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post #11 of 24 Old 04-18-2019, 04:05 PM
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I guess we should define our terms. To me 'really cold' is about 25*F. I don't have heated grips or gloves. With the muffs I was very comfortable at 25-35*F with an old pair of Held Air gloves. Still air in an enclosed space is a wonderful thing.

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I think that for cold weather you can't beat a Tucano Urbano Gaucho laprobe and a pair of muffs.

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I was interested UNTIL I noticed the neckstrap.. I'll pass on tying myself to a motorcycle by my neck.. Looks like a sure way to break your neck or rip off your head in an accident.

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From the article (emphasis added):

"These things come with an assortment of straps and cables that allow for a well-customized fit. The lower portion is folded back in a way that is very similar to fairing lowers that used to be put on racing fairings, so leg coverage is really good. There is a strap that goes around the rider's neck to hold the lap robe well up into the rider's chest. The neck strap has a safety break-away to avoid strangulation or yer head poppin' off in the event of a get-off."

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I was interested UNTIL I noticed the neckstrap.. I'll pass on tying myself to a motorcycle by my neck.. Looks like a sure way to break your neck or rip off your head in an accident.
They aren't using triple stitched 2000 lb tie down webbing for the neck strap guys!

Have you ever ripped a shirt collar in half with your bare hands? Kinda' tough if you just Pull. Kinda' easy if you YANK IT!

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I think that for cold weather you can't beat a Tucano Urbano Gaucho laprobe and a pair of muffs.

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At one time I had thought about installing some snaps on the plastics, just in front of the radiator exit air. I could snap some Sunbrella fabric to, it would block some wind and direct that warm air over my legs. Sort of a wind deflector like the aftermarket ones people add to their Goldwings. The air that comes out of that hole is much warmer. I'd make it come back over my knees a bit & color match the bike. It's free heat that's being wasted. WHY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT HIS NOW? IT'S 70 DEGREES!

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The BMW RT's in the early 2000's had ducts in the fairing that directed engine-heated air towards the rider.

The weirdest damn thing I ever saw.

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They aren't using triple stitched 2000 lb tie down webbing for the neck strap guys!

Have you ever ripped a shirt collar in half with your bare hands? Kinda' tough if you just Pull. Kinda' easy if you YANK IT!
So true and the same would apply to a human neck. VERY hard to break by just pulling on it, but quite easy when as you say, "yank" on it.
I'll still pass on tethering myself to a bike by my neck, regardless of type of fabric used.

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The BMW RT's in the early 2000's had ducts in the fairing that directed engine-heated air towards the rider.

The weirdest damn thing I ever saw.
Gold Wings, and my old Suzuki Cavalcade had ducting. They were adjustable. With a set of Baker air wings, you were covered hot or cold!

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For me, in order of effectiveness:
1. Muffs
2. Heated gloves
3. Heated grips.

I have all three on my bikes, and if I had to pick only one for cold weather riding, it would be the muffs. Most inexpensive, too!

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After much use- muffs and Battery powered heated gloves - have solved my issue. That’s having ridden down into the low teens, for an hour plus at a time. have not wanted or needed grips.


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