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Tips for winter riding 2020

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Re: Tips for winter riding 2020

Post by manxie49 » Sat Oct 10, 2020 8:53 pm

xTReme’s solution is my favourite .... move to Spain :lol:
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Re: Tips for winter riding 2020

Post by Trooper74 » Sat Oct 10, 2020 8:55 pm

I used to commute from Sheffield to Dereham in Norfolk 3 days a week .... 260 miles a day .... all year round ..on a variety of motorbikes, primarily a Kawasaki EN 500 and MZ 300's ...
I normally set off about 0430hrs...
In winter i would rock up at the Mess about 0700 - 0730hrs in the morning... often frozen to the bike seat ... I would stop outside the main door, a member of the Household staff would come out with a mug of coffee, helmet off, drink half of the coffee and pour the rest of the hot liquid over my crotch to free myself from the frozen seat ...
Stupid ... i know ...

But many of the mornings and evenings where a pleasure to ride ....

And they paid me £0.48p / mile

And I only had to work 3 days a week ..... :D

But it gave me an insight into riding in low tempratures ... and riding in poor weather .. which has stayed with me ...
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Re: Tips for winter riding 2020

Post by S-Westerly » Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:39 pm

I ride for pleasure but very occasionally I have to be somewhere and the wife is using her car so I have to use the bike. That said I won't ride in snow or ice unless I get caught out which I haven't for years. The only bit of me which gets cold is the very tips of my fingers. After a couple of hours they can get quite painful. As to clothing quality layering works for me.
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Re: Tips for winter riding 2020

Post by Trooper74 » Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:43 pm

I didn't take my car licence until my very late 30's so the bike was my only means of transport .... I only did it because my employer paid for it ... :D

As for winter riding ... i picked up my Himma in late November from a dealer in Macclesfield ... I came over the Cat and Fiddle to Buxton in deep snow ... Just me ... the snow gates where closed ....
It's surreal when the only tyre tracks are behind you ...... yours .....
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Re: Tips for winter riding 2020

Post by bonio » Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:55 pm

For the bike: ACF50 all over (except the brakes :shock:). Fender extender to protect the engine from the worst of the grit and salt. Rear hugger perhaps to protect the rear shock. Hand guards, or muffs (muffs are warmer, but I've always been too vain to use them. A screen large enough to keep the wind off your chest.
For you: I'd say buy the best (not necessarily the most expensive) you can afford that's designed to keep you warm and dry, Goretex if you can run to it. Rukka is excellent, but eye-wateringly expensive. Other good brands include Held, Klim, Knox. IXS (from J&S) is a great budget option, but still good quality. But tbh most brands you can find out there - for example at Sportsbikeshop - do good kit. You can often pick up good deals on secondhand stuff from ebay.
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Re: Tips for winter riding 2020

Post by Tankbag » Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:17 pm

When your fingers stop hurting after about an hour, that is the onset of frostbite !
What the others have said, kit is king. Heated stuff is the new silver bullet.
I ride all year with work, but the truth is, no one is handing out medals for your suffering & extra risk, there is no shame in wintering your bike & getting a cheap hack car. If that's not an option, the right kit is king & be super smooth, yes it makes you a better rider but feck its hard work.
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Re: Tips for winter riding 2020

Post by dynax » Sun Oct 11, 2020 8:01 am

Only being a pleasure rider i will pick and choose which days to ride out over winter :lol: :thumb:
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Re: Tips for winter riding 2020

Post by learningtofly » Sun Oct 11, 2020 8:10 am

There's winter riding, and there's winter riding. Once it gets cold enough for ice/black ice the bike stays where it is; otherwise there's plenty pof good gear to keep you warm, plus heated grips/gloves, etc.

One thing I'd recommend is giving your bike a good ACF-50 treatment, though. They do like rust, and if you don't protect them...

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Re: Tips for winter riding 2020

Post by skyrider » Sun Oct 11, 2020 7:29 pm

Tankbag wrote:
Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:17 pm
When your fingers stop hurting after about an hour, that is the onset of frostbite !
What the others have said, kit is king. Heated stuff is the new silver bullet.
I ride all year with work, but the truth is, no one is handing out medals for your suffering & extra risk, there is no shame in wintering your bike & getting a cheap hack car. If that's not an option, the right kit is king & be super smooth, yes it makes you a better rider but feck its hard work.
and the fun is very short lived :|
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Re: Tips for winter riding 2020

Post by GiorgioG » Sun Oct 11, 2020 7:57 pm

Hi guys,
silly questions, do you use any product to make the helmet visor kind of waterproof, so the water doesn't stay on it during rainy days or you just wipe it off with your gloves?

Thank you :)

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Re: Tips for winter riding 2020

Post by dynax » Sun Oct 11, 2020 8:03 pm

GiorgioG wrote:
Sun Oct 11, 2020 7:57 pm
Hi guys,
silly questions, do you use any product to make the helmet visor kind of waterproof, so the water doesn't stay on it during rainy days or you just wipe it off with your gloves?

Thank you :)
Most good quality gloves will have a rubber squeege strip on the thumb so you can wipe the visor :thumb:
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Re: Tips for winter riding 2020

Post by Mississippi Bullfrog » Sun Oct 11, 2020 8:19 pm

I ride all winter but these days draw the line when there's black ice around.

Multiple layers of clothing keeps you warmer than fewer thick layers. I don't spend a fortune on kit, mid range works well enough. Take care to get things on right so there are no draughts or leaks.

You need to increase maintenance and checks in bad weather.

Reading the road conditions is key, anticipate where hazards like wet leaves, water run off or mud are likely to be.

Be aware that drivers in warm cars can lack awareness of the road conditions and often aren't concentrating so discretion is the better part of valour.
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Re: Tips for winter riding 2020

Post by daveinlim » Sun Oct 11, 2020 10:31 pm

I'm only 3 years on 2 wheels but a very long time driving. My tips are.
1. Wear layers. Once you're moving on the bike it's a lot colder that it is walking around.
2. Make sure you're in waterproof kit. I have a textile suit and full boots to keep me warm. But I also wear an over jacket and trousers in bad rain. I use rst textiles and armr brand overs. No point spending a fortune on stuff. The over stuff keeps your main kit dry so after work you're not putting on water soaked protection.
3. BE REALLY CAREFUL FILTERING OR OVERTAKING. In the dark and the rain you are very hard to be seen. Oncoming traffic might not see you filtering and you could have a head on collision or get clipped.
4. Kind of related but leave extra time for your journey bad weather.
5. Make sure your bike is safe, tyres are ok etc. Keep it clean and get the salt off it to stop it causing damage.

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Re: Tips for winter riding 2020

Post by Tankbag » Sun Oct 11, 2020 10:36 pm

GiorgioG wrote:
Sun Oct 11, 2020 7:57 pm
Hi guys,
silly questions, do you use any product to make the helmet visor kind of waterproof, so the water doesn't stay on it during rainy days or you just wipe it off with your gloves?

Thank you :)
I use a yogurt pot velcro'd on to the bars with a sponge & washing up liquid solution. A quick wipe at traffic lights 👍
Also there are water repellant products to treat your visor
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Re: Tips for winter riding 2020

Post by onesea » Sun Oct 11, 2020 11:00 pm

GiorgioG wrote:
Sun Oct 11, 2020 7:57 pm
Hi guys,
silly questions, do you use any product to make the helmet visor kind of waterproof, so the water doesn't stay on it during rainy days or you just wipe it off with your gloves?

Thank you :)
I gave up on sprays and potions and just wipe it...
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