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Old 10-01-2012, 11:15 AM   #14521
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Only thing I can add is my logic on heated gloves. If you ride a lot they will wear out and then you've got to throw away all that electrical stuff.
With heated grips (which you can take off the bike when you sell it on) you can wear any gloves you like. And, with some decent hand guards on the bike, the backs of your hands don't get the cold wind blast.
I find that I use my heated grips on chilly summer evenings here in the UK when I've started off in thin summer gloves. Can't do that if you've left your heated gloves at home.

For the body I too use a heated jacket liner, with heated sleeves. Mine is from Gialli which was taken over by a company called KHS (probably gone under as well now??). Had it for years and it still works fine except the heat troller broke last year so I had to buy their new one which had different plugs. So out with the soldering iron.
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:20 AM   #14522
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Heated grips. Thinnish GoreTex gloves (love warm n dry) & Outlast liners.
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:51 AM   #14523
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Heated gear really changes the riding experience. I'll never again own a bike without the ability to run it.
Couldn't agree more.

But that said, I'm apparently a little more minimalist than most. I'm fine with just a heated vest and heated grips. As long as my core is toasty warm and my hands are comfortable, my arms don't get very cold, nor do my legs. I actually really enjoy going for rides when it's in the 20s and 30s out provided the roads are dry.

Was out for an early spring ride once with a friend and we stopped at a gas station to take a quick break and have some coffee. We stood there chatting for a moment, drinking our coffee, and the wind was whipping along, and after a few minutes of that one of us turned to the other and said, "Brr, it's cold out here! Let's get back on the bikes where it's warm!"

Yeah, I love electrics.

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Old 10-01-2012, 02:38 PM   #14524
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Heated Gear

I use the Tour Master Synergy 2.0 Jacket for two years now and it works great. They have a full line including gloves, chaps and insoles if you want to go whole hog.

I find the Jacket, with the OEM heated grips sufficient, but I also have the Verseo rechargeable thermo soles. They don't get super hot, but enough to keep the chill off and they last about 6 hours. I use them for snowboarding also for which they are great having their own battery source.
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:30 PM   #14525
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I was thinking about heated glove liners as a good solution. Fit of the heavier outer glove would take some care, but it seems one could get just the type of features wanted in the gloves, and still have the benefit of heat as well.
On a side note, I rode a Vstrom 650 a couple of weeks ago, which was my first experience on a bike with longer travel suspension. Compared to my Triumph Legend street bike, the ride was much smoother over the rougher roads in Vermont. I am sure that the suspension on the 800XC must be even better than the Vstrom, so I can really see that having more comfortable suspension over the rougher roads which are becoming more common in the northeast (our states have no money) would be a real plus. Still thinking about 800XC versus TEX or maybe even a Trophy. Oh well, two more years to decide.
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:26 PM   #14526
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Hey Greasy Rider,
hmmm $200-300. I'm thinking of going with the Oxford heated grips. They're about $80. Much cheaper than the factory ones.
The ironbutt web site has the old Widder heated vests (if they have your size) for $65 or $75 plus $19 for the controller. Throw in a CrampBuster for under $10 and your close to your $200 buget.
Do you have a rainsuit? I was a ways from home and left a friends house late. The temps dropped fast, so I put on my rainsuit. I was still cold, so I stopped at a store and bought a newspaper. I crumbled that up for insulation and had an hour ride home without freezing my butt off.
You can do what others have done and extend the handguards up higher with cut and bent plastic.
How about a poor man's heated gear ? I just bought 40 pairs of hand wamers from COSTCO for $15.
If you have to crack your faceshield open to keep it from fogging up, you may want to put some pretoleum jelly on your cheeks or nose. If all that doesn't keep you warm, stop at every rest area and do pushups. I've been know to drop and do 15 pushups during breaks at meetings when the air conditioning makes it too cold. Eating foods to keeps your metabolism up helps also. Ok, maybe I'm getting a bit carried away, lol.
I appreciated everyones input on the heated gear. If I get a good xmas bonus this year, I'll buy a good heated jacket liner and heated gloves. :-) I haven't had heated gear and from what everyone says, it sounds like the way to go.
It all kind of depends on what you already have or can borrow from friends.
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:34 PM   #14527
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In December of last year I rode from.NE Ohio to South Florida, with no heated gear. It was 22 degrees F when I left and the first day was brutal. On the way back I stopped at Cycle Gear in Atlanta and dropped $400+ First Gear gloves, jacket and dual controller.

The rest of the ride was toasty and absolutely no regrets.
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:34 AM   #14528
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just a short video report from only 2 hours test ride on 2 triumph tigers 800xc


Spacer z tygrysami from Paweł Sadowski on Vimeo.

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Old 10-02-2012, 06:49 AM   #14529
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Nice vid MTBiker78. That's a proper test ride.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:20 AM   #14530
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Fall ride

Just got back from our fall ride down the Oregon coast. My wife likes to stop at antique stores along the way, but complains that "I can never buy anything cause we're always on the bikes". Well she found a couple treasures, and I'm not sure why but I couldn't get the Beverly Hillbillies sound track out of my head the whole way home.









Good thing we only had to ride back to Canada. The border guy had a good laugh when I told him I hauled it all the way from Oregon.
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:44 PM   #14531
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Tiger 800 only ....... in action off-road

Fredonia / Antioquia / Colombia / Sout America

Part 1



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Old 10-02-2012, 12:46 PM   #14532
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Tiger 800 only ....... in action off-road
Hmm. I must have missed the part where there wasn't a road.
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:09 PM   #14533
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Hmm. I must have missed the part where there wasn't a road.

part 1..... will come later, part 2 and 3
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:14 PM   #14534
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That's impressive right there!!
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:20 PM   #14535
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Just got back from our fall ride down the Oregon coast. My wife likes to stop at antique stores along the way, but complains that "I can never buy anything cause we're always on the bikes". Well she found a couple treasures, and I'm not sure why but I couldn't get the Beverly Hillbillies sound track out of my head the whole way home.









Good thing we only had to ride back to Canada. The border guy had a good laugh when I told him I hauled it all the way from Oregon.
Is that the new kermit chair?
That just proves what lengths we will go to keep momma happy
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