Do you ride in winter? The mountains change their color. Perhaps there is snow, the sky is clear. Sometimes it's a nice change to enjoy a different view from the one you're used to the rest of the year. Those of you who aren't suspending your motorbike insurance will find some useful tips to avoid suffering the cold.
1. CHOOSE YOUR ROUTE
Always think about the route you're about to take. For long trips on the highway you'll have to cover up well, or you'll get a lot of air in your face, as you're usually stationary on your motorbike. If you plan to ride on light offroad stretches or especially actively, it's best to dress lighter – your concentration and effort will make you sweat. In this case it's best to bring a warm layer with you for when you stop.
2. MEMBRANES SHIELD YOU AGAINST THE COLD
Garments with membranes, Gore-Tex or D-Dry, not only keep the rain at bay, they are also very efficient at keeping the wind out. That's why, even when the weather is good, it's important to take a good rainproof kit with you. It can be a great extra help in protecting you from the extreme cold. To avoid uncomfortable drafts of air, remember to always attach your jacket to your pants via the zip at the waist.
3. WHICH WATERPROOF GARMENT DO I CHOOSE?
There are two types of waterproof garments: laminated and with a removable membrane. The laminated ones guarantee the best insulation against the elements. The membrane is coupled with Cordura, which makes it a real shield against air and water. The result is a totally waterproof garment that doesn't get soaked. Garments with removable membranes are more versatile as the Gore-Tex layer can be removed for warmer days. The air vents allow for heat exchange, making the garment suitable for all seasons.
4. WARM HANDS
Gloves can really make the difference and even be the determining factor in whether you'll have a good day or a bad day on your motorbike. As with the rest of your body, the waterproof membrane is essential for facing winter weather. There are various waterproof and cold proof models available. The adventure gloves guarantee great handlebar grip, as they are not padded, whereas the leather they are made of is abrasion-resistant. The road models are made in Gore-Tex and are padded, for perfect insulation from the cold.
5. EVEN WARMER HANDS
Hands are the first part of the body that feel cold temperatures, especially if they are not covered in some way. Heated handles are commonly used. Another alternative is mittens, which keep the air out exceptionally well and allow you to ride with summer gloves. A combination of the two is perfect for those who are always cold.
6. IN TECHNOLOGY WE TRUST
Pay attention to your materials. Cotton is not breathable and it keeps the humidity in contact with the skin. Base and middle layers made of technical materials are created in such a way to release moisture from the body fast and they dry quickly. The Dainese range has various insulation levels to choose from, for extreme comfort from 0 to -20°C.
7. PROTECT YOUR FACE
Take care to insulate your face and neck. There is nothing worse than having drafts of air sneak into your helmet when your neck is not well covered. Wearing a balaclava under your helmet can make a huge difference. AGV helmets have customizable insides depending on the season: a reversible crown pad and chin guard made of two different fabrics, a shorter one for summer and a longer one for winter.
8. TWO ARE NOT ALWAYS BETTER THAN ONE
Cover your feet well. One pair of quality socks is better than two pairs. Wearing two pairs could slow down blood circulation in the feet and cause undesirable consequences.