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Poll: Your favourite winter accessory

With winter well and truly here, all the talk at MCN HQ recently has been on the winter commute, and how to make it a little more bearable. There's every accessory going being used, from heated clothing to winter bikes, right up to Chad fitting handlebar muffs on his GSX-R (briefly)! What's the secret to your winter riding? Is it a mucky...

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jimbo8098

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jimbo8098 says:

Heated grips are the best thing I have found other than wearing a jumper under my jacket. A glove liner can be a good substitute but doesn't quite compare on its own. Liners will keep out the cold a bit but won't warm you up actively and on many bikes , especially those without handguards , you will feel this.

If you don't ride a crotch rocket , consider knuckle guards.

Bar muffs are a good substitute in many cases but having both will keep you very toasty.

Other than that , stick on a waterproof oversuit but that goes without saying.

A neck warmer also does a good job but a balaclava will do.

Heated seats are for BMW riders and you won't be needing one of those. Too much! Same goes for heated clothing. A jumper will work fine in everything till the snow/ice steps in , in which case , wear 2 jumpers!

I rode all last year on the bike and don't have a car licence at all , I will be fine this year too.

Just remember to take care of the bike too. I use gunk on the engine to keep it free from salt. A pressure washer might to a good jon nut I've never used one. CLEAN the chain more frequently. Chains will develop more paste during winter (grit caught by the chain lube) and if you don't clean the chain regularly , you will notice small changes in the way your bike is accelerating.

Thats my two cents...

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MarcusMarsh

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MarcusMarsh says:

Winter accessory

A Volvo S40 :lol:

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Titosfuneral

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Titosfuneral says:

Heated vest. Once worn on sub zero day - never forgotten.

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Shamus77

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Shamus77 says:

Homemade heated grips

Love my homemade heated grips. They cost me a grand total of  8 quid and are much warmer than Oxford, Motrax etc.....Had them on for 6 years with no problems.

Don't understand why there's an option for 'the car' on this poll. Seems a waste of a vote. I would have thought that a poll concerning winter accessories would have been aimed at true bikers not part timers with cages!

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max748

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max748 says:

barmuffs

too scared that there's gonna be a spider in them!!!

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Valko

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Valko says:

my favorite winter accessory

is my 4x4 equiped with winter tyres LOL

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SatNavSteve

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SatNavSteve says:

People ask me if I ride all year round and I always answer yes, providing there is no salt or ice on the roads as I don't believe two wheels and ice mix. I rode on lots of bad roads years ago (i've been on 4 Dragon Rallies as well!) but my philosophy is simple. I ride my bike for enjoyment and that doesn't include sliding around on ice risking my life and bike. But I have come across a few people who say they are hardened bikers because they ride to work all year round and thats about it. Maybe a run to the seaside or the Lakes or Scotland. But when I'm off across Europe, I'm not calling them softies. We are all bikers and enjoy biking, each in our own way, so lets not have any of this testosterone fuelled 'I'm a real biker coz I ride on snow' crap. We all have our own ways of enjoying biking, thats why there are sports bikes, cruisers, adventure bikes, scooters, etc, well I think you get the picture! Whatever and whenever you ride enjoy it and do it safely.

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Carlosoul

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Carlosoul says:

Gerbings...

heated gloves are great but pricey, I have the battery powered ones so no cables hanging around, only get them out from end of December onwards, great kit

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spondonste

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spondonste says:

Cold riding

Heated gloves, one piece waterproofs and occassionally two pairs of socks and that's generally all I need for riding through the winter weather.

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philehidiot

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philehidiot says:

Semi off road

tyres. Just the thing for snow. Get the right ones and they grip well in normal riding condition and in the wet. Get the wrong ones and you can really struggle in wet / damp conditions.


If you're cold, just strap a porn mag to the tank.

I'll be chopping up my bar muffs to fit them as whilst on the last bike they were a pain, on this bike I can't find a way to fit them without them interfering with controls. There's no point having them if they don't fit so might as well chop them up to get them to work.

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