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post #1 of 54 Old 10-05-2016, 07:54 AM Thread Starter
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Best solution for cold hands?

I have "good" (but not great) gloves and the stock Suzuki hand/wind guards. I have an hour commute and I'm ok down to about 45 deg. Once it gets below that, it gets pretty rough on the hands. I've made the trip when it's been in the mid 30's and that is down right brutal on my fingers on the right hand (no cruise control). My question is, what do you feel is the best bang for the buck? High price gloves, or heated grips?

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I have Oxford heated grips and like them but my riding conditions don't get anywhere near that cold - and the grips don't heat the outside of one's hands! And the throttle grip gets hotter as it has less heat sucked away by the handle bars.

I have Thinsulated leather gloves but I don't like them as they are bulky and I don't have the same feel for the controls.

Heated gloves are available.

I have seen an absolutely ugly mitt one slides the hand into but I can't remember its name. It has a real Forties-Fifties look.

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I've had both. What I've found works best for me, is heated grips/ grip heaters, and once it gets too cold for that, i put a set of mitts over the bars/handguards. I use the "tusk atv mitts" on my DR and my FZ6, they're only $20. This allows me to use a regular glove. Winter and heated gloves are thicker and bulkier, so you lose some feel of the controls. For shorter rides commuting to work and whatnot, it's kinda a pain plugging in the heated gloves. With my setup, it's just hop on and go. In addition, once you install the heated grips, they're always there - so for spring/fall days when it's cool in he morning and evening, but warm during the day, you only need to bring one pair of gloves.
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Heated gloves work very well for me. easy wiring. A tad annoying having the harness in the jacket.

I also have heated grips....the gloves work better because they do the back of the hands.


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the first addition to any bike I have owned has been heated grips, they are always there whether you need them or not, for that cool summer morning when you have lightweight gloves, or getting hit with cool rain

once temps get colder, they may not be enuf, that is when heated gloves or handlebar muffs take over

hypothermia is a dangerous thing, cold hands do not operate controls as well, too much loss of heat from extremities and your core cools and cognitive functions and reaction time is comparable to being drunk or worse
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the first addition to any bike I have owned has been heated grips, they are always there whether you need them or not, for that cool summer morning when you have lightweight gloves, or getting hit with cool rain

once temps get colder, they may not be enuf, that is when heated gloves or handlebar muffs take over
+1, this is what I have always done. The grips are always on the bike and can be used on the fly.
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For me heated grips only warmed the inside of my hands where what really needed protection was the front of my fingers. The best cure I found was waxed cotton overmitts. They take up no room at all and work well in cold and rain. Those ATV mitts might be worth a try though.

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Heated gloves work very well for me. easy wiring. A tad annoying having the harness in the jacket. I also have heated grips....the gloves work better because they do the back of the hands.
I opted for Warm-n-Safe heated touring gloves and they are great. However, if riding rain all day they will absorb water in the leather but they are waterproof inside. They need to dry out well overnight. If I encounter that I wear the large dishwashing outergloves over the heated ones. Riding into the teens... no problem.
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Heated grips make a lot of difference.
Heated gloves are even better, but a pain to deal with and usually bulky.
Hand guards help, but once it gets cold they are not that much better.
Hippo Hands or similar help, but are weird to get used to.

One thing I have learned is that a thin silk (if you can find them) glove UNDER your regular winter glove can make a huge difference.

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Oxford grips, hand guards, Heated gloves and those handlebar covers. Handle bar muff!. Took my old brain 20 minutes to find that term.
Taking the car when it gets cold?
AUDEW Pair Waterproof Motorcycle Grip HandleBar Muff Winter Warmer Thermal Cover Glove

Ugly, but it's a potential hand protector. Cheapo too.
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