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Old 09-19-2012, 10:22 AM   #21
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I Ride: that's right, I #^($* RIDE!!!
heads up - most producers of gloves advertised as waterproof are fucking LIARS!!! Cheap black neoprene gloves fitted over your regular ones do the trick...


finally am sick & tired of the layering BS and have been checking out heated gear too...

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Old 09-19-2012, 10:32 AM   #22
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Thanks for the continued support.

Cold for me I would say is about 50 degrees. I was fine (a little chilly) when it was down to 55 degrees when I was riding @ 70mph, but I woke up sick so I am trying to avoid that in the future. I generate a lot of heat, which is good for winter but sucks in the summer.

Ride time for me is about 2 hours or up to 50 mi (pleasure) weekdays and it varies on the weekends, but up to 4 hours on Saturday & Sunday.

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Old 09-19-2012, 01:44 PM   #23
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I Ride: Yamaha V-Star 1100 Custom
I prefer layers over heated gear, mainly because it's cheaper. I'd also go look at the Cycle Gear store in Tacoma (probably around the mall), and look at what they have. I'd also suggest getting some spray on water proofing for camping equipment. It works pretty well and will help keep you drier.

Yes, I ride year round, layered in the winter, and don't have any problems with getting wet and cold.

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Old 09-19-2012, 01:50 PM   #24
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I have a Firstgear kilimajaro jacket I would sell you. It is a size large .. Its is very warm. I have only used it half a dozen times. Yours for only $60 obo
Cheers
Now that's a steal!
I've got the First Gear Pants that go with this jacket too.
SIze 38Tall to fit over my 36Waist. Easy on, easy off!!
PM me if you're interested in seeing/trying on the pants.
I've ridden in all weather, but am now without a street bike... so...

Layers for the core...
Good gloves, heated grips. Brush guards for wind deflection.

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Old 09-19-2012, 02:17 PM   #25
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I Ride: i ride bitchrider : a 2000 triumph sprint st and " das car"
also if its not water proof then get some wash in nik wax

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Old 09-20-2012, 11:35 AM   #26
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Layers for the core...
Good gloves, heated grips. Brush guards for wind deflection.
What he said.

I rode in a textile jacket that was excellent, but not very waterproof for a number of years, and just used to layer my hiking waterproofs underneath when it was going to pour. Or snow.

Riding in the cold is still better than driving.

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Old 09-20-2012, 01:13 PM   #27
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What he said.

I rode in a textile jacket that was excellent, but not very waterproof for a number of years, and just used to layer my hiking waterproofs underneath when it was going to pour. Or snow.

Riding in the cold is still better than driving.

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Old 09-28-2012, 09:09 AM   #28
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Don't forget the visor fog issue of the winter!
I love love love my pinlock visor! Never fogs!

I used to ride with leathers over my pants and snowbibs over that for added wind, rain & insulation. I didn't mind my bottom half being bulky... till I got my Fieldsheer pants. Removable lining, pockets, waterproof, warm, yeah!

I'm gonna invest in some heated gloves this year. My new bike came with the plug hookup to the battery which was the added push that I needed.

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Old 09-28-2012, 09:35 AM   #29
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I Ride: 2004 Yamaha FZ1
I love my OXFORD heated grips. I'll do a review on them this weekend if I have time.

Also consider a Balacava/Facemask. Makes a whole lot of difference. Cycle gear has a whole bunch of FREEZE-OUT neck gear that works and isn't pricey.

TIRES: Switched from Pilot Powers to Pilot Road 3 (On the rear) and it feels much better in the wet, especially over wet bridge grating.

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Old 09-28-2012, 11:36 AM   #30
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I Ride: Yamaha V-Star 1100 Custom
Just noticed that Cycle Gear's in house premium gear is offering a full range of heated gear.

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Old 09-28-2012, 01:04 PM   #31
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I Ride: i ride bitchrider : a 2000 triumph sprint st and " das car"
also just noticed cycle gear is having a sale on gear

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Old 09-29-2012, 06:59 PM   #32
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I Ride: 2011 Yamaha FZ8
heated gear all the way, i have a heated jacket liner and heated glove liners that fit under my summer gloves. i wouldnt recommend a vest tho i like my arms nice and warm, plus heated gloves hook into the sleeves

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Old 10-01-2012, 08:36 AM   #33
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Thanks for the info on the charging system and stator capacity I will research.

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Old 10-01-2012, 09:37 AM   #34
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I Ride: '05 HD XL1200C, '08 Yamaha XT250, and an '04 TT-R 125 when the kid lets me.
If I could afford it, there is a jacket or vest available through Roadgear that absorbs the heat from your body at certain temperature ranges, and then releases it back to the body at colder temps. It doesn't necessarily get hot, but it does work in keeping the core temps at normal or peak levels. I think the jacket was $189 and the vest was $159.

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Old 10-01-2012, 02:50 PM   #35
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If you want the best gear for the Pacific Northwest, look at http://www.britishmotorcyclegear.com/

Look at the Mercury Jacket if you want a more sport bike oriented jacket cut: http://www.britishmotorcyclegear.com/mercury-jacket.asp

And Ezeon Pants: http://www.britishmotorcyclegear.com...zeon-pants.asp

I've been wearing their gear for several years now, I have the Discovery Jacket and the Challenger Jacket (along with EZeon Pants for both).

Their jackets and pants allow water to actually penetrate through the cordura layer, as cordura is good at being abrasion resistant, but not so good at keeping water out. A lot of companies try different types of treatments to try and make stuff waterproof, but in the long run, it just breaks down.

With BMG, there is another fabric under the cordura, that is like goretex. Keeps the water out, keeps you dry.

The water then just "flows" out the "gutter" along the waist of the jacket. On the pants, same concept, gutter is at the ankle cuff.
on BMG. I've had a various gear over the years and their stuff is excellent and very well designed.

I ride pretty much all year except for snow. Have a BMG Discovery jacket and Ezeon and Pioneer pants and they are the best I've ever used and have held up well for two seasons now. Huge array of pockets and features on the jackets. Been through downpours and the gear keeps me bone dry. Also, one thing that seems to fail on a lot of gear, the zippers, or the zipper pulls break right off (I'm looking at you Joe Rocket, with thin zipper pulls on your pants apparently made of swiss cheese). The beefy zippers on the BMG gear have been solid.

I also bought the BMG Thermosport gloves and have to admit I'm not crazy about them. They are very durable, but I find them to be a bit too dense and inflexible so that they are basically uncomfortable, especially when used with liners. Instead this year I think I'm finally going to break down and get heated glove liners instead.

If you can wait until December, BMG is usually at the Seattle Motorcycle Show with gear for sale with a good amount of stock.

Also for pinlock visors. A big plus for all-season riding in Seattle.

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Old 10-01-2012, 02:55 PM   #36
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I Ride: 2001 BLUE Ducati ST4
My Gerbing Hybrid gloves just arrived at the house this morning...
The Batteries are charging.
A small 12 volt battery slides into a pocket of each glove and can power it on med for 2 hours (they say)...
I may do gear report as I get out this weekend!!

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Old 10-01-2012, 03:38 PM   #37
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My Gerbing Hybrid gloves just arrived at the house this morning...
The Batteries are charging.
A small 12 volt battery slides into a pocket of each glove and can power it on med for 2 hours (they say)...
I may do gear report as I get out this weekend!!


how cold can it get on Bainbridge Is?
hope for the best, but think about plugin or elephant ears

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Old 10-01-2012, 08:32 PM   #38
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how cold can it get on Bainbridge Is?
hope for the best, but think about plugin or elephant ears
I lose my hands below about 45 degrees - Sucks having to "tell" my right hand to BRAKE cause I can't feel it..
I went Hybrid on the gloves because my old Duck is Under-Statored - Did not have enough left over juice to run a hotter headlight..
No plug ins for ME!! am hoping to extend my riding season by a few months -

Time will tell!!

DavidK

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Old 10-01-2012, 08:37 PM   #39
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I lose my hands below about 45 degrees - Sucks having to "tell" my right hand to BRAKE cause I can't feel it..
I went Hybrid on the gloves because my old Duck is Under-Statored - Did not have enough left over juice to run a hotter headlight..
No plug ins for ME!! am hoping to extend my riding season by a few months -

Time will tell!!

DavidK
Try some silk glove liners. They make a world of difference for me when playing in the snow.

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Old 10-01-2012, 08:59 PM   #40
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Been there...
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Try some silk glove liners. They make a world of difference for me when playing in the snow.
.. Done that!!
Getting old and having decreased circulation SUCKS!!
I remember riding dirt bikes in one foot of powder wearing "work" gloves and not having a problem at all!!!
Tried the liners without success...
Hoping electricity is the answer!!

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