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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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TomRR

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TomRR says:

SNEV

All this heated gloves / heated  jackets & boots, double layer warm trousers, all this stuff is for girlie-puffs,,,, when it’s “cold & wet, icy & rain, snowing it down with freezing shitty sleet,


I quickly nip outside and pre-heat my car! Running it for about 5 mins seems to do the trick, I do find it a drag getting the wife out of bed to scrape the frost off this wind shield. Roll on summer and Sunday rides! Like most bikers do.. isn’t that so!
 

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snev

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snev says:

Thomas

How is Kuwait this time of year? !!!!

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Discopoo

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Discopoo says:

I'm with Snev

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Bob_1

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Bob_1 says:

Absolutely Not.

I had a couple of years of long-distance courier work back in the nineties when I was on a career break. I rode thousands of miles in all weathers on a Honda ST1100, including Plymouth to London and back one February (that's 500 miles) leaving home at 2:30am when it was minus six degrees. I was back at 9am. Goodness knows what the wind-chill was at 70mph. I wore a Rukka suit over my leathers and the only other aid was heated grips. If I could have bought a heated undersuit I would have worn one and this is not a wimp talking.

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philehidiot

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philehidiot says:

You're not a wimp?

Well I am.


And I don't use heated clothing.

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TomRR

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TomRR says:

SNEV

AAAHH Kuwait ,, during the day its about 14c dropping to the chilly temps of 5c  in the evening. Haaa

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Discopoo

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Discopoo says:

@TomRR

I tried that but the wife beat me up and someone nicked the car?

 

 

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bikerpete51

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bikerpete51 says:

heated clothing.

Depends how cold it is and how far you have to ride. Anyone who's ridden a few hundred miles at or below zero will know that any source of heat is welcome. For short winter journeys of say less than half an hour I'd say I wouldn't need any, but anything over that it would be welcome. Losing feeling in the extremities and feeling the onset of hypothermia is not pleasant and is difficult to detect as it creeps up on you unnoticed, like sleep. Bring on the heated aids I say!

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Bungle1078

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Bungle1078 says:

Most people with this idea do not ride in the cold...

Most people who say "heated kit is a pussy way out" do not ride when its cold. I know so many people who say that even heated grips are not "manly". HAHA

These are the people who only get there pride and joy out in the bright (yet short) summer. They would not dream of riding through the recent floods, the recent cold snap, let alone through snow. I have had the pleasure of all 3 in the last few weeks.

I dont have heated kit, but damn there are times when i think that I should. But 90% of the time my winter gear works a treat. Thermal water proof gloves and a pair if thise gloves that makes your hands look like a ninjas foot! (My wiife calls them my SPECIAL gloves) for those reallycold rides.

If you prefer to be comfortable riding in the cold then buy what you can afford!

But if you want to Not feet the grips, break, clutch etc. then please feel free to do so, but dont tell me that you feel more manly than me! you cant feel shit because you have the first stages of frost bite!

 

Im just to lazy to organise heated kit! If/when i sit down and decide i need it, im not having second thoughts!

 

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Piglet2010

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Piglet2010 says:

Nostalgia

Back in the 1980’s, I used to warm my gloved hands on the header pipes of my Honda CB400T during winter riding when the pain of the cold got too bad. Of course, that bike had no wind protection or heated grips, and I lacked proper gear also. After a 4 or 5 hour ride, I would be shivering for hours afterwards.

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