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I admit I'm a pretty fair weather rider, but am looking at ways to extend the riding season (a little). Obviously gonna need some nice gloves, leaning towards a heated vest, etc...But do I need chaps? Just wear long johns? Anybody have any textile options? I don't think I'll ever get to the point where I'm riding long distances in less than ideal weather, but I like to be comfortable
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I've had good luck with Rocky underlayment, As low as teens, but not for a long duration. 40's are easy. I'm leaning towards getting heated gloves, vest and socks.

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Up top, a sweater for insulation and a leather jacket to block wind. Below the belt, ski pants on over my normal riding pants. That will get me into the teens comfortably. I find that if I keep my body warm my feet are fine, so just socks and boots there. I have a puffy neck thing that I wear to keep the wind out of my helmet.

Hands are the hard part. If you get enough insulation you can't work the gears. Only answer I've found is electricity. Either heated grips and good gloves, or heated gloves. Grips are easier to deal with, but gloves are much warmer. I've heard that heated grips with Hippo Hands work quite well also.

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I’m with whiskey I use ski pants leather coat and leather gloves but on real cold mornings I wear 2 pair of socks works good or just ride the other bike gl500i
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What kind of temperatures are you wanting to ride in? There is a difference in riding in the 30s vs 40s. If you are just talking about riding in the 50s, you won't need much. Wind management is important.

Gloves of course, that are waterproof - which will be warmer. I use some glove liners on cold days. I use textile jacket and pants with 2 liners. With both liners in the pants and jacket, I can ride in the upper 30s easily. With just the rain jacket layers in, I can ride in the upper 40s comfortably for me. But, I can handle the cold ok. Each person is different.

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Right now, 50 is the cut off for a ride of any duration...Ultimately, I'd like the 40's to be the cut off
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They have heated vests and jackets that run off the bike or batteries in the pocket.

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They have heated vests and jackets that run off the bike or batteries in the pocket.
Remember those old whamco or Zippo or whatever things?
You filled them with a flammable liquid, lit it, and put it in your pocket.

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Yup Jon-e. They were great for snowmobiling or ice fishing

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