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How to stay warm on a motorcycle in winter – Sportsbikeshop

Fighting off the cold and riding on into winter is no easy task. But experienced riders have an idea of what it takes to bash Mr Frosty‚Äôs icy teeth in. Our Harlow store manager Keith has been riding all year round since the 1980s and his words of advice are well worth absorbing…

Almost every day during the winter people walk into our shop here at harlow looking for advice on how to keep warm as most of us here ride to work every day all year round we have lots of personal experience when it comes to taming the elements there are a few tricks to keeping warm on a bike but the basic rules are to be well insulated well improved and to stay

Dry i’ve been riding all year round since the 80s so i understand the basics and maybe some of the secrets let’s have a look at some of them here for you now we’ll start at the top of the neck this is an important area as you have lots of blood vessels close to the surface and it can be a massive area of heat loss so it’s worth taking the time to make sure you

Get the good seal around your jacket and of course under your helmet there are a lot of good neck warmers on the market which is functional and unintrusive i prefer something like this the oxford snug it’s got a thermal area at the base there but it’s nice and thin on the top half so you can turn it into a balaclava under your helmet unlike a regular balaclava

It can be worn round the neck off the bike and a couple of quick twists it can also make an emergency beanie these also great for the ski slopes and make a great present for the rider or indeed the skier in your life for the torso i’d recommend multiple thin layers underneath your outer jacket they’re a great way to keep warm without having to bulk up too much as

That can obviously restrict movement and doing the whole michelin man thing on a bike is never a good look quality base layers from companies like dxr rst oxford are a great place to start some people actually wear a couple of these underneath to keep their core extra warm synthetic layers are better than cotton ones as they will wick away the moisture cotton

Ones absorb the moisture which leaves you feeling cold and clammy all the time for people who really feel the cold for those who are out and about all day for those who just like being really snug the ultimate way of keeping warm is a heated vest or indeed an easy jacket one of the reasons your hands and feet get so cold is the body is protecting your vital

Organs so it draws heat away from the extremities to warm up the bits inside the torso that’s why heated top will not only help keep your top half warm but also your hands and your feet there are quite a few on the market some powered by a lead from your bike some powered by batteries some can use both with the battery ones you can obviously stay warm off the

Bike as well you probably already have a waterproof textile jacket and matching trousers but if you don’t then they’re very well worth investing in leather is great when it’s dry but it can’t be breathable textile gear for warmth when the going gets tough the waterproofing quality of leather leaves a lot to be desired as well if you’ve ever got caught out in a

One-piece in the rain you’ll know what i mean another thing to keep in mind is that wet skin loses heat around 25 times faster than dry skin which is why keeping dry in the cold is so important if you’re planning on riding all year round look for a jacket with lots of adjustable straps zips and poppers to allow for growth with the extra layers most of the jackets

And trousers we sell also have removable warmth liners inside them so they become more usable all year round ideally you want a full length connecting zip to join the jacket to the trousers this helps keep the drafts and water out because also a grow man showing a muffin top should be an imprisonable offence rarely if ever the two manufacturers share the same

Zip so if you’re buying both from scratch it’s best to go with the same brand same applies if you’re looking at buying a top or a bottom to match what you already have go with the same brand it should all match up for you it’s harder to layer up the lower half of your torso a thin base layer under your trousers is usually all there is room for knee armor can also

Make for a useful wind barrier as of the torso you can bring in electrical assistance with heated trousers which are designed to work under your existing garment if you really feel the cold you also cheat with heat for your feet and unsurprisingly we have a great range of heated socks heated insoles sorry no heated boots a simple pair of waterproof boots like

These can be have for about 90 pounds all waterproof boots use a membrane to keep the water out which helps keep you dry and therefore warmer membranes also have a windproofing element to them the best and most well-known membrane is gore-tex it breathes better than anything else so it keeps the cold clammy sweat out which in turn keeps you warmer as there’s less

Skin cooling so once you’ve layered fleeced and sealed up you need to secure your hands against the cold and this is the real tuffy gloves genuine gore-tex gloves are the best at avoiding sweaty clammy hands but there are a lot of decent quality budget gloves on the market these days so you have lots of options the rule of thumb gloves is the thicker is warmer

So you have more thermal layers but with thickness you sacrifice feel we get asked all the time for warm gloves with lots of feeling i’m afraid the simple fact of life is there’s no such thing as a thin warm glove one good option are these two fingered ones as there is less surface area exposed to the cold and your fingers can huddle together for warmth

Heated gloves are another popular option we have both battery and bike powered models to choose from like everything else though they may not work for everyone especially if they’re not the cheapest thing on the market but they can make a massive difference to your daily ride heated grips are easier cheaper and they’ve been around for many years in fact most

Manufacturers offer them as an option on new models one from the marmite collection handlebar muffs some people can’t bear to be without them some people will happily suffer the cold rather than use them simple truth is they’re very effective especially if you’re out in the cold all day long the way it works is that it’s zero degrees outside then at 60 miles an

Hour you’re dealing with a wind chill factor of -9 degrees celsius that’s serious brass monkey territory with muffs it means you’re only battling the ambient temperature inside the muff the other great advantage with muffs is that they’re waterproof which can pay big dividends if you’re using heated grips as gloves can get wet from heating moisture going through

The waterproof membrane scientifically it’s a process known as reverse osmosis realistically it’s a process known as a pain in the fingertips in fact some couriers use fingerless gloves with hazy grips and muffs because it gets the grip heat straight to their fingers the hands feel warmer because there’s a thinner barrier stopping the heat from the grips getting

To the hands and the muffs stop the heat from being dragged off the back of them another pain in the fingertips is the constant breaking and clutch demands placed on a commuting rider obviously it’s impossible to keep your fingers away from those icy cold levers especially in traffic the only solution i found for this is oxford lever sleeves which are foam rubber

Sleeves for your levers they can be a very tight fit though especially on thicker levers so look at them very carefully before trying to put them on another one from the marmite collection of these inner gloves some people swear by them others swear at them yes it’s another layer but personally they don’t work for me i think they add an uncomfortable thickness

To the glove and they push out the air that’s keeping you warm in the first place however there’s lots of people who swear by them so they may well work for you thin silk or since synthetics are best just avoid the cheap fake woolen ones from proclaim so that’s how i’ve been keeping warm on the road for more years than i care to reminisce about as an anything

Motorcycling it’s whatever works for you certainly plenty to choose from and i hope you picked up some tips that’ll help keep you comfortable on the road this winter see you out there you

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