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Hand protectors have become standard equipment on some bikes, after-market on others. Ducati, BMW, Harley, KTM, others ... but not even available for Goldwings. Until now that is.
It was worth waiting for the best. These are the most protective available and the best quality we’ve seen. Partial wind ‘deflection’ is better than nothing of course, but with deflectors rain & wind still hit the hands. Not so with HandGuards.
Attachment is as ‘OEM’ as it gets. The finest 316 stainless bolts simply replace Honda’s own. HandGuards are made of UV-resistant ABS – Honda’s bodywork is also ABS. They’re not cheap, because they’re not cheap.
HelmetPosts (normally $25) are included at no extra charge and are useful several times a day – even if HandGuards are on the bike for a while.
Hard-over steering lock tested. Cruise control is unaffected: Worth mentioning because certain fabric hand protectors cancel cruise control by hitting the levers in wind. Cruise control means using only hard hand protection.
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Wingers have the best weather protection on two wheels – but not for our hands. Fingers are the most-exposed extremities, yet the most necessary. In cold/rain they get stiff, slower to react. Cold fingers also distract your concentration.
When it rains, soaked gloves get even colder; waterproof ones are still wet outside the water-resistant membrane, which often seeps at the seams.
Drying out favorite gloves is a nuisance and it's bad for the leather.
Wind chill's not news. But did you know it'll near-freeze pinkies at 45??
Or, that blasting hot air is even more uncomfortable than still hot air? HandGuards provide shade from blazing sun, which reduces sunburn on the backs of exposed hands – and some melanoma risk.
On perfect days, HandGuards have little temperature effect either way. We leave ours on regardless. But, if you prefer, they take very little space when stuffed with rain gear.
However once you've experienced the difference in sudden adverse weather changes, which happen to every rider – you'll never be caught without.
They are aerodynamically engineered with flares to direct wind over and under wrists, not blowing up sleeves; they actually act like gauntlets.
We now wear fingerless gloves even in the cold, preferring to 'feel' the buttons, switches and levers. Honda's heated grips work great, even through our Kuryakyn grip covers for bigger hands. Previously, the inside of hands were hot while the backhands were cold. Now heated grips actually warm both sides; no wind chill makes all the difference.
Bulky heavy gloves are history. That's preferable because they are so un-tactile.
I use a Kaoko throttle control (long story about why) so I had to not use the right hand throttle end attachment and widened the hole to accommodate the guard... works fine the pivot mounting bolt is plenty sturdy. Left side attached with no issues. Regular winter weight gloves work exceptionally well in high 30's to 40's. Even in the mid-30's I never turned the grip heaters above a '3' setting. Above 50 I use non-vented leather gauntlet style gloves with the grip heaters off. IF you ride cold weather... highly recommended
I think these are tailored to GL1800. They work on GL1500 but there is a "cut out" on the right guard on top where the throttle cables are supposed to go through (the GL1500 cables exit from the bottom), so there is a gap where more wind enters (will probably put tape over it).
And i immediately found that i couldn't turn my steering full lock....the helmet posts and guards hit windsheild. I lowered my handlebars down as far as i could with them still being comfortable but the helmet posts still hit a little bit (but at least now i can lock my steering).
Also, when turning tight my inside hand gets pretty bound up as they are inside the guards and "wedged" into an uncomfortable position.
With all that being said though......i give it 4 out of 5 stars, and say they are well worth it if you ride in the rain. Warm dry hands outweigh the imperfections of "The Perfect Ride" hand guards!
And we can't wait to show you how it's done!
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