So last year I was freezing my ass off riding to school and back (about an hour each way) when it was in the 40s (its texas, it aint the coldest weather ever, but im on a motorcycle with no wind protective fairing)
Didnt have a whole lot of money last year because I just got the bike and I spent the brunt of it on a good helmet (Shoei RF-1000) and my leather jacket:
The jacket is pretty warm. I wanted something that didnt look crazy/outlandish as I wanted to wear it to class and not look like a 'tard. This one looks like your basic leather jacket, although it does have armor so it makes my scrawny ass look a little buffer:p
And I had these gloves:
They're not full leather, so after an hour in 40* weather you can barely feel your hands. They're also a small, which is the same size as my A* summer gloves, but these are wayyyy to small for me. Between the thumb and pointer finger it comes up about a half inch too short, so when I'm riding it puts all the pressure on my thumb because the handle bar is pulling the gloves back, after about 30 minutes it really starts to hurt. But that was another $100 that I didnt want to spend again.
If you know anyone with small hands, these are for sale :)
Now on to my new toys:
Was browsing the clearance section of kneedraggers when I should have been studying and came across these:
They were in my size and they were $50 off retail (Which for A* gear is really hard to find!). So I got them. So I'm now out $88 and I didnt get my hw done...lol. I got these in today and put my new soles in them (see below) and they are EXTREMELY comfortable...i mean very, very comfortable...more so than any of my other shoes. Fairly light for a boot, and I'm not used to walking around in boots. They are a little tall so they do affect my walking a little bit as they dont allow much ankle movement (which you dont want ankle movement in a moto boot anyway). Best of all, like my jacket, they dont look outlandish as some of the other moto/space boots out there do. Not going to get mixed up with storm trooper boots.
I've been wanting some heated socks or something, read a few reviews and heard they all suck unless you're wanting to spend $100+...no thanks, not this year at least. Came across these:
Cheap and interesting, got em in yesterday, wore em around the house for about 30 minutes and they got pretty warm. Not hot, but def. better than nothing. Only bad thing about them is they are THICK! But theyre really soft and comfortable to walk around in. I wore them all day today (not plugged in) and they seemed to get more comfortable. Theyre really not bad at all walking, actually really nice, its the sitting down part that i started to feel the thickness pressing the top of my foot into my boot. But nothing unbearable, just slightly uncomfortable. Unfortunately, my carburated bike decided it didnt want to start with morning (First time thats ever happened...kept trying to the battery was dead) so I couldnt test them out.
They do use 8 C batteries and they say they last about 12 hours. It looks like the batteries are all wired in series which would make 12V, so im going to test that with my meter and if it is, Im going to see what happens leaving them hooked up to a 12V power supply for an hour. Im hoping I can just wire them to my battery on my bike, no need to buy batteries and maybe make em a little warmer as well.
Also ordered these universal heated grips:
Got them in today, seem interesting enough. Hopefully I can get them hooked up tomorrow. Look EXCELLENT quality and come with a very nice switch as well. I'm excited.
Last but not least, my new replacement gloves!
I went from a small to a large (decided to skip medium). Ordered them from a shop and they are there, have to pick them up tomorrow am. Full leather construction so they should be warmer, and hopefully big enough to fit a thin liner if i need it.
Last thing I want to get is something like this:
But I'd rather have something a little bit more windproof than neoprene.
I have an under armour thing that covers my whole head, but my helmet fits too snug to wear that thing for more than 30 minutes without getting a huge headache and its THIN. So I'm just looking for something for the bottom half of my face.
Hopefully I'll be able to take my bike to school tuesday and ill let everyone know how good this stuff actually works!