I am in no way ready to usher out Summer, but with Autumn quickly approaching and temperatures starting to get cooler, it is time to talk about cool weather riding gear. I want to discuss with you chaps, jackets, gloves, and face masks. All of which are available at K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) in many styles and affordably priced too.
We’ll begin with Chaps. Chaps are sturdy coverings for the legs consisting of leggings and a belt. They are buckled on over trousers with the chaps’ integrated belt, but unlike trousers they have no seat and are not joined at the crotch. Usually made of leather or a leather-like material, they are designed to provide protection for the legs from rocks, airborne road debris, and other menacing objects looking to make contact with us. Also on their list “To Do” is fend off the cool air. Many people opt to simply wear thermal underwear beneath their clothes, however this combination affords no increased protection. Chaps act as a barrier between the cool air and your body, preventing the cold air from penetrating our clothes, keeping the ride from turning miserable. Numerous companies offer chaps in sizes ranging from 3XS-3 to 5 XL so whatever your size, complete protection is available to you.
Keeping the theme of personal protection and warmth going, we are going to move onto to jackets. This topic has a ton of different styles to choose from, many featuring built in body armor, reflective piping and stitching for better visibility, and an enormous amount of storage. so we will stay the course and select a traditional leather jacket in the same design as the chaps. Again by choosing a leather jacket we are keeping out those pesky cool temps out and lessening the the blow dealt by anything flying through the air that decides to make contact with us. A good leather jacket can fit like your favorite pair of jeans, and make a huge difference in how your ride turns out. Besides, when has it ever been a bad thing to look good.Typical size offerings from most vendors range from small to 3XL, with a few making further extended sizes available.
What good is all that protection and warmth if your hands are freezing? The right pair of riding gloves are often overlooked because we respond with, “I’ll be fine, my hands are behind the fairing.” or “It’s Ok, I’ve got a windshield, I’m good.” Riding gloves are an essential part of any ride, regardless of the weather. Riding with cold hands is for the birds, and keeping your hands safe should be a top priority. Like many of the other components in our riding gear conglomerate, gloves are available to suit a variety of needs, depending on the weather conditions. Logic tells you winter weight water proof gloves are not the best selection for July in the Midwest. For the 50 Degree and above crowd, a good pair of Gore-Tex or waterproof gloves will do the trick. For those riding deeper into the season “Gauntlet” style gloves work well at keeping you warm and dry. A good pair of gloves should be high on every motorcyclist’s list. Make sure they fit properly so you get the most out of them.
Finally we round out our cool weather gear discussion with the beloved face mask, available in everything from a half mask to full on head and neck wear. The one you choose will be dependent on what part of the season you are riding in. We will stick to the Fall and talk about a full mask or head/neck coverage. In many parts of the country mornings are dipping into the 40′s and some 30′s so blocking that cool morning breeze is very important. Anything below 45 and I prefer the balaclava style because it keeps the neck covered, can be positioned to cover all the way to the nose, and has a hood as well. Colorful and humorous face masks are also at the ready from many companies ranging from clowns, skulls, scary faces, and even a crash test dummy. They are all tasked with keeping you warm while looking cool.
Fall riding allows us to experience sights, sounds, and smells that are beyond amazing. Don’t let your lack of appropriate gear keep you from enjoying those cool weather rides. K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) has the riding gear you need to enjoy Fall in America so contact them today.