Extend the motorcycle riding season with California Heats heated riding gear—plug in, stay warm, and continue the ride.
Its always fun to check out new motorcycle products and test ride new bikes and I did just that a couple of weeks ago in Orlando, Fla., at the debut of a new motorcycle industry tradeshow held October 16-20, 2013. The American International Motorcycle Expo, AIMExpo for short, is the first of its kind in the U.S. that welcomed dealers, members of the industry trade, media, and consumers all in one place under one roof.
OK, I’m embarrassed. I normally turn around product reviews in six to eight months, but this review of Powerlet’s heated gear has taken me almost three years to write. Why? Because I was gun shy. I always said I wouldn’t succumb to using heated gear. If it’s so cold that I need heated clothing, then I ain’t ridin’—that’s been my mantra all these years.
Harley-Davidsons battery-powered heated riding gear has been out for a year now, and weve been busy testing it over all four seasons. Finally, an option for cold-weather riding that doesnt require having to remember to “unplug” yourself when you get off your bike. But how does warmth without wires stack up to the traditional non-battery-powered heated garments? Pamela Collins has the scoop.
Falling temperatures can put the chill on the journey for some motorcycle riders. One way to extend your riding season is by wearing heated gear. But pants, vests, jackets and gloves that heat by hooking into your motorcycles battery can be cumbersome with all the wires. As a result, some riders have not “bought into” the whole heated gear concept.