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Old 09-16-2009, 02:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Not exactly sure where to post this question but hypothermia is a safety consideration in my opinion so here it is.

Being new to riding, I, like most riders, want to extend my riding season for as long as possible and I know that the effects of hypothermia are not nice.

What are the recommendations of some of you experienced cool weather riders for effective layering and basic weather protection against cold and wet.

Brand names and sources for Canadian suppliers would be most beneficial to me but generally available merchandise from other areas will be good to know about as well.

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Old 09-16-2009, 03:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Layer your clothing, so that you can remove or add for your comfort!
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Gerbing heated jacket and gloves, windproof pants. You can get heated pants and socks if you ride REAL cold but it starts getting up on the load for the bike.
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I ride most of the year as long as no ice in forcast. I swear by overly large insulated water repellent/proof coveralls that will go over my insulated armored jacket. Also heavy gloves with a pair of thinsulate gloves inside. And keep the neck warm!.
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First, you need a windshield, its the biggest help.

Then you need to keep your hands and feet warm. Wool socks and good quality gauntlet gloves with liners (don't cheep out on the gloves) help here.

Now something like this Schampa Stormgear Gordito or similar product for the neck.

Of course all the layered clothing mentioned above. I wear a Power Trip Dakota II Jacket with a sweatshirt underneath and that seams to do just fine.

All my riding pants have button holes sewn in the cuffs. I made an elastic strap about 7in long and sewed a button on each end and I keep them permanently in the pants. When I go for a ride (any weather, but this helps greatly in the winter) I pull them down onto my boots to keep the pants from riding up and the wind out. It works pretty good.

Also, I just ordered and received a set of Desert Dawgs Chaps hoping that they will help too, but you need Cobra bars for these.

I don't know about heated gear since this setup works for me.
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crash bar chaps!!

they keep the engine heat on your legs. it's amazing how warm mine keep me in the morning on my commute, since i put them on.
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Well, before you go out get the forecast....then look at the hourly forecast through out the day.....Accuweather will show hourly forecast.

Then plug your numbers in here for wind chill at a specified speed.

http://www.athropolis.com/popup/c-temp2.htm

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I second the neck part. For me, that's the part that I didn't expect to get really cold, and therefore wasn't prepared for. Turtleneck or scarf or something like that helps a lot.
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don't wear jeans.

If they get damp from sweat or other they stay that way for a long while and act as a wick to take away body heat from you.

Also consider the wind chill to the speed you will be riding for what to wear.

http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/iln/tables.htm
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Put away your leather chaps and jacket, you don't need to look "cool" when it's around 10 degrees. Get a good 600 denier poly and 840 denier nylon jacket and over pants. I wear the Fieldsheer Bullet Tex made of 600D Carbolex it has three liners. I hear the Firstgear Kilimanjaro is also a good choice, both run around $109.00 on sale online at Motorcycle Super Store. I also wear 600 denier nylon pants that are size to go over my regular pants, they too have a quilted liner and are windproof, get your self a very good pair of gloves, at least 300g thinsulate on the backs and 150g thinsulate in the palms. Finally, a neck gater to block the cold from coming up into your helmet. Someone else already posted about getting a windshield you will be glad you did. With all this gear you will be able to ride for long periods of time without getting cold.
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