winter

Gear Review: Prima Moustache Face Mask

One of the many useful tips I discovered in this winter’s reading of Proficient Motorcycling was the role that keeping my neck covered while riding can play in keeping me warm. We’ve all heard that old trope that “75% of your body heat escapes from your head” and true or not, an aspect of that is taken care of by simply having a helmet on. Yet your neck is venting heat to the outside world like crazy. Those big blood vessels carrying the red stuff up to your brain act like radiators — venting heat right out of your body and into the cold air.

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Photo: Winter Scarab

With snow covering the ground in most of the midwestern USA, most of us still have our scooters tucked away warm in our garages. Yet there are still those intrepid scooterists who venture out into the winter slush. They’re fools, heroes and ambassadors. My own longing for warmer weather and riding season to come back around are why this photo hit me so hard. The bright red against the muted palette of white and gray — the juxtaposition of an object of warm weather joy — these themes play against the cold and help dull the sting of a winter not yet over.

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