Winter riding

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Winter riding

Postby ColinNicol » Sat May 02, 2015 4:27 pm

Thanks for all the information on this site! With winter now here it was great to read about the dry gear. Winter here in New Zealand is not that cold, but frequently wet. I own a 1986 Goldwing which my wife and I bought for the huge sum of $4500 NZ, awesome machine two up and very forgiving. We both are amazed by how much rain the fairing keeps off and the general comfort of the bike. Can't wait to get out some more.....

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Re: Winter riding

Postby seelyark1 » Sat May 02, 2015 7:08 pm

Now that the weather here in tha Northern Hemisphere has started to warm up so many can ride, it is now the time for you "Southerners" to have the lousy weather. Hope your winter is not as miserable as it has been for some of the "Northerners" here. Ride safe and have a good winter. :)
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Re: Winter riding

Postby redial » Mon May 04, 2015 9:13 pm

Hush up Colin Nicol, you dont have to tell the Northerners that it sometimes is a little cool. Good to see though, that you are braving the 'unseasonal and unusual' weather :D and making sure your GW keeps you and your SO happier and drier. 8-)
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Re: Winter riding

Postby Earl43P » Thu May 07, 2015 10:12 am

My advice for winter gear is pretty simple, polypropeline base layer(s) + waterproof = warmer.

Spend the $$ for truly waterproof gloves and boots. Return them if your hands/feet get wet.
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Re: Winter riding

Postby robb » Thu May 07, 2015 10:39 am

In our area it rarely gets below 20 degree. I have a First Gear 1 piece riding suit that is comfortable in 20-30 degree with only a light shirt and shorts. Any more and you will sweat. 100% waterproof and still comfortable at 60 degree. Temperature is not an issue as long as the sun is shinning.

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Re: Winter riding

Postby ColinNicol » Thu May 07, 2015 10:48 pm

Found Rain X works great on the windscreen, even when it is very heavy rain. Luckily it is stil not cold, not even a frost yet.

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