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Do You Ride With Heated Motorcycle Gear?

Some Motorcycle riders are lucky. They live where the weather never turns too foul to ride. Nor does it get cold enough to do much more than put frost on the ground.

The rest live in the parts of the world where winter can come, sit down, and stay a long while, sometimes for months on end. When this season comes along, many riders put away the bike and take their cars or public transport when they need to go somewhere. Others, however, let nothing stand in the way of a ride. They will do whatever it takes to get out on their bike no matter what Mother Nature is doing.

For those riders who remain undaunted when the mercury falls and most people batten down the hatches and hibernate, there is an enormous choice in riding gear to make the winter months more comfortable, safer and more enjoyable.

Apparel and gear selection for use during the colder season is not difficult to find. Manufacturers now product an extensive range of items designed to keep the motorcycle rider warm and comfortable in nearly any weather conditions. This gear uses advanced insulation, high-tech materials, and modern assembly methods designed to keep the cold at bay. Some of this gear also contains heating capabilities which will warm the rider even if the elements cannot be sealed out entirely.

Heated motorcycle apparel is a constantly evolving segment of the powersport industry. Recent Years have seen many innovations in the technology used to create this gear, much of it thanks to the military. This has led to the expansion of the category with more manufacturers offering more gear in a diverse array of options for the cold weather rider.

Of course, this abundance of choice can make it difficult to choose which gear is right for you. With a little research and a clear idea of what you need or want out of your heated riding apparel, the selection of the proper items can be made far simpler.

That's where comes with the Heated Motorcycle Gear - Recommendations & Comparison Guide. Check out our guide as it covers products we carry to keep you warm in the coldest of elements. Including Scorpion TSW Gloves, Alpinestars Valparaiso Drystar jacket and more.

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Worth EVERY penny!!! I have the Venture Motosports liner and gloves. Absolutely LOVE them!!!

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I live in Calgary Canada where it can get to -40 Celsius (Zero degrees F) and colder in the winter. I try to ride at least a few days every month of the year, so I picked up a pair of Tourmaster Synergy heated gloves and jacket liner a few years ago, and now as long as there's no ice on the road I can ride year-round.

The gloves and jacket each come with their own controller in the price (Gerbings is supposed to be good stuff BUT they charge extra for their controllers), or you can hook them up in the series and control the whole thing from a single controller strapped to your thigh. My only caution would be to make sure you wear a long-sleeved t-shirt under the jacket. I have ridden in -10 Celsius weather (somewhere in the 20's F for my American friends) with a short sleeve shirt on under the heated jacket (regular armored jacket over top) on Medium and almost cooked my forearms!

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I have worn the TOurMaster Synergy and the Gerbings, both are great! You think you don't need it, but I will tell you, it is the most useful accessory I have ever used!

Both brands are really good stuff, overall, I prefer the Gerbings (disclosure, my Gerbings was a freebie, the tourmaster was a freebie from the manufacturer to test)

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In 05, I purchased Gerbings heated gloves, heated jacket liner and the dual controller. Used in on the C50, then my sporty and my road king. I have only had Gerbings so I cannot compare brands, but they made winter days down into the 20sF not only bearable, they have made it fun.

Not brand specific, but these are a few points to consider. Varible controller vs on/off. If you do not have a varible controller, you are either too hot or looking for the switch to turn it back on. I have dual varible controllers because the jacket liner and gloves are kept at different ideal temperatures.

If you are going to get a liner, I reccommend the jacket liner as the gloves cords are built into the sleeves, thus saving you the pita to run the wires each time you dress.

The liner works best if only a shirt away from your skin. Too many layers underneath insulates you from the heat.

A warm body means a warm soul, but if I had just one, I'd get the gloves first, as at least with me, my hands got so could I could not move them.

They are a luxury item, until it is below 45F. Then they earn their worth.

I added heated soles in 2008, but since I got a par of muks insulated neoprene boots in 2010 I have not needed or used the heated soles. I used to need them with my regular riding boots.

Adding heated gear means that if the roads are not icy, I can ride down into the mid 20sF. Fleece face mask, modular helmet, high neck fleece sweater and leather over pants and I am good. In wet weather the same only I use textile jacket and pants.

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Last year I rode when temps were lower 30's upper 20's wearing 3M gloves, riding boots, 2 jackets and just Docker pants...with no thermal anything. Got pretty cold. This year I'll get some heated gear for sure. Hopefully the newly installed windshield will help also.

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Heated grips, vest, socks and sometimes heated glove liners. Connect everything into a controller and plug into the bike...easy breezy. Worth every penny and allows me to ride all year in northern Ohio.

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I bought my Gerbing's heated jacket off e-bay, and I even sent it to Gerbing's to get everything checked out. And you know what? They updated all the plugs and checked everything, and even shipped it all back to me and didn't charge me a single dime.

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