When you own a motorcycle, of course you want to be able to ride it as frequently as possible. However, here in Kentucky, the weather isn't always ideal for riding, but that doesn't mean that you can't still get out. Whenever road conditions are suitable for riding, meaning that your tires get good traction, bundle up in the right gear and you'll be just fine. Here's what you need to keep riding through the winter.
Quality, Not Quantity
When the weather gets cold, it's tempting to just throw on layer after layer to help you stay warm. Especially at high speeds, the wind chill can get straight to your core in a matter of minutes. Unfortunately, though, packing on too many layers can limit your range of motion, which is something that you don't want on your ride, particularly in potentially hazardous conditions. When choosing your cold-weather gear, focus on getting the best quality items you can rather than just loading up on the cheap stuff. Better gear will keep you warmer, and you'll need less of it to stay comfortable.
Choose the Right Materials
Leather is a classic standby for bikers, but it may not be your best choice in the winter. Although leather will keep you warm, it doesn't do well in wet conditions, like rain, sleet or snow. As the leather dries out after getting wet, it can get hard and start to crack, which is probably not the look you are going for. Instead, look for performance materials, like GORE-TEX®, to get the best results. Don't forget about armor in case of a fall.
Create a Complete Outfit
Whether you wear a riding bodysuit or separate pants and a jacket, don't neglect the accessories, including chaps, gloves, and boots. Chaps keep you warmer by adding an extra layer of insulation around the outside of your legs. The inside is left uncovered so that your seat doesn't get too bulky. When you are sitting on your bike, that area is covered anyway, so it doesn't need the extra insulation.
For gloves and boots, look for performance materials and gear that is made specifically for motorcycle-riding. Armored protection for your knuckles, wrists, ankles, and heels is essential. Make sure that the ones you pick fit snugly so that the cold air can't get in, but not so tight that they limit your motion or cut off circulation. You need to be able to feel your hands and feet to have maximum control over your bike.
Come on Down to Renegade Classics
Here at Renegade Classics, we have everything you need to stock up on winter gear so that you can keep riding. Swing by our new Lexington location today to check out our latest cold-weather inventory. Our associates will be happy to help you find the perfect gear to meet your needs.