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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-11-2007, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
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North in ALASKA- Cold Riding Gear

As in my pic, you have to be prepared at all times. This was when we rode our snowmachines in -40 degree weather from Tok, AK to Dawson City, Yukon earlier this year. And no that rig behind me is not an AK style snowmachine. It's the only means of transportation to Chicken and Eagle AK and Dawson, YN, other than snowmachines.

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As for riding in cold weather, we are hardy folks up here but not dumb.
If you are limited in what you can wear under your protective riding gear, I strongly suggest you find either Gerbing or Widder electric vests, pants, gloves etc. work best. I have already used them on my Busa this fall. (our temp is starting to come down)
Actually as I let go of one of my tourers this year, I've had to make adjustments to my riding gear and it has worked great. You can also buy anti-fog faceshields, decent long underwear, such as we use for snowmachine riding and good wool socks. (yes there are electric socks as well) DO NOT SKIMP on good cold weather riding gear.

Some of my fellow riders even ride in winter (stud their tires.)

Watch the black ice.


It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.
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great north....thanks...just wondering if you use overpants as well as well as the electrics.

I am already looking into the electric vests, and how to rig up the connection on the bike.
Thanks again for the information
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And if you were to plan on wearing a lot of electrically heated apparels, make sure that your bike's charging system can handle the extra oomph and chances are you'll need a heavy-duty battery too, or you'll find out real quick how hard it is to push start a bike when it's cold as hell outside.

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Electrics and Insulation Amps vs. Wool

Thanks for the update on the battery to power the electric gear. So far so good.

As for the overpants, I wear Joe Rocket all season synthetics, Icon jeans, synthetic long underwear or wool as it gets colder. The top is Icon synthetic jacket or a Joe Rocket when it gets real cold.

Summer I usually wear leather (Vanson, Hein Gericke, Joe Rocket, Icon)
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Yo Playful

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That trip was one hairy outing. We ended up holing up in Dawson City for 3 days as the town folks graciously put up all of our snowmachines in heated garages.

Check out the Trek over the Top web site. The trip is a blast.
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