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post #1 of 10 Old 11-12-2012, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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Gloves?

Right now the gloves I own are thick enough that in cool weather (like we're having today in Houston) doesnt bother my hands at all at highway speeds. However, I feel that some of the control I have through direct contact with the control surfaces using my bare hands is lost using these gloves. The evidence of that that Ive noticed is that when I wear gloves I stall far more frequently than when I dont. When I dont wear gloves I actuate the throttle and clutch much more smoothly, and In 6 months I think Ive stalled maybe 3 times when Im not wearing gloves, and when I am wearing them Ive just lost count of how many times Ive stalled.

Admittedly, the gloves I have are probably not the best to begin with, they are Bilt, but like I said, theyve proven to be great against the cold, so they make me happy in that department.

I guess, what Im wondering right now is, are there any particular brands/models of gloves that offer better feel on the controls, are sticky enough on the outside to allow the kind of control I get from just using my bare hands, and provide good protection against the cold?

And, as an ancillary issue, would better gloves prevent protection against my hands going numb from the vibrations in the bars, or do I need to go the route of a cruise control so I can get my hands off the bars?

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I should say, Ive gone through 2 pairs of gloves to get the ones Im wearing now. So far this pair has offered the least problems so far, but I still feel I dont have as much control I would like.
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post #2 of 10 Old 11-12-2012, 04:49 PM
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id say not to worry about the gloves but more of the grips

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I have a couple of thoughts on this:

1. Try to warm your core. I have a heated vest that really helped on colder days, and when the core is nice and toasty it's easier to keep the extremities warm.

2. Try latex dishwashing gloves (the thin, not the thick style). Wearing these under your gloves keeps the heat in and lets you wear thinner gloves.

3. Are you gripping the bars too tight? In the cold I have a tendency to tense up and grip too hard, which doesn't help the numb hands situation.
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If you ride in the cold a lot you may want to consider heated grips. If you can keep your hands warm its a lot easier to control the throttle, clutch and brake.
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No idea, I live in Florida.
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post #7 of 10 Old 11-12-2012, 06:12 PM
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my hands never go numb from the vibration, it's either from leaning my weight on the bars or from tensing up when it's cold. i used to have a bad habit of putting my weight on the bars when i first started riding until i learned you were supposed to support yourself with your legs. after i started doing that, i never had numb hands again
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Perhaps wear gloves ALL the time and you'll get used to them



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If you ride in the cold a lot you may want to consider heated grips. If you can keep your hands warm its a lot easier to control the throttle, clutch and brake.
i've thought about this idea. But it all depends on if you wanna spend the money. but i have heard a lot of good things about heated grips.

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Perhaps wear gloves ALL the time and you'll get used to them
he also does have a point. i had a specific pair of gloves (carbon fiber knuckles, leather) that i popped a wheelie and had my ass kiss the pavement. I was scared to use them cause i stalled out more frequently than my "cloth" like gloves. But now the leather ones are all i wear. Just gotta get use to them man.

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i use a pair of bicycling gloves from walmart with the fingers cut out (by design) for warmer weather, then a pair of insulated protective gloves for cold. the insulated ones tend to cut circulation off on longer rides so i dont wear them as much. But i picked them up from motorcyclesuperstore.com

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