Welcome to November 2018 in Minot North Dakota. Today is 7 November 2018 and the current temperature is 17 degrees but it feels like 2 degrees and snowing on and off most of the day. Here in North Dakota it gets cold and the temperature today is just the appetizer the main course is still on its way. The main course comes in mid January with temperatures’ in the -30 to -40 degree range. At these temperatures’ something that is mechanical takes extra time to warm up especially motorcycles.
Wait!, did you say motorcycles?, Yes I did, I keep my motorcycle ready to go in the garage just waiting for the snow and ice to clear the road so I can ride. You need cold weather motorcycle gear and look at what the weather is like and how much time you have to ride before the next snowfall. It is critical that you time everything just right or you will be stuck in a snowstorm.
It was not always this difficult to ride in the winter I remember back when I lived in New Jersey on Ft Dix I use to ride on range road from the start to the end and this was a great ride with lots of twisty curves, hills and straightaways. I use to always say how much I hated to live in New Jersey and how I could not wait to move out of there. I never stopped to think what I had in New Jersey and everything it offered me.
Sure New Jersey had some bad smells in certain parts and bad commuter traffic but it also had the beach 30 minutes from my house and an Indian dealer 45 minutes from me. It had many fine restaurants, malls and places to go especially in the winter. I had all of it but I never got it until it was gone. When I moved to Minot North Dakota AFB I knew it would be different but never realized how much of a change this place would be.
If, you live in Minot N. D people say, (Why not Minot), will I have many reasons why not but the most important to me is that there is no ocean here. North Dakota has;
- Great camping
- Winter sports
All magnificent outdoor activities that my family and I enjoy in the summer but no ocean. What they do have is cold winters and for that you need to purchase cold weather motorcycle gear for the 2018 winter. Let us begin with the head and what to wear under the helmet.
1. Balaclava by Geartop, best full face mask, premium ski mask and neck warmer for motorcycle and cycling in black
- Color: Black, Pink and White
- Sex: Unisex
- Manufacturer: GearTop
- Size: One Size Fits All
- 588 Customer Review, 4.3 out of 5 stars
- Item Weight: 0.16 ounces
- Product dimensions: 10.2×5.5×1.2 inches
- Best Price Here: $11.78
Now let us move on to the rest of the body and what to wear and not be cold. Now I know that leather is the best when it comes to riding but sometimes the weather is too cold for leather and you need something more. Below you will find my recommendations for that something more. All this gear will keep you toasty warm when you continue to ride in the winter.
2. Joe Rocket Survivor Mens, Waterproof 1 Piece Motorcycle Rriding Suit
- Color: Black
- Sex: Mens
- Manufacturer: Joe Rocker
- Size: Large- XXLarge
- Customer Review, 4.1 out of 5 stars
- Item Weight: 7.15 pounds
- Product dimensions: 21.3 x 20.1 x 6.3 inches
- Best Price Here: $359.99
3. Motorcycle Heated Gloves
- Color: Black
- Sex: Mens
- Manufacturer: Volt
- Size: Small- Large
- 40 Customer Review, 4.0 out of 5 stars
- Item Weight: 3.0 pounds
- Product dimensions: 12 x 2 x4 inches
- Best Price Here: $107.97-$179.95
4. Milwaukee Motorcycle Clothing Company Mens Afterburner Boots
- Color: Black Leather
- Sex: Mens
- Manufacturer: Milwaukee Motorcycle Clothing Company
- Size: 8-15
- 160 Customer Review, 4.0 out of 5 stars
- Item Weight: 5.6 pounds
- Product dimensions: 14.1 x 14.1 x 5.1 inches
- Best Price Here: $151.99
Here are my top choices for cold weather motorcycle gear. If, you are like me and find it hard to store your motorcycle for the winter do not fret. The weather can get pretty cold and nasty depending on where you live but preparing for the ride and weather will help you ride safe and warm.
I hope that I helped you in make an informed decision on what cold weather gear to buy to ride in the winter. I also ride in the winter whenever possible and I live in North Dakota. It gets pretty cold in the plains and where I live currently the temperature is 14 degrees but it feels like 6 degrees not great riding weather but with the right gear you can ride.
If, you enjoyed reading Cold Motorcycle Gear-Winter 2018 please leave a comment or your own review below and I will respond.
Stay Warm My Friend!