Karen "Redd" R.
summers slinking away and some of you will soon
put away your prized rides for the upcoming months.
This full time navigator of rice rockets has a few words
of advice for those who are not ready to give up their
two wheels. I know some of you wont even consider
riding in the upcoming winter months. Dont let
Cold Man Winter take away your youthful exuberance.
Riding in the snow can be fun, even euphoric. Well,
lets not get ahead of ourselves.
comes down to the drive of wanting to do so. Weather
can be a factor. But, your desire should be more of
one. If the weather is cruel, be crueler to the weather.
There is an extensive plethora of gear to choose from
that keep you warm, dry and comfortable. Though some
would not display touring gear atop their rice rocket.
It works great. First Gear makes fabulous jackets that
are waterproof, warm (including additional liners),
and armor included. So, its practical, environmentally
kind and safe. Its also cheap. FieldSheer is another
inexpensive brand that has good prices on pants, jackets,
gloves, etc. Some Cool Stuff (Yes! It works in cold
weather too) under your gear, be it cowhide or Gortex
adds extra warmth to any outfit. If thats not
up to your price range, silk, wool or cotton long johns
are a great addition. For the face and neck, a balaclava
helps immensely. Tie a bandana around your neck in addition
to the balaclava when the weather is colder for an extra
layer of warmth. If you still want to feel like the
bad boy (or girl) on the block, N2 has some heavier
gloves for colder weather. I have been very happy with
their warmth and protection factors. Liners can be added
if your fingers beckon. You can ask MotoLiberty
for prices on above articles. I have purchased 99% of
my gear there and am extremely happy with the outcome.
In addition, I am making no promises, but SIDIs
Vertebra boots have kept my feet warm and dry in inclement
weather. I do add a coat or two of their waterproofing
cream to them from time to time. It is a great investment
in any weather.
those of you interested in the technical stuff, its
not the actual temperature that gives you so much pain;
its the wind chill. For me, I have felt this in
my fingers the most. I guess you could say I have felt
this "hands on." It is not a laughing matter.
One thing that helps with a great pair of gloves and
liners is a pair of latex gloves under both. If you
want to go the route of heated grips or handle wind
shields you can.