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post #1 of 15 Old 09-21-2014, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone tried the Kolpin Black Geartector handlebar mitt?

Found these and I think I may look at running heated grips and these mitts this winter. Anyone tried them? Look like them may fit over hand guards.

Amazon.com: Kolpin 92185 Black Geartector Mitts: Kolpin: Automotive

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I bought some mits from Kolpin. I put em on when it got cold, and they do keep the draft out - had to modify them somewhat with some velcro since the vstrom mirror stalks/controls get in the way a bit. But, ultimately, I never use em because at speeds above 30mph, the wind pushes the kolpin's into the levers (boo), and if you drape your fingers over the levers, you'll really notice it.

I then punted and bought the suzuki plastic hand guards - and I also bought some aerostich electric grip wraps (they velcro around the grip, so you can remove em easily when not needed - very handy). Not wanting to give up on the kolpins, I tried to work them over the suzuki hand guards -barely fit and would need further modifications to work with the stock mirrors (which I didn't do). Perhaps if I hacked apart the kolpins and riveted the wrist portion to the plastic hand guard, one would have the best of both worlds........?

Works great on a bicycle, or ATV/sled with minimal contols, but on a Vstrom, not so great......I'd not get them.....I will sell you mine for a good price if you want to try your luck (already modded for vstrom mirrors).

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I bought some mits from Kolpin. I put em on when it got cold, and they do keep the draft out - had to modify them somewhat with some velcro since the vstrom mirror stalks/controls get in the way a bit. But, ultimately, I never use em because at speeds above 30mph, the wind pushes the kolpin's into the levers (boo), and if you drape your fingers over the levers, you'll really notice it.

I then punted and bought the suzuki plastic hand guards - and I also bought some aerostich electric grip wraps (they velcro around the grip, so you can remove em easily when not needed - very handy). Not wanting to give up on the kolpins, I tried to work them over the suzuki hand guards -barely fit and would need further modifications to work with the stock mirrors (which I didn't do). Perhaps if I hacked apart the kolpins and riveted the wrist portion to the plastic hand guard, one would have the best of both worlds........?

Works great on a bicycle, or ATV/sled with minimal contols, but on a Vstrom, not so great......I'd not get them.....I will sell you mine for a good price if you want to try your luck (already modded for vstrom mirrors).
Did you try this version or another by Kolpin? My thought on these was during the winter taking the plastic guard off the hand guards and leaving the aluminum bar on to keep them from pushing against the levers. I will be getting the BarkBuster storms. They will need to be modded for the mirror stalks.

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Not sure if its the latest mitts, but these are the ones I have.

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Here's another option.

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Rocky Mt ATV offers some low cost mitts
https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/search?term=Mitts

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Nice write up. If you took the plastic guard off of the Barkbusters would the ATV mitts have fit better? Good point about the smaller hand opening.

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Nice write up. If you took the plastic guard off of the Barkbusters would the ATV mitts have fit better? Good point about the smaller hand opening.
They may have but I didn't try that. The atv gauntlets were much narrower and deeper. I think they are too much of a risk getting hands out in an emergency.

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Did you try this version or another by Kolpin? My thought on these was during the winter taking the plastic guard off the hand guards and leaving the aluminum bar on to keep them from pushing against the levers. I will be getting the BarkBuster storms. They will need to be modded for the mirror stalks.

I had the Koplin's on my KLR with aluminum guards, worked great. I had small shields on the bars and the Koplins fit well. I punched a hole (and installed a gromet) for the mirror stalks. I haven't installed them on my new to me 650 but they're on the list.

Before the Koplins I had Tusk mitts. Comparing the 2 the Koplins are roomier and come up farther on your forearms. They have a reinforcement in the hand opening that keeps them open. You do have to reach inside them a ways to get to the grips, takes a bit to get used to.

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