Well, not really, but with new heated gear, it will certainly feel that way. I finally picked up a heated jacket liner and gloves this past weekend. I didn’t really need the jacket liner, however it made it easy to wire in the gloves, as the sleeves already had attachments for the gloves wired in. No running wiring through sleeves of the jacket and them getting stuck or pulling while I was riding. Once I got everything set up and wired in, I took off on a ride to give it a good test. The temp wasn’t even 40 deg out yet, so it was going to be plenty chilly.
I have tried more earplugs than I can count anymore. From the foam to the high-end shooting earplugs. However, after reading a post on a website about a set that was specifically designed for motorcycling (well, the company designs them for all kinds of different activities) that I would give one more set a try.
Most of them end up being uncomfortable, or come out slightly when I put my helmet on. This makes them something I just don’t want to use, when I even remember to put them in. I realize it is bad for my hearing, and I do care. I even tried using earphones and listening to music, but again, when I get my helmet on and in place, most of the time they work themselves loose, which ends up being very uncomfortable.
A few months ago, I got the Klim Latitude Misano Riding Pants. They are awesome, and the review is here: It’s Getting Real! ADV Riding Pants. Well, I just picked up the matching Klim Latitude Misano Riding Jacket. It is even more awesome. Like the pants, it is waterproof, has good abrasion point armor in the elbows, shoulders and back. There are vents in the arms, larger vents in the underarm area and across the back of the jacket. There are so many features that I don’t think I will bother listing them all, and just link to the Revzilla page. On the + side, I was able to save nearly $200 as the current model is at the end of the cycle. Klim Latitude Misano Jacket.
So it is coming down to the last bits and bobs needed for riding season. Most are less than $50 each. Not bad, and they will come with time. However, there has been one piece of gear that has been hanging over my head for a while now: Riding Pants. The issue is they are quite expensive to purchase and they really are needed. The hips, knees, shins will have armor, the fabric itself will be extremely durable and the seat will have extra for when you have to take to using the tarmac as a slide. While we don’t want to do this, it is possible. The other thing they provide is some waterproofing and wicking to help keep you dry. The thick fabric will also help against things that hit or brush again your legs while riding.
I have finally pulled the trigger on some rain gear. Been saving up for it, as I figured the odds of being caught in the rain around here are fairly good, no matter what the forecast is calling for. I opted to move out of the full black and go with some hi-viz gear instead. There is still some black to it, but also highly reflective neon yellow. It’s for rain, so I want to stand out as much as I could. After searching around for some affordable, but good gear, I happened upon the Olympia Horizon Jacket and Pants. They also make a one piece suit, but I figured that, in order to get one large enough, the inseam would be dragging on the ground. I am a big, and tall, guy. 6′ tall, but only a 30″ inseam. I also went with some boot covers as well, just in case. Hit the “Continue reading” link to see photos and get links to the items.
This is gonna be a quick post on some of the Winter Gear I currently have for my motorcycle. One thing I benefited from is having time and some extra X-Mas money to get some extra stuff for the cold weather. Do I have everything? By no means, no. I would love to have a full heated setup including heated grips. Won’t happen this season, however. I do have enough, however, to make it possible to ride in weather in the 20’s (Fahrenheit).