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True or false? Electrically heated clothing is for wimps

There's a long standing debate in the MCN office about heated clothing. While heated grips are seen by most as acceptable, if not a necessity, for winter riding, plug-in clothing brings a different reaction. It's seen by many as a cop out, cheating - the preserve of Goldwing riders and wimps. But some of the office - especially those with long...

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Aug 09

Posts: 2726

MarcusMarsh says:

Heated clothing

Slow news day MCN? 

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Sep 12

Posts: 52

Discopoo says:


I ride a wing with no heated grips or heated clothing, we are not all whimps?

Although, it doesn't come out unless it is above 10 degrees lol

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Oct 09

Posts: 223

ruxxy says:


have you got a heated clothing review in the archive at all MCN?

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Feb 12

Posts: 254

Titosfuneral says:

Wrong question

No. Heated clothing is for whoever can be bothered with the extra time putting it on. As a former diving instructor I am well aware of the effects of the cold in terms of physical and mental performance. The colder you are, the less well you can control your body and the worse your decision making skills are. Added to that, small thin people get much colder, much quicker. Or if you are riding a bike without a big fairing like a Goldwing, windchill will be a major factor. So if you need or want heated clothing.. use it. This question should really be turned around: The people who call heated clothing users wimps, are they stupid?

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Jan 11

Posts: 8637

snev says:

Whats "wimpy" about it?

Anyone riding in the sort of weather that requires heated clothing would be a fool not to at least try it.

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Sep 10

Posts: 1335

SatNavSteve says:

Plug and glow!!!

Theres nothing wimpy or funny about hypothermia! Its a fact that concentration slows when you are cold and we need all our wits about us on todays roads. If I had to use my bike for winter transport, I'd buy some tomorrow. A friend of mine has some heated gloves and they are far better than heated grips.

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Feb 09

Posts: 241

tris123 says:

could be distracting

if it starts raining and your electric clothing starts frying you!!!

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Sep 12

Posts: 212

domster says:

Heated Clothing

Us Geordies swear by it,so mcn, test it & winter tyres.

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Aug 02

Posts: 20

lany says:

I guess the person who said that would not have a heater in a car either or their home?

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Aug 02

Posts: 2769

spondonste says:

Strange question

Apart from the effectiveness what's the difference between heated grips and heated gloves? They're both designed to stop your hands from getting excessively cold and we all know that very cold hands leads to less dexterity, slower hand speed and so reduced bike control. Heated gloves allow for an effectively smaller glove bulk around your hand and so also aids rider control.

The bulk of full capacity riders choose not to ride through the harshest of winters claiming the cold and slippy road surfaces don't warrant it. Surely it's sensible for those that 'rough it out through winter' (as opposed to those who dive in to their heated cars when it gets a bit nippy) to make themselves more comfortable and safer?

Would you say that those who use cars through poor weather are wimps, cop outs or cheating?

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