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Cold Weather Motorcycle Gear: Gerbing’s T5 Heated Gloves

Gerbing Microwire T5 Heated Glove

The UPS Fairy came to my office today and dropped off a pair of Gerbing’s Microwire T5 heated gloves. These were a belated Christmas present courtesy of my mom & pop. Isn’t it just like a mom to always want to make sure that you’re dressed warmly enough?

Preliminary Findings

  • They don’t feel super bulky, which is what I hate about winter riding gloves. When my hands become desensitized by a glove it drives me nuts.
  • The wrist can be tightened with a velcro strap, to help secure fit and keep out drafts. The gauntlet has a pull string for cinching closed over your jacket sleeve.
  • The quality of the materials is very nice. With leather palms, fingers and knuckles the gloves appear to be well made. It is what you would expect from Gerbing.
  • The connection with the Gerbing liner that I already have appears to be as easy as pie. The sleeve of the liner has a zipper-enclosed jack connector on the forearm that plugs into the glove. No crazy spaghetti wiring. Score!
Gerbing Microwire T5 Heated Gloves

I’m looking forward to giving them a test ride this weekend. So far, Sunday is looking like it is going to be sunny and in the 30’s. Between the heated gloves and my handlebar muffs, I should have the toastiest digits in all the land!

Do you have any experience with these gloves? Let’s hear about it!

10 Un-Scientific Findings Regarding Loud Motorcycle Pipes

Earlier this week I asked you, the super sexy people that you are, if you thought loud pipes saved lives or if they were well, just loud. During this highly unscientific process we uncovered some interesting findings.

It came as no surprise that several commenters felt that anything that increased your visibility amongst the traffic would be helpful. That makes sense. Every year there must be thousands of motorcycle/car accidents where the driver just “didn’t see” the bike. But, being the most awesomest bunch of readers on the innernets you of course taught me several other things I hadn’t considered.

10 ‘Facts’ About Loud Pipes as Told by the Readers of Fuzzygalore.com

  • Anything that helps you to be “seen” as a rider, just might save your life.
  • Loud pipes are annoying.
  • Instead of sinking money into your cans, maybe you should learn to ride more defensively. You hear that, Pamela Anderson?
  • Monkeys from space are no match for a distracted driver.
  • Loud pipes can be helpful in identifying asswipes.
  • When you’re just one of thousands of noisy vehicles on the road- people may be too distracted by their radios, phones & electronics to pick up on your noise.
  • Loud jackets save lives. Can I get an Amen on the Hi-Viz jacket?
  • Loud paint saves lives.
  • Moving defensively and more speedily than the traffic around you might be more help than a noisemaker.
  • Magnum PI wears loud Hawaiian shirts and he might save your life.

Conclusion

You can debate 9 out of 10 of these facts until you’re blue in the face. But, based on the above the evidence I think we can all agree on one thing. As long as you are riding with Tom Selleck, you should be ok. Magnum PI Saves Lives. You heard it here first.

Secret Motorcycle Santa: Mobile Speakers

Yesterday the mailman dropped off a small box here at the international Fuzzygalore.com Headquarters. ;) Inside it was a little black box that said Chill Pill. I pulled it out to find something that looked like a big, black Tylenol. What the…travel speakers!

Chill Pill Mobile Audio Speakers
Chill Pill Mobile Audio Speakers

What a great design. Retractable cords, stacking storage, at only 2” x 4” the size is perfect for a tankbag. Santa sent them thinking that they would be perfect for nights when we’re sitting around a hotel on a overnight on the bike. You know what? Santa was right!

Thanks a million!

This post is nothing without you:

  • Do you have music gadgets you bring along on trips?

Secret Motorcycle Santa: Live Long and Prosper

I won’t divulge their name so as not to embarrass them, but Secret Motorcycle Santa was incredibly generous and kind to me this year. On Thursday night before dashing out to my office holiday party the UPS man met me at the door with a box. Inside were 2 thoughtful Christmas presents.

A Pair of Aerostich Triple Digit Rain Covers:
My battle with the rain is ongoing. I guess everyone in my little universe knows this. Now I can have dry hands, squeegee my visor and give a shout out to my man, Mr. Spock. That pretty much covers my “To-Do” list.

Aerostich Triple Digit Raincovers
Aerostich Triple Digit Raincovers

When Wanderers Cease to Roam: A Traveler’s Journal of Staying Put by Vivian Swift

My mind has wanderlust. My heart and my chosen life keep me home. 80 pages in, I’ve already found some inspiration for learning to see the beauty of the simple things in your own backyard.

When Wanderers Cease to Roam - Vivian Swift
When Wanderers Cease to Roam - Vivian Swift

Thank You

I’m humbled. I guess what is really most touching is that people think of you, consider you and go out of their way to do something nice when they absolutely do not have to. Thank you, Secret Santa. I really appreciate it.

Cold Weather Motorcycle Gear: Your Favorite Non-Electrics

Just about everyone I know who owns heated motorcycle gear says that they cannot believe they waited so long to buy it. My favorite part about riding with my Gerbing jacket liner is tipping my head slightly back and feeling the radiating heat on the back of my neck. Ahhhh, mmm…. [clears throat] Where was I? But what about the non-electric items that you use to keep warm?

Back in the days when dinosaurs roamed the earth I had nothing that would have constituted good cold weather riding gear. I used to wear my Northface Gore-Tex shell over top of my leather Vanson jacket. Back in those days it was better than not riding at all. I rode around this way for a long time.

Now, I try to approach my cold weather riding attire like dressing for winter sports like snowboarding – layers. A thin thermal/wicking layer, a mid layer like Gerbing/fleece and then the outer layer of my textile jacket/pants. I try to minimize the bulk and keep the blood moving through the body. Though they provide the most room for layering, I hate wearing textile pants. I wear my leather pants with running tights underneath until it’s just too cold for me to do it anymore.

Harriman - 1997
Harriman - 1997

My 2 favorite non-electric items on the bike:

  • Smartwool Socks
    I really don’t know how they work. Cool in the summer, warm in the winter. I love ‘em!
  • Northface Windstopper Neck Gaiter
    I bought this on a freezing day in Bar Harbor, Maine back in 2003. I didn’t want to spend the money but it was just so cold out. It has paid for itself over time as I’ve loved this thing. Sadly I seem to have misplaced it since last winter.

How about you? What are you favorite non-electric items for keeping warm on the ride?