Tips for winter riding 2020

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Tips for winter riding 2020

Post by Robik » Sat Oct 10, 2020 3:56 pm

Hi all,

With cold weather approaching in 2020 wondered if tmbf community would share their tips to keep riding through the winter and products out there that hace served them well in the past.

Thanks.

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Re: Tips for winter riding 2020

Post by Trooper74 » Sat Oct 10, 2020 4:45 pm

My experience in over 40 years of all round the year riding is .....
Very, very few ride all year round ....
Riding along the M1, M5, M4 etc in the pouring rain / snow in Dec, Jan, Feb and all other points, I am invariably alone ....
Come March / April they all appear again on the bikes that have been in the garage all winter, waving and nodding ......
WHERE WHERE YOU IN FEBRUARY !!!

Comes to mind ...... and breath .... :)
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Re: Tips for winter riding 2020

Post by gogs01 » Sat Oct 10, 2020 5:39 pm

Many years ago I slid off after changing down a gear on my GTR1000. That was on icy slush.
I've also had experience of skating about on ice while riding a BMW R1200RT - absolutely terrifying !
A couple of hours after that I was riding on a straight road with a very thin layer of snow which had blown off the adjacent field. Fifty metres in, the front wheel suddenly went to full lock and I was on my side with a burst shoulder. That was eight years ago and my shoulder is still out of shape.
So, if temperatures are forecast to be under 5 degrees C, or if snow is forecast, I'm not going to risk life and limb. My car has all season tyres and climate control - that's more like it !
As for advice for those braver than I am, I would suggest a light bike with tyres in excellent condition, heated grips plus handlebar muffs and top quality goretex clothing - worn over several thermal layers. And please don't pity we motorcyclists in our cars while the bike is tucked up in the garage - we don't really feel we're missing out on anything. In my case, been there and done that. :cry: :)

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Re: Tips for winter riding 2020

Post by manxie49 » Sat Oct 10, 2020 6:19 pm

I've ridden all year round for years, both here and in Leicester where I used to live. The only tips I would say are, buy decent gear, I've wasted so much money over the years on crap, inferior products that weren't really fit for purpose. If you stay dry and warm the whole thing will be more bearable. Secondly, slow down, plan ahead and keep your eyes open, make sure you have good tyres for wet weather riding, if your bike has traction control use it, if it has dynamic riding modes use the armchair setting. Not sure how long you've been riding but you develop a feel for the bike, the one thing that improved my winter riding ability, and this wouldn't be for everyone, was learning to ride off road. If you can learn to control a bike in off road conditions then it'll give you a better understanding and feel for what the bike is doing, more importantly it'll teach you how to react and go some way to preventing over reaction. IMHO I think it helps to stop you from panicking when things go awry, such as when the back end steps out . Lastly I would say, pay attention to your bike, brakes, tyre pressures, lights, good coating of ACF50, look after the bike and it'll look after you. There is no real one size fits all solution to winter riding, just take it easy and scrub some speed off. :thumb:
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Re: Tips for winter riding 2020

Post by Robik » Sat Oct 10, 2020 6:24 pm

Thanks all. Some stories there for sure!
Can you recommend any gear/brands that has proven itself in those conditions?

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Re: Tips for winter riding 2020

Post by WD-40 » Sat Oct 10, 2020 6:33 pm

Can't help you with what brands to buy. I don't think you need top of the line gear. I've been riding for years with a cheap jacket and trousers that I bought at a bike show. I don't even know what brand they are. In the winter I just put plastic wet gear on over them. Does the job fine.

As for riding, on cold mornings you have to be very careful on the smaller side roads, like coming out of housing estates. They can be very slippery. Once you get onto a main road you're fine. You have to use some common sense too. If there's obvious snow or ice on the ground get the bus :mrgreen:

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Re: Tips for winter riding 2020

Post by Robik » Sat Oct 10, 2020 6:39 pm

In my limited experience of riding, i find its my fingers and toes that feel it the most.

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Re: Tips for winter riding 2020

Post by onesea » Sat Oct 10, 2020 6:54 pm

There are many types of winter and riding...
Wet
Cold
Wet & Cold

Road conditions
Cold
Cold & wet
Icy*
Snow*

*Conditions I avoid riding in.

Try 30 minutes try an hour build up gain experience...
Learn what works for you.

For me heated grips & some sort of fairing...
Layers I can add and remove, zip up.
Up to an hour it's not too bad sheet that you need to know how you like to stay warm..
Some get technical by base layers and work up... I go cheap but find what works.

Waterproof is Gortex or try your luck.
If your wet is it sweat or rain? Where did it get in? Was it a leak or did it get in up sleave, down neck over boots?
Trousers that don't need braces are probably not high enough water can go up hill!
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Re: Tips for winter riding 2020

Post by Six30 » Sat Oct 10, 2020 6:59 pm

get a cheap car for the winter , thats the best tip you will get :thumb:
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Re: Tips for winter riding 2020

Post by XTreme » Sat Oct 10, 2020 7:28 pm

In Winter I usually put a jumper on!

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Re: Tips for winter riding 2020

Post by Robik » Sat Oct 10, 2020 7:30 pm

XTreme wrote:
Sat Oct 10, 2020 7:28 pm
In Winter I usually put a jumper on!
:D

Edit: Realised your location...

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Re: Tips for winter riding 2020

Post by XTreme » Sat Oct 10, 2020 7:35 pm

Robik wrote:
Sat Oct 10, 2020 7:30 pm
XTreme wrote:
Sat Oct 10, 2020 7:28 pm
In Winter I usually put a jumper on!
:D

Edit: Realised your location...
Had to take it off last Xmas Day though.....it got too hot!
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Re: Tips for winter riding 2020

Post by Robik » Sat Oct 10, 2020 7:54 pm

Wow!! Theres the solution right, dont deal with cold, just get away from it :D

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Re: Tips for winter riding 2020

Post by fastbob » Sat Oct 10, 2020 8:05 pm

The best way to save money and protect your bike from the ravages of Road Salt is to go on line and complete a SORN declaration .

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Re: Tips for winter riding 2020

Post by skyrider » Sat Oct 10, 2020 8:12 pm

i dont have to ride to work in the depth of winter anymore but i did it for several years with cold hands :|
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