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45 minutes at 40 degrees is just normal full face helmet with pin lock visor and ear plugs in the vent holes. Neck gets a poly sock that tucks into the helmet and leather jacket. Hands get good gauntlet gloves to keep air flow under control. Modern poly sweater under the leather for the core. Jeans and chaps for the legs and boots that tuck up inside the chaps. Don't really need any heat or other exotic stuff. Just control any air flow that carries your body heat away.

Below 32-35 degrees you'll need another level of protection. Cold just starts seeping through the above gear and takes the fun out of it after 30 minutes.
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Doesn't it rain in America? British riders don't wear chaps because getting a wet arse is nasty, and British winters are ALWAYS wet.
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Doesn't it rain in America? British riders don't wear chaps because getting a wet arse is nasty, and British winters are ALWAYS wet.
If there's precipitation here in the winter, it's usually snow. I usually avoid riding during precipitation in the winter. Once the roads are clear and dry - even if it's cold - then I am good to go.

If I get surprised by precipitation in the winter, the rain pants fit over my chaps.

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Loosely I say:

80°F+ I'm in mesh gear.

60°-80°F is glorious.

50°F+ I prefer an open face helmet

40°-49°F I change to full face and start to depend on wind blocking (windshields/fairings/lowers).

30°-39°F I add some heated gear if I'm going to be out for any length of time (more than 30 minutes at a time).

20°-29°F It starts to become too much work. Tires to hard, layers too big, etc. Besides I have a bitching Jeep with heated leather, SatNav, and an awesome Alpine speaker system.


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Doesn't it rain in America? British riders don't wear chaps because getting a wet arse is nasty, and British winters are ALWAYS wet.
F worrying about your butt, I hate a cold and soggy crotch.

Not to mention I learned years ago the as you approach freezing chaps allow cold air to start to feel like little needles in your crotch.

I gave them up as soon as I wore my first ballistic nylon/cordura or other textile motorcycle over-pant.
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Just a note: regarding pinlock shield liners. Returning home Stateside last winter from London, Ontario with my new Shoei RF1200FF and pinlock liner I faced drizzle and light rain and temperatures approaching 30F. The run is typically 2 hours duration and at about the 1 1/2 hour mark I started to get some fogging. Apparently the pinlock had reached saturation point so I cracked the shield a wee bit and the increased air flow allowed the shield to keep up. These were probably severe conditions and many may never experience what I did. That being said, the pinlock is an incredible piece of equiptment, one that I’ll not be without. *****(5 stars)
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Looking for good clothes for winter riding, I really don't want a windshield on my sporty so I'm ready to invest in some good gear.
Snowmobile suit. By Firstgear. Ive had mine for over 10 years, I used it everyday for several years. Even sub zero was toasty. Be advised, if you want to wear armor or dead cow underneath, get a size bigger, and be prepared to roast going down the road, even when its in the 20s.

https://www.amazon.com/Firstgear-The.../dp/B00E4YRMSQ

Overshoes: NEOS are made tough and mine are over 10 years the bottoms are a t worn form skidding on the pavement, still waterproof.

Gloves: I have electric gloves that use 9v batteries. I carry one set on me, and one set in the gloves. Had them so long forgot the name.
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“45 Brit” mentioned the “Hippohands” earlier. I have a set from back in the70’s, a heavy vinyl outer with a thick fleece inner.. they are slotted for your mirrorstems and Velcro to attach to the handle bars. If your mirrors are flipped you have to reverse them. On a naked bike you may have to stuff something into the velcro secured inside end after they are mounted, you can get a little draft. I don’t use them too much cause the problem I have is if I make multiple stops for more than a few minutes they chill out inside and suck the warmth from your hands quickly going down the road. I always recommend taking your helmet and gloves, along with the hippohands inside when you stop, keeping them warm inside can be critical on longer jaunts. Start dressing a few minutes earlier than normal and by doing so you can feel the internal heat building up even before you depart. Any extra heat taken outside with you just keeps you a bit warmer going down the road. Also, concentrate on your core temperature, the warmer your blood is to your extremities the better off you will be. Also, a bit of a warning, when you rely of electrics you could be in for a rough row ahead should they fail for any reason. Always pack an extra layer with you just in case! A revelation for me some years back was riding 2 hours over nearFlint and buying my Tourmaster Caliper riding pants, armored with thin insulative liner. I had worn leather chaps out there,( and always had noted the terrible cold on the hips and crotch area. I bungled the chaps to the back of the bike and marveled at how much more comfortable my legs and crotch were with the riding pants. Life has been good ever since. I also always pack a GOOD rain suit and can add it if I get too uncomfortable. Really cuts the wind and will add 10-15 degrees more heat savings.

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Back in the years with poor riding gear,an emergency solution was to be packed with news...Newspapers under the leathers;at knees,chest,crotch.And a bottle of spirit to combat frost on googles...Once a cop stopped me,because he saw the bottle sticking out of my jacket and asking me if this is my way to warm myself...I said,don t need it,because I have a big cast apartment heater radiator in my sidecar.Fliping aside the cover caused him a bit of dropped jaw,and I was good to go...he-he.
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