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IT’S COLD – Winter Gear Hacks for the Adventure Motorcyclist

IT’S COLD – Winter Gear Hacks for the Adventure Motorcyclist


today’s episode is on winter tips and
tricks to stay dry and warm alright now we’re ready now we’re ready for winter
riding so here’s some conventional ideas and here’s some non conventional ideas
so to start off with always always always layers beat a thick jacket any
day of the week so having layers is a good idea a good thick winter jacket we
got layers so we got a thermal layer we have a waterproof layer and then we’ve
got the outer layer gotta have a rain jacket now one little tip about the rain
jackets some jackets have hoods and some don’t if you have the hood you can run
up into your helmet in that way the water doesn’t run down your back one
more layer let’s talk about if it’s really really cold so for me heated gear
is a great idea they’re thin you can always regulate the temperature you plug
in into the bike endless endless Heat don’t forget the gloves they also plug
in perfectly now let’s just say you don’t want to have all the heated gear
and all the wires and getting electrocuted when it leaks through so
here’s one more idea if you don’t have a bike with heated grips these are way
worth the time and effort to put on your bike so I suggest getting something
where you can warm up your hands even if they’re wet if they’re warm you’re much
happier ok now we’re getting down to the fun stuff let’s just say you go out on a
ride and then you realize oh shoot I didn’t bring the right stuff stop by the
store and you grab yourself some sporting good gloves or some ski gloves
now these work really well on the snow but on the motorcycle with the wind not
so much but to make these more waterproof pick up some heavy duty water
repellent spray or some kind of coating to put on the outside it’ll add a little
extra repellency if you don’t have a problem with budget buying it
really nice pair of motorcycle gloves of the winter not a bad idea and here’s the
feature I’m always looking for is right here along the finger they’ve got a
wiper so when you get all that water up on your shield you can just squeegee it
off just like a windshield wiper if you truly truly truly want waterproof
hands there’s a couple ways to do that you can get some nitrile gloves and
slide them inside now your gloves will be wet but your hands will be dry and
the thermal layer keeps you very very warm
of course the disadvantage here is your gloves are soaked through so if you’re
on a trip and there’s no way to dry them out you’re still gonna have wet gloves
in the morning another option is to put waterproof over your gloves this case
take your riding gloves so you have a nice thermal layer get the largest
gloves you can these are a chemical glove from a hardware store oversize
dish gloves will do the same thing this is guaranteed to keep your hands dry and
warm I do like warm feet if you’re looking
for something more conventional socks that have waterproof liners in them so
you can wear this in the boot or my personal favorite is the plastic bag in
a pinch you can go to a grocery store they’re a little bit thinner but they
work very well otherwise you get a little thicker bag I like this and it’ll
last you quite the trip when you get to the top to wrap the top if you’re lucky
enough to have some tape you can tape the bag on tight voila
easy waterproof boots you can also put bags over the top of the boot but you’ll
need to tape them in place so the wind doesn’t destroy the bag as you’re riding
down the road this is your new rain jacket now as you can see if I start
going down the road this is going to tear clean off of me and voila a great
option to go over your riding gear if you get surprised by the weather ok
sober dry now we need to stay warm find yourself a paper there we go I look good
once you put your jacket on nobody on the outside world’s gonna know what’s
going on so the last little tidbit I have for warmth is a hand cover this
one’s hippo hands and these go over the handlebars so as you’re on the bike your
hands slide into the controls and they’re completely protected from all
the weather the final part of this is just being able to see while you’re out
there when all the rain comes down and all the road grime is on your helmet
we’ve got issues so if you have a helmet with a pin lock system that’s a
wonderful way to keep the shield from fogging up on the inside but it doesn’t
help keep the rain from building up and all the road grime so you can’t see
conventionally you can use something that is designed to beat off water such
as rain X been using this for 27 years haven’t had a problem on a helmet yet if
you’re a plexus fan a plexus is a great cleaner and will leave a polished film
when you wax your motorcycle then wax your helmet take that same car wax or
bike wax and put it over the shield and you can polish it off and that will also
bead off be careful some of them have a Polish in Anna brain
in there take an old shield try it on the old shield make sure it’s not going
to cause a problem carrying some sort of a kit it allows you to keep your shield
clean while on the road without scratching it again if you go to the gas
station just grab soap and smear it on a lot of times you can scratch up your
shields so having a dedicated cleaner not a bad plan these are some of the
best tips I’ve come up with over the last 30 years and they kind of fit every
budget so whether you have a lot of money or you’re on the side of the road
with no money and no shops stay dry stay warm and share your tips in the
comments below thanks for watching send me some stickers for my toolbox

80 thoughts on “IT’S COLD – Winter Gear Hacks for the Adventure Motorcyclist”

  1. Good tips. Like the idea with the latex gloves to keep your hands warm. I generally try to avoid riding in the cold and rain, but may need some of the gear you suggested for a trip to the north of Nova Scotia next year. 

    Thanks for posting.

  2. Great vids, I'm binge watching and subscribed 👍🏼
    Cheap RainX substitute is a potato because of the starch.
    Shoutout to Ryan and Fortnine for that one.

  3. Love your work, my tip carry a small sheet of bubble wrap, maybe 2ft x 1ft great wind and thermal protection for your chest and more durable than newspaper. Keep them coming

  4. I'm Luis from Argentina but live in Guadalajara, Mex. Great videos dude!!!! one of the best of the net. I have an R1200 RT but still watch your videos. They're so useful. I've been riding for some years but never took a driving class till last year. A world of difference!!! going to Arizona and Colorado with friends next May 2018. Hope our roads cross some day!

  5. Don’t forget baby wipes for shield cleaning all season – cheap, fast and disposable. A cheap $10 balaclava (full head or just neck and nose) work great for warmth, especially in dual sport or dirt helmets that have huge pocket for cold to come in.

  6. The rain-x windshield washer fluid in a small spray bottle works for the face shield cleaning while on a trip, along with a microfiber towel.

  7. i used like a fully perforated leather in below freezing cause i didn't have money for a winter jacket and all I used was a old thin rain hoodie. It was still cold but I didn't freeze to death

  8. a light long sleeve synthetic wicking layer, smart wool 1/4 zip sweater and light fleece jacket under my adventure jacket works to freezing and lower. Gloves, thin silk liners and fleece liners if it's not wet. Otherwise, three finger gortex over glove in the rain. Don't forget the legs.
    Ride safe, ride warm, ride dry.

  9. How often do you have to re-apply that rain-x? I was a dummy and bought a less than awesome helmet, it fogs up so bad – I'm hoping that the rain-x would also stop fog on the inside.

  10. I need tips for keeping my feet warm. Seems I have poor circulation and my feet get really cold. I'm thinking of getting some heated innersoles or socks.

  11. Some good tips.  Garbage bag / newspaper / duct tape could save your backside in a pinch, kudos for mentioning that.  In my mind, hand covers are a must — and nowadays, I'm leaving my hand covers on year round, as mine also work sufficiently well, even loosely mounted leaving a wide opening for practically errorless hand re-insertion — even mounted 'loosely,' my hand covers work sufficiently well in keeping the rain out too, so I don't seem to be using my gloves' rain / Gortex 'coveralls' anymore.   … Regards sealing up body extremities with plastic/rubber, I dunno, traps perspiration, I believe, even in cold weather, leaving you with moist/wet feet/hands anyway, at least on a longer ride, doesn't it?  Could be wrong about that … Regards electric gear, it is magic — though for my hands, with hand covers & heated grips, I can go 80 mph down to 20F all day long with my more dexterous summer gloves, granted, I do take my fingers off the levers to grip the heat, and your hands can also be not so comfy at times temperature-wise, though definitely miles from frost bite, so anyway, definitely not the solution for everyone.  Good video, thanks.

  12. The opening? The plastic bag with duct tape? I have indeed done something like that when I was much younger! Funny to think about today…but not then. Yet today I always keep a spare roll of saran-wrap plastic wrap and wrap any exposed areas so..ha-ha!

  13. Love your vídeos! What about glasses? I don't tolerate contact lenses, and my glasses get awfully foggy at slow speeds…

  14. Those are actually some really good hacks! I was expecting something clever but not really applicable IRL, but these are really practical!

  15. Your hands will sweat in nitrile gloves, making them wet and more prone to get cold. Silk glove liners are thin and inexpensive and make a world of difference for warmth. Put the nitrile on over them for waterproofing.

  16. just take the car ,,,, no fun in being miserable cos your cold and wet ,,,, take a look over at diving gear too , ice breaker thermals are great

  17. Instant coffee packs to dump down your throat when no coffee is available. I keep one in all my jackets. Helps make the last 300-miles of a punishingly long ride possible when nothing is open.

  18. If your boots / gear get wet… I used the vent from the hot air drier at a laundry to dry my boots while drying my clothes – redirected the vent hose into the tops of my boots to get most of the moisture out…. Yes, the air is moist, but also quite warm and still able to absorb more moisture.

    I now carry a scarf all year round but have used T-shirts as scarves before.

  19. Great tips, thanks!
    Never had much luck with the pinlock for some reason.
    Had an older Bell M4R carbon helmet with really thick visor that never ever got foggy, switched to a new HJC RPHA-70 touring one and voila, fogs up in a place or two all the time.
    It's very hard to clean all the debris from the pinlock once it is removed from the helmet for me as well due to the soft plastic being a bit "sticky".
    Pinlock also scratches quite easily and you get that mirror image when driving at night. Truly hate it and still wondering why don't they make these thick visors for every helmet.
    Also the laminated waterproof gear is the way to go for comfort, way better than internal membranes for heat convervation in heavy rain in case you're too lazy to use the rain jacket and pants.

  20. Babywipes, for everything! Clean you helmet, the windscreen, your hands, rub them inside your helmet for it to smell better. Endless possibilities!

  21. that was useful. thanks! I have everything figured out but am trying to figure out a comfortable way to keep my neck and throat area warm. I ride at night in the SF Bay Area and the only place that get the cold wing is my neck / throat. What's a good way to shield me from cold wind? thanks! I wont be receiving notifications so I don't know what the point in posting this here is but if you really want to help send me a personal message through youtube. I should get that.

  22. A tip from me if you're running cold: Stop the bike, find some cover, do NOT take of your gear and pump some blood with excercises. Give it 10 min. and you'll be warm and good to go. Don't drive with cold hands and feet, because the cramps might inhibit you from reaching the controls

  23. Caught in the freezing rain? Hit roads with plenty of lights and use engine heat to warm your hands up, the steam is nasty but feels good. Or do what I did, watch your hands to make sure they are doing what hour telling them. Scary and unsafe. Best of all, get some good gear. Every year buy at least one good item. Always think snow and hard cold downpouring rain when shopping.

  24. hi there, tip from me. Use shaving gel , or "head &shoulders shampoo " when trying to avoid fogging of helmet shield. at first , cover the shield with gel/shampoo. Then take paper napkin and wipe it of till ita dry and clen . dont use any water. workt pratty well 😉 thx for you vids

  25. Wonderful video and great practical real world tips! I saw you started with a shmaug around your neck, but didn't mention it. I ride most days with a balaclava, and wouldn't go out below 40 degrees without it! The one comfortable to the individual rider is best, but personally I prefer the thin fabric, adaptable layers, and thermal fabric of the UnderArmour heatgear balaclava. Thanks!

  26. What is the point of waterproofing at the skin level?? Having a silicone underglove beneath a wet overglove is useless. Your hands will be freezing.

  27. No way. If you want to stay dry and warm, you must spend money on a good gear. I live in ushuaia, Argentina, and belive me, nothing goes well on freezeing temperatures, even wearing good stuffs. Just stay riding… stop to drink hot coffee, and go on… Great channel, dude! 😉 thnx

  28. I cant recommend nitrile gloves as liners. Just wearing those on a chill day in the lab makes them soaked through with sweat if you wear them for longer than a few minutes – after that then your sweaty soup full of multiplying bacteria will get plenty of time to work into any cuts and wounds you might have which will suck on any extended trip.

    If youre gonna wear nitrile gloves for an extended period of time its a good idea to have some sort of cotton/wool liner underneath to keep your skin dry.

    Anyways i just stumbled into your channel and as an aspiring ADV bike owner im enjoying your content.

  29. Instead of using tape on your “plastic layers” use velcro straps that can be found at hardware stores. You might be surprised how many motorcycle uses they have.

  30. For warm hands; I recommend heated glove liners under a pair of rukka (chamb 3) "lobster" gloves. Together with heated grips, they've kept me warm enough in low teen (F) temperatures for hours on end at highway speeds.

  31. even just having decent plastic shields on your hand-guards will make a surprising difference in warmth for your hands.

  32. You would be suprised the amout of time shaving cream has been a handy tool. Defogger, degreaser, windshield cleaner, marker, fun to prank fellow riders with too 🙂 oh yeah… And you can shave with it too 😋

  33. Disposable plastic gloves that you can find at service stations make great water proofing glove liners

  34. Newspapers under clothes is an old bicycle riders secret.
    I use my bike everyday with mostly every weather condition and have:
    One piece raincoat over my gears and a Dainese water proof gloves over my gloves helped me to keep everything dry.
    I get to the office, take everything off and jacket and pants are dry. Since the overall is made of plastic gets dried in a few minutes.
    But having all the rest not wet is priceless.

    And btw, always keep your under gloves inside the sleeve rims and the over gloves outside

  35. All good Tips and Tricks, some of them well known to me 😉
    One additional advise: For socks and underwear I recommend Merino Wool. It is very common used in the outdoors and bush craft scene. even when wet is keeps 80% of it insulation value.

  36. Great tips on cold weather riding. What do you think about ditching the car and commuting via motorcycle (budget only fits one option) year-round in the Seattle area? Main concerns are being seen and traction (rain, snow, ice). I live above 800 feet with no bus service as an alternative.
    Thanks

  37. The most effective and probably cheapest hand warmers are the $6.00 safety gloves from Harbor Freight. I have a pair in the largest size to fit over my regular gloves. They are completely waterproof, gauntlet length and have a "fleece" liner which allows them to slide easily over regular gloves. Mine are bright orange which adds a little bit to visibility. The only downside is I have to take them off a block before Starbucks to fit in with the rest of the posers!

  38. LMAO, this was fun!
    I've done the paper stuffing a few times, but after this video "Trash bag raincoat" is definitely on the list.
    I hope tourists at places will also gimme some money seeing that attire 😛 #gasFund

  39. Except the advice with the heated vest and gloves, i tried ALL the options. What I did, was go on ebay and bought british army goretex waterproof jacket and trousers to match.they cost close to nothing although made from goretex. They pack lite and I look badass on my varadero. Keep up the good work! Cheers mate!

  40. I've layered gloves before (leather gloves under winter gloves). Hands stayed warm(er) for a while, but eventually the wind cut through both pairs, plus I didn't like that it was so thick that it limited the dexterity in my fingers. I've kinda gotten past the cheap fixes and will now just invest in Barkbusters (Storm model) and quality winter riding gloves. I don't want to go the heated gear route, so I will pair those things with heated grips if I need additional warmth.

  41. Latex gloves under my riding gloves saved me many times! It really warms my hands.
    Also if you are not into pluging stuff to your bikes battery do like me, buy a usb charged heated grips. For emergencys they are great, just get a big powerbank 🙂

  42. I saw this video already after I just did 150 km with 0C degree and failure of heated grips, and all I can say now – HOLY MOLY!!! 0_0.

    Right gloves and something to keep feets warm (I'd think about chemical thermal insoles if you really need to do a short ride in those conditions) – is 90% of your comfort. Tested on me.

  43. Snowmobile gloves work well and are cheaper than motorcycle specific gloves, you do sacrifice the armor however.

  44. I just love the way that these lessons are completely analogous to martial arts. Every video I hear some tip that is very similar if not the same to the ones i give in my standup or weapons classes. Needless to say, I've been loving these videos, you are doing an amazing job! I may have seen all the videos in the past week. Keep it up, I've learned lots and I have lots to learn.

  45. Some sort of bubble wrap that you gear is shipped in can be used inside your clothes for insulation and it's practically free.

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