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How to Layer for the Warmth

Winter Motorcycle Gear

Hundreds of adrenaline junkies around the world love to motorcycle as much as they love to ski. If you are a motorcyclist planning on riding in icy conditions this winter, it’s never too early to prepare for the colder months.

Although the UK is currently smack bam in the middle of a sticky heatwave that has lasted for weeks, there are other parts of the world that are still cold.

Our summer of heat won’t last for ever either, so instead of waiting until the winter to prepare for winter, why not start preparing for the colder months early?

Let’s begin!

Base Layers

Planning what base layers to wear is crucial if you hope to stay warm on your bike this winter.

Any kind of thermal layer or athletic base layer will do the trick nicely, providing you with a layer that will protect the heat your body has naturally generated. A snuggly fitted top and trousers will help to protect the full length of your body from the cold, keeping the warm in close where it counts.

Mid Layers

A lot of riders will opt for a fleecy mid layer as they are a proven heat retainer. Thickness and softness should be considered to ensure a comfortable riding experience. It’s pointless layering up to keep warm if you aren’t comfortable at the same time. If fleece isn’t for you, you can always look at wearing something more comfortable to ensure your motorbike clothing doesn’t have a negative impact on your riding experience.

Outer Layers

Just like skiing, you will want to choose your outer layer very carefully before riding a motorbike in the winter. The out-layer is the thing that will most effectively combat wind-chill, so taking extra care to find an outer layer that works for is imperative.

Motorcycle jackets are the most popular choice for outer layers, providing riders with a layer of warmth and protection all-in-one. Your motorbike jacket should be wind and waterproof, covering your arms and torso effectively to ensure heat is retained properly.

Choose a jacket that covers your neck or think about purchasing a neck sleeve to cover the space between jacket and helmet.

Heated Motorbike Gloves


Once your body is cold, it circulates less blood to your extremities to ensure your core is kept warm. This means your hands and feet are usually the first places on your body to feel the cold and usually the first to go numb.

Unfortunately, as a motorcyclist, you heavily rely on your hands to control your motorbike. Thankfully, there are motorcycle gloves out there that are designed to help when it is super cold. Heated motorcycle gloves are a wise idea if you are willing to spend a bit extra, offering added warmth to ensure your hands don’t get cold or numb when riding in the icy outdoor air.


Most motorcycle boots will be effective, providing you wear sensible, thick socks. As long as you take care not to allow the cold to enter the seams at any point, you should provide an adequate level of protection for your feet as you drive through the cold.


When shopping online for a motorbike helmet, make sure you take the time to find out how well the helmet keeps the air out and whether it keeps from fogging. The right visor will keep drafts out.

If you have already bought a helmet, look for a pinlock visor. This will help to stop your helmet from fogging and sure no drafts can enter through the front.

Shopping for motorcycle clothing for the winter is similar to shopping for skiing gear. You’ll want to consider every part of your body to ensure you are appropriately dressed and ready for the weather.