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Old 07-14-2012, 09:52 AM   #2746
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I've seen that a lot of you ride BMWs. I don't know if you are interested or not but the BMW - Ducati - Vespa dealership in Oklahoma has gone out of business and all of their bikes - scooters - accessories are all being auctioned off July 24-27 http://www.duckwallauctions.com//use...es/BMW_4pg.pdf
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Old 07-16-2012, 10:44 AM   #2747
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Greetings, fellow female riders!

I have a TW200--yes, KathiK, those bikes are great for dirt. I have a ton of fun on mine; I can't walk by it without giving it a pat and wanting to go for a ride.

I just put a kickstarter on it, which would have gone a lot more smoothly if I had the right clutch tool and had read the manual. Unfortunately I broke some things and the bike sat for a month of prime summer riding weather. But I finally got it up and running again. It's such a fun bike.
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Old 07-16-2012, 02:22 PM   #2748
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Hi there ladies

It's not really the right time of year for you Northern Hemisphere folks, but I'm looking for recommendations for heated gloves, or heated glove liners that work well with small girly hands. New Zealand isn't quite cold enough for normal people to need heated gear, so there isn't really anything available locally, and I don't know anyone who has heated gloves, so it's hard to know what to get.

I'm leaning towards heated liners, because they would be a bit more versatile, but I am concerned that they might be quite bulky, and give me ungainly Michelin man hands (as some polypropylene glove liners do).

Thanks in advance!

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Old 07-16-2012, 02:49 PM   #2749
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heated gear

I have had good experiences with heated grips instead of adding another layer to my gloves.
I do wear silk liners from time to time, they are very thin, but for cold days I appreciate heated grip pads.
That way I have 100 % control.

I spent about $40 .- and run them past a relay so as to not kill the battery with them
when I stop. That way when I shut off the bike, the heated grip pads are off, too.
They get pretty hot, plenty warm for winter in Oregon.
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Old 07-16-2012, 03:31 PM   #2750
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I have had good experiences with heated grips instead of adding another layer to my gloves.
I do wear silk liners from time to time, they are very thin, but for cold days I appreciate heated grip pads.
That way I have 100 % control.

I spent about $40 .- and run them past a relay so as to not kill the battery with them
when I stop. That way when I shut off the bike, the heated grip pads are off, too.
They get pretty hot, plenty warm for winter in Oregon.
Thanks for that.
I have heated grip pads, and they are great, but sometimes they just aren't enough. I have fairly thick winter gloves, I wear fleecy hand/wrist warmers, and sometimes I even wear my waterproof overgloves. And I still end up with painful cold hands.
I haven't tried silk liners. I had a pair of polypropylene liners, but they made my hands feel bulky, and I wasn't getting enough heat out of my heated grips when I was wearing them, so I gave up on them. A friend has some silk liners, maybe I should ask to borrow them to see if they make much difference.
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:34 PM   #2751
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Rosie, have you considered adding elephant ears to your motorcycle? They make a world of difference since they break the wind hitting your hands. Here's a link with rating for a few brands: http://dualsportalchemy.com/2012/03/...-ear-shootout/ There may be others out there if you search.

Myself I don't like winter weight gloves because they reduce control for me. Some people don't have issues with the added bulk of winter gloves.

Good luck finding the perfect solution for your cold hands.
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:16 AM   #2752
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I have used the gerbing heated liners under my summer gloves because winter gloves are too bulky and with small hands I have no control. As they are extra small, and my summer gloves are extra small, they fit quite snugly. I have a slight reduction in movement- but better than numb frozen hands I had before. My only recommendation is with the gloves you need a temp control as well. With the jacket ( which I love and wear all the time- I can ride forever now as I do not get cold) I am fine with the basic on/ off function. But the gloves get so warm I have to control the heat or my hands overheat! But when it's so cold you cant even feel the heated grips on high, and your hands are white with cold and loss of circulation the gloves are great. And they heat the bits your heated grips, don't so my fingers have actually survived the winter and snowy passes.

I hope it helps
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:59 AM   #2753
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Rosie, have you considered adding elephant ears to your motorcycle? They make a world of difference since they break the wind hitting your hands. Here's a link with rating for a few brands: http://dualsportalchemy.com/2012/03/...-ear-shootout/ There may be others out there if you search.

Myself I don't like winter weight gloves because they reduce control for me. Some people don't have issues with the added bulk of winter gloves.

Good luck finding the perfect solution for your cold hands.
Hippo hands are another that folks swear by. http://hippohands.com Getting something that blocks the wind will help make your heated grips more efficient.
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Old 07-17-2012, 01:39 PM   #2754
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Rosie, have you considered adding elephant ears to your motorcycle? They make a world of difference since they break the wind hitting your hands. Here's a link with rating for a few brands: http://dualsportalchemy.com/2012/03/...-ear-shootout/ There may be others out there if you search.

Myself I don't like winter weight gloves because they reduce control for me. Some people don't have issues with the added bulk of winter gloves.

Good luck finding the perfect solution for your cold hands.
Thanks Ladybug, I hadn't thought about Elephant ears. I'd thought about hippo hands in the past, but I'd be a little nervous about getting my hands caught in them if came off the bike awkwardly (or very suddenly). I've got handguards, so I might try making up some elephant ears at least as a short term solution. We've got a midwinter ride on in 1.5 weeks, and I'm unlikely to have heated gear by then.

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I have used the gerbing heated liners under my summer gloves because winter gloves are too bulky and with small hands I have no control. As they are extra small, and my summer gloves are extra small, they fit quite snugly. I have a slight reduction in movement- but better than numb frozen hands I had before. My only recommendation is with the gloves you need a temp control as well. With the jacket ( which I love and wear all the time- I can ride forever now as I do not get cold) I am fine with the basic on/ off function. But the gloves get so warm I have to control the heat or my hands overheat! But when it's so cold you cant even feel the heated grips on high, and your hands are white with cold and loss of circulation the gloves are great. And they heat the bits your heated grips, don't so my fingers have actually survived the winter and snowy passes.

I hope it helps
That is very helpful thank you. Did you get your liners from the gerbing site, or via a dealer?
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Old 07-17-2012, 06:11 PM   #2755
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Got them from re"vit online-great service and tax free! My postal address is Washington so I went to gerbings factory but alas no specials for small sizes. Cheaper to get elsewhere.
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Old 07-19-2012, 08:49 AM   #2756
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Greetings, fellow female riders!

I have a TW200--yes, KathiK, those bikes are great for dirt. I have a ton of fun on mine; I can't walk by it without giving it a pat and wanting to go for a ride.

I just put a kickstarter on it, which would have gone a lot more smoothly if I had the right clutch tool and had read the manual. Unfortunately I broke some things and the bike sat for a month of prime summer riding weather. But I finally got it up and running again. It's such a fun bike.
I have a TW200 too! Such a reliable little bike! I also have a Piaggio BV 500 - great road bike, and though I like the Vespasian I also like the bigger tire size on the piaggios. I sold my BMW F650gs last spring - I just didn't ride it enough - and though it went to a good home, I still mourn it - it was a thing of beauty.
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Old 07-20-2012, 08:54 AM   #2757
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Svizzerams--check out the TW200 BMW650GS hybrid by Shercoman in the Bigwheel Thread:



http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...657448&page=32

It's the best of both worlds!
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:54 AM   #2758
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Went into Breckenridge for breakfast this morning and saw 3 groups of rider. One group of dual sports 3 men, 1 woman, a group of cruisers 2 men, 1 woman and a group of 2 cruisers both ridden by men but with 1 woman on the back. Bunch of bikes parked around town but no clues as to who rode what.
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Old 07-21-2012, 08:03 PM   #2759
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Welcome new Gals ..
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Old 07-21-2012, 08:28 PM   #2760
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Hi Everyone!

I started riding GS bikes a few years ago and am happy to admit I am hooked! I love riding my old thumper, she's a '00 F650GS, bright yellow and named Flora. My other ride is an '85 R80 PD G/S named Patrick. My next ride is going to be a Ural Ranger sidecar. This however will require a sale of one of the GS' and the thought almost brings me to tears so not sure when that will happen. And I really want that sidecar!

Do other girls get treated really badly when out looking for bike gear or is it just me? I'm starting to suspect that most bike shops think my money has 'girl germs'. For an example, last weekend alone I had a few temperature raising moments. First shop, I tried on a pair of pants and needed the next size up. I asked the guy at the counter would he be able to order them in for me - his response? 'Why don't you just wear mens pants, we've got a whole shop full of them'. Mmmm, ok. Go to shop next door and ask 'What is the smallest size these enduro boots come in?' (whilst holding them up). The reply - 'I don't know, but girls don't buy them, you need these' (holds up boots with hooker heels). I ask again whether he can order them in in a size 38, the reply - 'How do you know you're a 38, have you ever measured your foot?' Hmmm.. ok...Went to the next shop to find there were only 2 pairs of ladies pants in the whole 'Super Bike Warehouse', pants were a size 6 and a size 22 and that was it! Next shop, ask 'Are these boots waterproof?' Reply - 'No, but we can get a liner seperately. Go ask your husband if he wants the liner and come back and let me know'. Next store, asked if I could have the keys to the R1200 GS out the front so I could check seat height, 'Yep' says the guy, comes back out and instead of giving keys to me goes and gives them to some random fat man eating a hotdog on the footpath. Because of cause he wanted the keys, couldn't possibly have girl germs on the bike, lol. Needless to say I do alot of shopping online

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