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post #11 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-Nov-2018, 12:19 PM (763)
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I don't normally do 400 mile rides in cold weather, but 200-300 mile rides, often below freezing, yeah, done my share of those.

Heated grips (with proper hand protectors to keep the wind blast off) and an electric vest (I prefer the Aerostich Kanetsu, but there are plenty of good ones out there) made things a lot more pleasant. My general cold weather gear-up is: some kind of wicking thin polyrazzmatazz base layer (draw the sweat away from the body--it's strange, but even in single-digit temperatures I sweat some). Flannel-lined jeans on the legs. Electric vest underneath a big ol' Patagonia sweater (that I bought sometime in the '70s!) up top. Whole thing goes under my Roadcrafter two-piece. Most of the time, I can get away with three-season gloves thanks to the grip heaters and hand protection. Full-face helmet (obviously). Good neck wrap of some sort--I want to try one of those silk scarves, to see if it's really slippery enough to make turning my head easier. Heavy wool socks inside boots. I haven't had much luck with the little chemical boot heaters, so most of the time I don't bother with them.

The key thing is to plan more stops, and plan your stops around warming up. Remember that getting into and out of your gear at a stop will take longer (and you want to shed the gear when you go indoors to warm up, to avoid overheating and sweating).

Your temperature may vary, of course.
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I installed an electric element in my seat. With the heated seat keep your core warm.
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Wow everyone, thanks for your responses. So glad I joined this forum! You guys were helpful
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I rode 173Kms today in 2-3 C, and hit some light rain/wet snow.

I agree with everything mentioned above. But remember, some people such as myself feel the cold sooner than others. The heated grips are not enough for me; I use Hippo Hands with summer weight gloves this works.
Also wear a fleece tube around my neck, I have it pulled up over my chin and use the helmet strap to keep it in place. Stopping that cold draft around my neck made a big difference for me as well.

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Thanks for the Hippo Hands tip! Might get a pair of those...
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New to this forum but I'm a veteran rider. Has anyone ever ridden 400+ miles in 35 degree weather with a 25 mph tailwind? If so, any tips? I've ridden that far in a day before but not when it was that cold. I have a 2011 r1200gs. Thanks for any feedback! -Jeff
I rode this past spring (April) up through the Yukon Territory to Alaska. Several days riding in temps from the mid-20s F to the high 30s. Electric mid-layer and gloves made the thousands of miles in those temps roll by like a non-event on the temperature.

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I rode this past spring (April) up through the Yukon Territory to Alaska. Several days riding in temps from the mid-20s F to the high 30s. Electric mid-layer and gloves made the thousands of miles in those temps roll by like a non-event on the temperature.

Wow, that looks really great! Hope you had a great ride
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Wow, that looks really great! Hope you had a great ride
4200 miles in 11 days taking a quartet of brand new R1200GS from LA to Anchorage. Bucket list checked.
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No problem, except!

Cold temps aren't much of an issue here in California and if the temp dips I just turn on the electrics. It's the black ice I fear!
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Got out myself today, roads were dry and yesterdays rain washed away the salt residue. Did 218Kms in 4-5C temps, started to drizzle so I called it quits. Never saw another soul on a bike, I guess they are all watching the last F1 race or preparing for the Grey Cup
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