Keep Warm and Ride Your Motorcycle Longer In Cold Weather
Man has yet to control climate in order to make every day a good day for riding.
So, in lieu of chanting and prayer, the keys to cold weather motorcycle riding are the proper gear and preparation.
Here are some tips from experienced riders:
First, check local forecasts for the area you’ll be riding in and make sure you have the necessary gear on hand for the weather.
No matter what the outside temperature, remember to calculate for the wind-chill factor.
Make sure that as little skin is exposed to the elements as possible, and take care to cover the gaps in your attire at the wrists, necks, and ankles.
It’s always better to have too much gear instead of not enough. That includes an extra pair of lighter weight riding gloves, useful once the morning chill wears off.
Winter Motorcycle Gloves and other Gear Tips:
Gauntlet style winter motorcycle gloves can help prevent wind from getting into your jacket at the wrists, while motorcycle glove liners can be used if and when appropriate.
Neck wraps: can thwart the cold from getting into your jacket and helmet and are generally small and can fit into a jacket pocket if the ride turns warm.
Strategically Insulated Gloves: for the coldest days, wear gloves designed for extreme cold, with extra insulation strategically placed on the backs of hands and on fingertips, where you need it most.
Socks: A double pair of socks and/or chaps can stop wind from penetrating your jeans and are easily removed when you reach your destination.
Other Rider's Tips to Keep You Warm
One of the most important things you can do to prepare for a cold ride (once the proper gear is obtained), is to keep your gear warm before you put it on.
For instance, if you store your heavy jacket, full face helmet, cold weather gloves, etc. in a cold garage with your motorcycle- bring it inside the house into the warmth.
Adding hand guards can deflect the wind and cold, too ... and should you choose to go the heated route, heated gloves and grips are always an option.
If you start your ride warm, you’re more likely to end it warm, too.
What's your favorite riding tip for keeping warm when temperatures drop?
P.S. We make over 70 styles of gloves, many for winter riding, and some with free shipping. To learn more about our winter motorcycle glove styles, visit a local dealer or our online store: