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Offline Marid2apterbilt

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winter riding tips
« on: October 05, 2011, 12:57:40 pm »
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Its gettin that time of year again. So a few tips for cold/winter riding. I don't ride in extreme weather since my knee mishap w/ salt/sand left over from 2 weeks before.

Here are a few tips I learned and a little useful info. Please feel free to add yours.

Layers layers layers. Is the most vital key.
Locking the wind helps too.
2 pr socks
Long underwear. Thin inner gloves.

Heated gear is a wonderful thing.
The tourmaster jacket comes with a 3 stage controller and most all brands of heated gear can be added to it.
All gerbing heated gloves, liners, socks, insoles will plug into the tourmaster heated jackets n pants.

Heated gear works best w/ a snug/tight fit


Colder temps - colder tires - less grip. Drop a few psi or take it easy. I won't push it at all much below 40f

Wet leaves will put u on your ass quicker than a touron in the wrong lane.

Winter - less traffic - usually more dirt/gravel in the road. 

Plan ahead. Expect a 10- 15f drop in temps w/ elevation changes.  And it WILL change quickly.

Black ice in shady spots even midday.

The rear brake is your best friend on iffy pavement.


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Re: winter riding tips
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2011, 02:28:31 pm »
winter riding tips:

find garage
find jackstands
place bike there
start up bike every other week or so
read forums and laugh at stories about other people freezing their hind ends off
wait for warm weather and take up new hobby indoors

Offline ellis976

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Re: winter riding tips
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2011, 02:32:36 pm »
what sam1 said :like

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Re: winter riding tips
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2011, 03:12:54 pm »
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winter riding tips:

find garage
find jackstands
place bike there
start up bike every other week or so
read forums and laugh at stories about other people freezing their hind ends off
wait for warm weather and take up new hobby indoors

Offline Curtie223

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Re: winter riding tips
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2011, 06:28:23 pm »
Weak. lmao I like to ride year round. although you will be hard press seeing me ride to much below 30 degrees. 
I do have to say. Not a good idea to start you bike every so often through the winter. You actually need to at least ride it once every few weeks even if just putting around the neighborhood. Just enough to get it up to temp. Starting it and letting it idle will cause  moisture to build up in the oil.

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Re: winter riding tips
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2011, 06:29:49 pm »
Starting it and letting it idle will cause  moisture to build up in the oil.

noob rider, us experienced folks learned long ago to just replace the oil with water.  saves money during changes and getting moisture in there only adds to the fun!

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Re: winter riding tips
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2011, 06:34:38 pm »
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I didn't know you were a noob....In that case
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Re: winter riding tips
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2011, 07:00:57 pm »
you hate handicapped people!

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Re: winter riding tips
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2011, 11:14:11 am »
Cyclegear had cold killers on sale last weekend for dirt cheap so I ordered top and bottom fo $50. It is windproof with a fleece liner. I will see if it works soon. Its called cold killers.
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Re: winter riding tips
« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2011, 07:54:23 pm »
A bigger windshield really helps, too.  Any kind of air "leak" in your gear is where you end up losing a lot of heat.  So on really cold days, I make sure all my clothing is windproof, and tucked in very well.  Under that comes your layers of insulation.  A lot of times, even that won't be enough, which is where heated gear and heated grips work very well.