Location: Chesapeake, VA '06 ZZR fighter, 05 VTX-1300
1 piece snowmobile suit--$65, eBay (I put a hoodie in my backpack. Anything more than a t-shirt under this suit makes me sweat).
Heated gloves--$150, Cycle Gear (fuck glove liners, they cramp my hands and don't work for shit...might extend cold riding by 15 minutes at best)
Race boots--$60, eBay (inexpensive find a few years ago)
Thick socks--$??, Walmart (gotta change out of these at work or my feet will sweat)
Baraclava--$50, eBay (I don't remember exactly how much I paid, but this thing is invaluable)
When I get to work I peel off the suit, then change out of my thick socks and boots into some socks and shoes I keep in my locker. And yes, I wear my leather jacket over the suit. I've been in this setup down to 17° and stayed warm. My bikes don't stay parked unless I'm working on them. I have gear for all weather situations. F driving a car.
You just have to do it. Laying the bike up for half a year is pants. Problem is I'm not easy with hard riding in the cold and hard riding is the only way with a sports bike. It's going to be four months til another knee down.
Proper gear is the ticket. plus heated grips. been down to 12F without windchill without much to complain about, except the fogging visor, and the cold tires/road/ice. are there any tires that work well enough for these low temps? i feel the first 10 minutes on power pures is like riding on ice. have seen a ton of bmw guys riding even in the snow, i'm sure there have to be better tires for the winter.
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