This was a challenge for me as I live in Georgia which means I can almost ride year round.... I'll ride as long as there isn't any ice on the roads, which can still mean pretty chilly though. I have heated gloves for the KLR and heated grips for the VSTROM. Both bikes have BarkBusters Storm for the handlebars and a big windscreen as well.
Both hand heaters seem to work well, but in some ways I'm more annoyed by the wires with the heated gloves than how well they work. I also have just some pretty good winter gloves -not the super high dollar but lined and goretex, and I sometimes wear extra glove liners (un-heated) with them and that works pretty well also - probably to about 45-50 - degrees and speed.
I tend to prefer the heated grips though - easier to adjust the heat, even while riding (Oxford system), and with the BarkBusters they block a lot of heat loss from my hands. If it were any colder, I'd probably just get some of those "handlebar muffs" to stick my hands in.
I also think it is important to make sure my core is warm as well as neck, face and feet... If too many extremities get too cold (feet, hands, head), riding ceases to be fun and more of a chore to me... I have used those 2 or 3 hour foot warmers in my boots - and I really liked them.
2002 KLR650 Sheila
2009 VStrom DL1k Athena
Last edited by klrzen; 04-17-2019 at 10:06 PM.