Winter is coming. Let’s face it, some of us hard-to-the-motherfucking-core lot ride our bikes through winter, but it’s not all fun and games, frozen toes and painful fingers are only a small part of it, however, despair not because there are things that we can do to improve our winter life on two wheels.
The basis of it is stay insulated, stay windproof and stay waterproof. So let’s cover the head, hands, feet and core plus give some cheaper options to save some money for each one.
First things first, the helmet really does matter here, a good tight fitting helmet will stop any drafts getting in and chilling you to the bone, my Shark Vision R Helmet is excellent at stopping the drafts thanks to its wind skirt and fit, you can read my full review of the Shark Vision R helmet or watch the video review on my YouTube channel.
To make your helmet even more wind proof then you could get a Proline Windjammer 2, I did a review of it which you can read here and it was excellent at keeping my head warm and reducing the wind noise.
A thermal balaclava works wonders, if you have a storm cuff for your jacket like my RST Paragon V Textile Jacket does then now’s the time to fit it. If not a thermal balaclava will work great, it doesn’t have to be a biker specific one any old bally will do really but for the best in balaclava tech get one made for bikers with thermal, wind and waterproofing such as the Rev’It Amazon GTX Balaclava. However the cheaper Spada Thermal Balaclava will work just fine.
For the cheapest option: Get a Snood.
Now these are one of the first things to feel the cold but there are products you can get to combat it, the first is a pair of inner gloves to go inside your current gloves, silk is best but whatever you get make sure they don’t have any seams that can dig into your hands.
You could also get some handlebar muffs and they can be removed when warmer weather returns.
Heated grips are an excellent addition to help prevent the winter chill, word of warning though, they only tend to heat the palm unless you grip them tight, even then, the top of your hands and fingers on the outside still get cold.
Also you could get some overgloves to protect you against wind chill and the rain and these work very well. For the ultimate in protection however it’s heated gloves that will keep you warm and dry. They’re not too expensive these days and if I were to get some I’d either go for the Gerbing 12V gloves or the slightly cheaper RST ones. I’d prefer the RST ones because you don’t need to do any wiring on your bike as they’ve got a portable battery pack.
For the cheapest: mechanics disposable gloves.
Like your hands, your feet are one of the first things to get cold and winter riding can be a real pain in the arse if your feet are cold, you can do a few things to get round it. First up you could get some thermal socks or some boot liners, for rain and wind protection then over boots are an excellent choice to protect your boots plus keep your feet dry and warm.
For the ultimate in comfort and luxury you could get some heated inner soles such as these ones from Keis. You can either wire them to the bike or the a portable Keis battery pack.
For the cheapest option: Some winter socks.
Look after your core and you’ll make riding in sub temperatures a hell of a lot nicer. First up is a textile two piece suit. A really good one from Rukka will set you back a few quid (understatement) though, if like me you can’t just chuck over £1k at a textile suit then get the best you can afford.
For my own part I’ve got the RST Paragon V two piece textile suit and it works fantastic, I can wear just boxers and a tshirt underneath in -2C temperatures for over an hour and half and i still feel warm in my legs and core.
However to add extra warmth to your arsenal you could try a thermal one piece from Oxford, or a thermal shirt and pants combo if you don’t fancy looking like you’re wearing an unflattering and revealing morphsuit.
For the cheapest option: Mens High Visibility Bomber Jacket.
For the ultimate in cheapness here’s a couple of tips, bubble wrap and newspaper. Not at the same time or you’ll sweat your arse off but a layer of either down the front of your core will keep you wind proof and warm if you’re caught out in the cold or just want to save a bit of money. Watch out for the newspaper running if you get wet though ;).
I highly recommend a Rev’It H20 Pacific One Piece Rainsuit, I know I’ll get stick for wearing it but IDGAF, I’m warm and dry, the haters aren’t.
I’ve had mine for almost a year now and it’s never let me down, fully waterproof with the added bonus of wind proofing due to the material, also it keeps my textiles dry for the next ride and the winter riders out there can attest that there ain’t nothing worse than putting on wet gear in the cold.
Sports Bike Shop (where I get most of my stuff from) have a massive selection of High Vis Gear, and like it or not that’s up to you. I’m saying it makes a difference at night and in the horrible winter, some older “hardcore” bikers say it doesn’t. Personal choice and all.
And that’s pretty much it for keeping warm and dry on a motorcycle in the winter months. What tips and tricks do you guys and girls have for staying warm in the winter? Putting gloved hands on exhausts at lights? Are Heated Grips your top product? Windbreaker jacket? Let me know in the comments below!
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