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Old December 5th, 2018, 05:42 PM   #11
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I've had a few teeth chatteringly cold finishes to rides, been considering heated grips but a heated vest sounds tempting as well.
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Old December 6th, 2018, 12:42 AM   #12
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I bought this vest Hotwired Vest
Folds down very compact and works amazing. Great control fob and works well with matching gloves, but the gloves are so warm I've never needed the heat. Cycle Gear offers a discount for active duty military/ first responders, too.
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Old December 6th, 2018, 01:27 AM   #13
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Heated grips and heated vests are the way forward, wish these were available when I 1st started riding.
I have a couple of heated vests, one that plugs into the bike with different heat settings, its good but you end up cold when you get off the bike.
The latest ones I have bought is the Avade heated base layer, which is battery operated with leads that can either operate the vest and charge the battery at the same time or stand alone battery operated, 3 different heat settings and keeps you warm off the bike too. Even wear it when I'm out and about in winter too. Great for winter golf ;-)
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Old December 6th, 2018, 06:25 AM   #14
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I have the Ducati heated grips and find they work well IF wearing windproof gloves when it is below 60 outside. The handguards help but the gloves are important.

Keep your core warm toasty and you will be safe from hypothermia. If your extremities are cold, your core is already too cold.

Even in the summer, when riding the coast or mountains, I always ride with warmer waterproof AND summer vented gloves. Surprising how often I switch on the grips and add the heated vest when temperatures drop below 70.

A key is to keep track of the total wattage you are drawing from the bike. The switch to LED lighting helps. Turning all heat off for the last several miles helps top off the battery for the end of the days ride.

Some items stored in front are handy, like cellphone and camera. A tankbag just doesn't feel right to me, and makes refueling a PITA. This is where the small handgun handlebar bag the most convenient.



I can carry small items within easy reach AND easily refill the gas.

Traveling is always easier with a GPS and radar detector. RAM mounts make this possible.

I pair a Sena with my iPhone for music and with the radar detector and GPS. Early warning of speed enforcement and verbal turn instructions for my complicated backroad routes.



My hearing is protected using soft silicone custom molded ear monitors which provide 40 db of noise reduction. The Sena has a 3.5mm speaker outlet.



For long distance bike-2-bike, nothing beats the use of the Kenwood GMRS radios. However, we are switching to the use of only the Sena 30K only.

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Old December 6th, 2018, 06:45 AM   #15
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From my perspective, touring with the Hyper requires route planning. A good plan connects all of these kind of roads into great rides, day after day.



Yes, these are real roads I ride.









Lonely backroads that allow for photos without concern for traffic.

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Old December 6th, 2018, 10:09 AM   #16
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Agreed on planning. The only day I didn't enjoy on my trip to Colorado this summer was the day a combination of road closures related to fire and exhaustion (make sure your buddies are up for 9 - 12 hours a day before planning as much!) resulted in us slabbing it on I-70 from Grand Junction to Silverton to make time. Backroads are much preferred :-)
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Old December 8th, 2018, 04:49 AM   #17
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2 wheel touring capability is more about that space between your ears than the machine selected. Expectations and what you intend to bring with.



Free yourself from unnecessary stuff and the door to a more exciting form of touring opens.

Overload any bike with stuff and the performance side diminishes. Might as well take a car.






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