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Old 08-25-2014, 03:14 PM   #1
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Who rides year round

I'm looking at ditching my shitty car and riding my DR650 year round. I live on Vancouver Island in BC......Who rides year round?? Tips, ideas??

Also I'd love recommendations on gear.....My budget would be $425 for a jacket and $300 for pants. They also need to be waterproof as I am on the WET coast
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Old 08-25-2014, 03:57 PM   #2
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I lived in Colwood for 4 years and commuted to the Sydney airport mon-fri. 15 days in 4 years I didn't ride to work and put 100k on an 07 650 strom.

a kilomanjero jacket kept me dry for those 4 years as did belstaff pants. Gortex boots and waterproof gloves finished the deal. Handguards are a must even with heated grips.

I had a madstad bracket for the windshield and could tilt it in a way that I could have the face shield up and my face wouldn't get wet. This kept fogging to a minimum.
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Old 08-25-2014, 04:02 PM   #3
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To add, lots of gear to fit your budget, even check the flea market here. I wore out my kilo jacket there, and when I moved here in Ont, I got a new kilomanjero from this site.

I wore snowboard pants over my riding pants for the first few cold months, until I got motorcycle pants.
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Old 08-31-2014, 07:07 PM   #4
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Year round at the other extreme end of the country.
No big secrets just dress warm and gentle throttle and braking.
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Old 08-31-2014, 07:30 PM   #5
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I have to hose my bike off with saltaway or it will rustaway pretty quick here. Love the klim latitude jacket with down underneath.
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Old 08-31-2014, 07:35 PM   #6
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Year 'round on the Saanich Peninsula. I strongly recommend heated gloves, way better than heated grips. I picked up heated glove liners off CL for $30 and a pigtail is cheap. I like the Kilimanjaro too. Waterproof shell rather than liner and very warm. I have the matching pants as well. I paid about the same for the set as you're budgeting for the jacket.
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Old 08-31-2014, 10:30 PM   #7
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Old 09-01-2014, 05:05 AM   #8
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I use a first gear Kathmandu outfit and it has proven pretty good in snow and rain and not to $.

If they use salt in your area get CRC heavy duty rust inhibitor and spray the bike and wheels (not exhaust.) It does a great job and cleans easy in the spring.

I use a windjammer to keep cold air out of my helmet (I ride in 0 degree weather) http://www.amazon.com/WINDJAMMER-RED...met+windjammer

I use a neck gator and a cover for my face/nose when its really cold and you will need a pin lock shield too.

If you do more than shorter rides heated gear will likely be needed. I am fine with my 10 mile commute with heated grips and thick gloves but it has its limits.
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Old 09-01-2014, 12:17 PM   #9
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Year round in Ontario. Klim traverse pants, teknic monsoon gore text jacket(99.00 on fleabay) heated jacket liner. Hippo hands and Gripstuds in the tires
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:11 AM   #10
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Year round in Ontario. Klim traverse pants, teknic monsoon gore text jacket(99.00 on fleabay) heated jacket liner. Hippo hands and Gripstuds in the tires
That's just nuts
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Old 09-03-2014, 08:11 PM   #11
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Year round in Ontario. Klim traverse pants, teknic monsoon gore text jacket(99.00 on fleabay) heated jacket liner. Hippo hands and Gripstuds in the tires
Gripstuds?? I thought nailed tires were illegal around here... Anyway, that's the case for cars... When I was doing rallies, we would start from Ontario and ride through Quebec, just to avoid the use of studs on tires... LoL
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Old 09-04-2014, 04:26 AM   #12
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Gripstuds?? I thought nailed tires were illegal around here... Anyway, that's the case for cars... When I was doing rallies, we would start from Ontario and ride through Quebec, just to avoid the use of studs on tires... LoL
In northern Ontario they are allowed and as long as your drivers license says norther Ontario you are good. As for a bike I have not see a tire that was legal for winter and studs. Now that being said not sure the police would know the difference between tires though.
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Old 09-04-2014, 09:41 AM   #13
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In northern Ontario they are allowed and as long as your drivers license says norther Ontario you are good. As for a bike I have not see a tire that was legal for winter and studs. Now that being said not sure the police would know the difference between tires though.
Heidenau makes mud/snow rated tires... Thanks for the Northern Ontario tip!! Didn't know 'bout that...
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Old 09-10-2014, 11:12 AM   #14
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That's just nuts
Yeah you'd have to be a complete loon to ride in say Northern Ontario and Quebec in the winter.

Tempting but no. I'll ride until they start salting.
On Vancouver Island, no problem it never gets what I would call cold and in the 13 yrs I lived on the island I don't recall snow ever sticking to the roads for more than a day. Mostly just a lot of rain. I suppose in the mtn that might be different.
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Old 09-11-2014, 06:47 AM   #15
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Yeah you'd have to be a complete loon to ride in say Northern Ontario and Quebec in the winter.

Tempting but no. I'll ride until they start salting.
On Vancouver Island, no problem it never gets what I would call cold and in the 13 yrs I lived on the island I don't recall snow ever sticking to the roads for more than a day. Mostly just a lot of rain. I suppose in the mtn that might be different.
I ride all winter. I just shift from "KTM" to "Polaris" - no problem! In fact, the sled ride to work takes less time than driving the truck

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