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Tiger 1050 - Mods & Workshop Workshop and technical talk for the 1050 Tiger

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Old 11-20-2011, 12:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New hand guards

I'll be picking up a new set of hard guards for my 1050 sometime next week. Anyone have experience with Triumph's guards and whether they help with wind blast?

That's currently my gadfly - frozen fingers from wind blast. I'm hoping that hand guards will redirect the wind away from my hands and help with that.
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Old 11-21-2011, 01:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i have a 2010 SE that came stock with the hand guards. i think/feel that they do help in keeping your hands a little warmer. however i do live in calif (SF bay area) so it does not get real cold like other places. but having been riding motorcycles for over 40 years this is the first bike with hand guards i have had & it does make a difference.
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Old 11-21-2011, 01:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i have a 2010 SE that came stock with the hand guards. i think/feel that they do help in keeping your hands a little warmer. however i do live in calif (SF bay area) so it does not get real cold like other places. but having been riding motorcycles for over 40 years this is the first bike with hand guards i have had & it does make a difference.
I'll keep that in mind. Winter riding is a real problem up here, rainy weather and temps in the upper 30's make for VERY cold riding. I don't find winter gloves holding up particularly well in rain. recently switched to snowmobile gloves to see if they fare better.
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Old 11-22-2011, 12:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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in case you have not tried them, there are lots of MC gloves with gortex in them. they work good for me. although i have to admit, it's been awhile since i got caught in the rain.
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Old 11-24-2011, 11:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I just installed a new set of Triumph handguards yesterday. Went for a 300 mile trip and can report that they really don't help with the cold all that much. I know they have to help some, but my fingers still got cold after an hour riding in the high 40's and low 50's. I guess the next step is heated grips or better winter gloves. I do like the looks and they will protect the levers, I guess, in the case of a tip over.
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Old 11-27-2011, 08:24 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I have Triumph's handguards, with Touratech's handguard extensions. I don't have electric gloves, and my hands don't get 'bitter cold'. The extensions are made for a BMW 1150/1200 GS.

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I also fitted the genuine hand guards; Find that they just keep the frost bite away from your finger tips,

Used to have hand guards with heated grips on my previous BMW bike and with the heat setting on full my hand were still cold,

It can get quite hard going during the winter months for bikers,

Nothing a hot bath cannot mend at the end of the trip,
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Old 11-30-2011, 01:17 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I've got the stock and they seem to work well down to the upper 30's. Got heated grips too and they are OK, but IMO you need both the grips and guards to do a good job as you approach freezing. Also, have Gerbing heated gloves and IMO, with just the guards they work extremely well. Once into the lower 30's the heated jacket comes out, but because of the danger of ice, I put the bike in the garage when it gets much colder than that.
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Old 12-07-2011, 07:14 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I just installed a new set of Triumph handguards yesterday. Went for a 300 mile trip and can report that they really don't help with the cold all that much. I know they have to help some, but my fingers still got cold after an hour riding in the high 40's and low 50's. I guess the next step is heated grips or better winter gloves. I do like the looks and they will protect the levers, I guess, in the case of a tip over.
That's my experience. Installed mine about a week ago. Other than making it look more aerodynamic they don't do anything for wind or rain blast on my little piddies.
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Old 12-08-2011, 08:00 AM   #10 (permalink)
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My experience is that you are right IF YOU ARE WEARING SUMMER GLOVES. If you are wearing a heavier glove they work and if you are more in the upper 50's. If you go lower like from 40 or so and below, it's electric time. I have Gerbing electric gloves and they work great, so good I have not put my heated grips back on.
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