Wind Chill Concerns
Even those who were born and raised in the cold may underestimate the severity of wind chill that bikers experience. According to calculations accepted by the National Weather Service, biking wind chill may be as low as 17 degrees cooler than the actual temperature. This means when it's 20 degrees, it may feel as cold as 3 degrees out! This is why many choose to keep their bikes off the road and in storage during winter months.
Staying warm on and off a motorcycle is all about layering. Motorcyclists should use three layers for warmth: base layers that fit snugly and cover the entire body, mid layers that are thick and soft (such as fleece), and outer layers that are windproof, to help reduce the effects of windchill. Those who are particularly sensitive should consider neck protection as well, with many opting for fleece neck tubes.
When body temperature drops, less blood circulates to extremities in order to preserve core warmth. That's why it's important to wear gloves in cold temperatures. Regular biking gloves may not do the trick, so it's best to splurge for a thick pair of winter gloves that still allow for flexibility and maneuvering on the road.
Every biker has their favorite pair of boots, but not all of them are winter-proof. Although the right pair of thick wool socks can go a long way, it's important to find a pair of boots without many open seams or other gaps. Finding waterproof boots is often a good way to ensure they will last through the winter, with the added bonus of keeping feet dry after walking through the snow.
The Right Helmet
A helmet is easily the most important piece of biking gear, but many don't consider how it will hold up in colder climates. In the winter, it's important to have a helmet that doesn't fog up and obscure one's vision on the road. The right wind-stopping helmet will prevent air from entering the bottom of the helmet and put bikers at risk.
When it comes to the right biking gear for the winter, it's not just about style and comfort; it's also about safety. For more information about finding the right, safe ride, visit our showroom or view our inventory online today!