Do you plan to ride your motorcycle year round? There was a time when only the diehards rode in the winter. However, with gas prices up, it may become more common. Since you will not have a heater blowing warm cozy air for your ride, you will need to find some winter clothing. Otherwise, when you are really cold your reaction time is likely to slow down, but your speed may increase as you try to get to your destination. That can make difficult driving conditions even more dangerous. What kind of winter clothing is available for riding motorcycle? Where do you find winter clothing for riding motorcycles? Does this Spark an idea?
1. Drive to the Aerostich Riderwearhouse if you are near Duluth, MN or call them to request a free catalog at 1-800-222-1994. Gerbing has eight dealerships in the continental USA that you may drive to if you are near or call them to request a free catalog at 1-866-371-HEAT (4328). Widder seemed to have dealerships in most states, or call them at 1-800-992-2653. These appear to be the only manufacturers of heated motorcycle clothing.
2. Look through your catalogs when they arrive to see what is available. For example, you can order a full body suit made out of protective nylon, along with electric heated vest, socks, and gloves. You will be able to make an informed decision based on how far and how often you will be driving in the winter, as well as how much you are willing to spend.
3. Measure your chest, waist, and inseam to identify the size. Look at the examples given of body type and find the one closest to your body type. Be sure to write everything down, especially if you won’t be calling right away.
4. Make a list of the items you intend to order. Include the catalog page number, item number, cost, and additional shipping and handling charges if applicable. When you call, you will be prepared. When choosing a heated vest, remember to order the connector for the motorcycle battery.
5. Call to order your suit, heated vest, heated socks, and gloves. You won’t be disappointed by how warm you will stay while riding in the winter.
6. Visit local motorcycle dealers for leather jackets and chaps if you won’t be riding more than a few miles. You can get a good idea of what is available and how motorcycle clothing fits you.