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In the '70s I motored up & down I-5 between Bellingham, WA through Seattle/Tacoma to Longview, WA. This was year round, wet & dry, on my Yamaha 500 twin. The windshield I added worked wonders but didn't cover the hands. I made up a naugahide (vinyl?) cover for the handgrips & it made huge difference in keeping my hands warm & dry.

I see where Buell Ulysses ( http://www.pashnit.com/bikes/BuellUlysses.htm ) has some plastic-like hand guards for some of their bikes, ans was wondering if folks here had any experience w/ them, &/or comments, pics, & ideas about making some. Here's one site that has a variety for sale (over $30 seems pricey... but I'm "thrifty", aka cheap)
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/departmentC.aspx?Class=295&department=656&division=6
 

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You may also want to check out the "mitts" made for ATVs and snowmobiles that velcro around your handlebar to provide another layer of warmth and protection.
 

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i would to try them too prob is the mounting. our clip ons don't have any room for mounting jack. which means one thing:rig it. i'm leary bout forking over 30 to 60 bux for a rig job :p

anybody have any ideas?my fingers are about to fall off!!
 

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maverick9611 said:
i would to try them too prob is the mounting. our clip ons don't have any room for mounting jack. which means one thing:rig it. i'm leary bout forking over 30 to 60 bux for a rig job :p

anybody have any ideas?my fingers are about to fall off!!
Find some vinyl-cloth in a color you like, and maybe some upholstery (contact cement).
If the cloth side looks crummy or white, get some spray dye & color the fabric side.

Fold it over in a U-shape big enough to cover the grips AND your hands w/ gloves on.
Keep it loose enough that you can get your hands in & out fast w/o complication, for emergencies.

Either fold over the edges & contact cement them, or cut some little slots on the inboard sides so you can lace some old black shoe strings through them to secure it to the handlebar.

For sure- Don't let the lace interfere w/ clutch & brake levers or the motion of the throttle.

Something like that worked for me 25+ years ago... so maybe it'll help you. ??
 

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Lucky#13 said:
For $50 you can get a pair of Cortech Polar-Tech Gloves , made by Tourmaster.Very warm without being too bulky.I dont know about you but I like to stay warm and keep as low a profile with my gear.When your gear is too bulky it makes you feel like the little kid on 'A Christmas Story'...'I cant put my arms down' :D
hahahaha,
three pairs of thermal pants as well as jeans on top of that,
on my torso i wear a beater,t-shirt,thermal shirt, sweatshirt, then my A*'s TZ-1.
two pairs of socks if I feel the need for em.

also, when it rains, i have a pvc nylon rain suit that goes above all those things.
 
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I wear those cortech gloves, and while they're *ok*, I wouldn't highly recommend them. My hands still get a little cold after about 20 minutes. Plus the added bulk of the gloves has made it so my clutch control isn't as fine (I have to use a different technique than I us with my summer gloves).
 

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i did. same thing our mounting spots are limited. hate 2 buy it and it won't work. maybe i'll chance and end up rigging it
 

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I have the tourmaster gloves. They are only good for half an hour when it's in the low 40's. I've since combined them with handguards from National Cycle and it's only a little better. I expected more.

What worked best for me where the handlebar gauntlets combined with regular leather riding gloves. That cut all the wind. I highly recommend them.
 

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Like I did in the late 70's... Hippohands was new back then...
I'll make wind-blocking vinyl-fabric, some black shoestrings, & rubber cement to make my own.
 
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