Cold Weather Motorcycle Gear and Riding Tips

  • katma 3 Ara 2018
  • Want to extend the riding season or get a jump start on spring? Here is the gear I use when riding a motorcycle in cold weather. I also share some tips I have learned along the way.

    Today we are hanging out in Great Basin National Park. We are going to talk about cold weather riding gear starting from base layer tips and tricks, some packing tips when putting clothes together for your next trip, and we even discuss some heated gear options that I prefer.

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    A lifelong adventure enthusiast and a long time motorcycle traveler, I have spent the last few years honing my craft as a motorcycle adventure specialist. I am currently living full time on my motorcycle, a 2015 BMW R1200GS named Lupe.

    Motorcycle travel and camping have become my largest passions in life. I have a meticulous nature that helps me analyze gear, technique and tactics in a way that is highly beneficial to anyone looking to embark on a motorcycle venture of any scope.

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  • Egalitarian Vegan
    Egalitarian Vegan 3 yıl önce +31

    I use Nitrile examination gloves under my winter riding gauntlet gloves. Amazing how this super thin layer helps protect you from the cold getting to your fingers. I often end up sharing them with friends who fingers are getting nipped on cold rides. They are always amazed at what a difference they make. I carry several pair of Nitrile gloves with me on the bike. They also work great if I have to work on the bike to keep my hands clean. They are cheap enough that I can just throw them away after they get dirty. We buy them in a box of 200 at Costco.

  • Kman's Corner
    Kman's Corner 3 yıl önce +31

    My recommendation to new riders (like me). If your bike doesn't have an ambient thermometer, pick up a cheap one, small, something that can mount near the gage cluster. As you experiment with your layering. Keep track of what works at what temperature. I've reached a point I can check the weather app on my phone and know exactly what I will need for the days ride.

  • Tommy Reynolds
    Tommy Reynolds 3 yıl önce +1

    Great gear ideas and tips! I love the heated grips on my Concours 14. It is so true that the warmth from the heated grips can be just enough to push you to a little farther down the road.

  • Steve Follen
    Steve Follen 3 yıl önce +1

    Great video & great tips as always. Thank you for all of them. I've been riding year round in New England for years. Keeping my hands warm has been the greatest challenge. The Gerbing heated gloves and controller I bought a few years ago are a game changer. Heated grips are sure convenient and are great when the temps drop in late fall or early spring. For serious winter cold, I find the heat on the outward facing parts of my gloves (fingers and back of hand) to be much more helpful. Heated gloves are also less bulky.

  • Rui Aquino
    Rui Aquino 3 yıl önce +2

    Excellent vídeo! You've covered it all

  • d_g_ McCallister
    d_g_ McCallister 3 yıl önce +2

    Hi Tim, another great video. I recently bought battery operated winter riding gloves. OMG. The best thing since sliced bread! No more heater packs for the hands. Works great. You are 100% correct on the type of clothes. Use wool for sweaters, socks, underwear. I’m a big fan of Gor-Tex also. Breathable yet waterproof. We have a saying “cotton kills” which is true. I ride almost year round. Love your videos. Take care God bless.🏍🛣

    The TRAVELOR 2 yıl önce +2

    In addition to a couple various thickness of balaclava head coverings (that naturally fit well in your helmet) that I can change out easily as it gets colder on the fly. It always makes a difference keeping your head warm. They also wick so in case you step in somewhere and begin to sweat your noggin does not freeze in the arctic blast that comes from the wind chill riding in the cold. The other easy and really adaptable piece I wear is a shemagh. Super comfortable way of using it around my neck as a gator BUT then spreading it out open as I cross it on my upper chest. It really forms a super layer there exactly where most wind comes. Growing up in Michigan and Alaska really taught how to stay warm where your life could depend on it. I also ride all year here in the MidAtlantic. I think we all have that certain piece of gear we just love when its cold. Mine is that perfect weight fleece jacket that tops off my layers while easily fitting under my riding jacket. Warmth w/o weight is the key. Also my base begins with COLD GEAR top/bottoms that work well and wick keep you warm while relatively inactive-like riding a motorcycle!THANK YOU for such great entertaining, informative and well filmed videos my friend!!!They also bring out great tips and tricks comments from our brother and sister riders on an array of subjects! I never miss one! Its finally warming up outside sooo...Im going riding! Be safe all!

  • Leonardo Louro
    Leonardo Louro 3 yıl önce

    Another great video Tim! Thank you ;)

  • James P
    James P 3 yıl önce +2

    I got caught in the snow on a Colorado Mountain pass on a long trip from Ohio to Cabo and the cold on my knees was unbearable thru all the layers- even a pair of ski pants. I stuffed newspapers down the knees and on my chest and it made a huge improvement. Love the channel and videos!

  • Rus G
    Rus G 3 yıl önce

    Great as usual, Tim! About a week ago i bought a 2015 R1200GS with touring package on cast alloy rims as you advised and now starting to prepare it for a winter trip in SW of US. Was about to do a research on winter clothes and here you uploaded a new video about this🙂

  • David Kellin
    David Kellin 2 yıl önce +3

    I live in northern Minnesota and ride my motorcycle as long as there is no ice on the road. I often ride in sub-freezing temperatures and have found that snowmobile gear works fantastic for staying warm and is way cheaper than motorcycle-specific gear.

  • Erik Whitley
    Erik Whitley 3 yıl önce +1

    Great vid! I will say, that I had heated grips on a Kawasaki Concours with no hand guards, and found it really uncomfortable. My palms would be toasty but the back of my hands were freezing to the point I was yelling profanities through clenched teeth for most of the ride. Heated gloves solved everything for me, as it is relatively easy to wrap your torso in enough wind proof layers to stay comfortable. I have since bought a heated jacket liner to go with heated glove liners to avoid the bulk. My KTM 1190 also has hand guards that are really helpful. The older I get, the less severity I tend to want to endure, and there are so many products out there to help maximize the riding experience. Have you tried LDComfort yet? They have a multitude of base layers that many long distance riders swear by. They are still on my wish list. Ride on, Tim!

  • Davey M
    Davey M 3 yıl önce +1

    Excellent video. I do a ton of cold weather riding and I think you are completely spot on. I just returned from a 2500 mile run in the rain and snow and stayed pretty warm. I would love to see a review of not only your heated vest but the socks and pants as well.

  • Ian Grimshaw
    Ian Grimshaw 3 yıl önce +3

    Very good tips. Don't forget that wet cold is much, much worse than dry cold. In Britain this is the type of cold I ride in quite a lot in Winter and if you get wet gear and freezing temperatures the wind chill factor can make life pretty miserable. Another thing is to stop for a break BEFORE you get cold.Enjoy.

  • Bike Ryder
    Bike Ryder 3 yıl önce

    Heated gear is probably my favorite purchase that allows me to ride year round comfortably. I got the whole set up and love it. I found that below 40 degrees my legs start to get cold after an hour or so of riding. For me the pants and boots inserts are worth every penny. I live near mountains being able to crank up the heat as needed is awesome!

  • Mike Palmieri
    Mike Palmieri 3 yıl önce +3

    Living in canada and riding late into fall one of my most recent purchases was a heated seat! Expensive but amazing!

  • Tom Beckett
    Tom Beckett 3 yıl önce

    Hi Tim I also think it’s important to make sure your clothing is the breathing type . I found that neoprene makes me sweat after awhile. I know my neoprene fishing waders are really bad for that and they don’t leak a drop . Great video thanks . Cheers Tom 🇨🇦

  • Andraise Scott
    Andraise Scott 3 yıl önce

    Tim, good info. Thanks! You mentioned the battery operated gear. I have a vest from

  • Brad Boustead

    I realize your video is from a few years ago but, here's my tip: thin sheets of packing foam. The kind used by movers to put in between dishes. It can be found near the boxes at home improvement stores, big box stores, etc. It insulates so well, it almost feels like it is generating heat. Place a few sheets strategically inside your layered clothes. (body, back, shins, arms, etc) Always have a few sheets with you, it weighs nothing and takes up almost no space.

  • Jean-Francois Lechasseur

    Being from Quebec, I can say that you got it right. My tip would be to use leather as external layer. I find it works better than anything else to cut the freezing wind. Cheers, JF