I learned a lot the hard way last year trying to ride my Ural through the winter. This year, I decided to start getting ready much sooner, so I would have time to finish before the snow flies (instead of after like last time). However, It seems a bit funny to be working on winter stuff now since the temps are back into the 60s and low 70s.
First, I got a replacement pair of Tourmaster Venture Pants. (Thanks Zach!) The pair I wore last year worked really well, but I melted part of the leg on the old pair on the Ural’s exhaust. While I was still learning to ride it, I put my feet down at a stop (totally unnecessary) and it melted quite quickly. Lesson learned? No need to put a foot to the ground until dismounting. It’s also easy to stand on the pegs to get access to pockets.
I washed my coat, pants, and clava in Nikwax Tech Wash. The tech wash works to safely clean and restore wasproof textile motorcycling gear. It’s very easy to use. Just toss some into the washing machine along with your gear. Hang dry and done. The tourmaster Epic 2 and venture pants worked very well last year, but I wanted to make sure the waterproofing was ready to go. The extra waterproofing helps with the wind too.
I used the Camp Dry on my Sidi On-Road boots and my gloves. Just spray it on and let it dry. It works best to clean the boots and gloves first. The treatment is recommended by Gerbing too. I put two coats on my boots and gloves.
When riding in the cold, it is very important to stay dry. Getting wet will get you into hypothermia territory very quickly.
I also wanted something “better” than my tourmaster “winter” gloves. The tourmaster didn’t fit well, and they were only ok on the warm front. Zach @ MotoPrimo had showed me the Knox Zero gloves this past summer. I immediately wanted them. I finally got myself a pair on Monday. They are great! Lots of armor, insulation, and waterproof. They should do well as a backup to my electrics and for the days that don’t quite warrant all the extra wires.
My Gerbing electrics are working well as tested this past weekend. I need to check out my winter helmet and clean it. I think I now have my gear sorted for the winter riding season. There is still a lot of bike prep left to do on the Ural!