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05-02-2008 07:30 AM
techno
Re: Winter in Australia... South Australia

I rode through last winter (in Tassie) with a set of full length thermals under draggin jeans and leather jacket. I have waterproof A* boots and winter gloves but never actually tested the waterproof claim in anything heavy, just light rain.

The gloves are lined so it takes a while to adapt to less feel but you get used to it.

I carry some waterproof overpants in winter but somehow managed to avoid being caught in any torrential rain. Must be something to do with the drought.

Staying warm is more of an issue for me than staying dry. Its all a matter of layering.
05-02-2008 06:18 AM
The Spider
Re: Winter in Australia... South Australia

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Originally Posted by goldFiSh
The best thing I have purchased for riding is my icebreaker merino thermals, long sleeve top with "thumb holes" to ensure that the wrists are covered and a separate pair of leggings. Bar none the best thing
yeah, I use the t-shirts under my leathers for the good weather, did the same the other weekend on the way to Ballarat - pulled over and put on the Icebreaker tech top - worked a treat.

Off to BMW Motorad tomorrow - apparently their thermals are amazing, Ride magazine (UK - so they know about rain,cold, gray, whinge-inducing weather!) just did a thermal test (perhaps in the latest "Ducati Monster" edition) and the BMW stuff was a level above everything else when it came to next-to-skin protection.
05-02-2008 05:48 AM
nickors
Re: Winter in Australia... South Australia

The best thing I have purchased for riding is my icebreaker merino thermals, long sleeve top with "thumb holes" to ensure that the wrists are covered and a seperate pair of leggings. Bar none the best thing.

Re gloves, proper winter gauntlet gloved with gortex, thinsulate etc.. You loose the feel that you get with summer gloves but the hands are warm, even after the gloves are soaked though.

For the wet, I have a cheapo RJays two piece over jacket and pants that work surprisingly well. Oh yeah, and bmw touring boots!

05-02-2008 04:57 AM
brimo
Re: Winter in Australia... South Australia

Any more than 1/2 an hour onthe bike in winter and the the summer gloves with thermal inners just didn't work for me, had winter gloves and still needed the thermal inners, warmed hands on the engine while waiting at the lights, but maybe my blood's just a bit thin. Try it out first and see what works for you.
05-02-2008 04:39 AM
S4M
Re: Winter in Australia... South Australia

What does everyone find more effective - standard leather gloves (also worn in summer) with 'thermal' inners OR a decent pair of winter gloves?

Currently i'm using thermal inners in my standard leather gloves. Have been thinking about getting a pair of winter only gloves - but I don't really want to lose feeling on the handlebars due to the gloves being too thick...

Am in Canberra so it's starting to get pretty cold - mornings will be below 0deg in a few weeks!!!
05-02-2008 03:41 AM
DUCMONROB
Re: Winter in Australia... South Australia

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Originally Posted by Super T.I.B
I reckon DUCMONROB should get some of these when he rides his Harley and then he could wear 'em to the Mardi Gras without wearing any jeans underneath!
I will put these on my birthday list!

Thanks for the heads up!
05-01-2008 07:45 PM
dragonworld
Re: Winter in Australia... South Australia

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Originally Posted by Super T.I.B
I reckon DUCMONROB should get some of these when he rides his Harley and then he could wear 'em to the Mardi Gras without wearing any jeans underneath!
Oooooh thweety, just luuuurv those bumless chaps.
05-01-2008 07:00 PM
brimo
Re: Winter in Australia... South Australia

When I lived in Melbourne on those cold crisp winter mornings (can't understand why I moved to Queensland ) A good set of waterproof pants over the jeans, over the themalactyl pants, good long jacket, thermalactyl gloves under the normal gauntlets, then japara mittens over the top of that, a throat coat that attached by velcro to the bottom of the helmet and a silk balaclava under the Lid
you end up looking and feeling like the michelin man but at least you'll be a bit more comfortable.

Oh yes, plenty of dubbin on the boots.
05-01-2008 06:47 PM
Super T.I.B
Re: Winter in Australia... South Australia

I reckon DUCMONROB should get some of these when he rides his Harley and then he could wear 'em to the Mardi Gras without wearing any jeans underneath!
05-01-2008 06:36 PM
dragonworld
Re: Winter in Australia... South Australia

Leather isnt waterproof!! You can make it water resistant with leather dressing and stuff, but you are better off with a good lined (goretex) type of pair of pants. I bought a pair from the shop at Phillip Island ($110 from memory, cheap as ) and they also sell on Ebay.
www.bikersgearaustralia.com
The "wet belly" usually isnt the jacket leaking, its the water wicking up the lining as you ride, hard to stop unless you have a full wet suit. I usually give the jacket a dose o 3m waterproofing spray semi regularly as well!!
A cheap option for wet feet are the rubber overboot, around the $25 mark they are a lot cheaper than the $200 plus for the waterproof boots.
And I have a Motoline jacket (Waterproof) with a removable liner which is a beaut.
Gloves are a pain, none are truly waterproof if its gunna piss down.
And of course a "Never fog" visor strip!!

And of course you can go the heated grips, heated vest, heated seat, and heated visor.
But I reckon the poor old Ducs electrickery system would shit itself and you could then warm yourself by the following conflagration.
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