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MCN  says:

Does the inconvenience of wrapping yourself up for winter outweigh the benefit of riding?

Base layer. Heated vest. Jacket. Goretex. Socks. Boots. Inner gloves, then outers. Buff, or balaclava. Getting ready to go out on your bike in this weather often isn't the most straightforward task, if you're layering up against the cold. It's a lot of kit to wear, let alone to find somewhere to store and dry it all out again! Having to...

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Aug 02

Posts: 120

Robell says:

At the risk...

...of being branded a heretic, or worse, -  buy a scooter

As quick as a bike in traffic, better weather protection, no exposed mechanicals, 1/2 the fuel consumption

And really, who cares if it's cold & wet  - anything beats sitting in a little tin box going nowhere.

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Feb 09

Posts: 4781

philehidiot says:

Just buy

a jacket and trousers with a good thermal liner. Tshirt required in summer or winter.

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Jan 12

Posts: 10

Doctorferg says:

Just do it!!!

Wrapping up and feeling toasty in the cold and wet just adds another dimension to bike riding. i dont mind it

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Jan 10

Posts: 126

winter riding

Its not only about what you are wearing,its the deadly condition of the roads particularly down here in Devon were it doesn't get quite as bad as the rest of the country but its much more unpredictable and black ice is always a worry. I ride my NC700S all year round and layer up etc even in extreme cold and rain but once the roads deteriorate thats the time to dust the rarely driven car.

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Feb 05

Posts: 223

Bob_1 says:

It's worth it.

I don't mind winter riding, my kit is pretty good and keeps out the cold and damp much better that riding kit did years ago when we thought waxed cotton was state of the art. What I do mind is getting my bike all cruddy or salty, so the state of the roads is the deciding factor for me, not temperature.

Yesterday in Plymouth we had a rare weather event, a very thick layer of frozen hail stones which fell overnight. At 6:30am I ran my wife to work in her car which has winter tyres and managed to get safely home. Sensibly there were no bikes about. Half-an-hour later the city was gridlocked, caused by a number accidents and some road closures.

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Aug 02

Posts: 13

paulfielding says:


What a ridiculous question. Are you asking if it is inconvenient to put on motorbike riding clothes?

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Aug 02

Posts: 2323

Hedgehog5 says:

I wear the same GTX jacket as in summer (but with the lining in & vents closed)... I wear the same GTX over-trousers as I use in summer if it's raining (vents & Lining as before)... same GTX boots... so the only real difference is the gloves, an extra windstopper neck roll & a windstopper jumper. -6 & still warm on a naked bike with heated grips. If the extra clothing stopped me riding in winter it would stop me riding full-stop.

Technology has thankfully moved on from the necessity to look like the Michelin Man.

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Jan 10

Posts: 126


It was chaos down in plymouth I was listening to radio devon I bet you were glad you were in a car. I am up in Torbay which was crazy as well. I rode my bike into work and luckily just missed that hail storm.

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Sep 12

Posts: 52

Discopoo says:


I look like the michelen man no matter what I wear?


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Aug 04

Posts: 31

Chrisec87 says:

Trial and error

Finally I have found the best winter kit combo... I wear my usual summer leathers (no lining), back protector and either a t-shirt or work shirt underneath. Over the top a 2 piece waterproof suit whether its wet or not, and gloves - thats it.

Bought myself a Piaggio MP3 250 as a winter hack, 69mpg and all the benefits as mentioned earlier. Nowt wrong wi' a scooter this time of year.

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