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We had a men's day at church this morning. It was a brisk 33掳F ... but I really wanted to ride. I bundled up and turned the grip heaters on. Wasn't too bad. (I do think hand guards may be on my bike soon ... the only place that got cold was the back of my hands).

It was a beautiful morning for a ride 馃槂

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In warm weather, I consider the metal handguard frame to be a bit of hand protection as well as keeping the levers from being mangled in a drop. In colder weather I attache the plastic shield for warmth.
Good point. I'm weighing the benefits of the "bark buster" type with the metal frame vs. The factory style with plastic only. Need to look into pricing a little more... and decide on crash protection risk.

Pretty easy to take the plastic on and off yours? (What brand?)
 

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Beautiful shot!

It was in the 40s here. Got in 150 miles on the Van Van. I had so many layers on I would get warm when stopped.

I have these lobster hand rain covers for my gloves and that made a huge difference.
I only had about 20 miles in the 30s ... and thought about wearing some cold weather ski gloves I have.

How are those lobster gloves with dexterity... pretty easy to get used to? (I've seen those covers (hippo?) ... and wondered how useful they would be too ...
 

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I only had about 20 miles in the 30s ... and thought about wearing some cold weather ski gloves I have.

How are those lobster gloves with dexterity... pretty easy to get used to? (I've seen those covers (hippo?) ... and wondered how useful they would be too ...
They are a little baggy and with the two and two fingers working the levers is fine. Grabbing the grips not so fine so I just kept my fingers covering the levers.

I did look up some DIY hippo hands to go over my bark busters may make them next fall.

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Good point. I'm weighing the benefits of the "bark buster" type with the metal frame vs. The factory style with plastic only. Need to look into pricing a little more... and decide on crash protection risk.

Pretty easy to take the plastic on and off yours? (What brand?)
Mine are the Kawi oem on my V650. Yes the plastics come off really easy. 2 screws each. A shorty Phillips screwdriver makes it easier.
 

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Good point. I'm weighing the benefits of the "bark buster" type with the metal frame vs. The factory style with plastic only. Need to look into pricing a little more... and decide on crash protection risk.

Pretty easy to take the plastic on and off yours? (What brand?)
I have two sets from T-Rex Racing. I really like them. T-Rex Racing Kawasaki Versys-X 300 / Honda CRF300L / KTM 1190 Adventure / 1290 Adventure Hand Guards with Barkbusters Wind Deflectors

On my KLX300SM I wanted different color plastics so they sold me the frames they build without the plastics and lowered the price to where it cost the same to me after buying the plastics elsewhere.
 

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I have two sets from T-Rex Racing. I really like them. T-Rex Racing Kawasaki Versys-X 300 / Honda CRF300L / KTM 1190 Adventure / 1290 Adventure Hand Guards with Barkbusters Wind Deflectors

On my KLX300SM I wanted different color plastics so they sold me the frames they build without the plastics and lowered the price to where it cost the same to me after buying the plastics elsewhere.
I'm glad my LT came with the factory deflectors, the barkbusters look sturdy but to me plastering the name in white is a turn off. If I paid for them I shouldn't have to do the advertising.
 

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I have two sets from T-Rex Racing. I really like them. T-Rex Racing Kawasaki Versys-X 300 / Honda CRF300L / KTM 1190 Adventure / 1290 Adventure Hand Guards with Barkbusters Wind Deflectors

On my KLX300SM I wanted different color plastics so they sold me the frames they build without the plastics and lowered the price to where it cost the same to me after buying the plastics elsewhere.
Thanks for that nudge-- I looked at those on T-Rex and really liked them. Just have to decide to let go of the money. Probably after this wedding my daughter is having in May 馃槈

On a side note ... I've been seeing more used bikes lately (including a klx300sm or two) ... looks like prices are coming down. I keep coming back to that klx230 as one of the top contenders. How's the market in your area? (I assume you always look... even if you are not buying).
 

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I'm glad my LT came with the factory deflectors, the barkbusters look sturdy but to me plastering the name in white is a turn off. If I paid for them I shouldn't have to do the advertising.
You can get black on black with the VPS plastics, or buy the storm plastics with no wording. You might even be able to screw the Kawasaki plastics on them because we all know Kawasaki doesn't make their accessories in house.
 

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Thanks for that nudge-- I looked at those on T-Rex and really liked them. Just have to decide to let go of the money. Probably after this wedding my daughter is having in May 馃槈

On a side note ... I've been seeing more used bikes lately (including a klx300sm or two) ... looks like prices are coming down. I keep coming back to that klx230 as one of the top contenders. How's the market in your area? (I assume you always look... even if you are not buying).
My problem is I have a good memory for used pricing and even though they are coming down, we need a crash like '08 for me to buy used over new.
 

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I use these in cold weather:
A little clumsy handling the controls, but it beats frozen hands.
I shied away from hippo hands mostly, because I don't think I'd like them semi-permanently on the bike. I also don't trust people messing with them in the parking lot.
 

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I use these in cold weather:
A little clumsy handling the controls, but it beats frozen hands.
I shied away from hippo hands mostly, because I don't think I'd like them semi-permanently on the bike. I also don't trust people messing with them in the parking lot.
Full on mittens are best for finger warmth, but not for lever control.

You'd be amazed at how useful a bike cover is at keeping people from messing with a bike in addition to UV protection.

Mine look like these, but being older are more heavy-duty.



Here are some nice gore-tex 3 finger gloves.

 
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