Ride in a warm place. The end. But if you insist on living where it gets cold in the winter, there are plenty of strategies to continue riding way down below freezing. We don’t recommend doing that, only because single-track vehicles don’t handle well on ice, but the fact is, it’s not that hard to rig yourself and your motorcycle for cold-weather riding.
Winter riding means different things to different people, but we can all agree riding in the winter means chilly temperatures and a high possibility for rain. So, for this week’s winter buyer’s guide, we’re bringing you jackets and pants, all built to keep you dry and warm when the elements conspire against you. We’ve thrown in one-piece over-suits, too, for good measure.
Recently, I reviewed the Aerostich Kanetsu Electric Warmbib, and I thought, in retrospect, that perhaps some readers might miss out on what a great idea that wind stopping bibs were because they wanted neither the extra warmth nor additional cost of an electric item. A good insulated bib is an important tool for motorcyclists to have at their disposal. These easy-to-pack mini-blankets are a cost effective way to increase your comfort and – by extension – your safety on a chilly ride. The Pilot Breeze Blocker is a perfect example of the comfort that can be found in cold weather for a mere $35.
Two kinds of folks ride motorcycles: Those who ride year round and those who lock their bikes away during the cold months. Winter is a tough time of year for even the hardiest of riders to enjoy riding motorcycles. First, its pretty dang cold. And when the temperature really drops, roads can get icy. While there’s not much that can be done for the latter other than wait for the roads to de-ice, the former can be helped by wearing riding gear designed specifically for the conditions.