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    ALL weather riding gear?

    I've read and read and either missed leads or there aren't any.

    I live in Arizona and when we ride, we can see temperature changes of 50+ degrees pretty regularly. We might hit the road and it's low 60's, later in the day, riding South, we might hit 3 digit numbers. When riding back home, it could go as low as in the 40's.

    My problem has been trying to find stuff that will keep me cool, then keep me warm. Yeah, I know, there's no miracle cure but I've also heard from others that there are ways of dealing with this. The main thing is, I don't want to have to stop and change into long underwear on the side of the highway when things start getting way too cold.

    What's the balance in all this?

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    A jacket and riding pants with zip in/out liner will make a big difference if you have storage for them when not needed.
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    I did get a Riggs rain suit which I could use as a wind breaker also but wondered what else there might be. Long johns would be hard to get on/off on the side of the road

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    Over pants are the way to go. Either chaps or full side zip leather or textIle pants. Quick on and off. When I am riding in varied temperatures I go with heated vest liner, mesh jacket, and rain jacket. I also carry two or three extra gloves if I don't have heated grips.

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    Frog Toggs! I doubted it too til one day, riding from Skagit to Portland got caught on a downpour. WOW! It performed flawlessly!
    My Alpinestars Archer gloves leaked! Had to stop by walgreens and buy latex gloves to wear underneath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angelo112233 View Post
    Frog Toggs! I doubted it too til one day, riding from Skagit to Portland got caught on a downpour. WOW! It performed flawlessly!
    My Alpinestars Archer gloves leaked! Had to stop by walgreens and buy latex gloves to wear underneath.
    Fogg Toggs work well as rain gear. Unless you buy the high end ones they don't do well at highway speeds and on bikes with exposed pipes like V-twin Mean Streaks.

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    I love textile overpants so far, especially ones that aren't all mesh but have good flow (like the original Alter Ego, not a fan of the newer version).

    The main issue I'm finding right now is, although many claim to be sized larger as overpants, they fit like regular pants in most cases. That, and they're either all mesh, just solid textile, or only a built-in liner for waterproofing. It can be a trick to find a good option regardless.

    That being said, Pilot seems to have a decent mix of mesh and solid with a pretty good removable liner. I just bought a set but both pieces came in too small. If they can fix that without going too big that'll be my next set.
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    Bohn Armor suits that you wear under non or lightly armored top layers with overpants and/ or jackets & pants that have removable thermal liners. I have found that I need to have a "hard trunk" or a removable seat and or tank bag to carry the necessities of life while riding a motorcycle. I occasionally use a dedicated back pack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leftfoot View Post
    I've read and read and either missed leads or there aren't any.

    I live in Arizona and when we ride, we can see temperature changes of 50+ degrees pretty regularly. We might hit the road and it's low 60's, later in the day, riding South, we might hit 3 digit numbers. When riding back home, it could go as low as in the 40's.

    My problem has been trying to find stuff that will keep me cool, then keep me warm. Yeah, I know, there's no miracle cure but I've also heard from others that there are ways of dealing with this. The main thing is, I don't want to have to stop and change into long underwear on the side of the highway when things start getting way too cold.

    What's the balance in all this?


    there was no reference as to what make / model bike you have .... but a windshield will reduce the "wind chill" and give protection from rain as well ... and may reduce the amount of extra insulating clothes .... hope this helps
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    You could wear a mesh jacket with a windproof liner that can be balled up into a small bag. Dianese has them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShipWreck View Post
    there was no reference as to what make / model bike you have .... but a windshield will reduce the "wind chill" and give protection from rain as well ... and may reduce the amount of extra insulating clothes .... hope this helps
    Sorry, yes an MS with a small windshield. I finally bought some rain gear and it turns out it's also perfect for holding back the cold.

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