soiled undergarments (see #1), i stopped layering gloves and just wore one big glove. BTW, there exists warm motorcycle gloves that are not heated, i just happened to have these gloves already.

4) face time, covering your neck and face can be tricky, i found a polypropylene balaclava to wear underneath my full face helmet. it was so hot that i only wore it when it was less than 10 below freezing. other times i just used a neck warmer that i used for skiing/boarding.

5) stay dry. nuff said. cold and wet is uber miserable... this includes sweating at stoplights only to freeze once you start moving again. so dress warm, but don't over do it.

6) check your tire pressures and use the proper oil when you change it for the winter. but you already do that anyways.

get out there and enjoy the cooler weather, less bugs, clearer weather and just think, cold air = more dense air = more power!
 

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Come to Tennessee! Sixty in the morning, eighty when I get off work. Wasn't that way a month ago, however. And in another month I'll be breaking out my gear as well. Crazy88 hit it on the head. Layers is the real trick. Then you also have the advantage of being able to peel off a layer or two when it warms up and still be comfy. That doesn't work so well when all you have is one OMG winter coat on!

Oh, seeing how you folks in Canada are already used to the cold and all, mind keeping it a little closer to your side? Then I could really ride year 'round! :D
 

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Full face helmet is a big big plus hear. I see all of these guys riding around in their half helmets with bandannas, scarves, all sorts of knick nacks. For cold weather, seriously consider a good full face with a chin curtain (or get a chin curtain with it) to seal you out of the wind.

2- Good heavy leather gloves, lined with something warm and stuff. Another big plus is wind deflectors on my handlebars

3- Liner that was included with my riding jacket, in addition to a sweatshirt. Jeans, long johns, overpants, boots, and over-boots.

4- A scarf my wife made me! Tucks in my jacket and into my helmet so I have a nice warm neck!

5- A TALL windshield, if you don't already have one, makes a tremendous difference (or a fairing- better yet). BUT, make sure it's still low enough you can see over it. When it's really cold (at least in humid Missouri) mine tends to frost over and fog up as I ride (especially if I am riding at low speeds, like in town or in traffic, for a while).

And that's about it! That's my routine for 35F weather. Yeah it's a lot of work. Someone the other day asked me (asking me the same question actually, if I was done riding now that cooler weather was coming... heck no! I rode to my grandmothers house on Christmas Day last year!) "Is it even worth riding when you have to spend 20 minutes putting all that stuff on?" I just grinned and said "Yyyyup!"

When it gets cold I do tend to commute in the car more than the bike but, I don't give up for sure. If there isn't any ice, I'm on the road!
 

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Great tips guys. Will definitely try these over the winter months here. I like to ride when its colder, but once I get into altitude it can be tough. :(
 

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Great tips guys. Will definitely try these over the winter months here. I like to ride when its colder, but once I get into altitude it can be tough. :(
One of my 'pipe dream' bikes is a dual sport side car rig with a HUGE fairing and tons of wind deflectors for riding in the snow and ice here :D Then I'd only need to take a car if I had something to haul! (Or was too lazy to suit up, hehe)

 

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Thanks for all the discussion!
I know that this won't apply to everyone on this forum, but riding is new to me this year and I just wanted to get some opinions.

I'm already doing the full face helmet bit..... see link
I got the good gloves, and my Joe Rocket which is a great jacket for wind and the quilted insert is great.
My feet and everything else is good, I'm just having leg issues. I totally haven't thought about long johns, stupid right? I've been scouring the local shops for a good textile pant, just can't seem to like them when they're on me.
Costco here I come.
 

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Lower and engine guard chaps will help..

Another thing is Carhartt fleece lines blue jeans. I wear tourmaster overpants whenever I ride and in the winter, with the zipper closed and blue jeans underneath I'm 'ok', but on the real cold days, I wear my carhartts. Awesome stuff. Construction guys and iron workers wear them all the time when they work in cold weather outside all day, because they are warm and yet still over basic protection and free movement.

They run about $50 but will last you forever. Carharrt stuff is built for the blue collar worker, they are built to hold up.

They also make all sorts of other fleece lined overalls, pants (non denim), etc. etc. I'd definitely look in to that.

But, I do think the BEST solution is a motorcycle overpants with a heavy liner. Reason being, when you go in to a restaurant or something in those fleece lined carhartts and spend more than a few minutes your legs will be SWEATING. So the overpant solution, though more expensive, will provide better crash protection AND can be taken off when you stop.
 
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