Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Fleming Island, FL
Inelegant, inexpensive, effective cold-weather handguards
Knees, knuckles, what's the difference?
Someday, perhaps, I will find a way to justify the expense of an actual set of handguards and/or heated handgrips for my Versys. Spending winters in usually warm locales, however, I rarely need more than Thinsulate-lined waterproof winter gloves from such trendy suppliers as ... oh ... say ... Cycle Gear. It was 37 degrees this morning when I left White Springs, Florida; by the time I reached the outskirts of Jacksonville, my fingertips were numb and creeping toward downright painful.
In desperation, I stopped at a Tractor Supply store and found a pair of $9 CLC (Custom Leather Craft) "Durable Foam Kneepads." In a parking-lot re-invention session, I removed the lower hook-and-loop straps from the kneepads and used only the upper mounting straps. Wrapping one strap around the brake-fluid reservoir at the throttle-end of the bars, and around Speedy's mirror extender at the clutch-end, I was able to secure the kneepads, now knucklepads, and complete the ride under conditions vastly improved. Even at 70 mph, my temporary cold-weather handguards did not flutter or crowd the brake and clutch levers. The straps did not interfere with other controls at the stems.
Inelegant, to be sure, but sufficient for the rare times I need such protection. Oh! I did remove the tag. Just left it there for anyone seeking same item.
Just a "rambler in my Father's world."