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HOW-TO: Ride in Cold Weather. It’s easy as warm apple pie.
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Lightbulb HOW-TO: Ride in Cold Weather. It’s easy as warm apple pie. - September 28, 2006, 07:31 AM

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  • Wind protection. Getting the wind off you should be your first priority. Tall windscreens may not look hip but they will make a big difference. Tucking in close to the bike and getting the most of your faring will help as well. If you have exposed skin, cover it.
  • Electric clothing. Safe and cozy describes the next step. Electric liners, vests, grips and such will guarantee a longer riding season. Check out www.aerostich.com and www.gerbing.com for tons of electric goodies.
  • Layers. Dress in layers and remove them as the temperatures rise. The outer layer works best if its wind/water resistant. Blocks wind, traps body heat and repels precipitation. Ride all day and slowly reverse the process.
  • Be aware of your core temp and possible signs of hypothermia. It slows mental and physical reflexes. Stop more frequently to warm up if necessary. Don't let yourself shiver too long.
  • Plan routes according to the weather. Not good to be in the middle of nowhere with no place to get dry or warm up. Heck, stop in the middle of a ride and get some warm apple pie.
Ride in the cold and laugh as you pass the fat HOG member in their gas guzzling SUV.
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September 28, 2006, 08:05 AM

Thanks for the info.... I didn't ride at all last winter, and I get cold riding in the evenings now.... So thanks again!!!


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September 28, 2006, 08:17 AM

To add some:

Make sure your winter gloves are NOT tight. Tight gloves reduce circulation. Reduced circulation makes it very hard for body to pump warm blood to your extremities.
Same goes for boots. Wear a size bigger if need be. They will allow for additional layers without constriction.

Heated gloves and grips work well but only heat your hands. A jacket will keep your core warm. Keeping your core warm with also keep your hands and feet warm due to warm blood being pumped to your extremities.

Do NOT eat a heavy meal during a ride. (some might say this is never a good idea) A big meal with FREEZE you. I am not exactly sure as to the reason that is, but small light snacks will keep the chill off.


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Do NOT eat a heavy meal during a ride. (some might say this is never a good idea) A big meal with FREEZE you. I am not exactly sure as to the reason that is, but small light snacks will keep the chill off.
Blood is required for digestion, the more food ingested the more blood needed for digestion. And as you pointed out, reduced blood flow means a reduced ability to heat the extremities. It also causes the brain to slow down, this is the reason a lot of people get tired after eating large meals (which is always magnified when turkey is a part of that meal, hooray tryptophan).
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and wear ur chaps!

that helps me.


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Do NOT eat a heavy meal during a ride. (some might say this is never a good idea) A big meal with FREEZE you. I am not exactly sure as to the reason that is, but small light snacks will keep the chill off.
this is so true. your better off starving.


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warm up your tires before you lean and roll on the throttle.. they're like hard plastic when you first roll out of the garage in december on diablo corsas.

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Get a neck gator made by columbia or someone similar made out of fleece to block wind and trap heat. In my opinion, this one piece will make the most difference in winter riding.
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Do NOT eat a heavy meal during a ride. (some might say this is never a good idea) A big meal with FREEZE you. I am not exactly sure as to the reason that is, but small light snacks will keep the chill off.

if you can eat and ride safely you SO rock!!!


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oh... and in Nunya's case... get a warmer seat


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oh... and in Nunya's case... get a warmer seat
Yeah, that seat is either too cold or really hot. Warmed my hands on the oil tank at a stop light this morning. Good times, good times.
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Yeah, that seat is either too cold or really hot. Warmed my hands on the oil tank at a stop light this morning. Good times, good times.
hehe.. undertail exhaust kept me mostly warm this morning. But adding the fleece liner into my firstgear jacket makes all the difference... i think i can do another 10 with the pants too, but once its less than ~45 i think im gonna take the gas guzzler this winter.


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Yeah, that seat is either too cold or really hot. Warmed my hands on the oil tank at a stop light this morning. Good times, good times.
I've done that a million times riding in the winter. Rollin along, hands get cold, each down with the left hand and grab the crank cover ... instant HEAT!!! Don't do this if you are a bit on the short side or you're riding a much larger bike.


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I loved my Vmax for the fact I'd place my hands on the rear cylinders at stop lights when it was chilly. Grip heaters with V-boost.


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