Join Date: Aug 2012
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I do not ride if there is snow or a chance of black ice.
People look at me like I am nuts, always ask me if it isn;t cold if I am stopped.
Nope, not at all, quite toasty actually, as I point to the plugs on my jacket.
I don;t bend, period, so hardest part for me is putting on my boots, besides that, I walk out in the garage, wearing whatever I happen to have on, slide on my pants, put on my jacket, if cold enough plug my gloves into my jacket and go.
I do start the bike and let it warm up to operating temp before I go.
I have 2 pairs of pants. One is a pair of Fulmer winter riding pants. made for snowmobiles I think. I do not know if it is possible to get cold in those. Down side is if it gets above 45 or so and you are stopped, you sweat badly.
Other pair I lucked into, actually got them for fishing and love them for the bike. Is a pair of Arctix Classic. Cost like $20.00. I often wear shorts under them down to about 45. Below that I just wear a pair of jeans.
They are really light, comfortable and you do not really sweat too bad until it gets around 60 and you are stopped. I pretty much wear them until it starts getting in the 70's or so. The Fulmer's are just worn if it is below 40 and I am going on a longer ride. A short ride I still wear the arctix.
Only thing that ever got chilly on me was my chin and face - but I used a 3/4 helmet. recently picked up a Gmax modular and love it.
I personally like heated gear because I do not have to layer...if I need to go somewhere, I just wear whatever I have on.
Only down side is yes, it does take me longer to go get bread as I have to take off helmet and gloves, get bread etc, put helmet and gloves back on instead of just jumping in the car.
Is a tradeoff I do not mind one bit.
Not the only reason, but the gas savings has been quite a bit as I rarely even drive my cars any more.
Cold - bring it on.