I commute on the Versys most of the year (Kansas City), unless it's snowing or the temps drop below freezing (too much risk of black ice). With a 40 mile highway commute it's COLD in the winter.
While I can keep most of my body warm, I've never succeeded in keeping my hands warm, but I've added enough gear to make it tolerable on freezing days:
- Barkbusters made a huge difference, keeping the wind off my hands! (Barkbusters (BB.S1.BK) Black Storm Handguard for 7/8" Handlebars)
- Heavy, waterproof textile gear - jacket and pants, both with liners. Firstgear, Fieldsheer.
- Layers of clothes underneath. Frequently a sweater. Sometimes long johns
- Two pair of socks and heavy, waterproof motorcycle boots
- Heavy winter gloves - Generally OK down to 45 or so
- Added liners - helped, but not enough to make up for feeling less flexible
- Heated gloves - Cycle Gear "Hot Wired". Good, but not great. I'd recommend exploring other options:
- Heated grips - Koso AM111030 7/8" + 1" Apollo Heated Grips - about $105 on Amazon last year
Put it all together and I do OK on my commute, but my hands wouldn't tolerate a longer trip at freezing temps.
In retrospect I would:
Add Barkbusters and heated grips first, skip the heated gloves (too much fiddling with the wires), and maybe ride less under 40 degrees :P