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11/15/2017 7:36 AM

I have the luxury of having a year round track for the first time. Looking for suggestions on gear setup so i dont freeze when its 30F out.

Heated grips or heated gloves?
Winter coat or hoodie?
Anything to keep the legs warm under the pants?

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2009 Kawasaki KX450F
2009 Kawasaki KX250F
2002 Suzuki GSXR 600

11/15/2017 7:53 AM

Two piece long underwear and a pretty light jacket is all I usually wear other than the normal stuff. My hands are usually freezing first 2-3 three laps, then I pull in and shake it of and they're really really hot for the rest of the day. But I know some(maybe most?) aren't like that and like something that keep their hands a little warmer.

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11/15/2017 7:56 AM

If you are riding an e start bike, easy to hook up heated grips. Combine with hand guards.

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11/15/2017 8:04 AM

I usually just wear a hoodie down to about 30 degrees. Sometimes I wear my 100% briskers when it's super cold but they work better for mtb than moto.

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11/15/2017 8:07 AM

What is Winter???

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11/15/2017 8:10 AM

I've heard hand guards help stop the cold wind from freezing your hands up.

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11/15/2017 8:31 AM

Some guys I ride with wrap their levers with electrical tape. Constantly touching the cold metal levers will freeze you as much as the wind. Run the electrical tape with a flag hand guard and have fun. Heated grips are overkill and just another thing to short out while riding.

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11/15/2017 8:31 AM

The cold weather doesn't bother me so much , but this damn pouring down rain / mud fest gets old after a while. Pretty crappy in the NW right now.

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11/15/2017 9:40 AM

Should i invest in snowboarding goggles? Id think fog would be crazy with moto ones

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2009 Kawasaki KX450F
2009 Kawasaki KX250F
2002 Suzuki GSXR 600

11/15/2017 9:53 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/15/2017 9:55 AM

I’ll put A long sleeved T-shirt under my Regular gear with a wind breaker...hand guards...I’ll occasionally lose the wind breaker after riding for a while and work up a sweat...and only put it back on when I stop. That works for me down into the 20’s...

If it’s snowing or wet...that’s a different story.

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11/15/2017 9:56 AM

Acidreamer wrote:

Should i invest in snowboarding goggles? Id think fog would be crazy with moto ones

Not really problem. You can just get set of vented replacement enduro 2-layers for your goggles if you want to be sure.
30F (-1c)isn't really that cold after couple laps warm up.
Tape on levers, tape front of helmet air intakes, underlayer and maybe warm gloves for first laps.

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11/15/2017 10:08 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/15/2017 10:09 AM

Underlayer clothes(https://www.amazon.com/Craft-Active-Crewneck-Sleeve-Layer/dp/B008V6VCPW), neoprene gloves if you feel like it gets too cold with normal gloves, ice hockey tape on the levers and you're pretty much set. Put a hoody or a jacket on if you feel like the underlayer isn't enough. Moto goggles are fine if you have decent goggles.

Like tek14 mentioned, 30F isn't bad(5-10 is the limit for me personally).

You get used to it pretty quickly!

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11/15/2017 10:09 AM

For me I’m always warm BUTTT my hands. I just wear normal gloves and it sucks

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11/15/2017 10:11 AM

TheOriginalPancakee wrote:

For me I’m always warm BUTTT my hands. I just wear normal gloves and it sucks

https://www.scott-sports.com/ca/en/product/scott-neoprene-ii-glove

That solves the problem!

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11/15/2017 10:19 AM

I put on a pair of latex gloves under my normal gloves to keep my hands warm. I sometimes have to put powder in them to keep blisters from coming up but my hands never get cold. Hoodies are good for me too since the front neckline is usually taller than a normal sweater. I don't do the tape on the levers but I have run handguards. Not sure they help but roost is that much worse when it's close to frozen so they might help in other areas

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11/15/2017 10:52 AM

flopper12 wrote:

Some guys I ride with wrap their levers with electrical tape. Constantly touching the cold metal levers will freeze you as much as the wind. Run the electrical tape with a flag hand guard and have fun. Heated grips are overkill and just another thing to short out while riding.

Definitely notice this my fingers on the levers get cold first

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11/15/2017 11:13 AM

SweetDaddy wrote:

What is Winter???

It is the mid 80's here today, vented gear for me last weekend.
Actually hoping for it to get back to normal temps (low 70's) soon.

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11/15/2017 11:18 AM

SweetDaddy wrote:

What is Winter???

neverwas wrote:

It is the mid 80's here today, vented gear for me last weekend.
Actually hoping for it to get back to normal temps (low 70's) soon.

I hate you both

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2009 Kawasaki KX450F
2009 Kawasaki KX250F
2002 Suzuki GSXR 600

11/15/2017 11:38 AM

TheOriginalPancakee wrote:

For me I’m always warm BUTTT my hands. I just wear normal gloves and it sucks

You see those bags on the bar ends?

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Once you get used to it it's amazing. So tired of freezing.

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11/15/2017 12:55 PM

Lot of good tips in here. Unless it is really cold, you will be fine at 30 degrees Fahrenheit with layered clothes and applying some of the tips above.

When it is really cold, my hands bother me for the first moto, but then they are fine for motos after that.

Have fun in the white loam!

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11/15/2017 2:25 PM

I wear a long sleeve t-shirt under a waterproof windbreaker with no jersey and thermal underwear under riding pants. If there's a lot of snow, I have a thin pair of snow pants that feel like riding pants, but keep water and snow out.

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11/15/2017 2:42 PM

Bfogg217 wrote:

I put on a pair of latex gloves under my normal gloves to keep my hands warm. I sometimes have to put powder in them to keep blisters from coming up but my hands never get cold. Hoodies are good for me too since the front neckline is usually taller than a normal sweater. I don't do the tape on the levers but I have run handguards. Not sure they help but roost is that much worse when it's close to frozen so they might help in other areas

X2 Doctors gloves under the riding gloves always did the trick for me. It doesn't hinder your hands and keeps the heat trapped

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11/15/2017 2:45 PM
Edited Date/Time: 11/15/2017 2:45 PM

X3 on just wearing latex (doctors) gloves under your normal ones

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11/15/2017 2:59 PM

I recommend hand guards, to deflect some wind, and oh yeah, a full front fairing.

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11/15/2017 3:31 PM

Acidreamer wrote:

I have the luxury of having a year round track for the first time. Looking for suggestions on gear setup so i dont freeze when its 30F out.

Heated grips or heated gloves?
Winter coat or hoodie?
Anything to keep the legs warm under the pants?

Photo

up here in alberta we just dress for the cold, but you said 30f if its that warm this is what we use
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11/15/2017 4:04 PM

I have some Under Armour type long john tops and bottoms that work well as well as a sweatshirt with the sleeves cut off (cant stand riding in thick long sleeve sweatshirts). Hand guards also help. I haven't found a pair of winter riding gloves that I like enough to wear yet. Need some goggles that resist fogging as well.

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11/15/2017 6:13 PM

Tape the radiators. If you're riding mx, ya probably won't get too cold. Back at the truck, though...

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11/15/2017 6:33 PM
Edited Date/Time: 11/15/2017 6:35 PM

It doesn't often get to 30F around these parts, but it's still cold.
Thermal long johns and long sleeve shirt.
Body warmer (no sleeves) jacket.
Good socks.
Hand guards help defect the cold air away from your hands.

Someone usually makes a fire on cold days.
First ride out, hands get really cold. Do a few laps, go warm the hands on the fire, get hot aches, then the rest of the day it's fine.

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