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post #1 of 66 (permalink) Old 10-10-2016, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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Cool to cold clothing

Living in N Fla we get temps from -10 to 110. I have the heat figured out.. go nekid and ride fast to stay cool.. I want to know some opinions on cool to cold weather riding gear. I am good to about 50f with what I normally wear. I am trying not to look like Nanook of the North while riding. I guess I want the thinnest amount of clothing that should keep me warm. Down to 50 I have my Jacket with a liner, jeans tucked into boots, long sleeve shirt and a multi-function headwear to cover my lower face and ears, although it is very thin it helped this morning. I am not your typical Floridiot when it comes to cold weather. 50 is not cold.. 50 at 50 is getting chilly, just to give you an idea of where I am coming from.

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Once it gets to cool for a hoodie under my light jacket or vest i have a heavier leather jacket. Maybe under armour under jeans and swap my uninsulated gloves for slightly heavier ones. If it gets too cold to hide behind the windshield i will grab my full face helmet instead of the half. That's about it for me.

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Like a hiker dress in layers. I have two levels of long sleeve undershirts, the warmer one looks quilted.

For pants I goto the thrift store and buy jeans that are 2" in the waist larger than I wear. On cold days I put on two pairs of jeans. The trick is to decide if you need to stop anywhere on the way, if so put your wallet in the outside pants pocket, you will not get it out of the inside pair.

I think you got the chin and neck covered. something you can pull over your head like the top of a turtle neck sweater to cover from just under your nose to the bottom of your neck. If you cover your nose your helmet shield will fog up, and your glasses.

A good riding jacket with a wind breaker insert and/or thermal layer will keep you snug.

Gloves are the hardest thing. My three season gloves let too much air through below 50F. Snow mobile gloves tend to have poor grip. If you are going to ride below 50F a lot you will need a good pair of winter MC gloves.

Im good with this gear down to about 40º F. Below that its a whole nuther layer of gear required. When its in the 30's and you get up to 55mph, any air leak into your skin gets downright painful amazingly quick.

One thing I discovered, on my 650 at a red light I can put my gloved hand on the rear cylinder fins to warm up my fingers, one at time. Dont touch the spark plug wire!
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I totally wanted to start a thread on this subject.

I'm with 07midnightcustom. Under Armour Cold Gear is a really good way to add a slim base layer under my favorite jeans. Also, their fabric is anti- microbial, so the shirts stay nice even if you sweat a lot.

Heated grips are a must for me. Last year I was commuting 30 minutes to work at 38 degrees, and that's probably about my tolerance. (Face shield fogs up and freezes much colder.) I wore my snowboard jacket and pants over my work clothes. Haha.

Full gauntlet Cold Tex gloves, (textile, shoulda got the leather cuz I think it would be more windproof. Balaclava or my thin Burton micro fleece neck warmer, pulled up to cover chin.

Yep. But if it's just in the low 50's the Cold Gear can get you far with a thick, quality fleece under a sturdy jacket.
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I have a trick for the textile gloves.. Put on a pair of nitrile examination gloves first. That will help a lot. As for the face shield fogging/freezing. I live in N Fla so with the 1000000000% humidity 99.99% of the year that is a problem even if I do not cover my nose with something.. lol Under Armor is probably going to be my best bet and a nice pair of chaps. I wear long cargo shorts under my jeans most of the time because I hate wearing pants. I am a shorts and flip flop person.. :-)

Thanks for the replies. There are some GREAT ideas in there. Keep them coming.

I did buy some really nice leather gloves at the Harley shop. I can still feel my controls with them on. That was the problem with most of the other gloves I looked at. I could not feel the basic controls or they were so bulky I would hit my horn when trying to use my turn signal.

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I have an intake 3 jacket that has a wind breaker liner and a quilted liner. The wind liner is thin but does great at blocking the cold air from hitting you. Usually that and a hoodie and I am fine for awhile, then Ill add the quilted liner, and that helps even more.
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It's EZ to dress for the cold with all the modern garments out there,,, but the ride killer is your finger&toes. Keeping them warm is the key to cold riding.
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It's EZ to dress for the cold with all the modern garments out there,,, but the ride killer is your finger&toes. Keeping them warm is the key to cold riding.
Heated gloves and heated boot liners. Heated gloves come out when the temp drops below 40 deg. F, plugged in when temp gets below 30-35 deg. F. Heated boot liners when the temp hits about 15 deg. F and I'm riding for more than an hour.

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I have an HJC full face (modular) helmet. I did get the second layer insert that is designed for fogging. It works pretty well, but you are then looking through two layers of plastic and it is noticeable. It also has some kind of silicon seal around the edge that will leave a ring on the outer edge of your visor when you take it off.

I have tourmaster boots and my feet never get cold enough to bother me.

It has occurred to me the problem with the cold hands is the wind blast. If you have a fairing or something covering your hands to block the wind that would be a big help. No fairing on my bike. I have tried the latex gloves and it helps a little. Ive also tried other glove inserts and its still not there. You really cannot beat leather gloves for blocking the wind. I dont ride in the cold often enough to make a big investment worth the cost. The temp in the morning drops from the 40s down to freezing within a month or so, and between the rainy days at that time of the year, its just not worth it to me. If the only thing really cold is my fingers, I can ride it out for the last 15 minutes of my morning commute. The ride home at 5pm is never an issue, and riding home in the fall is worth the discomfort in the morning.
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https://www.amazon.com/Kolpin-92185-...andlebar+muffs

Hands are hard to keep warm. Bought these about 2 years ago. Easy on and off. Works great for me

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