Wellington Adventure Rideouts

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  1. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    one advantage of your supermodel have a big arse is that you can put things in it

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  2. innathyzit

    innathyzit AKA Woodman

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    How do you find the nakedness on these cold days? Do you think protection would be wise?

    Serious question Bart/Nordie/Padmei/pretty much everyone. No innuendo intended.:deal
  3. Ducatijim

    Ducatijim Hopeless Poseuer!

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    Protection is always wise.
  4. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    its been a bigger problem than I'd anticipated
    its like the chill factor sucks the warmth right out of you and you get colder and colder until you can't think straight.

    What's tolerable at 80k quickly becomes intolerable at 110-120k (the sv's happy place)

    last night I left Taihape at 7ish and it was proper cold. I had on:
    a merino wool vest
    an mx top
    body armour/pressure suit
    a sweat shirt
    a light jacket
    my normal riding jacket (no liners)
    a balaclava and a buff
    winter gloves with separate thermal liner and heated grips at 75%

    I was too cold until I put my rain suit over the top of everything and that made all the difference. I may have looked like the michelin man but I was comfortable all the way home. It also meant I didn't have to stop when I hit rain at ashurst

    I don't really want to put a screen on as I don't want to get any buffeting around my helmet but I may have to as I really like riding in winter (no bugs, no dust, fewer cars...) but I don't like wearing so much crap
  5. Te Hopo

    Te Hopo AKA Deanohit

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    Yea it's the gear that makes a bigger difference than a screen IMO.

    I spent 3 winters commuting around Marlborough on my bike and we know Blenheim is a cold hell of a place on a frosty morn.
    -5 or more and then factor in the wind chill of doing 100km/h........the coldest I recorded was -23'c at Okaramio one morning :eek1

    I added a screen and heated grips to the XT but I was still freeeezing.
    Once I put the summer jacket away and brought a proper winter jacket and pants with liners I was in my happy place even without the windscreen.

    Riding to work I would be wearing my work clothes (generally on my torso, a fleece singlet, polo top, fleece jumper, windproof vest) and then a winter jacket with liner in.
    Winter pants with liner, winter gloves and a balaclava under my helmet.

    The big thing is keeping that damned cold wind out.

    I made sure I got gear that had easy to install/remove liners so that I would actually use them as heading home in the sunny afternoon it was too warm for the liners and jumpers.

    Then after 6 years with only a motorbike in the shed I wised up (gave up?) and brought a truck to commute in the winter instead. :lol3
    The winter gear has since been passed on and now I just layer up under my summer jacket for those winter weekend rides.
  6. ztaj

    ztaj jatz

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    Might I suggest you have a couple of these before setting out ?

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  7. bart-nz

    bart-nz Been here awhile

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    Wade (GPSMAN) does a lot of winter miles and swears by a heated vest. Plug it in and you’re toasty as.

    I’m too tight for that so have been known to shove a newspaper or magazine down my front (it was a good excuse to buy a grubby mag from the servo). Wind chill is a huge factor. When riding sports bikes it was amazing how effective even a small fairing was. I used to hate fueling up on a cold morning. Hugging a cold tank wasn’t much fun and it seemed to take ages to warm up.
  8. innathyzit

    innathyzit AKA Woodman

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    Was wondering cos the tall screen on the GS is fantastic. Only got it to lose the head buffeting, but the added bonus of bugger all wind on my body is fabulous (DR word). Arms still get wind and the wind just rushes past the sides of my helmet so I know I am on a motorbike, but yea I am a screen convert.

    Must be getting soft.
  9. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    I think/hope you are right

    or I could do what the real southern men do and just give up and go home before the ride has really begun.....

    Yep a heated vest is definitley a possible solution
  10. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    nothing wrong with getting soft (its been my permanent state for as long as I can remember)

    if all else fails I'll try a screen
  11. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    I believe it depends on if you are a person who feels the cold or not.
    I rode for a short time today without the usual small givi screen. I feel the cold. I had my usual good layers (poly prop, Cotton tshirt, pressure suit, windproof/ fleece ground effect vest, square of 5mm closed cell foam that covers my chest/puku & winter textile jacket with liner.
    I really noticed not having the screen. Although I was warm during the low speed pootle I know I would have had to get out my warehouse rain jacket to seal the goodness in if I was to be riding at speed (over 95kph) for an extended time. The cold air would have worked itself into my soul sapping all energy & resolve. The screen although annoying with the redirected air being pushed up into my face does keep it off the chest area. Choose your demons I spose.

    I no longer look at it as a HTFU thing I look at it as a safety thing & an enjoyment thing. I ride like crap when I'm cold & never feel confident - it feels like hard work. When I'm warm & my muscles are loose riding a motorcycle is like heaven. I don't have use my bike for transport, I use it for fun.

    I reckon heated vests would be the way to go - you can always turn them off on the run.
  12. dazzadm

    dazzadm Been here awhile

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    I rode my PD naked while upgrading the forks. Hated it. Too cold and wind buffeting. I love my fairing. Wouldn't be without it
  13. Micawberism

    Micawberism Been here awhile

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    You should at the very least wear a helmet :evil
  14. Te Hopo

    Te Hopo AKA Deanohit

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    Yea, I'm not at all surprised it was damned cold :rofl
  15. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Only one thing for it Padmei. Your gunna have to bolt the woolly mammoth head thing back on...:deal
  16. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    Well actually I may have to fork out for a BIG Givi screen. Actually goldwings are looking better & better to me everyday.:D
  17. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    you've ridden your beast naked through some fairly nasty weather and I don't ever recall you bitching about being cold?

    you wear any special gear or are you just a much harder man than I am?
  18. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Yes
    The tank acts as a mini fairing, the cylinders keep my legs warm, the way the handlebars / instruments are set up gives me a modicum of chest protection, & I use the heated grips a lot...
  19. advNZer?

    advNZer? Long timer

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    Again I say it,keep the wind of your body and upper legs,hand warmers are enough
  20. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    Today in the 'rapa

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