World's Ugliest Mod
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.