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34 degrees this AM riding to work. My hands were in pain by the time I got there. I have a pair of heavy winter riding gloves but hate wearing them because I lose all the tactile feedback you get from the handlebars. My thinking is that if I can get the cold wind off my hands it would help considerably and I would still be comfortable wearing my regular gloves. I have thought of heated grips and a buddy has them and says they help but the backs of his hands still get cold.

Anyone using the handlebar mitts? What brand / model are you using and do they fit over the hand guards?

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post #2 of 8 Old 02-25-2010, 08:09 PM
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My bars are nekked but these inexpensive Moose Mud Paws work well.

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I use them and they work great. I have heated grips on my KLR and my BMW. Do the heated grips work ? Sure they do. Are they the end all gone to heaven don't get any better then this kind of heat and comfort. NO. I live in Minnesota so i have a pretty good idea of what works and what doesn't work. Heated grips with the covers works the best for me. I know someone is going to come on and say they ride 500 miles a day at 200 below zero with there hands wrapped in the Sunday paper and duct tape. As for brand I use hippo hands. I have a pair for the KLR and a pair for the BMW. One pair does not fit all bikes. You tell them what kind of bike and hand guards you have and they make them to fit your bike.They are kind of expensive. But cold sucks. People are going to tell you you can get them at wall mart for 5 dollars or fleet farm for 10 dollars. And they work just as good. No they don't. I tried the cheap way and it was a waste of money. If I hadn't throne the cheap ones away I would give them to you. So you could see for your self how they don't fit. Staying warm Is not cheap. But it sure is nice. Hippo hands for the KLR I think I paid 80 or 90 dollars. But they last for ever and they work.
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With out a doubt the best ones for the $$$ are the Ducks Unlimited ATV hand warmers available locally for under $30. Reasons why?
1. Able to be easily modified to fit over bark busters and around mirror mounts by simply splitting open the seam a little bit.
2. With the bark busters the do not restrict movement of your hands from wind forcing them against you hand.
3. Opening does not colapse like some others I've tried and seen.
4. has reinforced bar ends to resist damage if you brush up against trees and such in the woods.
5. Water and UV resistant design.
Price at Iron Poney in Columbus was $27.99 for my last set for the v-strom.


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Thanks guys!
Busa - Hippo Hands, I'd heard of those before but had "Elephant Ears" stuck in my head instead. Those look great and appear to be fitted bike to bike according to their website, pricey yes.
Buildit - The Drunks Unlimited :-) look good also however the hand opening looks small? Do you still have access to the starter button / turn signal controls?
DonD - Those would look great on my KTM !!! Did an internet search that didn't turn up much, can you direct me?

Been looking at the Dual-Star grip heaters. Pros / Cons?
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I got my grip heaters from dual star and they work great. But a lot of places sell the same heaters. I guess what I am saying is look elsewhere. I bought a lot of stuff from dual star over the years. they had some great products. They had there own line of tank bags and tank panniers. very well made stuff. But it got so that when you ordered some thing it took forever to get it. If you got it at all. ( I don't mean days I mean weeks or months) they don't answer the phone or return emails. which is to bad because they were really good. But I have not tried them for a couple of years. Maybe they have turned it around and got better. But there is a lot of information on the sites about grip heaters. Just do a search and you can read for days. You might learn more then you wanted to know . Have a good day and stay warm.
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Buildit - The Drunks Unlimited :-) look good also however the hand opening looks small? Do you still have access to the starter button / turn signal controls?
Been looking at the Dual-Star grip heaters. Pros / Cons?
For the hand opening I've never had trouble getting in or out even cruising along at 65mph. I thing having the bark busters inside them makes a big difference. As for hitting the controlls the left turn signal can be tricky sometimes just because your trying to pull it towards you. But I have no trouble hitting the horn, starter and high beams.
I also use heated grips on both the Strom and KLR and the cheap hi/low style works great. I think thats what Dual star is?

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Thanks guys!
Busa - Hippo Hands, I'd heard of those before but had "Elephant Ears" stuck in my head instead. Those look great and appear to be fitted bike to bike according to their website, pricey yes.
Buildit - The Drunks Unlimited :-) look good also however the hand opening looks small? Do you still have access to the starter button / turn signal controls?
DonD - Those would look great on my KTM !!! Did an internet search that didn't turn up much, can you direct me?

Been looking at the Dual-Star grip heaters. Pros / Cons?
http://www.speedsupplies.com/accesso...asp?item=16376

I also have Kimpex type grip heaters. Got them on sale at RockyMountainATV.

I've had the Mud Paws on my Burgman, my ST1300, my Valkyrie and use them on my CB750 even though it has DL1000 knuckle guards.

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