Do hand guards help keep your hands any warmer?

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  1. tbrady77

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    Hi All-

    I'm trying to get my F650GS a little better equipped for riding this winter and one of the things I was considering adding is hand guards. I don't particularly like the way they look but thought they might help keep a little wind off of my fingers!

    For you guys with the handguards, do they help much for wind protection? Have any of you added a spoiler to them?

    thanks!
    tim
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  2. dagwood

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    Hello Tim,

    I'm a former gs owner and yes the handguards do quite a job with the wind/rain protection. I would also put the TT extentions (these) that make them even better.

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  4. justJeff

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    They help quite a bit. I had a Dakar, and those handguards did a pretty good job of keeping some of the wind off of my hands. You should be able to mount a set up to your 650.

    I added the TT spoilers to the handguards on my GSA and they keep even a bit more wind off the hands.
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  5. JR Greenhorn

    JR Greenhorn Been here awhile

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    My buddy's dirtbike ('83 YZ490) is set up for riding on ice in the winter (usually from -10 to 10 degrees F ambient). Even with heated grips, handgaurds make the difference. Without the handgaurds, the heated grips keep the inside of your hands warm, but the outside gets cold from the wind. The handgaurds are just enough to cut the wind before it hits your hands, letting the heated grips do their job.
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    Got 'em on my WeeStrom. Love 'em!

    They make a huge difference, even with heated grips.
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    Motociclista Alea iacta est

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  9. tbrady77

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    Thanks everyone...! I guess I need them to my *list* :)
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  10. dagwood

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    cheap way to keep the mits semi dry and wind free.:thumb

    get the best you can find for the money.
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  11. NJ Moto

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  12. dewunder

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    Handguards and heated grips will keep your hands warm in almost any weather.
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  13. Remy

    Remy Woe is uh a me bop!

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    They do help. Hippo Hands will really help and seem to work better if you have the hand guards on too.
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  14. dagwood

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    i ave issues with riding with my paws in boots. plus try to get a set that will fit over brush guards is almost impossible.
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  15. Cam

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    Yes for both good and bad. They also keep the wind off in those warmer months which I find keeps my hands hotter. I use Zeta handguards and remove the deflector during the summer and put it back on in the cooler weather.
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  16. Remy

    Remy Woe is uh a me bop!

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    They work fine on my GS.
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  17. RobTheRigger

    RobTheRigger Killing threads here since 2008

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    I'm going to add them too. (Not to hijack, but I think it's in the spirit of the thread) What other cold-weather biker mods can you guys suggest? Thanks! -Rob
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  19. earthroamer

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    Big fan of Hippo Hands. Cold, wet, I still have warm and dry hands. Handguards are better than nothing but Hippo Hands are the way to go if you don't want cold hands. In the coldest of weather I use my plain leather gloves and cycle the grip-warmers on and off.

    Can confirm that they fit over oem handguards with TT extensions.

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  20. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly Supporter

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    I'm gonna have to be the lone dissenter, I guess.

    I don't notice much difference in cold weather riding. Do they help? Yeah. Do they help much? No. The cold seems to seep in regardless.

    The difference I notice is in rain; they keep the rain from drumming your knuckles, and from seeping through non-waterproof gloves for a long time.
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