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9. Latex Glove Liners

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Riding a motorcycle with cold hands sucks. Then there’s the whole thing about needing them to actually function so that you can operate the controls. The two most common ways to get trapped out on the road with cold hands is having the temperature suddenly drop or to be caught in unexpected rain – both of which can easily happen while your insulated or waterproof gloves are all cozy in their closet at home. Well, if you’re smart, you’ve slipped a pair of latex gloves in your bike’s underseat storage. While you might think that the thin layer of latex won’t be very helpful, the amount they improve an uncomfortable situation can’t be understated. No, they won’t turn your vented gloves into winter gear, but they do vastly reduce the suckage of a surprise cold/wet snap when you’re 100 miles from home.

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  • Old MOron

    Good stuff, Evans.

  • http://www.themotorcycleobsession.com/ Chris Cope

    An addendum to the latex gloves: If you don’t have any on hand, the plastic gloves they have for free at gas stations will do in a pinch.

  • http://trantanphat.com/ Anna Nguyen

    Re. using garbage bags as wind block, a tip from hobos: newspaper! Besides being easy to find in a garbage can, newspaper has the added advantage over garbage bags of having more “body”, so it’ll stay in place on your arms, legs etc as you pull on your riding gear.

  • Terry Smith

    The tape strip on the visor is an absolute must for low sun conditions. I added this to my helmet in May and can’t see myself ever taking it off. It feels a bit weird at first (like there’s something hanging over your head!), but after a few seconds you don’t notice. Makes no difference to my vision at all, but if I used a racing crouch it might.

  • Gixxerfan

    For cruise control I just used a 4 inch rubber ‘O’ ring washer that i loop over my mirror and handle bar and when I want to use it I can just slide it down between the grip and the kill switch housing. And viola! Much easier than twisting up a piece of wire and much less obtrusive.

  • Steve VandeKieft

    Good stuff here. I think a couple of these will come in handy when need arises.