Riding through winter?

TheNotSoBigCheese
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On 07/11/2016 at 17:36

Who here has put their bikes away for winter now then?

I ride all year, try my best to keep warm but no matter what I do I always get numb thumbs tips! The rest of me normally stays pretty warm though so I guess that's not too bad
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On 10/11/2016 at 18:23

Yip, Im afraid thats me done.......leathers all cleaned and put away smelling lovely.....lol.....so wish we had an aussie climate some times...

too much salt on the roads from now on as well.....
TheNotSoBigCheese
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On 10/11/2016 at 19:01

Ah the salt is sooo bad for the bike! Got the ACF50 but not had time to treat the bike yet, really need to do it over the weekend...
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On 10/11/2016 at 20:39

The roads up here are salted and gritted with red granite dust and its a pain in the butt, its on the roads for months.....I fancy getting a 2nd bike for the less sunny days, the gixxer's great for a day out for a blast, but if you fancy a wee relaxing ride locally i think a 2nd bike would be wiser......love the Ducati Icon Scrambler but i think my other half would kill me then divorce me if i mentioned another bike at the moment.....

On 16/11/2016 at 07:53

i ride all year round, to keep my hands warm last year i bought some of those heat warmer things abit bulky in the glove but if you can get use to it they work well, this year i have decided to get a 2nd bike just for winter something along the lines of a er500 or such like then a i can put away the zx9r
TheNotSoBigCheese
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On 16/11/2016 at 20:30

I wish I had a second bike for winter to keep my Tracer nice but I don't have space for one :-( I haven't been cold yet but give it a month and I'm sure it will be much colder then it is at the moment
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On 23/11/2016 at 09:56

Yep. I use my bike to commute to work a 40 mile round trip. So she'll take another bashing from the salt(unless Merthyr council run out again) this year. Heated grips and nice thick goretex gloves still fail on keeping my thumb and index finger tips warm.
Has anybody fitted handguards to their bike and do they make a difference.
TheNotSoBigCheese
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On 23/11/2016 at 18:37

My Tracer has hand guards on it and it does help to keep the wind off but tips of thumbs still end up completely numb! I have decent winter gloves and heated grips too. Not sure there is anything out there to stop your thumbs warm :-( Maybe heated gloves could work but I don't like the idea of them being wired in to the bike!
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On 08/12/2016 at 17:20

Hand guards and heated grips are a must! Putt muffs on that as well, even better (looks a bit shite, though...)

If you've got snow to negotiate you'll need knobblies as well.

My Tiger 1050 is still on the road but I'm damned if I get on it - far too cold with -5

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