There’s frost on my windshield… but none on my motorcycle

MotoADVR_Weathebug30FI apparently have a sickness, it’s rare, and from what I can tell, untreatable. We’re well into fall, with winter right around the corner here in southern Ohio; that being said, I realize my riding days are numbered at this point. I turned on my phone this morning to check the weather, at a crisp 30F outside, for whatever reason as I stepped out the door, I thought to myself “the game’s afoot Old Man Winter…”

 

MotoADVR_FrostyWindshieldI wouldn’t go as far as to say that I’m in full “Eskimo mode” just yet, but last weekend I took the time to re-install my hand guards bearing in mind the imminent frost. In addition, I’m also beefing up my riding game with the usual heated grips, combined with the new Tourmaster heated gloves I picked up last month. It wasn’t exactly toasty this morning, but my hands are far better prepared for the sub-freezing temperatures headed our way.

 

MotoADVR_LolaHandGuardsIf you’re new to the blog, I have a general principle, “Is the road dry? Does the bike start? Then ride that thing!” This attitude requires a substantial amount of preparation and risk mitigation, but thus far, Lola has been on the road every calendar month since she rolled off the showroom floor. Getting up ten minutes early each morning may seem like a waste of time for some, but when you drive a base model car, it still beats scraping the windshield!

 

That “magical temperature” is different for everyone, so at what point do you finally hang up the keys? What do you do to stay warm until that day?

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6 Responses to There’s frost on my windshield… but none on my motorcycle

  1. Shadow Rider says:

    Man you are tough! Last year I wouldn’t ride in much cooler than 60 degrees, but after this summer my tolerance was raised to withstand about 40. I rode from Chicago to MA in 2 days in 40 degree, foggy, clammy weather, with hand warmers shoved in my boots and helmet. After 20 hours of that I can handle short rides in near freezing temperatures, but not comfortably. Do the heated grips make a big difference?

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    • I don’t know about tough, I would say stubborn is probably more applicable. Gear is everything, my Firstgear TPG jacket and pants are the first step, then heated grips and hand guards. Below 32F, grips and guards aren’t enough, the heated gloves make a difference, but under 32 is always a challenge depending on how long you’re riding. I have “Bike Master” Heated grips, I’ve been told that Oxford grips are hotter; I also have Tourmaster Heated gloves, honestly I thought they’d be warmer. Apparently I need to launch my own line of subzero motorcycle gear…
      Thanks for Reading!

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  2. bikermissus says:

    My deciding factor this time of year is frost. I leave for work around 6:45am, in the dark, so if there’s frost on the ground there’s a chance of black ice as well, and that’s a risk I’m not willing to take.

    You’re right in that “gear is everything”. My cold weather gear inclues Merino wool baselayers, two pairs of socks, Tourmaster textile gear, fleece buff, heated grips and electric vest. Really helps in stretching the season out until the snowstorms start.

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  3. The coldest I’ve ridden in was 26°F. Fortunately where I live it rarely gets down that low unless you head out west.

    I was caught out, I didn’t have a lot of cold weather gear at the time as I was just starting out riding so I enlisted one of the local broadsheet newspapers and shoved it down my jacket and in my jeans over my thighs. This gave enough insulation for me to get home – about 20 miles.

    My fingers and toes however didn’t fare so well and my teeth wouldn’t stop chattering.

    I have better kit now-a-days but I still get cold when its down around 35°F, and at 60 mp/h the wind chill is a killer.

    Cheers EG

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