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post #1 of 14 Old 09-25-2011, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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Hippo Hands/Hand Warmer Mitts

Does anybody use those hand warmer "mitt" things (most usually called Hippo Hands) on their KLR with the stock handguards?

I'm thinking about getting a set for mine and there are some available on eBay at reasonable prices. I don't know if any of them will work with the stock hand guards.

The original HH's cost a tad much for me.

I'm going to extend my riding/commuting season but not to the point where I need heated grips. I would just like a little more wind protection for my hands so I don't have to go with a bulkier glove.

Just curious if anybody uses these and what brand they use.



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I use the tusk atv brand guards from Rocky mountain ATV, I think they were 15 bucks for the pair. Don't have the heated grips and as far as I know, they are for bars with real barkbusters installed.

They help, I imagine with heated grips, it would be toasty.
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Without a doubt the best ones I've had are the Ducks Unlimited ATV hand warmers. The don't collapse when you pull your hand out and are very warm. They fit over the bark busters on the KLR, KTM and my strom with a little adjustment. Cut the stitching around the part going over the bars then sew a couple loops when it's wide enough. Since there is a velcro wrap at that end opening the stitches a little further doesn't effect the hand warmers.


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Without a doubt the best ones I've had are the Ducks Unlimited ATV hand warmers. The don't collapse when you pull your hand out and are very warm. They fit over the bark busters on the KLR, KTM and my strom with a little adjustment. Cut the stitching around the part going over the bars then sew a couple loops when it's wide enough. Since there is a velcro wrap at that end opening the stitches a little further doesn't effect the hand warmers.

Thanks for the lead, Buildit. Do you have any idea if they could be adapted to the stock KLR handguards?



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My local dealer has QuadBoss ATV covers. I think they were $19. I tried them on my bikes last year and if I had to choose between them and heated grips I'd take them. They make a nice pillow of warmer air. I haven't tried them on my KLR yet although I did install $5 heated grips on it since it needed new grips when I got it.
The stock KLR guards are huge and will help block a lot of cold air.





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Does anybody use those hand warmer "mitt" things (most usually called Hippo Hands) on their KLR with the stock handguards?

I'm thinking about getting a set for mine and there are some available on eBay at reasonable prices. I don't know if any of them will work with the stock hand guards.

The original HH's cost a tad much for me.

I'm going to extend my riding/commuting season but not to the point where I need heated grips. I would just like a little more wind protection for my hands so I don't have to go with a bulkier glove.

Just curious if anybody uses these and what brand they use.
I think if I was using stock handguards I would just take them off to install the handwarmers. Only one bolt to remove to take the stock handguards off. I have a set of Tusk handwarmers and they are just a little too small to fit over the Moose plastics on the barkbusters. The plastics are a PIA to remove because it requires taking the barkbuster off to remove the plastic. Consequently I haven't used the handwarmers much.
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Thanks for the lead, Buildit. Do you have any idea if they could be adapted to the stock KLR handguards?
I don't see why they wouldn't. They fit over the stock dl1000 hand guards.

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I alternate the Tusk/ Rocky Mt mitts between a V-Strom with stock handguards and the KLR with Barkbusters. They work great but appear to be smaller than the ones Buildit is showing. Would'nt bet the Tusk would fit over stock Kawi guards. IMHO mitts are a major improvement for winter riding.

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I think if I was using stock handguards I would just take them off to install the handwarmers. Only one bolt to remove to take the stock handguards off. I have a set of Tusk handwarmers and they are just a little too small to fit over the Moose plastics on the barkbusters. The plastics are a PIA to remove because it requires taking the barkbuster off to remove the plastic. Consequently I haven't used the handwarmers much.
Good point. If I'm switching over to a cold-weather configuration and using the hand warmers, I wouldn't really need the stock handguards.

With heated grips available, I was surprised to find more than a few folks who use these old-school hand warmers and really seem to like them.

I appreciate everybody's input.



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$5 heated grips are a nice addition...

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