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  1. Tacgtriwer
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    So the GF and I were gonna make a fun run from Phoenix to Wickenburg. We got about 4 miles from home and had to turn back. WE WERE COLD!!!

    All my motorcycle clothes are for summer riding, and we might as well have been buck naked for all the good they did.

    So Ill add extra layers under my coat, wear my huntin socks in my boots, switch to my huntin gloves.

    Now I was in AZ Biker Leather today and noticed some clearance stuff.
    Hence the following question.

    Will leather chaps keep my legs warm? I know they protect in a fall, but do they do anything else? Normally I ride with only jeans, and would only wear them on weekends, not while commuting.

    Or would I be better off with a pair of longjohns?

  2. wzdar6
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    I'll take chaps anyday over longjohns. Just the blocking of the wind will keep you warmer. Chaps and jeans are good for me down to about45°. Then i break out the l.J.'s

  3. matcruser
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    Chaps are a must for me in the cold. I froze yesterday too. At least by So Cal standards I froze. I had a leather jacket and chaps. I needed more layers under the jacket but the chaps in combination with my jeans did a pretty good job. I'm heading out in about an hour. Today I'm going to try something different. I got some neopreme hunting/fishing gloves last night. They don't feel too bulky so I'm going to try them on the bike.

  4. 6Yamahok
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    Chaps will help like wzdar6 said with the wind. I rode to work the other morning with jeans and chaps @42*. When looking at gloves make and other winter gear make sure your not restricted cause you still have to react to cagers wanting to run over you. Good luck

  5. Jonezpoj
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    The nice thing about chaps is they stop the wind, but the leather will get cold on it's own. I wear a hooded sweatshirt under my jacket and the chaps, do good for about 1 1/2 hours before I need a cup of joe, of course this is all behind a windshield and lowers......Ride safe.........

  6. Gman16827
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    My vote goes to the chaps as well! If it gets to cold then I'll wear my longjohns also (johns, jeans, chaps) ready for any cold weather. Not only will the chaps serve better against the wind then just jeans and longjohns but you'll have the protect ya need against road rash should ya go down something of course no brother of the road needs to experience. Ride safe oh and by all means........stay warm!

  7. Trollpj
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    I wear Chaps also for cool weather, but when the temp drops below 40* I wear my cold weather rain suit, the thing keeps me toasty all the way down to high 20's all I need under the rain suit is my meshtex jacket and jeans and I am good to ride.

    The cold weather rain suits are like the old work-out suits people wore in the late 70's and early 80's. They are heavy duty and vinyl lined, I even sweet if the temp rises to the high 40's and have to take the liner out of my jacket.

  8. beaze
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    yesterday morning it was 31 deg. long john under double front carharts and a sweatshirt under the trailmaster jacket and a helmet hat. I was a little cool after 45 miles. I'm looking into riding paints

  9. zumnckuj
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    CHAPS ! SCHMAPS! ... cant go with you guys on this one.

    HEATED GEAR, RAH RAH RAH RAH !!

    Seriously though ... look at the Tour master heated stuff (there are udders) at tonker.com. Very reasonably priced and lightening quick shipping. Dudes name is Stuart and I believe hes atta Florida.

    I have the TM gloves and jacket .... I wear that under my TM Flex II(no liners) and have ridden when it was 23 degrees outside standing still ... nice and toasty .. only problem is tearing eyes caused by the full face shield cracked open to avoid fogging. Oh yeah the tips of me toes get a little cold ... heavy socks does the job on dat.

    I do wear an Firstgear vented overpant on the bottom half that has a liner for winter riding.

    Yeah Heated Gear tonker.com

  10. wzdar6
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    What i like about chaps are you can wear them in the moring when it's cool. Then take them off when it warms up a bit!! It's a little harder to take the long johns off when it warms up.

  11. matcruser
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    I got some neopreme hunting/fishing gloves last night. They don't feel too bulky so I'm going to try them on the bike.
    The neopreme gloves didn't work so well. After about 30 miles I switched back to my lined leather gloves and extra silk liners. The neopreme didn't seem any warmer and were less comfortable than the leather. Oh well, it was an inexepensive test.

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    The cold weather rain suits are like the old work-out suits people wore in the late 70's and early 80's. They are heavy duty and vinyl lined, I even sweet if the temp rises to the high 40's and have to take the liner out of my jacket.
    Do you have a brand name and possibly a website for these suits? I rode about 300 miles today. Part of the ride was very chilly even with layers under the leather.

  12. viltirizhman
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    Hey Tack,

    I left for work at 34 degrees the other day, have a columbia jacket, bandana and winter leather gloves (not bulky either), plus my rain pants over my long pants. Was cold at 60 mph but stopped halfway to work for some hot java. Live to ride

  13. cfinn1187
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    I like the chaps for the cold and warm weather. When it gets warm I wear shorts with the chaps. Shorts are a lot more comfortable then jeans when I stop.

  14. Trollpj
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    Do you have a brand name and possibly a website for these suits? I rode about 300 miles today. Part of the ride was very chilly even with layers under the leather.
    tourmaster.com/xcart/product.php?productid=88&cat=8

    Says use for "Cold (35° to 50°F)" but seems fine to me down to high 20's

    Got mine on sale for $50

  15. chaser38
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    I bought some SnowMobile gloves. They have a "built-in" curve to the fingers as we prefer for MC riding. Fairly easy to grip and clutch, plus they're pretty warm...

    I just ordered some lined jeans and with a pair of lacy, long undies, looking forward to some comfortable rides. I also have Tourmaster pants and except for the bulk (and the look), they are very warm.

    Hey, you can't have enough "stuff", right???

  16. wzdarpiger54
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    I've got some flannel lined jeans, they are good into the 40's, love my Fieldsheer Sprint Textile Jacket, toasty with just a sweatshirt down to 44 degrees. I was thinking about some chaps, but don't know, I'm a little chunky. The only problem is where do you put these clothes when the temps warm up into the ride? Like my Fieldsheer jacket, but it has the soft armour, doesn't fold up to stuff into a bag. The biggest problem I have is my hands get cold, I got some thermal gloves and wear with liners, but anything under 48 degrees, my fingers get number/cold.

  17. matcruser
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    Defender 2-Piece RainsuitSays use for "Cold (35° to 50°F)" but seems fine to me down to high 20'sGot mine on sale for $50
    Thanks they could be just what I need. I assure you, I'll only need firewood NOT motorcycle gear when the temp reaches the 20's.

  18. yaro
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    The chaps are probably good, but I can't erase from my memory the look of 2 guys in chaps in American Pie movie.

  19. quicgmicg
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    So the GF and I were gonna make a fun run from Phoenix to Wickenburg. We got about 4 miles from home and had to turn back. WE WERE COLD!!!All my motorcycle clothes are for summer riding, and we might as well have been buck naked for all the good they did.So Ill add extra layers under my coat, wear my huntin socks in my boots, switch to my huntin gloves.Now I was in AZ Biker Leather today and noticed some clearance stuff. Hence the following question.Will leather chaps keep my legs warm? I know they protect in a fall, but do they do anything else? Normally I ride with only jeans, and would only wear them on weekends, not while commuting.Or would I be better off with a pair of longjohns?
    It was freaking cold in Tucson too! I've found chaps to work great for Arizona riding. anytime there is even a hint of running into cold weather, I put them on. What's nice is that they are usually not so hot that you'll cook if stopped. I can get by with a quilt lined jacket with a sweat shirt underneath, some lined jeans and chaps on even the coldest days. Throw in a good pair of gloves and a face cover and I'm good for the entire AZ winter.

    I found a pair on sale here for 35 bucks and they've worked great.

    Even you ever think of riding down south at all...let me know

    Mick

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