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Hi,
I know there is plenty of of discussion about this already, but I would like any definitive answers to my hand problems. I have recently bought a new CB500X, with Honda heated grips. I have severe Hand Arm Vibration syndrome, so grips alone don't quite do it; on my last bike I used Tucano Urban muffs, and found I could ridd no matter how cold with only summer gloves. Unfortunately the Honda has non-fixed bar ends, which means that the muffs are forced down at speed and interfere with brake and clutch levers - obviously no good.
My only two possible solutions are a) Gerbing heated gloves, which might work but may be too much of a power drain with the grips as well or b) Givi handlebar guards, which look quite big and wraparound. I am thinking that they might keep enough of the wind chill off to provide the ideal solution. One of these fixes is £150, and one is £80, but warm hands is the goal.
I would really appreciate the thoughts of anyone with experience of these solutions, I wish I could tough it out but the state of my hands just won,t let me!
 

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I think the Givi guards look well integrated and they'd be my first choice, with the grips you already have. After that, maybe the gloves, but I'm sure there are better performing ones without going electric.

Nothing worse than cold hands. You have my sympathy.
 

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I have the givi hand guards on my cb500f, cost me £80 and I don't think they are worth it. Look good but non functional for me although I don't do motorway commutes.
I got the gerbing heated 12v xr12gloves but sent them back. Very thick. And very long, hard to connect to bike and wires to each glove when you have them on.... Also a pain trying to sort padlocks out etc with them on....


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I then bought some keis heated inners to wear with my normal winter gloves and I'm happy. Only wear them when it's below 4oC and can put them on, connect gloves up to wire inside jacket all indoors, unlock bike and then connect up to bike. Can then put helmet on and winter gloves with toasty hands as bike is warming up. These plus winter are quite bulky and I lose a lot of dexterity but probably the same as the xr12s.
You can get them for about £60 and would probably be warm enough with them and a non vented summer glove.... Unless you are somewhere like canada (I'm UK and suffer really badly with cold)
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Maybe it's my Canadian blood, or maybe it just works, but my setup is Barkbuster Storm shields for the wind, and then Oxford heated grips. I am usually OK for 30-40 minute commutes with summer leather gloves down to about freezing temperatures. Anything colder or longer and I would want to use my insulated/waterproof gloves. If I was doing long cruises at sub-zero temperatures, then I would look at adding some pogies like your Urban Muffs.
 

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Thanks for all the replies. Being a cheapskate will probably go for some guards to start with as I am very non techy anyway! Will post a picture when fitted. Don't like the idea of lengthy faffing with wires. It's my first time at posting a question so it's great to have lots of suggestions! Thanks!
 

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Make sure the gloves are not too tight. Air space is the best insulator. You don't want your finger tips hitting the ends of the gloves. You have to test for this when your hands are on the bars. I also made some "guards" out of 4 litre cider jugs which fit over my OEM Honda guards. Hands are right out of the wind.
 

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Also.....you don't want gloves that make your hands sweat during the beginning of the ride. I've got some very heavy duty gloves, the issue with the gloves, they make my hands sweat at the beginning of the ride and then my hands get cold. So you need gloves that breath. Sometimes the insulation material can cause more harm then good.

I've got another pair of gloves that are deer skin, and then the inside of the liner is a thin wool. My hands don't get cold with those gloves unless I get down into the 40's.

That thing about the tight gloves also something to consider.

I think some good deer skin gloves with wind protection the way to go.
 

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Love the ingenuity....Before all this specialized gear came along, we'd fit several newspaper sections inside our jacket for more insulation....BTW...I, too, am having the same issue with cold hands....the older I get, the more it bothers me....I installed heated grips yesterday and will find out on this morning's commute how they work...Riders with their hands behind windshields seem to do well with them....not so good on other bikes,,,,That's why your post with the milk jugs caught my eye...
 

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With a good pair of Handguards,winter gloves & glove liners I've been good rides at temperatures as low as 34*. Most likely I won't ride below freezing unless a emergency.
 

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Thanks to all for the replies, the Giving guards do seem to make a fair bit of difference, still cold but liveable for up to an hour at 2C.
 

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I'm using a couple thin silk gloves inside my regular alpinestar gp pro gloves and It's not working well! Plus my fingers have some pain if I do long rides -two hours or more- this way probably because too much compression. I'll try handguards and Omni cruise throttle lock when open roads/highways for keeping both hands outside the cold wind. I make pauses every half hour more or less with my hands touching the exhaust for a while, cheaper than heated gear/grips haha! I've looked at muffles as other solutions on the web, but I haven't decide yet.
Have a look at the new Puig handguards for the 2016 year model, can't tell you the price at this moment as I think It's a new product.
 

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check out handlebar mitts. they're big and ugly, but a guy I knew who spent 4 years riding his motorcycle around the world said it was the best thing to keep the hands warm. they're also cheap. I saw some for $20 on ebay.
 

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MITTENS are the big equalizer.

Snow Ski MITTENS to do me for upper 40sF and low 50sF.

Add Liner gloves for upper 30s and lower 40s.

Add those chemical hand warmers between the liners and mittens for lower 30sF.

I seldom ride below 30F, but sometimes upper 20sF (same thing Mittens, Liners, and Chemical Hand Warmers).

Amount of gear I use also depends on how far and how long I am riding.

PS: I am not into Electric Gloves or Electric Clothing, some folks are. Different Strokes for Different folks.
 

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I also suffer with really badly with cold hands, tried the heated inserts but they were too bulky, gortexcovers/ overmittens (ex army) worked but also gave a great loss of dexterity.
I have the givi hand guards but find them very inefficient.
I have been pleasently surprised by a cheap pair Richa Artic gloves (sportsbikeshop) which now allow me to ride all year round happily and I've disconnected my Oxford heated grips.
I got frost nip in Canada once so my hands are pants, +3oC and I was having to warm them on the exhaust.
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Cold hands fix -
Step one - dont ride if its really cold out
Step two - if you hands get cold dont ride in cold temps!
I will not ride below 50°F just for that reason!
 
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