Riding when you’re cold is no fun, but thanks to the miracle of flowing electrons and other marvels, just because the weather’s cold doesn’t mean you have to be. It all begins with good clothing of course; many riders swear by a layer (or two) of silk or synthetic base layers under as many more layers as will fit under your windproof/waterproof outer shell. But this isn’t a clothing Buyers Guide, it’s an Accessories one. Here are a bunch of the best items we came up with for keeping your temperature and spirits up when the mercury is low.

Aerostich Kanetsu Electric Warmbib

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Aerostich, Gerbing and others make various electric vests, gloves, etc. Evans Brasfield tested this Warmbib on MO not long ago, though, and it’s an excellent, easy-packing way to warm yourself up on medium-chilly rides. Aerostich is based in Duluth, Minnesota, where they know a thing or two about cold.

Aerostich Kanetsu Electric Warmbid: $97
Aerostich.com

Anti-Fogging Apparati

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Not being able to see is a no-go. Check out faceshield inserts from Pinlock and Fog City, as well as various wipes and sprays for applying to your faceshield like Defog It.

Pinlock-ready faceshields for many popular helmets: around $50
Pinlock inserts: $25-30
Fog City Pro Shield inserts: around $13
Defog It anti-fog wipes (3-pack) or 5-mil liquid kit: $14.99

Heated Grips

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Well, duhh. Keeping at least your hands warm when all else is cold is a great feeling for your hands, psyche and safety. Oxford is a popular brand, but a little Googling around on your bike’s forum will give you the full benefit of popular opinion as to what works best for your particular application.

Oxford Hot Grips: $80-100

Heated Seat!

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Say what? You don’t have a brand new touring barge with a heated seat? Not to worry: Sargent’s DIY Heated Seat Kit lets you turn any motorcycle into a rolling electric blanket of the best kind – the kind that wafts heat to your core via the most direct route. Sargent recommends you take your bike’s seat to a professional upholsterer, but other than that it all seems like even a MOron could handle the install.

DIY Heat Kit: $179.95
Sargentcycle.com

Hippo Hands

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Yes they’re still around, and they’re made for lots more motorcycles than you might suspect. Hippo Hands are thick vinyl on the outside with nice thick fleece lining, basically wrap-around handguards that form a nice little cocoon of still air for your hands.

Hippo Hands: around $80-100
Hippohands.com

No Fog Balaclava

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Faceshield fogging is a big problem when it’s really chilly and you’d like to see where you’re going. FB friend Sarge Schmidt-rubin tells us this is just the item to remedy the situation, who also shares, “When I go 24-hour endurance ice racing in Canada, I like to tuck several chemical heat packs and a wool cap into my underwear, because a frozen dick is not just a real thing but a severely painful real thing … especially when it hits 10 below F.” This may verge on oversharing, but could be lifesaving information.

No-Fog Balaclava: around $40
NoFogUSA.com

Powerlet

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Getting the most convenience out of your electric vest and other items requires a convenient place to plug them in, which is where Powerlet connectors come in: It offers all kinds of wiring connectors and outlets that let you wire your bike like the Space Shuttle. Beyond that, Powerlet’s based in Warren, Michigan, and offers a complete line of heated clothing, including jacket liners, glove liners, socks, etc.

Powerlet outlets: $40-150
Heated clothing: $100-450
Powerlet.com

Ready Heat Warming Vest

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What the heck? Military-tested technology means the Ready-Heat Warming Vest warms to 100° F in 8-10 minutes, and its maker claims it’ll stay warm for up to eight hours. It packs really small, and if all that’s true it’s hard to think of a good reason not to carry one or two stuffed in a tankbag or someplace, if there’s any chance at all your ride might turn cold.

Ready-Heat vest: $12.95
TechTradeLLC.com

Termoscud!

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No, it’s not a surfact-to-air missile, it’s the name of the weatherproof blankets this Italian company sells to fit all kinds of scooters and more than a few motorcycles too – also a hippo hands-style thing for scooters and lots of other stuff.

Termoscud: $120-180
TucanoUrbano.com

Thermacell Heat Packs

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These are hand warmers for hunters, really, but wouldn’t be a bad thing in your breast pocket on a chilly night or whatever. They charge up in about four hours using the same charger as your cell phone, and are claimed to put out heat for up to six hours. You’ll also find rechargeable insoles and other things to fill you with warmth on Thermacell’s site.

Heat Pack: $79.95
Thermacell.com

Thermometer

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With the right gear on the right motorcycle, it’s possible to get all complacent and keep riding when it’s so cold you should really be hibernating. A thing like this 5.5 x 1 x 0.75-inch unit from Aerostich provides all kinds of useful information, including a Black Ice alert!

5-Function Digital Meter: $37
Aerostich.com

Thermos!

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Last but not least, never forget the restorative power to be gained by pouring warm liquids down inside oneself. Nine out of ten moms surveyed would really insist you fill a nice thermos with some hot chicken soup or hot cocoa if you insist on riding that thing today. No, you’ve had enough coffee already.

Stainless Thermos bottles: $15-40
Thermos.com

  • Alexander Pityuk

    For me there are 4 ranges of cold temperature:
    1) 10-15*C (50-59*F) – though you already can’t have all the fun in the world on a motorcycle because tires grip is not at it’s full, it is pretty comfortable and pleasant to ride. Time for heated grips.
    2) 5-10*C (41-50*F) – it is still possible to ride in just 3-layered Gore-tex (or substitute membrane) gear without any heavy-duty base layers. But there is less and less fun to have. And the cold doesn’t let you forget about it.
    3) 0-5*C (32-41*F) – too cold to have any real fun. Either it becomes chilly or you just feel like medieval knight in full armor, who barely can make any movements at all. Road surface becomes dangerously treacherous. Time for heated seat/jacket.
    4) Sub-zero – why do you need to do that even with all these accessories?

    • fastfreddie

      @4:If you need to ask,you wouldn’t understand;) But agree that the fun dissapears rapidly below 10,above 18 celcius is where the fun starts.Winterboots,down jacket and thick trouser with a layer underneath and you can cruise in relative comfort in surprisingly cold weather.Just don’t crash;) Oh,and protect that throat!

  • http://www.themotorcycleobsession.com/ Chris Cope

    That no-fog balaclava looks like some sort of Victorian medical device.

  • Old MOron

    Goddamnit, I must be getting soft. That thermos ending was kind of touching.

  • E-Nonymouse A

    Gerbing active liners, may save you from frozen dick syndrome. 😀
    I’m using some right now, the difference at -10C before and after heated liners is huge.
    Aching fingers, frozen wang all gone. 😛

  • Bob

    And I used to think Paradise began, when the temperature dropped below zero! (F)
    “When the mercury sits in a frozen ball . . . ” It was fun . . . now, it’s just cold!
    Yeah, we get old so fast when we come to a real stopper in life! Don’t stop.

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