Winter in the Midwest is unpredictable at best. It might be 65 degrees and sunny on a Tuesday, but it feels like 10 degrees outside by Thursday, not including the wind chill. So not only is it essential to have your motorcycle prepped and ready for the winter, but your riding wardrobe needs to be ready for anything! Riding in the winter can be fun, and we want to make the experience that much better. So let us walk you through the must-haves for winter riding!
Layers are a must
With proper layering, you will be able to easily move your limbs and be comfortable for any length of ride. A good base layer is typically made of soft materials that help retain body heat, and many of these garments are breathable to prevent overheating. Go with a long sleeve and a pair of high-quality compression tights.
Full face helmet
A must-have for winter riding is a full-face helmet. You will want to be extra protected from the wind and seal your helmet as much as possible to keep the heat inside. One of our favorite helmets is the Pilot 3-in-1 X04 Helmet. At the low price of $250, it's one of the Best Selling helmets on the market. The unique 3-in-1 helmet can be worn three ways, transforming into a full-face and half-face. While you might be partial to half helmets in the summer, a full-face helmet will give you more protection and warmth in the winter. The Pilot 3-in-1 gives you the options you want at a price point that won't break the bank. Don't forget a neck gaiter or face mask underneath your helmet to adding additional protection.
Talk about a good investment - Heated jackets, pants, gloves, and more! If you want extra warmth while riding, heated gear will do just that. Harley-Davidson offers options for both Women and Men. For women, we recommend the Women's 12V Programmable Heated Jacket Liner, which fits XS-2XL and is $245. Special features are the built-in temperature controller with three heat settings that control both jacket and connected gloves (sold separately.) For men, we recommend the Men's Heated One-Touch Programmable Plug-In 12V Pant Liner, which fits XS-3XL and is $295. Special features include a carbon nanocore heating system for fast, evenly distributed warmth through four heating panels - two knees and two lower legs.
Leather Jackets & Gloves
Depending on your level of comfortability, you may only want to wear a leather vest on top of your base layers and heated gear. However, if you want more protection from the elements, go with a leather jacket. Harley-Davidson's Patented Triple Vent System offers customized cooling and an enhanced comfort action back. You can spend as much or as little money as you want to keep yourself on the road in style. Not only are leather jackets practical, but they keep you safer on the roads, considering better quality of leathers will keep you safer in road accidents. The Men's H-D® Triple Vent System™ Rutland Riding Jacket has a canvas body with cowhide leather. Features include waterproof and seam-sealed, curved sleeves, and reflective piping. In order to maneuver safely, you need to protect your hands, and the easiest way to do that is to invest in a good pair of gloves. Gloves are an essential part of motorcycle safety, especially when it comes to colder weather. The Women's Vanocker Under Cuff Gauntlet Gloves are made for cold, wet, and dreary conditions. The glove cuff fits under your jacket cuff, creating a superior barrier against the elements without bunching.
Winter riding boots are a must-have for added safety and comfort when covering all those miles in extreme conditions. If possible, look for a boot with waterproof technology. This will prevent water from entering or passing through your boot to keep your feet dry and road-ready. The Women's Carlotta Waterproof Riding Boots have 360-degree visibility with reflective materials throughout. With a 6.25" shaft height, your ankles are protected, creating more stability on and off winter terrain. In addition, they are specifically designed to keep your feet dry and warm in colder temperatures.
You will experience differences riding your motorcycle in the summer and winter, but you will find something special in each of those differences. So grab your winter riding gear and hit the roads. United we ride!