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Old 02-08-2013, 05:53 PM #568
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:15 PM #569
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I was supposed to pick up and ride my new bike home today... That didn't work out too well... lol
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oh now I dont have a working car ill be driving to work in 33 degree weather. Cold doesn't bother me too bad really besides my hands. I need to order some heated grips asap. Any recommendations?
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I would get a heated vest before heated gloves.... Keep your core warm and improve blood flow and you may not need the heated gloves.

Look into gloves that cut wind well (last winter, I did north face glove liners, latex gloves over those, and leather gloves over those. Still had decent dexterity and kept nice and warm with not much of a wind chill factor.
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I bought the aerostich warm wraps for 40$. I wanted something that was easy on and easy off. I only use them 20-35* degrees. They take 5 seconds to install.

And no, sorry. A heated vest is absolutely not the answer to having warm hands in the winter.

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i was gonna say... a heated vest would in no way shape or form help you keep your hands warm. i could have on a damn 100 deg thermal vest electric thing and my hands would still be freezing cold and numb.
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I bought the aerostich warm wraps for 40$. I wanted something that was easy on and easy off. I only use them 20-35* degrees. They take 5 seconds to install.

And no, sorry. A heated vest is absolutely not the answer to having warm hands in the winter.
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Small digits like your fingers will be the first to get cold, and stay cold, even if your body is warm. Heated grips, heated gloves, or really good gor-tex gloves will be the best thing to keep your hands warm. I've rode in below freezing temps in my gore-tex gloves for hundreds of miles without issue, and they're thick enough to protect my fingers if something were to happen... almost so thick I can't feel the bars.
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Worked for me... My rebel has a VERY small power supply in terms of what I could run in extras... I had to choose between a heated vest and heated gloves. My hands were the only thing that got cold on the rides to and from work on the highway... I opted for the gloves. They couldn't combat the wind chill factor on their own. So I sold the gloves and went the vest route, after doing a bunch of research on the matter. Heated gloves treated the symptoms, but not the cause.

When your hands get cold, the general rule of thumb is to warm your core instead of trying to warm your hands. Increased blood flow, due to warmth, will in turn, heat up the rest of your body. I noticed a gigantic difference with my daily commute and will continue to follow that thought process until someone can show me otherwise.
Now with the CBR, I may get more heated gear, but I doubt i'll be riding it in the winter... I'd rather beat on the rebel in the cold and keep the CBR nice...
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What is your commute and temperatures like?

The only part of me that is ever cold is my hands. I can ride for hours in cold weather and my chest and legs will be fine. My hands are the most important since they're out in the open and control the bike. I realize that warming the core/ torso first is the more correct way to warm youself. But honestly I don't believe for a second that warming your core is going to keep your fingertips warm when it's 30* and your hands are out in the open.
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my commute was 30 minutes, 90% highway. Every day all of last winter. You had similar temps. There weren't THAT many super cold days, but they were there.
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Maybe you have better gloves or your bike buffets the wind differently. I have Weise Manx gloves and other than that, my hands are out in the open on both bikes.
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I ended up using nice leather skiing gloves. Hands out in the open. I also bought handlebar muffs, but I couldn't bring myself to actually using them... They were just too friggin ugly.
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I'm almost at the point of buying those myself. I think next year I'm going to spring for these. I'd also like to get a one piece suit, as dorky as they are, to extend my rain and cold weather riding. The cost of a stich suit is a bit hard to swallow but you can' beat zipping in and zipping out of a fully waterproof, truly all weather tested suit.

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I got mine on ebay for $20...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Motorcyc...df484fd&_uhb=1
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if im looking to spend about $400 give or take on a good set of boots for racing, which would any of you suggest? dont really know where to start but was looking at the gaerne boots

edit: or should i try waiting a bit for the new 2013 stuff to come out (any ideas when anyway)?

editedit: just found these. i think they look badass and are different too and i like that
http://www.compacc.com/p/Forma-Ice-Abraham-Racing-Boots
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:45 PM #584
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I love love love my alpinestar supertech R's they have protected my feet in two pretty high speed crashes, and are just fine. Same exact boots the motogp riders wear, and man are they comfy as hell. I can wear them all day no problems. Call TJ at riders discount and he can get you a really good price on them I'm sure.

In fact i'm starting to wear pretty much a lot more alpine star stuff, except for gloves, I sprang for the RS Taichi after trying them all on.

Oh, and my main body has no problem staying warm in around 30* weather, it's my hands that are cold as balls. And I'd really not rather use less protective gloves, these are the only ones I have, and I bought the best protection for my hands because of that. I'm on a FZ1 so not worried about using to much power... not in the slightest.
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And no, sorry. A heated vest is absolutely not the answer to having warm hands in the winter.
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i was gonna say... a heated vest would in no way shape or form help you keep your hands warm. i could have on a damn 100 deg thermal vest electric thing and my hands would still be freezing cold and numb.
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Small digits like your fingers will be the first to get cold, and stay cold, even if your body is warm. Heated grips, heated gloves, or really good gor-tex gloves will be the best thing to keep your hands warm. I've rode in below freezing temps in my gore-tex gloves for hundreds of miles without issue, and they're thick enough to protect my fingers if something were to happen... almost so thick I can't feel the bars.
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Worked for me... My rebel has a VERY small power supply in terms of what I could run in extras... I had to choose between a heated vest and heated gloves. My hands were the only thing that got cold on the rides to and from work on the highway... I opted for the gloves. They couldn't combat the wind chill factor on their own. So I sold the gloves and went the vest route, after doing a bunch of research on the matter. Heated gloves treated the symptoms, but not the cause.

When your hands get cold, the general rule of thumb is to warm your core instead of trying to warm your hands. Increased blood flow, due to warmth, will in turn, heat up the rest of your body. I noticed a gigantic difference with my daily commute and will continue to follow that thought process until someone can show me otherwise.
Now with the CBR, I may get more heated gear, but I doubt i'll be riding it in the winter... I'd rather beat on the rebel in the cold and keep the CBR nice...
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Superwarm gloves might keep your hands warm but not as warm as if you had the good blood flow to your hands that a heated vest would provide. When your hands get cold, your body takes that as a signal to reduce blood flow to the areas that are not essential to your life support systems (your vital organs in your CORE).
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Superwarm gloves might keep your hands warm but not as warm as if you had the good blood flow to your hands that a heated vest would provide. When your hands get cold, your body takes that as a signal to reduce blood flow to the areas that are not essential to your life support systems (your vital organs in your CORE).
I work as an EMT and I understand perfectly well that is the correct answer. However the real world is answer to use heated gloves. Put two riders against each other when it's 25* degrees and give one a pair of heated gloves and one a heated vest, all other gear being equal and see who lasts longer.
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light pair of gloves with latex gloves over that and then riding gloves over that and youre good to go. the latex gloves stop the wind,thats what i do for winter riding, no need for anything heated. i cant be plugged into the bike, too much of a hassle.
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ok so my chain on my r6 is stretched, im almost at max wheel displacement thingy (wheel is almost all the way back). should i:

1: buy new chain and then buy a chain breaker/riveting tool ($200 total give or take)

or

2: keep my chain and just buy a chain breaker/rivet tool and buy a new master link and remove a link or two? (total about $100)

seems to me like i should just remove a few links. any objections or reasons why not to do that?
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