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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 10-18-2019, 12:41 AM Thread Starter
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Keeping Hands Warm on a Street Triple

I rode in the cold weather for the first time yesterday, so I decided to throw on some winter gloves. Unfortunately, it completely threw off my finger dexterity to the point where I didn't feel confident operating the controls in the event of an emergency. I don't know if it's just a matter of getting used to or what. Does anyone else have this problem?

In the event that there really is no way around that problem, I considered Triumph's heated grips. I quickly decided they weren't for me and that they only keep your palms warm.

I then considered either heated gloves or winter gloves designed specifically for riding. I would imagine, however, I would still have the same dexterity issue.

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I have used neat fitting dishwashing gloves under other gloves. Go for the pink ones.
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post #3 of 37 (permalink) Old 10-18-2019, 06:39 AM
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The heated grips make a good difference, but yeah don't do it all on cold days.. I've been looking to get a set of handguards to block the wind. Most motorcycle winter gloves suck.. gloves marketed more towards snowmobiling are decent.
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I put these on ... look terrible .. but warm hands.
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Medium duty snowmobile gloves will keep your hands warm and still allow you to operate the switches and controls. They are wind and water proof and have gauntlet cuffs to prevent cold air from entering through your sleeves. They're also happy with heated grips. Don't go overboard with the full Arctic styles. Remember that your coldest day riding a motorcycle is likely to be warmer than your hottest day on a snowmobile.
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Try silk glove liners for a cheap, quick fix.

Also winter gloves with Thinsulate backs and plain or reduced insulation on the palms are available. These are mainly used with heated grips.

I use Oxford heated grips and am very happy with them.
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You'll get used to wearing thicker gloves. At first it feels a little disconcerting, but you'll adjust quickly enough to the added thickness. I wear Dainese Scout Gore-Tex gloves when the weather dips in the 40s (likely get into the high 30s with windchill, that's as low as I my fingertips will take it), and have no issues whatsoever with the controls, you build up a different muscle memory to compensate.
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- You can have the warmest gloves in the world, if they are too tight, you'll freeze your hands off.
- Good heated grips make a big difference (I like the Oxfords, they get much hotter than most OEM grips)
- Handguards can help deflect wind from the hands
- One of the reasons we freeze our hands and feet is that our body is reducing the blood flow to the extremities to protect vital organs. Keeping your core warm will help with keeping hands and feet warm (same applies to boots, if you have thick socks but boots are tight you'll freeze).
- Putting a rainsuit on top of your riding jacket will help not only cut down on the wind, but will help retain your body heat, therefore contributing to keeping extremities warmer.
- I bought a 10$ USB heating pad that I just insert inside my vest on the chest, and it does warm up nicely.
- The faster you go, the colder it feels. Sometimes just slowing down 10-20km/h can help.

I'm in Canada and ride down to around -5C, so had to learned quite a few of these earlier on hehe
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If your gloves are not windproof, you won't be warm. I use both Gerbing heated gloves and Oxford heated grips. I have small hands so I know what you mean about thicker gloves. Hippo Hands really do work with heated grips and thinner gloves. Looks weird, but fashion is not the point.
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Ridden thru many a cold winter with heated grips, handguards and heated jacket liner. Keeping your core warm keeps warm blood going to the hands as well.
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