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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-21-2019, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Brake/Clutch Wraps for Colder Weather

Curious if anyone uses or knows of decent lever wraps to keep the cool at bay. I'm on the path to winter and I've always wanted to do something about warming up the levers a wee bit, especially on those freezing mornings/evenings.

I don't want the fringe and braids that another brand seem to relish. Just something simple that is better than gripping cold aluminum . If anyone has something that works for them, I'd like to hear about it.

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Curious if anyone uses or knows of decent lever wraps to keep the cool at bay. I'm on the path to winter and I've always wanted to do something about warming up the levers a wee bit, especially on those freezing mornings/evenings.

I don't want the fringe and braids that another brand seem to relish. Just something simple that is better than gripping cold aluminum . If anyone has something that works for them, I'd like to hear about it.

Thanks, Tim
Tim,

Don't know anybody using lever wraps. Most riders use some combination of handguards, heated grips, and gloves. I use all three.

I have OEM heated grips, but Oxford heated grips are much cheaper and well-respected. I use MIG/ TIG welders gloves (lined) because they have real gauntlets and nice prices. Search for Barkbusters (or similar handguards) on Google, then click on the IMAGES tab. I use the V-strom handguards (US$50~$75) with a slight modification at the rear to fit my bar end weights, and a machine screw (drill and tap the lever mount as needed) at the front. Similar to these:

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Suzuki-DL...-291/521210658

The online bike shops may double that price, plus shipping, so watch out on the pricing. Amazon usually has them at the right price, but not right now.
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I donít put things on my levers, because I wear gloves, especially when itís cold.

I use Barkbuster Storm handguards fall-spring, warm n safe (not from thewarmingstore) heated current gen jacket and glove liners, and I have heated grips. Heated grips are good when itís chilly. Handguards take it to a whole new level. But for real cold, I prefer heated liners.

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I have Barkbusters on my FJR and like how they redirect the wind and cold air:

http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/b...-threaded-bars

Home Depot is selling Millwaukee 12V heated gloves for those extra cold days, so maybe you should consider a pair. I ride on 10deg Celsius with heated grips and Barkbusters and it's perfect. Not interested in riding in anything lower then 10deg, since the tires get hard and the grip is compromised.
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Yep, I've got the bark busters, heated grips (2017), electric gloves, and a good ole trusty pair of Hippo Hands. That being said, at cold/freezing temps in traffic, those aluminum levers are bitter. And when you've been in the rain and cold, grabbing those things just eats through any bit of warm quickly. It just seems like there's got to be something out there...
I'll probably just get some non-sticky tape wrap - that could be the ticket.

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There are foam lever wraps available, and you could always use heat shrink tubing.....
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I use an old pair of Widder electric gloves in the winter and I don't ever feel the need to cover my levers, but, I live in South Carolina, so really COLD, to me, is the upper 20's. LOL

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If my hands get cold its not from the levers. Its the ends of the fingers and the back of the hand from the wind. This is why ski gloves have the majority of the insulation on the back of the hand/top of the fingers. For the very cold I have a pair of snowmobile gloves . they work so well if it is not cold enough my hands sweat.

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In the '70s and early '80s, there was a shortage of good winter riding gear. Thank goodness for the snowmobile industry.

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