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OK, how about posting some ideas and/or pics of some creative ideas on how to keep your knees and shins warmer next winter. I started riding again this past March after 28 years and forgot how cold the wind chill gets at highway speeds when your in Maryland and it's 35 degrees out. The wind chill gets to about 12 degrees on the road.
 

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If you like to wear jeans for riding, check out blue jeans lined with Thinsulate. Several brands. Wrangler makes them, also Sportsman's Guide. I'm going to have a pair before next winter, ga-run-teed.
 

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Polar tech thermal bottoms and tops, blue jeans and Leather Chaps. I also am a fan of Under Armour brand thermals, they are not bulky at all and keep you warm, the polar tech are a little thicker and much warmer. But if it gets that cold, the only thing I riding is the Cage!
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I wear Red Wing boots lined with thinsulate. On the Vulcan, I have engine guard chaps that do a great job of blocking cold air and helping trap some of the engine heat.
 

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Other than electric gear, try longjohns and leather chaps.
 

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For cold weather I have a pair of Firstgear over pants. They work great & are as close to water proof as you can get. I wear chaps for moderately cold weather. But where you are you may want something warmer than chaps eh!
 

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Well, those all are not bad, but what about some imagination...How about baseball catcher shin guards, or medieval shin armor. I was thinking about a plastic or vinyl sheet in the shape of basic half leathers that run be slipped up under long pants and strap around the ankle and be taken off and rolled up for storage.
 

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Well, those all are not bad, but what about some imagination...How about baseball catcher shin guards, or medieval shin armor. I was thinking about a plastic or vinyl sheet in the shape of basic half leathers that run be slipped up under long pants and strap around the ankle and be taken off and rolled up for storage.
I guess we all thought you still were wanting to look cool or at least not goofy:p Those ideas would work though, you could always buy you a set of pleather over the knee boots too:p
I like my chaps, I can roll them up when it warms up, put them in a saddle bag or tie them to the sissy bar.
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OK, seriously...I was told a pair of jeans, 2" longer than normal, is good for wind. The engine guard chaps look the most viable for quick on and off times getting to work on time. Coop...lighten up, sometimes the best ideas are an offshoot to the stupidest thoughts.
 

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OK, seriously...I was told a pair of jeans, 2" longer than normal, is good for wind. The engine guard chaps look the most viable for quick on and off times getting to work on time. Coop...lighten up, sometimes the best ideas are an offshoot to the stupidest thoughts.
I was just joking, the engine guard chaps are on my to do list after seeing this post. I agree get an idea and build on it!
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...How about baseball catcher shin guards, or medieval shin armor. I was thinking about a plastic or vinyl sheet in the shape of basic half leathers that run be slipped up under long pants and strap around the ankle and be taken off and rolled up for storage.
I have tried hockey knee/shin pads. They were very warm and had a nice insulating layer, but bulky. My knees were very thankful. They also provide a lot of impact protection. Instead of plastic sheeting you could try a pair of $10 slush pants from Walmart, though you will need to wait until they come into season.

To be warm you will need an outer layer to cut the wind as well as an insulating layer. One without the other will be ineffective.
 

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So it's been a while since I asked this and I found an answer. I got a pair of Gaiters from Eastern Mountain Sports in Annapolis and found that not only does it layer great from the rain pants to keep the shoes dry, but they are good for the wind chill alone, also. In Maryland, we are getting only to the 50s so far, windchill to 30 degrees, still they work and fold up in the box.
 

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:shock: I like the cold wind on my knees! It keeps the swelling from arthritis down. :-D
 

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If you like to wear jeans for riding, check out blue jeans lined with Thinsulate. Several brands. Wrangler makes them, also Sportsman's Guide. I'm going to have a pair before next winter, ga-run-teed.
Not to side track, but where did you get those bags Normspeed? I'm trying to find some just like that for my phantom.
 
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