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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-04-2011, 08:23 AM Thread Starter
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Greetings from North TX. With the temps dropping (yes, it gets chilly in Texas), I have decided to play "Rider's Limbo". The objective is to see how low the temps can go before I hang up the V for the season. For the most part, I am toasty warm in my First Gear pants (with liner) and Scorpion Commander jacket. I put on rain over-boots to keep the wind off my ankles.

No matter what gloves I wear, the wind always turns my hands numb by the time I reach the office. Even with the grip heaters cranking, I can't keep the outside of my hands warm. It's a strange sensation when the palm side of your hands are sweating and the back side of your fingers are freezing.

The solution - take a couple sheets of acrylic and a heat gun. Form the plastic to mate with your hand guards, drill holes and attach with lots of rubber washers so nothing gets scratched in the process. My theory was that if I could block the wind, the grip heaters would do the rest.

I got a good test this morning as it was 32F when I left the garage at 5:30 this morning. I was running on fumes so stopped to fill her up. Of course, I had to take off my "Michelin Man" gloves to slap the credit card in the machine and operate the pump. By the time I was done, my hands were really cold.

Back on the V, the commute resumed at 70+ mph and the grip heaters on HIGH. My hands warmed back up to the point that I had to turn down the grip heaters cuz they were sweating. Mission accomplished! Now I need to work on making them look less KLR-ish.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-04-2011, 08:41 AM
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Nice job!~ kill the wind. kill the chill!
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Yep, sure looks ugly.

Those hand guards look like Zetas, witch is what I have, and they are almost completely ineffective in cold weather.
I've been meaning to make my own, larger ones by using Zeta's as the mold. Some moldable plastic or even carbon fiber would work.
Something like this:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7813158...n/photostream/
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"windscreens" for the hands sure makes a difference.

I previously bought a pair of snowmobile gauntlet gloves similar to these.



Two aspects that make gloves function better for Motorcycling are a wind breaking tight
fabric outer layer and thick fluffy insulating layer like thinsulate. These gloves have worked well for me unless soaking wet.
But I'm a warm blooded person and don't generally have issues with the cold down to the point where I'm get more concerned with frost and frozen sprinkler over spray.
This mornings commute using my summer gloves was 34 degrees.

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I saw a thread here a while back pertaining to handguards made by KTM. They appeared to provide substantial wind protection but not much protection in the event of a spill. Looked like an easy mod free install as well.
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I saw a thread here a while back pertaining to handguards made by KTM. They appeared to provide substantial wind protection but not much protection in the event of a spill. Looked like an easy mod free install as well.
I have a set of the KTM handguards I bought from a forum member. They work fairly well for blocking the wind. My finger tips still get cold but I can lift them up flat and "play piano" behind them while its cold (36 degrees) and get some warmth in the tips.

I'm thinking about actually attaching a lip to the top and bottom to provide a more cupped area.
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I had initially wanted to install Hippo Hands, but the farkle fund is tapped dry for the time being (Powerlet/GPS mount/windshield/bar risers). So, I was faced with doing nothing or making something from scratch. Once the budget allows, will probably trade up to Hippo Hands. Much warmer and not so "campy".
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Round those corners with a Dremel, paint the inside red, you'll be good to go!

Metroplex V's don't hang up for the season, didn't you get a copy of the bylaws?
I missed about 5 days last year during the Superbowl ice thing.

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I have the Barkbuster single side mounts, coupled with Gerbing's Core gloves

http://coreheat.net/Products/Heated%20S2%20Gloves.html

and my hands stay toasty warm in all temps.

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Round those corners with a Dremel, paint the inside red, you'll be good to go!

Metroplex V's don't hang up for the season, didn't you get a copy of the bylaws?
I missed about 5 days last year during the Superbowl ice thing.

cajun voice: you can do-it!
...and bend/curve them a bit inwards and you may have nice wind protection.

This is called -Killing the Enemy whichever way you can.

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