Cold weather riding...
Posted September 17, 2007 - 08:01 AM
This year I am going to try and ride for as long into the winter as I can (both on and off road.... I will be switching over to studs once the ice comes).
Do any of you have any tips or tricks for getting your cold bike started in the morning (ie switching to a hotter spark plug)?
What about things to be aware of that might cause problems (ie. switching to a lighter oil)?
and lastly, but most importantly; What tips do you have to keep as warm as possible (ie best helmet or gloves)?
All suggestions are welcome!!
Posted September 17, 2007 - 08:23 AM
its the wind that makes you cold (not the cold)
wear a rain jacket under all your clothes (shirt, rain jacket, sweatshirt and coveralls of some sort) i use my hunting gear
90% of heat loss is through your chest and head
yes lighter oil helps summer i run 20-50 summer 10-30
i give it 1 pump on the throttle to start and prefer 2 not use the easy button
Posted September 17, 2007 - 09:28 AM
Posted September 17, 2007 - 01:41 PM
keep'em rollin in though.
Ya that easy button just killed my battery last fall, so I learned on that one.
What about helmets? Should I just break down and buy a full face snowmobile helmet with the neck cover thing? Or do they make MX stlye helmets with a conversion kit or something?
Posted September 17, 2007 - 02:52 PM
Posted September 17, 2007 - 07:21 PM
Thanks a bunch man
Posted September 18, 2007 - 05:30 AM
Posted September 18, 2007 - 08:30 AM
Posted September 18, 2007 - 08:41 AM
I spend a lot of time in the Rocky Mountains and if I'm wearing something for cold weather, I'm wearing a brand name that specializes in this type of clothing - i.e. Moutain Hardware, The North Face, REI brand, Columbia, Outdoor Research, etc.
Basically you want to layer so as you warm up you can take a layer off - you never want to sweat in the cold - being damp is what speeds up hypothermia as temps drop or your activity level drops.
Avoid Cotton on any layer.
First/ base layer (layer closest to your skin) should be thin, polyester/nylon/spandex/silk or some mix of materials that wick moisture away
Second layer should be an insulating layer - fleece, wool, down
Third layer should be a breathable water/wind resistant shell (enduro jacket in this case).
A "soft shell" under an enduro jacket with a medium thickness base layer should be sufficient for most really cold conditions.
Gloves, use a base layer glove then another insulated glove over the thin base layer that allows you freedom of movement
Head - find a balaclava that fits under your helmet. They make some that are thin on top (to fit under a snowboarding helmet), but thicker around the neck and mouth - that's what I use.
REI's website, and many others if you do a google search, has a tutorial on how to dress properly - learn from the companies that specialize in these things.
Posted September 18, 2007 - 12:38 PM
Posted September 20, 2007 - 07:34 AM
.... I'd suggest going to a local meet and check out the machines and riderwear.
Thats a great idea man, thanks!
Posted September 20, 2007 - 07:39 AM
Other than the exterior layer, I wouldn't wear anything moto specific for warm clothing. What do offroad motorcycle clothing manufacturers know about cold weather? That's not where their focus is and the products they put out IMO are half-ass and overpriced at best. However, I would use an enduro jacket and pants on the exterior since they are tough will stand up to falls, branches, etc.
Couldnt agree with you more on that Tagger.
As a veteran camper and bushman I have learned some great tricks on how to stay warm in the bush. I guess I just needed some confirmation on how the same "rules" apply to riding.
My biggest concerns are gloves and helmets. I'm not sure whether to go with a full snowmobile helmet, or jsut wear a balaclava under my MX helmet.
Posted September 20, 2007 - 02:07 PM
Anyway, I can't say enuf about the grip heaters, I love them up here in WA state not only on snow / cold rides but in the rain when your hands get wet and cold they offer a total attitude adjustment:ride: