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    Weather Strategies

    I am beginning to experiment with cooler weather gear. Cooler in a Florida sense. 40's or 50's in the morning, 60's or 70's possibly 80's by the afternoon. Today, I headed out in the low 50's and it was low 70's by noon.

    My hands were a little cool in the morning in my summer gloves, but very tolerable since it was warming up. Might have become uncomfortable if it stayed low 50's longer and definitely chilly if it was much colder.

    I am wondering what strategies you use for cooler weather.

    For gloves, I was wondering if there is some kind of "over glove" I could wear in the morning and take off when it gets warmer. Or do you live with either being cold in the am or warm in the pm?

    What sort of layering strategies do you use? To make it easy to gradually shed layers as it gets warmer.

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    Hands need to be out of the wind to stay warm. If heavier weight gloves are not cutting it, find some silk glove liners.
    Jackets.. some 3 season jackets come with a windproof and/or quilted liner that zip in and out as needed. That should be all you need in Fla.
    Farther north we add more layers beneath the jacket - sweatshirts, UnderArmor long sleeve tees etc.
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    Ultimately the question needs to be addressed as to HOW LOW are you going to go? You can do some low cost things to handle yourself into 50 degree weather. If you want to brave lower, then its time to cough up the dough.

    Hand windguards are popular on dirt bikes, but a lot of street bikes have mods to make them work. That would be job one to me. From there, you can get glove liners and/or mittens to keep your hands warm. The down side to layering is that the more layers you get, the bulkier the hand and less acute control you have. If you just go get some gerbing (whatever their new GOOD company is called now, I forget) gloves and wire in the pigtail, you'll have warm hands at the thickness of regular leather cold weather gloves.

    If you want to go much colder than 50, you'll likely want to pick up heated gear. Go for as much or as little as you want.

    Links and review here of the cycle gear heated gear; http://www.beginnerbikers.org/showth...inks-included)

    I also highly recommend the cycle gear FREEZE-OUT base layer stuff. I haven't pulled the seat off the wing to un-hide my heated gear pigtail yet, but last weekend it was 39 degrees when I rode to the funeral escort shop, and of course the ride to and from said funerals. I had no heated gear on my ride in and I was more than comfortable. I wish I had my heated gloves, and I did pull them out for the funeral runs, but my core was plenty warm. When it gets DAMN COLD, I generally have my freeze out base layers, and then my heated jacket and/or pant liners. With those in place, I'm usually sweating a bit so cold weather riding is no issue.

    You just have to decide how low you're going to ride. Hearing 50 degrees... its almost tshirt weather in the midwest. I always love hearing how Californians complain of a freezing cold front, and its like 55 degrees. Pfft.

    Re-reading your original post, I would look at a good 3 season riding jacket as well. For me, it's tourmaster. The quilted liner is easy on my thicker clothes, and it's very versatile. In fact, I look at coats for this feature. Liners bunching up or just being annoying sucks (my bilt EXPLORER jacket for funerals is this way...warm but the liner bunches up in the sleeves), and I know if I leave in 50 degree weather, with a fleece pullover on, I can continue wearing that jacket later in the day when it warms up by just removing my pullover. The liner keeps things comfortable, but can always zipout if the need arises.

    This is one of my favorite, and most versatile jackets; http://www.revzilla.com/product/tour...saber-3-jacket
    Only 120 at Revzilla...geez what a steal...oh i see they only have small in stock. Anyhow, good for reference.
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    Hard to believe this is two years old, but something like this is a good over-all "weather strategy":



    The Aerostich suit keeps the wind (and water) off of you, and what you put underneath adjusts for the temperatures. I'll be using it shortly to go move the first 4" of snow off the drive. Debated updating the picture riding through the snow with it, but that's a bit much.

    Hand protection, in the form of guards, will help. Even with the heated grips on the C14, some guards would be nice. But I'm still thinking of outfitting the now-guarded XT with "hippo hands".
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    I've been partial to Olympia for their 3 layer jackets. Mesh outer for summer, waterproof liner for cooler / wet, quilted liner for the coolest days. Their latest iteration is the Expedition https://olympiamotosports.com/en-US/...dition-s-ivory

    Are your summer gloves mesh? If so, buy a pair of leather sport/race gauntlets. Their longer over the cuff length will also keep wind from going up your sleeves.
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    Florida winters are pretty mild, if you just want to take the edge off chilly mornings and your hands are your biggest concern I would suggest heated grips. If you can install them yourself it can be done for well under $100. Next I would install hand guards to cut down on the wind effect. I live in NY and ride about 10 months out of the year and consider those two additions my biggest improvements for cold weather riding. Of course heavily gearing up is part of the game here as well, but down there I think those two things would be huge for you.

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    When I was working in Sierra Vista, AZ, the temperature would easily swing 30+ degrees daily in winter. I took two pair of gloves along most days.
    The ability to seal out wind was critical.

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    It's fur lined jockstrap weather up here today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trials View Post
    It's fur lined jockstrap weather up here today.
    I had to break out my winter flip flops this week.

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    Back in December of 2004, my Gold Wing arrived. Being in Fairbanks, Alaska, it happened to be 20 below zero that day. Not able to withstand the interminable wait for spring, I took it for an hour spin around town. I say "spin" because that''s what the rear tire did at some of the intersections.

    Now, I do not ever intend to ride at 20 below again, but I will ride down to 10 above if the road surfaces are OK.

    The secret is "vapor barrier technology". Eliminate evaporation and you can endure a lot of cold.

    Think "silver emergency stuff". That would be aluminized mylar. They make suits and gloves out of this stuff,, as well as survival blankets and tents. It reflects your body heat back as well as preventing rapid evaporation.

    I don't know where you could find it in the lower 48. Some of our Arctic expedition outfitters get it for us.....

    PS It has to be worn as an inner layer, or the windstream will tear it up. Fragile material.
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