staying warm

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by dizave, Nov 20, 2002.

  1. Robert

    Robert KickAss Adventurer

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    Forget the nylon crap, get the leather out. Some long johns underneath, merino wool ones would do nicely.
    I wear Garne Explorer Boots, Gericke leather jeans over long polypropylene under wear(gotta get the merino wool ones, but I put to much internet porno on The Card), and a 3/4 length Teknic Jacket.
    Didn't your momma tell ya??LAYER LAYER LAYER:):
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  2. freaking RT

    freaking RT will golf for food

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    they can be made waterproof with some tender loving care :D and I ride behind tupperware any way.

    the bibs will survive a couple of crashes before replacement- they are leather.

    as for the armor :rolleyes you can get one of these size 6 1/2 feet for $2300[​IMG]
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  3. AndrewH

    AndrewH Hare its whats for dinner

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    Back when I lived in St. Louis I used to ride all year round. I froze my ass off on my 91 R100GS with a Parabellum wind screen. Then a friend of mine sold me a used set of Eclipse electric vest, electric chaps, and Widder electric gloves. I remember riding from St. Louis to Chicago when the temp was in the 30's and it was sleeting. I was way toasty....and I'm normally always cold.

    I ended up unplugging the chaps because I got too hot. The temp control would help this, I only had the on/off switch.

    What did I wear? Midweight long underwear on the bottom, Jeans, electric chaps all insided my Gaerne boots.
    Midweight long underwear on top, electric vest, fleece sweater, thin windbreaker.
    1 piece Aerostich Roadcrafter on outside. Windbreaker really helps. Cold weather really proves that the Roadcrafter lets in some icy cold air.

    BTW, I'd do the math before running vest/chaps/ and gloves on the R100 electric system. I found myself sorry for doing so on a later ride. Smoked the diode board and ended up pushing the bike/then getting a tow.
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  4. Arbey Canuck

    Arbey Canuck Ageless Adventurer

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    Up to -5c ... jeans, good cold weather hiking / ski jacket (mine's made be Columbia or something like that) and good winter gloves.

    -5c to -10c ... add fleece longjohns top and bottom, thermal socks, neck fleece, heated grips position 1 and lots of anti fog solution.

    -10c + ... add thin set of lycra longjohns top and bottom + lycra socks ... to go on as first layer, heated grips position 2.

    AND ... ride carefully in cold weather ... nothing abrupt !!! I almost wiped out today in my driveway ... just walking to get my bike. Black ice is so hard to see!!
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  5. dizave

    dizave Team Blitzed

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    Damn, you can't be riding a GS in jeans at -5C. What do you ride, a goldwing or an RT or something???
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  6. Arbey Canuck

    Arbey Canuck Ageless Adventurer

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    No ... I do ride a GS !!! Years and years of climatization I guess. Growing up on the south shore of Montreal ... provided many major winters. Riding in the cold was common practice ... and with crappy gear. In the 70's I rode in winter with an open face helmet, plaid lumber jacket with a sweatshirt underneath, work gloves, construction boots and of course my beloved jeans.

    Sometimes when I'm out and just in jeans ... and the temp drops into the -5c region (especially evening) ... I'll stop and put on my rain pants ... if I'm starting to catch a chill. But most often ... if it's dry ... I'm fine for a couple of hours. Longer trips I'll cover up more.

    I'm just one of those guys that can wear shorts in the middle of winter. However ... my feet, hands, torso and neck need to be taken care of especially when riding at a healthy clip.

    I must admit ... with age ... there's a need to better protect against the elements. But I look at what I wear today ... compared to what I was wearing way back when ... and I've come along way.

    Prolly in another 20 years I'll own some electrics to plug in. For now ... my heated grips are my little gift to myself. :rofl
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  7. AndrewH

    AndrewH Hare its whats for dinner

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    Having used Electric Gloves on a motorcycle and Electric grips on a snowmobile...the heated grips win by a long shot!
    The gloves work but I have a couple complaints about them. First, there's no road rash protection because they are basically nylon shelled ski gloves. Second, you've got to fuss with the wires and pack them in luggage for the trip...just an extra item to carry.

    The grips are always there...just flip the switch.

    And I've been told not to fork out the cash for the BMW grips if you are adding them to an already owned bike. Rather, get Polaris or something out of the snowmobile magazines.
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  8. fat GS guy

    fat GS guy n00b

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    same problem here. Gerbings ultimate pants and heated liners on the way. will let you know how they work. BTW call me a puss i live in Phoenix, Az
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  9. wxwax

    wxwax Excited Member

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    :bow :bow :bow
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  10. nachtflug

    nachtflug I'm not going to talk about that.

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    I'm not going to talk about that.
    when winter winds begin to blow,
    and rain drops bite and sting,
    we always try to do our best,
    and try most anything,
    to keep the icy claws at bay
    most any way we can,
    but in the end jehovah did create the maxivan

    oh maxivan, oh maxivan,
    with heater set on high,
    please guide us though the cold and wet
    and keep us warm and dry

    for only fools
    will tempt the fate of winters frozen lands
    cause in the end, the wise man rides
    inside of maxivans

    oh maxivan, oh maxivan....
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  11. fish

    fish Banned

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    They say we're supposed to get some weather tomorrow.
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  12. nachtflug

    nachtflug I'm not going to talk about that.

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    they're calling for 50's in NY on Monday.

    Oh maxivan, you'll stay at home
    and riding I will be.....
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  13. fish

    fish Banned

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    i'll be riding...



    SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
    SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN FRANCISCO CA
    254 PM PST THU DEC 12 2002

    ...A STORMY WEEKEND ON THE WAY...

    VERY WET WEATHER IS EXPECTED ACROSS THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA THIS
    WEEKEND...WITH SIGNIFICANT RAIN SPREADING SOUTH TO MONTEREY COUNTY
    LATE SATURDAY INTO SUNDAY. A VERY STRONG...MOIST JET STREAM IS
    DEVELOPING ACROSS THE PACIFIC AND WILL BRING A SERIES OF STORMS INTO
    OUR REGION.

    THE FIRST WAVE OF RAIN IS EXPECTED TO MOVE INTO THE NORTHERN SAN
    FRANCISCO BAY AREA LATE TONIGHT AND FRIDAY...WITH LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN
    POSSIBLE ESPECIALLY IN SONOMA COUNTY. MORE HEAVY RAIN IS FORECAST
    FOR THE NORTH BAY ON FRIDAY NIGHT. BY SATURDAY THE HEAVY RAIN IS
    EXPECTED TO MOVE SOUTH THROUGH THE REST OF THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY
    AREA AND THEN THROUGH THE MONTEREY BAY AREA SATURDAY NIGHT.

    THE RAIN WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY GUSTY WINDS...BEGINNING ON FRIDAY
    AND INCREASING AND SPREADING SOUTHWARD BY SATURDAY WHEN THE ENTIRE
    SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA IS LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE GUSTS OF 40 MPH OR
    HIGHER. THE STORM WILL ALSO BRING HIGH SURF TO THE COASTAL AREAS
    THROUGH THE WEEKEND.

    PERSONS IN THE SAN FRANCISCO AND MONTEREY BAY AREAS SHOULD BE
    PREPARED FOR HEAVY RAIN...STRONG WIND...LARGE WAVES ON THE BEACHES...
    AND POSSIBLE FLOODING THIS WEEKEND. TRAVEL WITH CAUTION...TIE LOOSE
    ITEMS DOWN OR BRING THEM INSIDE...AND EXPECT DELAYS ON THE HIGHWAYS.
    PERSONS PLANNING TO TRAVEL INTO THE SIERRA NEVADA THIS WEEKEND
    SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS. STAY TUNED TO
    NOAA WEATHER RADIO AND OTHER MEDIA FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS AND
    UPDATES.

    MARKKANEN
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  14. Arbey Canuck

    Arbey Canuck Ageless Adventurer

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    Fucking Yanks ... don't know how to think and live outside the box!!! :rofl :rofl :rofl
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  15. fish

    fish Banned

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    so let's see how they did with the forecast so far...

    Okay, it's very wet. No biggie so far.

    It didn't happen last night, but it was rainy this morning. How is it in Sonoma, Red Bull?

    I guess we'll see how it goes, but it isn't very gusty here tonight...maybe 25-30 tops.


    Ooo. Sounds ominous. Hey cRAsH, is it heavy up there?


    Me? I'm just stoking the fire, feeding the girl pb&j and drinking. I'm dry now :):
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  16. Rad

    Rad Done riding

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    A minor be warmer trick if ya have zip in liner. I unzip the liner from the jacket shell, leave it hooked in back and in the sleeves, then zip it up prior to zipping up the jacket. Helps keep the tummy a bit warmer on the drafty GS. I do this even with the Gerbings under it. Makes the front of the Gerbings lose less heat.
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  17. cRAsH

    cRAsH Banned

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    Yeah - got lots of wet going on.
    Tonight is supposed to be the big one though.
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  18. wxwax

    wxwax Excited Member

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    Got down to 36F tonight, the Gerbring jacket and thick gloves and a balaclava kept me warm. My problem is that with small hands, the thick gloves are almost dangerous... I really have to work the brake and clutch.
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  19. Komet

    Komet The Voice of Reason

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    that the thick gloves "tire your hands?"
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  20. wxwax

    wxwax Excited Member

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    Yeah, although they're slowly breaking in. They're double gloves - an inner and an outer. My left gets tired holding in the clutch at lights sometimes. The real problem is that there isn't much room to fold the glove around something, if your hands are smaller.
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