cold weather

Only 17 Days Til Christmas

Stuff this Alpinestars Tech Neck Warmer in your friend's/partner's/neighbor's stocking and they will make you brownies/cookies/muffins forever. Ok, maybe not forever. But if you're lucky they'll make you some as a thank you.

Who doesn't like staying warm? I mean, have you ever heard a motorcyclist say

"Naw, I hate being warm in the Winter. I'd rather be freezing". 

Okay, I've met lots of folks who run hot but who actually wants to be Freezing? No one. I wear a neckwarmer 365 days a year. Even when it's bloody hot, I still wear a really light one like this so I can sweat into something and my helmet/jacket doesn't rub on my skin. 

And if your person is really coldblooded, then he/she will want 2-3-4-5 of these in their stockings as backups. And for $19.95 it makes for a great stocking stuffer.

Happy Shopping and don't forget to come back tomorrow for Day 16.

 

Fall/Winter Gear Recommendations

Rev'it Pegasus Waterproof Gloves MSRP $129

Rev'it Pegasus Waterproof Gloves MSRP $129

 

If you missed my November newsletter, I sent out a list of winter gear recommendations including jackets, pants, gloves and boots. 

Here's a link to it in case you didn't get a copy!

 

Women's Waterproof Jackets for Fall/Winter ish

Olympia's New Durham Jacket is waterproof and warm (to a point)

Olympia's New Durham Jacket is waterproof and warm (to a point)

Living on the East Coast, winter has a completely different meaning. For those of us over here in 40F temps with windchill, we need more than just a waterproof jacket. But I think for the majority of riders who tend to stop riding before ice starts to take over the pavement, a jacket like this one fits just right.

Olympia has always been a brand to offer slightly higher than entry level priced gear but this season they've introduced a jacket ($199) and matching pant ($169) that offers new riders something to get started with. The Durham has a waterproof, integrated (non removable) shell and removable thermal liner. With reasonable "winter" temperatures (think winter in the Bay Area, Fall in Philadelphia) I think this jacket is perfect.

If you need a hardcore, winter worthy coat then I'd opt for the ladies Ranger instead. Match this with the toasty ProMax pants and you'll have a great outfit for this season. (A slightly less toasty pant would be the Expeditions since there isn't a thermal liner)

Revit's Monroe Jacket (in Olive Green, pretty!)

Revit's Monroe Jacket (in Olive Green, pretty!)

On the slightly higher priced scale ($299), the Monroe also offers an integrated waterproof (non removable) membrane with a removable thermal liner. You'll find the fitment to be a true European cut with a slightly slimmer body/chest and shoulders. And of course the standard Revit fit which offers a long sleeve and torso. And if you're a hardcore winter riding citizen, then I'd recommend something more robust like the Neptune which offers additional wind protection with the Gore-Tex membranes. 

A quick pic of the Monroe in person, live at the  Revzilla Gear Boutique  in Philly. 

A quick pic of the Monroe in person, live at the Revzilla Gear Boutique in Philly. 

I'm a perfect 36 in this and as a Rev'it fan I'd certainly buy this IF I needed another jacket to fill my closet (which fortunately, is impossible to squeeze in another at this point :P) I never thought I'd wear a green jacket but this one is so pretty in person I really love how it looks and fits. The matching toasty Factor pants ($199) are a nice match to this cold weather outfit. (for a less toasty pant I would recommend the Enterprise ($169) since they don't have a thermal liner) I wouldn't say that this jacket is for the snow but will certainly get you down to similar temperatures as the Olympia option above. 

So for less than $500 you can get yourself pretty toasty and cozy for the upcoming winter riding season. Of course, other colors are available in both jackets as well. But if you are truly riding in extreme temperatures, none of these will offer you the warmth that Heated Liners can bring when you start hitting lower digit windchill temperatures. 

Desde La Tierra, Hasta La Tierra

revit olympia womens textile pro pants indigo jacket waterproof

At Horizons Unlimited in October, I met Erin before she and her husband left for their wild adventure from the Sierra Nevadas all the way down to Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost tip of South America via motorcycles.

She needed help finding the perfect outfit to carry her through the chilly temperatures she was about to face. And an outfit that would fit into her $500 budget. 

Although something like the Legacy GTX jacket and pants would've been perfect, they were also way out of her price range (almost $1,000). She emailed me about some used Airglide pants but after telling me that she is always cold and wanted something that would definitely keep her warm, I googled a bit and found gently used Olympia Pro Max waterproof pants on good ole Craigslist for $100 in her size. She preferred to find something on the warmer side, than the cooler, so these would work well. Excellent! 

She and her husband then visited me at Scuderia West's fall open house and we found her the perfect jacket, the REVIT Indigo.  Priced at ~$330, it fit her perfectly and best of all, met her budget and riding needs. 

Piece of cake :)

Have a safe and fantastic trip you two! 

To follow their journey, visit and like their facebook page, DesdelaSierraHastaLaTierra.  

Gift ideas for women who love motorcycles

Shopping for that special woman in your motorcycling life? Does she ride like the wind? Can she take a corner like Valentino Rossi? Does she ride as often as she can, whenever she can?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then she deserves some special holiday gifts to make her moto life even better.

I've listed a few ideas for stocking stuffers that are sure to impress your Moto Lady.

1. Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment

Liz Jansen wrote this book to inspire women everywhere that motorcycles aren't just for riding, but can be a source of empowerment and self confidence.

Price: $22.50 Where to Buy: Trillium Tours Website, Available for Pre order December 4th.

Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment

 

2. Kriega Stash Motorcycle Wallet

Every woman needs somewhere to stash some cash, keys and ID when going for a long ride. But maybe she doesn't want to carry a bulky purse or backpack. How about something flat, easy to carry and stash under one's seat?

Price: $15.00 Where to Buy: Kriega.us

3. Pocket Tire Plugger plus CO2 Inflation

Why call AAA when you have a handy dandy tire plug kit? She'll impress all of her riding buddies when she whips this little kit out and plugs the tire herself, saving hours of precious riding time because of a flat tire. Even comes with CO2 to reinflate!

Price: $47.95 Where to Buy: Pashnit.com store

 

4. Hand Warmers

These little guys will fit nicely in the palm of her gloves, giving her a little extra warmth for that chilly ride home.

Price: $11.96/2 pk (10 pairs) as of 11/23/11 Where to Buy: Amazon.com

5. Schampa Arm Warmers

I know what you're thinking, why would she need a shirt without arms? Well, if she's anything like me, her temperature changes constantly. I easily go from hot to cold, especially with the micro climates of the Bay Area. But you never know when you need to peel a layer and these are easy to peel off.

Price: $23.99 Where to Buy: Schampa.com