As I was eating lunch this afternoon, I happened to catch tomorrow’s weather forecast on the tube. The 30-mile morning commute promises to be a brisk 37 degrees! Some of us are fortunate enough to not be forced into winter hibernation, and some of us simply refuse to comply with the edicts of winter.
Since Scott Holton recently went over — in fine detail, I might add — how to prepare your bike for winter lockup, I figured it was time to give you a heads up on a few ways to resist Old Man Winter and keep riding year-round.
I personally don’t go to great pains to prepare for a winter outing and that’s usually because I’m running late to begin with. If I were to set aside an additional half-hour to properly dress up for the cold, I might make it to work on time. And there are days when I wish I had. But nowadays, with so many options to stay warm, there’s absolutely no reason not to ride — with the exception of bad ice and snowstorms. And to help us travel in comfort, there are dozens of companies that make heated jackets, heated gloves, heated socks and heated pant liners.
These heated garments are controlled by a single or dual portable heat-troller designed to control the amount of heat separately to multiple garments. They can also be used to balance the heat between the garments. The portability allows you to use them on more than one 12V DC motorcycle or ATV.
Another form of attack would be a tall windshield. Heated grips are a very nice addition to the winter arsenal as well. A helmet is another great weapon against the cold. I usually wear a full-face helmet in the summer just because I tend to ride fast, pop wheelies and am a loose cannon in general, but such a helmet really comes in handy in the winter. Keep in mind that if you can keep your hands, feet and head warm, the rest of your body will follow suit.
So while half the nation is suffering in forced hibernation you don’t have to. Just prepare properly and you can enjoy the winter as much as you do the summer. It’s what I do. Later.