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  1. ntmom
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    Well, it's that time of year in ND where riding is not for the sissies. I must admit, I have always been a "fair weather rider" but the longer I ride, the broader my "acceptable" riding conditions become. Any suggestions on the best way to stay warm on the bike? Thanks in advance for the great advice, as always!

  2. finzcreenname
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    A warm passenger? J/K Seriously, I've ridden down to 14 degrees F and I've found that the biggest problem is wind intrusion. If you can stop the wind from getting in, normal winter clothes will usually work. My outter layer is all leather with a jacket that is double-breasted and gauntlets that go over the sleeves. Protect your neck with a scarf or bandana and wear a full-face helmet with the chin insert. Underneath is long johns and jeans and a sweater or insulated flannel shirt with a t-shirt underneath. Your hands will get very cold so make sure you don't skimp on the gauntlets. That's all I do for winter.

  3. kamezbanger
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    My first option would be getting out of North Dakota till about May.

  4. fromohiouza
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    Yeah, I wuss out when it gets into the 40s. I'm sure I could do better if I had a full face instead of a 3/4 helmet. It isn't the cold, it's the wind on those exposed parts. I can just get away with snow pants over my jeans and a sweat shirt under my leather and the gauntlet gloves too. But when the wind hits my face and I start getting the Dumb and Dumber snot running down, it's not enjoyable anymore.

  5. Sduplyumbr
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    I am in the same boat as you, not to many riding days left. You just need another layer to keep warm and I have some heated gloves that work great.

  6. HAWK54
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    Yeah, I wuss out when it gets into the 40s. I'm sure I could do better if I had a full face instead of a 3/4 helmet. It isn't the cold, it's the wind on those exposed parts. I can just get away with snow pants over my jeans and a sweat shirt under my leather and the gauntlet gloves too. But when the wind hits my face and I start getting the Dumb and Dumber snot running down, it's not enjoyable anymore.
    This with a windshield is very warm.

  7. fromohiouza
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    Nice. Would the windshield fog up with that?

    I might try that. I'll be sure to use some mouthwash or have some mints on hand. Nothing like smelling my own breath for the trip.

  8. LiddleBen
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    I wear armoured jeans lined with kevlar. available from diamond gusset usa. I wear long jons under neath. for the top half, I wear long jon top and warm wool or flanel shirt under a leather jacket along with insulated kevlar or leather gloves..I wear a 1/2 helmet with removable ear flaps and a ski mask or bandanna and scarf if needed. Shut out the wind and cover all exposed skin and it aint bad., I also wear 2 pair of socks one thin nylon with wool insulated socks over these and good quality leather boots. the boot style is up to you. Hope this works for you.,LB

  9. wzdar6
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    well, it's that time of year in nd where riding is not for the sissies. I must admit, i have always been a "fair weather rider" but the longer i ride, the broader my "acceptable" riding conditions become. Any suggestions on the best way to stay warm on the bike? Thanks in advance for the great advice, as always!
    the warmest thing i have ever worn is a cabela's guidewear insulated rainsuit. You will not feel any air coming thru. I flip the hood to the inside to keep it from flopping. My hands are the only thing i struggle with to keep warm. The price ain't cheap but it's dual purpose for me. I also fish in the winter.

  10. ntmom
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    Great ideas.....except for leaving ND, she's kinda grown on me. I saw a few combinations I hadn't thought of so will try them. As always, everyone is so helpful!! I just can't give it up quite yet but the days are really numbered! Thanks again everyone!!

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