Cold weather riding gear & a couple of redneck hacks to stay warm this early spring!
A lot of people hang up their motorcycle keys once temps get into the 40's. Those people are kind of smart. I, however, choose to ride until Mother Nature makes it physically impassable to do so, aka snow falls and stays on the ground. In order to ride when its in the teens, 20's, 30's, or even 40's, there is some gear that is a necessity to try to keep remotely warm while riding. And thanks to this gear, I have only gotten frostbite once while riding motorcycle. And to be honest, I doubt ANY cold riding gear would have spared my fingers from riding 70mph in temps of NINE (9) degrees. Yeah, that was stupid. But I was on a mission..... I WAS going to ride to Daytona!! (NOT this year!!) And naturally, it had been in the 50's the week prior, aka when I decided I was going to ride there. Anyways - here is my GO TO cold riding gear!
<--- In Iowa, on way to Daytona years ago. It eventually hit 32 degrees (in NASHVILLE)!!! All the gear in the world, but there is no solution for frozen eyeballs.
Heated Leather Gloves
I have only used my heated chaps liners a handful of times, not because they aren't amazing, rather they are just a pain in the ass for me. My chaps don't have a lot of room to work with in the first place, then adding another layer under them, makes it merely impossible for my legs and feet to get blood flow, let alone maneuver for braking and shifting. Granted, it is WORTH it, but if you don't use all of the gear frequently, the amount of time spent trying to figure out wiring is a pain in the butt (for me anyways). So, I used to own the chap liners, but I gave them to a friend who has slimmer legs than me. All the pieces of heated gear have 5 heat settings and can be used with one multi controller, which I tuck into the leg of my chaps...Making me look more like a unibomber than a biker, while walking through the gas station.
For my feet, in a pinch, I have used the hand warmers that you shake to activate, duct taped them to the outside of my boots, and then put my bootie rain covers over the top. I never said I am a fashionable rider!!! LOL The hand warmer theory also works to tape them around your grips - however, don't pull a blonde move like me.. do NOT use electrical tape. You will get zero heat transfer LOL Duct tape on each end of the hand warmer works swell. It doesn't look pretty, but if you are riding and it's THAT cold, I guarantee no one will be judging your hand warmers!!!
I have also work rain gear over alllllll of the other stuff - but it is pretty constricting in movement and blood flow. And very uncomfortable for long distances!
I mentioned that my neck sometimes gets cold. I'm willing to bet there is heated gear for the neck, but I haven't look into it yet. I like to keep things on my to-do list in case I ever get bored. Which is why, after 14 years of riding, I still don't know, nor own, neck warming items!!!