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Winter riding tips, techniques and what works for me

Given as it was snowing this morning, I thought a thread on winter riding might be appropriate.

I've been riding in winter since 1982, just so you know. My personal temp record is -15 F to and from work.

Personal gear I use has varied somewhat, but am now down to a Widder electric vest and chaps I bought in 1985, Aerostar boots, a pair of snow pants, a US Navy pullover that is scary warm, my usual riding jacket and my rain jacket top, to cut the wind. Plus various sweatshirts and long undies, depends on the temp and length of ride.

Were I to tog up today, I'd go with an electric jacket (or vest with sleeves), the rest works out well enough not to want to change.

The bike gets: Hippo Hands, heated grips and seat, winter covers for the radiator outlets, extra air wings to direct air away from my legs, and I am going to try a second battery in a spare left saddlebag, just to give a bit more when the temps are below 0. Thinking of a U-1 lawn tractor battery, though I have another GW battery on the shelf, too.

If finances permit, a sidecar will be Really helpful on those snowy days. I've had in the past, and t'was like a street legal snowmobile.

Those are what I do/use, what are your techniques and ideas??

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P.S. I've already been called crazy, a couple (dozen? hundred?) times.

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I leave and go to California. ;-) Actually, I live in Northern Kentucky, just south of Cincinnati. The winters here allow for some riding days so I wasn't planning on winterizing my bike. I know this isn't a riding question but I don't have a heated garage. I was wondering if I keep a full cover on it and a ceramic heater under it, would that be enough so I call pull it out and ride 3 or 4 times during the winter months?
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When I lived in Michigan. I wore Carhart;s arctic wear . and a pair of mitten's from Cabela;s never had a need to dress beyond that. I bought them to fit over my every day riding gear so if I was to stay indoors I could step out of it until it was time to saddle up again. Never quite got the concept of putting a bike up for the winter.
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I can't contribute to the OP because I put my bikes up for the winter in Vermont because like most folks, I live on a dirt road which in winter becomes hard-packed snow and ice for many months. Once spring hits, they become rut-filled mud pits. Bad enough trying to drive a car on them! Have a safe winter and I hope you don't get another Polar vortex.

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I can't contribute to the OP because I put my bikes up for the winter in Vermont because like most folks, I live on a dirt road which in winter becomes hard-packed snow and ice for many months. Once spring hits, they become rut-filled mud pits. Bad enough trying to drive a car on them! Have a safe winter and I hope you don't get another Polar vortex.

Speaking of polar vortices, I hear that nothing has moved up there since last winter so we're in for more of the same.
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winter riding is fun

Here is pic of last year. Heated jacket and gerbing gloves.
As long as there is no ice or water on the road I will go.
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For you hard core winter riders, here is a book I highly recommend. I hosted Dave for a number of talks where I work. He is a great guy and without question one of the toughest guys I have ever met. His accomplishments are amazing particularly when you consider the bike he rode and the fact that he has prosthetics on both legs as a result of a war injury. He is in the AMA Hall of Fame.

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I used to ride my Yamaha 125 Enduro at Kotzebue, AK in the winter. Once the temps get down close to -20F the snow and ice really isn't all that slippery. We even used to pull a dog sled behind it when going to the village for groceries. That was the only motorcycle I've ever had that the woman who hangs around here would ride on her own. She didn't mind flying my C170 or Pacer but she's never been enamored of riding a bike.

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The Blackbird is pretty happy living in the garage during the winter.

But...to those who ride in cold climates year 'round...my helmet's off to ya.

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