While California isn’t known for frigid climates and driving rain, weather can feel pretty different when you’re riding a motorcycle. A morning chill can become much colder when you get up to highway speeds, so we’ve got a few tips to stay warm when the mercury drops, and Temecula Harley-Davidson® near Murrieta, Escondido, Riverside and Indio California has the right gear to keep you warm.
Dress for the Occasion
A waterproof outer shell is a smart investment. If you want to go all the way you can invest in a full body suit that doesn’t have any breaks, this is the best way to prevent frigid air from working its way into your outfit. If you’re not interested in making that investment, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got a jacket and gloves that fit together snugly with tightening straps around your wrists, likewise for your boots and pants. The key here is to layer everything to prevent the wind from stealing away your body heat. As common knowledge would dictate, layers are going to help you keep in your body heat as well, so a set of long johns underneath everything else isn’t a bad idea.
Water will help the wind steal away your body heat quicker than anything. Make sure that whatever clothing you’re wearing are waterproof, or, if necessary, hit them with a layer of scotchgard to help you shed some of the rain. One thing to keep in mind if you know there’s no way to stay 100% dry, is that cotton loses any of its insulating properties when it’s wet, so if you can find a way to replace your cotton with wool, you’ll be grateful when things get soggy.
The Right Bike Goes a Long Way
Nowadays there are a whole host of amenities you can equip yourself with to beat the frigid winter. The best touring bikes come with built in heated seats and handgrips, and if your bike doesn’t have these they can often be equipped as aftermarket modifications.Bikes with full fairing, or at the very least a sizable windscreen, will keep you much more comfortable. Hand guards can keep your digits from freezing as you cruise.
Technology is incredible
If you’d rather skip the expense of improving your bike, you can get heated riding gear from pants to gloves. Be aware that when you’re shopping for heated clothes, some have independent power, but some require plugging into your bike, so make sure your ride can accommodate whichever clothes you choose. A final option is to pack your clothes with the air activated hand warmers that are often used by skiers, tucking one in each glove and a few in your jacket will keep you toasty for a few hours.
So there you have it, these are some of the best ways you can beat the cold as the end of the riding season closes in. Staying comfortable while riding in the cold isn’t just a matter of preference, it can also be a matter of safety, so make sure you stay bundled up, and ride safe. The staff here at Temecula Harley-Davidson® are excited to help you find the right way to dress comfortably for your next ride, so stop on by our dealership in Temecula, near Murrieta, Escondido, Riverside, and Indio, California!