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cold weather and hand protectors
« on: December 07, 2012, 10:23:10 PM »

seem to be the big thing on a lot of bikes now, is anyone using them, riding in the cold ?
which ones are good... ?
what are you using to fight the cold and keep on riding through the colder weather ?


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Re: cold weather and hand protectors
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2012, 11:53:23 PM »
One of the bike magazines did a comparitave road test of a BMW and a Vstrom 650.  the BMW came with heated grips but no hand guards, and the Vstrom was fitted with hand guards but no heated grips.  It seems the consensus of the testing riders was the hand guards were more effective than the heated grips for cold weather riding.

The main idea is to keep the blast of cold air from your hands, and if you have a windshield or fairing that does this there is probably no need for the hand guards.

I put a set of Moose Racing guards on my SV650, the ones with the aluminum bars the plastic covers fit over.  It is much less expensive to get the all plastic guards, and they might do a better job of keeping the wind off your hands.  Bigger is better.
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Re: cold weather and hand protectors
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2012, 10:38:22 AM »
This is something I'm interested in as I'd like to extend my riding season a bit into the cooler weather. Note I didn't say "cold" weather!  ;D My cousin has an SV and I think has put V Strom hand guards (fist fairings LOL) on his as well as heated grips. I think he used a plug that fits inside the tubular bar end (Polly Heater maybe?) rather than an under-grip mat or heated grip itself.

With the addition of an '83 upper fairing I'm not sure the hand guard method would work for me now.  :(  Has anyone done this? It seems they would interfere with the fairing at full lock.
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Re: cold weather and hand protectors
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2012, 12:15:38 PM »
what are you using to fight the cold and keep on riding through the colder weather ?

Not hand but knee cap related...  :o  I didn't get lowers with my '83 fairing purchase and didn't think I wanted them til the weather got cool. I had some left over polycarbonate from a failed windscreen project  :-[ and made a set of wind deflectors. The leading edge grabs the radiator shroud. The top utilizes the existing 6mm fairing lowers mounting points and the bottom clamps to the engine guards. In the bottom picture (protective film removed) I've heated and bent the trailing edge to deflect wind away from my knees. In addition there is active heating by virtue of the air passing through the radiator being funnelled back over your legs.

They are super fast on and off with power tools and not much time by hand. Come spring when I paint the fairing I'll spray these to match. I've tried them a few times this fall on rides from 40 to 60 degrees and they do help. Anything over mid 60's you're better off them leaving off. The heated air from the radiator is too much at those temps. The next weakest link is my hands which brings us back to the thread topic.  ;)
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Re: cold weather and hand protectors
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2012, 01:18:55 PM »
There is a less permanent method. There are the little mittens that you can fit over your handlebars and hands. I use the same thing at work except for a bicycle. They work well on a bike, but I only ever go 20mph at most. This link shows them, they are fairly cheap too.http://motorcycle-superstore.com/3/13/121/55801/ITEM/BikeMaster-Hand-Mitts.aspx
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Re: cold weather and hand protectors
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2012, 07:19:40 PM »
hmmm, Interesting....    I've not seen that one but have looked at others like it. Thanks for the link!  :D

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Re: cold weather and hand protectors
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2012, 03:53:40 PM »
I've had a"Hippo hands " type of  protector for 10 years . They were intended to be used on an ATV , but are super on the Vision.  They work better than  heated grips , by far.
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Re: cold weather and hand protectors
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2012, 08:13:33 PM »
Thanks for the comment Rick. That's a strong endorsement.

It's starting to sound like heated grips may not be the best choice or maybe your first choice?? I wonder if maybe they are more effective at moderate temps?
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Re: cold weather and hand protectors
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2012, 08:49:31 PM »
I have owned a set of Vetter Hippohands since '84 and think very highly of them.  In cold weather I can ride without gloves, a major plus.  In bitter weather, only light gloves are needed.  Since Hippohands provide protection all the way to my elbows, when combined with the outstanding factory V fairing with its' heat diverting lowers, I can ride comfortably and longer with lighter clothing.  A factory fairing equipped V with Hippohands makes one of the very best cold weather touring bikes of all time.  I'm sure that the addition of grip warmers would probably eliminate the need for gloves altogether.  Twenty years ago I received a grip warmer kit as a gift from friends at my
local Yamadealer and have never felt the need to install it. 

However, Hippohands do have some drawbacks.  They hurt gas consumption and sometimes impart undesirable steering imputes.  They also inhibit quick hand movements to and away from the controls if necessary.  Since you can't see the controls under the "hands" it really helps to know the controls very well by Braille.

For me, the pluses greatly outweight the minuses.  I can definitely work around the problems.
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Re: cold weather and hand protectors
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2012, 09:01:51 PM »
I appreciate hearing the drawbacks too, thanks QBS. Something to consider.
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Re: cold weather and hand protectors
« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2012, 08:41:01 AM »
I have several sets of gloves and having had the opportunity to crash test a few pairs and will never ride with out hand protection.  I have a pair of winter gloves that cost me about 80 to 120 (I don't remember exactly) bucks or so but it was money well spent and held up to my last crash well.  I have a set of triumph heated grips from my triumph st on my vision that work really well.
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Re: cold weather and hand protectors
« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2012, 09:56:08 PM »
I have owned a set of Vetter Hippohands since '84 and think very highly of them.  In cold weather I can ride without gloves, a major plus.  In bitter weather, only light gloves are needed.  Since Hippohands provide protection all the way to my elbows, when combined with the outstanding factory V fairing with its' heat diverting lowers, I can ride comfortably and longer with lighter clothing.  A factory fairing equipped V with Hippohands makes one of the very best cold weather touring bikes of all time.  I'm sure that the addition of grip warmers would probably eliminate the need for gloves altogether.  Twenty years ago I received a grip warmer kit as a gift from friends at my
local Yamadealer and have never felt the need to install it. 

However, Hippohands do have some drawbacks.  They hurt gas consumption and sometimes impart undesirable steering imputes.  They also inhibit quick hand movements to and away from the controls if necessary.  Since you can't see the controls under the "hands" it really helps to know the controls very well by Braille.

For me, the pluses greatly outweight the minuses.  I can definitely work around the problems.
I rode my 83 from Atlanta to Daytona for bike week one time when it was snowing when I left Atlanta and snowed all the way to the Fla. line. Had my Hippo Hands, snowmobile suit, and "heat diverting lowers" and was very comfortable. I rode into Robling Road Race Track outside Savannah and the racers got out of their vans and clapped for me. It was cool! In more ways than one.
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Re: cold weather and hand protectors
« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2012, 11:13:28 PM »

well, apparently stock on some models, along with heated handgrips.
maybe it's just time to just steal some from an unsuspecting beemer owner...     ;)   :angel:







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Re: cold weather and hand protectors
« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2012, 12:03:44 AM »
I'll bet that zip tie in the picture is worth a hundred bucks all by itself.

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« Reply #14 on: December 22, 2012, 12:00:34 PM »
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Re: cold weather and hand protectors
« Reply #15 on: December 22, 2012, 02:10:15 PM »
wow, how awesome is that !!!
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what a gr8t picture !!  LOL    :o :laugh: :laugh:


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Re: cold weather and hand protectors
« Reply #16 on: December 23, 2012, 12:44:26 AM »
What's with the "windshield"?  Reminds me of a sky light cover.
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Re: cold weather and hand protectors
« Reply #17 on: December 23, 2012, 05:52:40 PM »
Hopefully that doesn't get ridden above say, 20 mph.  The aerodynamics may get a bit squirrely.....

Thanks for posting.  That is in the "you couldn't make that up" category.

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Re: cold weather and hand protectors
« Reply #18 on: December 23, 2012, 06:11:35 PM »
What's with the "windshield"?  Reminds me of a sky light cover.

It's a window well basement window cover, LOL

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Re: cold weather and hand protectors
« Reply #19 on: December 23, 2012, 07:25:08 PM »
Yes and they are quite flimsy. As pullshocks mentioned I'll bet it's a handfull at speed. I almost wonder if it's just a mock-up? I hope it is... ???  :)
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