British biking

Ian Westlake ianwestlake at
Tue Jan 6 05:11:53 PST 2009

Hi Robert & all listers. Had my GPZ just over a year now but never got  
round to joining the list til now. Not so cold here in south east  
England but cold enough! I used to find icing a problem but this  
winter I've been letting her warm for longer before setting out & had  
no problems. I put this down to engine warmth getting across to the  
inlet manifolds better without the flow of cold air once you get  
moving and once warm they seem to stay ok. Had the heated grips & £150  
gloves on my B*W but to be honest I still got cold fingertips. These  
days I wear a pair of disposable vinyl gloves (the ones mechanics etc  
wear these days to stop oil & skin contact) under my £40 HG "blader"  
gloves which seem to help a bit (tried proper inner gloves but I found  
they made things so tight my circulation suffered). My biggest winter  
problem is seeing where I'm going. I have an HID conversion on the  
headlight which is ace but trying to keep the visor on my helmet clear  
is a real pain once the spray off the roads dries on it. The built in  
wiper blade on the Heine Gericke gloves helps but if the visor dries  
that's game over. I have a small spray bottle of water and a cloth in  
the top of my tankbag but it normally means pulling over to use it.  
Playing with the idea of mounting a car washer jet on the bike screen  
but knowing my luck I'll spray it when the visors open & blind myself!

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