In looking through the forums I have found the Yamaha hand wind deflectors that can be ordered for $208 and the Isotta hand guards for $150 shipped to Texas. Are there any other options out there? What are you using? ... Thanks..
I have a template made up to make some glass/carbon one's this fall.
2009 Yellow XP500Y-Y "Rosie" The Yellow Rose of Tmaxes 19,000 Miles of TMAX FUN todate Laminar Lip, CrampBuster, EU Winkers,Custom Back Rest, SHAD SH-50 Top Case and Rack, SHAD seat, Dual Headlight Mod, GPS holder, Michelin Pilot Sports (new at 15k), Cycle Hill tire changer
Just a personal opinion here, but the hand guards I installed on my Burgman 400 didn't do much. I thought they did at first, but they didn't really. When the weather got colder, I added some plastic from a milk jug across the top to keep the cold air off the hands, but it still wasn't enough. The air just swirled over the top and the hands froze.
If you're serious about cold weather riding, and you're looking for hand guards to help you out, you might want to look into something like "Hippo Hands". The first time I saw some on a cruiser, I thought how ugly they looked, but had to admire the rider who was willing to ride in cold enough weather to need them. At the time, my commute was only 15 minutes and you can live through almost anything for that long. But when my commute went up to an hour each way, one of the things I had to find a solution for was cold hands.
I bought some handlebar muffs on Amazon by Ducks Unlimited that were made for ATVs. They fit motorcycle handlebars just fine. For the first time, I was able to ride in 35F weather and in the rain and not have cold, wet hands. They don't look pretty, but they do work. Cost was about $20. I have them on from about November till April now. And not only are the hands warm, but the gloves never get wet. Handguards won't do that for you.
Daboo wrote:Just a personal opinion here, but the hand guards I installed on my Burgman 400 didn't do much. I thought they did at first, but they didn't really. When the weather got colder, I added some plastic from a milk jug across the top to keep the cold air off the hands, but it still wasn't enough. The air just swirled over the top and the hands froze.
I would agree. I, too, installed the Burgman hand-guards and while there was a difference in the direct wind hitting my hands and fingers, the wind and cold still got to my hands and fingers by just swirling around the guards. I'd vote instead for heated grips and some nice wind-blocking gloves.
2009 Yamaha Tmax - own
2007 Suzuki Burgman 400 - sold
2002 Honda Reflex - sold
I bought the Olympia Cold Throttle gloves last spring. They would work great with heated grips. The palms have less insulation than the back of the hand so you can feel the heat come through and keep the back of the hand warm.
If it is the "Cold" and "Damp" weather you are seeking relief from (not flying objects) I would suggest a cheaper alternative that I went with. Scooter Mittens bought on Amazon.com. I spent $30 I think. They attach in seconds over the hand grips (two velcro straps to each mitten. I ride for an hour and half in 42 degree weather last winter, didn't even need the thin gloves I was wearing. They don't look very stylish, but they are very effective, don't cost much and go on & off in seconds. They hold their shape when on even at highway speed and I was using them on a bike that required clutch work (no problem). I will use them this winter on the TMax.
"Life is a multiple choice exam, you don't get to fill in the blank or write an essay; you must pick from the alternatives you have been given."
Above is the pic and site for the hand guards I installed. They are pricey because of the shipping cost from Italy. Total cost was 132.00 US. The transaction was quite smooth, You order, they send you an E-mail, you confirm and 5 days later I had them.
INSTALL INFO-- All nessacary hardware was included. each guard has 3 holes to attach to the mounting bracket. on each the TOP HOLE DID NOT LINE UP properly, but I was able to get a bite with the screw and it is solid. Thinking that if the weather was in 90's the guard might be more pliable to allow the proper alignment.
Each unit is attached to bike by using the break lever screw. Take the nut off the bottom, insert the bracket and re-apply the nut. NOTE, before putting bracket on, screw the bolt all the way back down-- you will NOT have access to it once the guards are on, but this is not an issue.
NOW-- the good part. Steering lock is NOT affected, guards clear everything, they are on solid and appear they are going to block all wind. and THEY LOOK COOL!!!
Though an email I was told these fit all models to 2011. even though the instruction (in Italian) said 2008, they fit perfectly. I have a 2009 I tried to add pics but copy/paste didn't work. Someone tell me how and I will add them
I fitted them about a month ago. Perfect fit, clears eveything ,even with steering locked. Although not particular very cold over here, i did notice that my fingers do not go numb in the evenings even without gloves. Happy with them, besides they do look nice