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    I believe your problem is lack of personal preparation and good gear. You do not need a fairing or big windshield to do your riding.

    I have all-48 state experience on several bikes, some fully faired (ST1100) some naked (FZ1). If you have the best gear (I wear Aerostich Darien and SIDI boots) you will be as warm and dry as needed to enjoy an all-day ride in reasonable temps (40s to 90s). Try it, you will like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoorUB View Post
    50 degrees and rain is going to be cold no matter what protection you have.!
    My wife will usually wear her heated jacket liner when it's 50 and raining. She has a RS.
    A few weeks ago it was 46 in Texas one day when we were riding and she had her heated jacket turned on.

    I'm surprised you were still cold with a heated liner and big fairing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by royce View Post
    I believe your problem is lack of personal preparation and good gear. You do not need a fairing or big windshield to do your riding.


    Good luck.


    Perhaps.


    I always need to remember that when I'm about to stoke out in the driveway taking the bike out of the garage road conditions will be much cooler.

    I did think of starting a thread "how long did it take you to finally sort out the right gear ..."

    Frankly I'd rather not mod the bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by R65_Steve View Post

    I did think of starting a thread "how long did it take you to finally sort out the right gear ..."

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    We've only been riding 44 years.
    I'll let you know when we get it all figured out
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    Never forget decent socks - almost all of mine are now either SmartWool or Wigwam lightweight skiing boot socks. They don't get too hot, and they stay pretty toasty in most conditions. (Boots are Daytona Roadstar GTX.)

    A heated vest and heated gloves with heated grips keeps the torso and hands toasty, and that's as musch as I really need to stay warm.

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    I would suggest a heated vest from Gerbings. Its useful when off the bike where a fairing is not. Also can be taken off and put into saddlebags. When worn under clothing it lasts for at least 6hr on low. I do keep a spare battery in case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Warm N Safe
    On our Texas trip last month we wore our new Warm N Safe jackets as a regular jacket off the bike.
    We liked the feel and looks better than our Gerbing jackets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Here is a photo. Not perfect but the best I could find quickly.
    I have the same windshield PGlaves pictured - a quality product. I added an adjustable MRA X-Creen clip windshield extension spoiler;I still look over it, but this pushed the air over my helmet and made the ride mostly bug free and much quieter. This is the best set-up I've had on any bike. I bought mine from Twisted Throttle; it now costs $170. Some outfit called Wish sells a copy that looks identical for $19. An electric vest is a must - makes a huge difference. I prefer just the vest -no sleeves.

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    I'm bouncing around today and need to look more into the vests/liners on a real PC All them seem to require a controller plus the cost of the garment? Correct?

    I know the hardware store sold Milwaukee jackets with a battery pack. I already have the ratchet that's use that pack.
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    [QUOTE=PGlaves;1249579]Warm N Safe [/QUOTE
    👍👍Two thumbs up also on Warm and Safe. Gerbing is not what they used to be.

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    A heated vest is essential for long /all day rides in the 40s to me. Get one that fits snuggly over a shirt. The closer to your body the better (not directly..beware hot spots).
    Layer over the vest to suit your personal needs. Yes I like the vest better..core heat. Never felt I needed the arms but I have good gauntlet cold weather gloves that work well with the heated grips (palms not to think, back of hand well insulated.

    Had a Gerbing till it died..several years...now have a Stitch again several years...like them both just fine

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    Quote Originally Posted by bogdan View Post
    I have the same windshield PGlaves pictured - a quality product. I added an adjustable MRA X-Creen clip windshield extension spoiler;I still look over it, but this pushed the air over my helmet and made the ride mostly bug free and much quieter. This is the best set-up I've had on any bike. I bought mine from Twisted Throttle; it now costs $170. Some outfit called Wish sells a copy that looks identical for $19. An electric vest is a must - makes a huge difference. I prefer just the vest -no sleeves.
    I think there is one brand that has a a built in controller with two or three settings.
    For 20 years both of us had a couple vests with a simple on off switch and we were happy with that setup.
    For the last 18 years we have been using controllers that are variable. You dial in the amount of heat you want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by R65_Steve View Post
    I'm bouncing around today and need to look more into the vests/liners on a real PC All them seem to require a controller plus the cost of the garment? Correct?

    I know the hardware store sold Milwaukee jackets with a battery pack. I already have the ratchet that's use that pack.
    This site has several different brands.
    https://www.thewarmingstore.com/heat...ycle-gear.html

    We bought direct from Warm N Safe.
    The waterproof jackets were on sale and the Adventure Rider site had a 20% discount on top of that.

    https://www.warmnsafe.com/collection...g-power-sports
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Aerostich Roadcrafter
    I couldn't wait!

    I wouldn't buy a Roadcrafter anyway. I don't like one piece suits. I generally just wear jeans and no riding pants.
    From the only real Fargo, ND!

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