Glad to be in Deep South Texas .... only direction to ride is North .... Ain't crossin the river, ...,
I wear my (office) work clothes, and just bear it, but my commute is only 5.6 miles each way. ~20 minutes of suffering isn't so bad, especially when half of that is spent at traffic lights.you can just wear normal clothes underneath in layers. It's the wind that sucks the heat out of your body. A windshield is probably the best thing to help keep the wind off your core. My commute is 44 miles one way so I have to dress warmer than most would. As I have gotten older (63 now...) my body does not tolerate the cold as well as it once did.
I may extend my riding season this year for one reason: To save money on gas. Though my Nissan Altima will consistently get 34 MPG on my commute, my Aero gets 50-53 MPG which over the long haul is more money in my pocket for other things.
I've got heavy carhartt coat, bibs ,and gloves don't get cold really except my thumbs like to go numb been looking at heated grips and handle bar muffsI heard someone say that for emergency cold weather run to the dollar store. Buy some cheap cotton gloves and some dishwashing gloves over them.
. BjornNelson: you mentioned the pinlock not doing it's job? Mine works perfectly! I will get condensation all the way around the pinlock, but its clear in the center where it needs to be.
Coolerman, what helmet / pinlock visor are you using? Been curious about these for a while now.
Those hand warmer packet things are your friend. I’ll stick about 20 all over in every pocket and inside my gloves when I go on a cod ride,I live in a Southern California. So when it gets to 70 degrees and below, I'm freezing! Last year a friend and I went on a last minute trip to Oregon and back. Once we left Southern California the temp ranges were between 20 - 50 degrees. I was able to cobble enough riding gear to keep "comfortable" but I didn't bring any type of "winter" gloves. Since then I've bought a used heated jacket liner and glove liner. Not super bulky and I can wear them under my regular leather jacket and gloves.
Now that it's getting into the low 60's I don't have to tough it out like before (I work mids and I usually ride home between 7:00 and 8:00pm). The heated jacket liner and gloves feels like a warm blanket surrounding me and at times I get kinda sleepy while riding my riding my motorcycle. During this winter months I keep the heated jacket liner and gloves in my saddle bag.
I had never heard of solid fuel hand warmers before.OK I have a funny story regarding motorcycles, riding in the cold, and those old style hand warners that use burning charcoal sticks to produce heat.