Winter is a-coming

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Stegerman, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. Mr. B

    Mr. B Contrarian

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    My wife laughs at how long it takes me to get all bundled- and wired-up with heated gear to go for a ride.

    As I get older I'm less inclined to ride around in the cold. I'll wait for it to get above 40 before I ride again. We may get a couple more riding days before our first real snow
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  2. rivercreep

    rivercreep Banned

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    ...makes no difference to anyone but the wannabes.:D
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  3. BanjoBoy

    BanjoBoy Been here awhile

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    Yeah, butt it's a dry cold! :jack
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  4. woolsocks

    woolsocks Been here awhile

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    Looks like I've met the limit to my current gear for this season, so the bike will be put away...I'll be buying better gear for next season but don't have funds right now to invest in proper gear. Does anyone use lobster-style gloves on a motorcycle? Any downsides to using the controls?
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  5. bighairless

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    You probably have been here before but in case you havn't...Dr Mudspringer's, right across the street from the Harley dealer on Central (hwy 65 a few miles north of 694) carries a good supply of Winter riding gloves. Last I checked they had more Winter options than Bob's cycle off hwy 36.

    I don't like bulky gloves and I haven't tried the lobster gloves but I did find a winner with Olympia Windtex. They are really quite thin...at first I thought they wouldn't have enough insulation but the sales guy is a Winter rider and he said that's what he uses. They work well for me. I'm still riding/cummute every day and my ride home from work is at midnight. These gloves can keep me on the bike for about an hour with temps in the 20's and I don't have heated grips...and I don't 'push it' with cold hands to anywhere near the point there would be a reduction in reaction time.

    Good luck finding the gear you need.
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  6. marco-polo

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    I've even used overmitts on a motorcycle without ill effect. Lobster gloves sound like they wouldn't be much of a problem.

    When riding in the cold, think hard about your baselayer, first and foremost. Heavyweight long underwear and a balaclava can easily add 10 degrees or more to your comfort range. In fact, a balaclava alone can easily add 10 degrees to your comfort range - ask my chilly and larcenous spouse, who stole mine on our mid-October road trip.
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  7. RFVC600R

    RFVC600R GOT SAND? NO!

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    I live in the desert :D
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  8. OhBoy

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    Time to take the bikes a ride before the next storm hits. The forecast calls for a high of 40.
    Gotta get a charge the on batteries, theirs and mine.
    :D
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  9. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    20F this morning with flurries. Wore a wool sweater with a windshirt over it, all under my Stich onesie. To keep my hands warm I run my heated grips, wear Held Steve gloves, and have Cee Bailey's Elephant Ears around the handguards to keep the wind at bay. Quite comfy. When it drops into the low teens I'll add the Gerbing's jacket liner.
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  10. GISdood

    GISdood Been here awhile

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    -16C here (3F). Snow and ice have already made riding a no-go for me :(

    I'm seriously thinking about studding the tires on the TW200 and giving it a go on the 'warmer' days, tho!
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  11. atleastbehandy

    atleastbehandy Adventurer

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    I just bought a set of Aerostitch studs for my TW200. Rode last year without them and had too many horizontal moments.
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  12. GISdood

    GISdood Been here awhile

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    What tires and which style of stud are you going with? (#4606, 4607, etc)
    I'd certainly be interested to hear how it works out for you.
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  13. vortexau

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    “Winter is coming

    “Nothing burns like the cold.”

    “When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.”

    “Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well.”

    “What do we say to the Lord of Death?"
    "Not today.”

    “A Lannister always pays his debts.”

    ”You know nothing, Jon Snow.”
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  14. vortexau

    vortexau Outside the Pod-bay

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    While I live in the Southern Hemisphere.
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  15. Mat

    Mat Long timer

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    I believe I got the 4706 on TKC80 tires. Works well, but you do lose some grip on wet roads. On dry roads they are quite fine.

    Don't use too many, and consider that you might not need any on higher lean angles, because you might not want to lean too much on icy roads anyways. On dry roads you have rubber then.

    Depends on the planned use.
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  16. randyo

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    +1, too many studs is worse than none at all

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    10mm standards automotive studs with pneumatic stud gun into holes drilled into the knobs on Karoo Ts
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