I guess on the rare occasion they don't have wind in Alaska you would be correct.That is incorrect. Those natives in Alaska aren't getting the exponential windchill on an open moving vehicle. It's more of a "static" cold for lack of a better phrase.
I ride an hour to and from work in the winter. I average about 65 mph. Many times I don't wear heated gear because I simply don't need it. I can easily stay out of the wind on my Ultra and the same would be true with a similarly configured Street Glide or other bike with a fairing up front. I live just south of Lake Michigan and have most of my life. We know what cold is around here. I see Harley riders out with socking caps and scarfs wrapped around their face in the 30's and 40's. I choose to wear a helmet in the winter even though I really don't need it to keep the cold off me. The only time I don't ride is if there is snow or ice on the roads. I know guys that still ride in those conditions, but at my age I would rather not take unnecessary risks.The wind can blow most any time. The Alaska Meteorological Team at Fort Greely reports that winds in excess of 60 miles per hour have been recorded during every month of the year.
I wonder how many riders up here in the great white north used heated gear from 1901 through the 90's?
I don't go on cross country trips in the dead of winter, so I think perhaps we have a bit of a misunderstanding. I am talking about things like commuting to work or running to the store.
Again, I know from experience what is necessary and what isn't. Heated gear is far from necessary. It's an absolute wonder if you use it, I agree. It's nice. Required though, it is not. The day I die from exposure I'll have my wife post "you were right, he's dead."