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November 20, 2013
Gerbing’s Heated Gear Keeps You Warm for the Ride
10 Ways to Ride Warm for Winter
Don’t stop riding just because it’s cold outside. Winter doesn't have to mean the end of riding season. Gerbing’s heated motorcycle gear will help keep you cozy, comfortable, and warm, for cold-weather riding.
Eagle Leather carries a wide variety of heated clothing from Gerbing’s, including: jackets, jacket liners, gloves, pants, pant liners, and heated insoles. We even sell a wearable battery pack—so you can stay warm in the winter elements even off your motorcycle.
Gerbing’s heated gear is known by riders everywhere as some of the best heated clothing there is, and its line of heated gloves is no exception. When weathering those harsh Washington Winters, Eagle Leather recommends a pair of these top-line gloves to keep your hands warm and ready to ride. Eagle Leather carries six styles of Gerbing’s heated gloves, ranging from $90 glove liners to $200 premium leather models. These gloves make excellent gifts for any rider and come in both men and women’s styles.
From your hands now to your legs, keep warm with Gerbing’s Heated Pant Liner. Made of durable, water-repellent Thinsulate insulation, these pant liners are wind-resistant and fit snugly and easily under your outer garments. The heating elements have a lifetime warranty as well.
While wearing heated hear is definitely the most effective way to stay warm on a winter ride, we’ve compiled 10 more tips for riding in the winter:
Layer up: Your base layer should keep warm air next to your skin while
wicking away sweat. Your top layer needs to be wind resistant, and
durable – like leather or nylon. When all layers are on, make sure your
movement isn’t restricted so you can ride safely.
2) Close the Gaps: Keeping your head and hands warm is the key to staying warm – that is where most of your body heat escapes. Invest in gauntlet-style heated gloves to seal the gap between your jacket liner and your gloves. Same for your head/neck area – seal the gap with a neck warmer or a balaclava.
3) Beat the Fog: A foggy visor can cause a wreck faster than almost anything. Wear a half-mask inside your helmet on top of a balaclava – this combo will allow you to breathe normally without fogging up your visor.
4) Keep your Torso Warm: A warm torso prevents frostbite on your hands by keeping the heart focused on pumping blood to your extremities instead of trying to keep itself warm. Use a heated vest or jacket liner form Gerbing’s, especially for longer trips.
5) Watch your Voltage: Check your owner’s manual to ensure your alternator can handle the additional voltage your electric accessories bring.
6) Streamline Your Ride: Direct chilly air away from you by adding a functional fairing. Depending on how tall your torso is, the height of the fairing you’ll need will change.
7) Don’t Ignore Your Body: Hypothermia can be deadly. Don’t ignore your body’s early symptoms like shivering, numb fingers and toes, and cloudy thinking – pull over at the next rest stop and warm your body up with a hot beverage.
8) Tire Smarts: If you like racing tires during the summer, switch back to regular street tires in the winter. They develop grip much faster at the lower temperatures.
9) Thin Your Oil: Use thinner oil during the colder months to improve your bike’s performance, especially during startup. Make sure to check your owner’s manual, however, some bikes only take one weight of oil, no matter what temperature it is.
10) Protect Yourself: Make sure your insurance policy allows you to ride all year long. If your policy requires your bike to be in the shed during certain months, you are not as protected as you think if you are on the road when you shouldn't be.