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Top 5 Tips to Stay Warm on Adventure Motorcycle Rides

Top 5 Tips to Stay Warm on Adventure Motorcycle Rides


– Hello, everyone. I am Chase here at Rocky Mountain ATV MC. And today, we are sharing
with you our top five tips to stay warm during cold
weather adventure riding. All right, so today we
want to share with you our top five tips to help you stay warm if you’re dual sport adventure
riding in cold weather. Now, for us at Rocky
Mountain, we try to plan our trips during the
warmer times of the year, but we’ve definitely had our fair share of adventure rides in
some pretty cold weather. And I’ll tell you from
first hand experience that if you are not prepared for it, it honestly becomes more about survival than just having fun on your
motorcycle at that point. You also gotta keep in mind
that on adventure rides, especially for us here in Utah per se, you know you’re gonna have big climbs and big drops in
elevation, and you can see big changes, big drops in the temperature. And also just depending
on the time of the year, it could be really cold
in the morning time, maybe warm up in the afternoon, but then as soon as that sun
goes down in the evening time, the temperatures can drop quite a bit. So you definitely want to be prepared. So that’s what we’re gonna do is give you our tips to help you stay warm. All right, so tip number
one: it’s gonna be layering correctly. This is probably the most important part when it comes to staying
warm on adventure rides. Now, I have a video
where I talk about this in full detail, but
today I’m gonna keep it short and sweet. So you’ve got three layers. You’re gonna have your
base layer, your mid-layer, and then your outer layer. So your base layer is gonna
be your next of skin piece. It’s gonna fit a little bit more snug, and the purpose of the base layer is to wick away moisture and keep you dry. So typically, these are gonna be made from polyester or nylon or
really high quality merino wool. Now merino wool, I get
asked about that sometimes. How is that a good base layer? Well, merino wool has two
really good properties that I love so much about it. The first is that it wicks moisture well, and also it keeps you
warm even when it’s wet. And what’s great about it is
it’s antimicrobial naturally so it helps resist odor
even if you wear it for one or two days at a time. It does a really good job. So that’s gonna be your base layer. Wick away moisture. After that, you’re gonna
have your mid-layer. Now mid-layer’s gonna be a
little bit more loose fitting. You don’t need it to be super tight. And it’s job is to trap heat,
and keep you warm inside. Now with mid-layers,
typically you could see these made out of down. Some are gonna be maybe
fleece-lined or wool. And you just want to make sure you have a good quality mid-layer, and
that’s gonna help you out and keep heat trapped inside. Once you have your
mid-layer taken care of, now you’re gonna have your outer shell. Now keep in mind, a lot
of adventure jackets already have a thermal liner built in so that would take the
place of your mid-layer. So if your jacket
already has one of those, you don’t need to stress too much about having a mid-layer. So just like with this
ARC Battle Born jacket, it has a zip-in thermal liner so that would take its place. But you want to have a good outer shell, one that’s going to block the wind, and one that’s going to be one
hundred percent water proof. So if you do get caught in some rain, you’re gonna stay dry. If it’s cold and windy,
that’s gonna block the wind and help you out as well. So that’s gonna be my first tip is you wanna make sure,
absolutely crucial, that you layer correctly. All right, so tip number two:
it’s gonna be heated gear. So if you’re daring enough to ride in those really cold temperatures and you want to make sure that you stay warm and comfortable, I’m gonna say that heated
gear is a must have. Now, we have heated gear
from several different brands to choose from. And we’re gonna have you
covered from head to toe. We have your jacket
liners, your pant liners. We have socks; we even
have soles for your boots. And also your gloves as well. Now when it comes to heated gear, you’re gonna have a couple
different options to choose from. You’re gonna have some
sets like we have here with this First Gear
set-up that’s gonna run off your motorcycle’s battery. And it’s gonna have a heat controller that you’re gonna use to control the heat once you have everything set up. You just want to keep in
mind, you want to make sure that your stator has enough output to run this heated gear. You definitely don’t want to get caught with a dead battery. But First Gear, we
actually have a great video that shows you the whole
setup and how to get everything rocking and rolling. The other option is we have heated gear that is actually ran by
rechargeable batteries that are going to last about two hours. You can pick up extra
batteries if you want to to make sure you’re not gonna run out. But what’s nice about the gear that has rechargeable batteries is
it’s a way to keep you warm when you’re off the bike. So if you’re done riding for the day, you’re gonna set up camp or make a fire or maybe just get to your hotel room, it’s gonna allow you stay warm
when you are off the bike. So you’re gonna have those
two different options. Now when it comes to heated gear, it can be expensive if you’re trying to get everything all at once. So if you want to start out small and work your way up,
the first piece of gear that I would highly recommend
is either going to be a jacket or a vest. Keeping your core warm is going to help to keep the rest of
your body warm as well. So for us on our adventure rides, if we’re packing light but we’re still anticipating some cooler weather, we’ll just take a jacket
or a vest with us. What’s nice about these you can see, they pack up nice and small. They’re light weight so
they’re easy to take with you. But that’s gonna be my
second tip is heated gear. All right, so tip number three: it’s gonna be all about
keeping your paws warm. And one of our must have accessories for cold weather riding here at Rocky Mountain is going to be grip heaters. These are inexpensive;
they’re easy to install. And once you have them, you will wonder how you ever got along without. I am not a fan, pet peeve of mine, I do not like cold fingers. That is why my bike,
along with all the other adventure bikes here at Rocky Mountain, we all run the Tusk Grip Heater Kit. Like I said earlier, very easy to install. And what’s nice about these is you have two different settings, a low and a high. And you have a switch to control that. Now, what we have found at Rocky Mountain is that the low setting works really well for your thinner gloves. Even all the way down to your dirt glove. So if you’re wearing that kind of glove and it’s not too cold outside
but you want some heat, that low setting works really well. And then you want to flip it up to high, that’s going to be for
really your thicker, cold weather adventure gloves, maybe gloves that have insulation. The high setting works really well. Now, when you couple those grip heaters with a good glove and some handguards to block the wind, you’re gonna do a really good job of
keeping your hands warm. So we all run full wrap around handguards here at Rocky Mountain. This is our Tusk D-Flex Pro,
one of our best selling, most popular handguards. But for those really cold,
those extreme conditions when we want to block as
much wind as possible, ’cause really blocking
wind, you’d be surprised how much warmth it’s
gonna add to your hands. We will always take with
us these Bushwackers from Giant Loop. So you can see they’re flat,
they’re easy to pack up, they’re very light
weight, but they actually wrap around your entire handguard. And they do an incredible
job of blocking wind. So we always take these with
us on our adventure rides to make sure we can block
the wind if we need to. So that’s gonna be my
third tip is make sure you keep your hands nice and warm. And nothing’s going to be better
than a set of grip heaters. All right, so tip number four:
it’s gonna be a balaclava. For me, lifesaver. Whenever I ride in cold weather, I always seem to get
cold air up in my helmet. Nothing I can really do about it. No matter how much I
pull up my jacket collar, I always get cold air in there, and sometimes it gives me a headache almost like I have a brain freeze. So I learned the hard
way that the best way to combat that is just to
have a balaclava with you. Now we have a lot of these to choose from. For us at Rocky Mountain, most of us just take this ARC balaclava. It’ very thin and very light weight. You can see, very easy just to fold up. We just put it in our coat pocket, so it’s very easy to get access to and put it on when we need it. If you do want to go
with the thicker option, we have those as well. This is the Klim Arctic. What’s great about this, you can see, a lot of added length to the bottom. It’s fleece lined so it’s
gonna add a little bit of warmth and very comfortable. And one thing that riders struggle with when it comes to cold weather
is fogging on their shield. So you can see with this Arctic from Klim, it actually has a breath box. So as you breathe into
it, it will actually push your breath down to help prevent your shield from fogging up. But keep in mind, cold weather, fog, they go hand in hand. So another great little tip you can do is just pick up some anti-fog spray and just apply that to your lens before you go out and ride. Make sure to have a balaclava
whether it’s a thin one like this ARC or a thicker
one like from Klim. That is going to really help you out. All right, so for my
fifth and my final tip: it’s gonna be having an insulated bottle. These are awesome ’cause
you’re gonna be able to put your hot chocolate
in here, your hot coffee. It’s gonna give you something hot to sip on throughout the day. But also, during the summertime, we take these with us as well because we stop at a gas station,
we put ice in there, we put our drinks in them. And we have a nice, cold drink to have throughout the day as well. If you are looking for an insulated bottle with an awesome value,
this is our Rocky Mountain insulated bottle. Holds 36 ounces, really good price point. But also remember, if
you’re gonna be camping on your ADV rides and you
need a way to have hot water, get a Jetboil. We offer those on our website. They are awesome. They will give you boiling
water in just a couple minutes. And that’s gonna allow you
to have a nice, hot drink throughout the day. And that’s my fifth and final tip is have an insulated bottle. Now, I do have one bonus tip for you, and that is gonna be extra
lighting for your motorcycle. In the winter months, the
days are gonna be shorter so you might be spending
more time riding at night. If that is the situation, it never hurts to have more lighting. This is the Baja Design Squadron Pro. It’s one of our LED lights that we use on a lot of our adventure rides, our adventure bikes at Rocky Mountain. Very small but very bright
and very low amp draw from your battery. So if you do need extra lighting, we have a lot of great
options to choose from. But that’s my bonus tip
is put some extra lights on your bike. All right, so thanks for checking out our top five tips to help
you stay warm and cozy on your dual sport adventure rides. Now, I’m sure you guys
have a lot of great tips, so make sure to please
share those with us. Comment below what do you guys like to do to stay warm and comfortable
on your dual sport adventure rides. And remember, everything
that I talked about today you can find on our website. You can click on the link or head over to our website
at RockyMountainATVMC.com. Orders over $75 ship free. And, guys, make sure to
subscribe to us on YouTube. We have a lot of great
gear guides, how-to videos, product reviews. And also on all our dual
sport adventure rides that we do here at Rocky Mountain, we document those trips. And we upload those. So we share our trips
with you, our experiences. And we also even upload our route so you can do the same rides. I’m Chase here at Rocky Mountain. We’ll see you on the trails.

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