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How to Stay Warm on Motorbike

During the colder months, the majority of riders like to park their bike. However, if you want to enjoy the experience of riding all year round, they are some pointers you need to keep in mind to make sure you stay comfortable and focused on your ride.

How to Stay Warm on Motorbike

During the colder months, the majority of riders like to park their bike. However, if you want to enjoy the experience of riding all year round, they are some pointers you need to keep in mind to make sure you stay comfortable and focused on your ride.

To help you with this, the following is a rundown of the top 10 ways we recommend to stay warm on your bike down at least into the 40's, though in some cases you can go lower. Here's a closer look.

1. Proper Interior Layering

It all starts with what you choose to layer up with. When it comes to what a rider should wear there are a lot of misunderstandings. Cotton is the first thing that we eliminate from the mix all together. Cotton ideally absorbs moisture and is not effective at wicking it at all. When moisture is sitting on top of your skin, it will steal your body's heat much faster than a bear would steal your lunch. So, leave it at home.

You need to invest in a good pair of silk, synthetic, or wool long underwear. Make sure that the first player of your undershorts is made from a similar material. Ditto on the socks. Also find a nice neck muffler made from a synthetic material to pull on after donning your jacket. Cold weather riders will appreciate the tube-type neck mufflers, and will soon realize the difference immediately in terms of how long the body can retain its heat using one.

Keep in mind that you don't need to add a lot of layers in the interior. As more layers are bunching up, we will hold less and less air. Since it's the air that stores heat, putting on too many layers would mean less air, and therefore less heat, which is not good.

2. Exterior Layering

If you will be riding in cold weather, chances are that you're planning to wear a full-coverage pants/jacket suit or combo. Although it seems like something obvious, quite often Mr. Leather jacket and blue jeans shows up to ride, typically shivering.

The best insulation for your head is a full face helmet. Anything else compromises the ability of the body to retain its heat. If you must wear an open helmet, these masks from Biker Grit are a good option.

What about boots? Well, full coverage boots that have some space inside to trap some air and therefore heat usually work best.

3. Heated Grips

Most manufacturers include heated grips as an essential add-on to their bikes. For those that don't, there are many third party installers and dealers that you can find online, who can fill that need for you. Since you lead and your hands are the farthest extremity that don't have much insulation with them, they are quite vulnerable to getting cold fast. Heated grips generally do a very good job to replenish the heat that is being lost, thereby keeping your fingers toasty and properly functional.

4. Heated Seat

A heated seat will primarily do two essential functions. First, it creates an upward channeling of heat towards the core of your body. This is a critical role because the blood that flows out to the extremities has to be around 98.6 degrees. When it's below this temperature, you might start experiencing flu-like symptoms in an hour or so of riding, and this should be your first signal to stop and warm up.

The seat heating function also has another function: heating the blood as it makes its way through arteries into your feet, legs, and toes. As a bonus, it will help to prevent the dreaded numbing.

5. Heated Gear

The last two we've mentioned are recommendable any day over a set of heated gear, but in many cases, a combination of the two is perfect. For example, the heated jackets usually heat from the sides, and the heated seat we mentioned is a sure way to warm the core. So, for those who get cold easily, the addition of a jacket will be a great add-on.

Ditto for gloves. In case you find that the heated grips won't cut it alone, you can complement their function with a pair of heated gloves. Of course, each of these devices draws power from your bike, and unless you're riding on a touring, heavy-duty mount, you can easily drain the battery. It's always a great idea to consult an engineer buddy or a dealer to determine exactly what your bike's alternator produces to see if it can handle all the warming devices. If need be, you can return your current alternator for more powerful rewind, or get an aftermarket alternator.

6. Heated Inserts

For those that only ride a few times during the cold months, warming inserts are a great option to effectively add heat to your body. They come in a wide range of sizes to fit your hands, feet, and some can be inserted into the jacket liner to help warm your core. In case a set doesn't cut it for you, you have the option of doubling up and adding some more.

From our experience, we advise that toe warmers can't keep up with the wind effectively, as they wick heat from your feet while riding at highway speeds. A much better choice would be full foot bed types - but one set might not get the job done based on your speed and distance.

Don't forget that the time you should kick in the heat is before you begin your ride. Do not wait until you start feeling cold, because then you will have to do a lot of catching up in order to go back to your normal body core temperatures.

7. Eat

Eating some food is a surefire way to warm up well. That's because in order to digest food, the body has to burn calories, and in doing so it creates heat. You should try it sometime. Don't have much for breakfast one morning, hit the highway for an hour at 60 mph and see how you feel. Have a normal or a larger portion of breakfast the next time and notice how it will take longer for your body to get cold.

8. Pace Yourself

One of the basic signals to pull out is when you start getting cold. Have a warm be very like a meal or snack to realign your body temperature. Riding cold is much more uncomfortable and makes you easily lose focus on the ride.

Taking a hike or a short walk is another trick that works well when you're getting cold. Walk for maybe a quarter to half a mile until the heat get going internally again.

9. Stay Dry

Keep dry by all means. As we mentioned earlier, water will steal heat from the body very fast. Staying dry will allow you to hang on to more of your precious heat for longer.

10. Get More Rain Gear

To break the wind and add an additional exterior layer, rain gear really comes in handy. Although it might not be raining, if you use it wisely, it can bring your core temperature up a few notches.

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