Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Motorcycling: Top Tip

Yesterday on my way to work I stopped because I thought my hands were going to drop of – something that is happening with irritating regularity.  I decided I would warm my gloves on my exhaust pipe and this is where the top tip comes in…

Always remember to remove your gloves from the exhaust before they melt/disintegrate/disappear.

I have just purchased some new gloves.. but resisted the electric glove avenue, I wonder if I will live to regret it.


Blogger Halfie said...


My motorcycling top tip would be to use thin silk liners under the gauntlets, as I did in my motorcycling days. It was my knees which used to get extremely cold - until Jan made "knee scarves" for me!

2:09 PM  
Blogger 8ch said...

I remember, many, many years ago when I was a motorcycle courier (on a Honda CB250RS...great bike!)

Work always dropped off in between Xmas and New Year, so even though it was perishingly cold I was quite glad to get a job to pick up from a place in Northampton (I was based in Slough.)

However, on the way my pager went off (before mobile phone days!) and on ringing the office was told that it wasn't Northampton but Nottingham... So off up the M1 I trundled -- on the way there I had to stop every 10 miles or so to warm my hands on the engine. On the way back that dropped to every five miles! I had to get someone else to take the package to it's destination (Reading) when I got to Slough as I literally couldn't feel my hands.

It hurt when they defrosted...!

2:21 PM  
Blogger MortimerBones said...

Halfie On your recommendation I tried the silk inners but it doesn't work. I think they will work with better gloves. I have found that with age the winters are harsher on my fingers....

8ch - sounds oh too familiar... I used to take my bike up to Sheffield in winter and it was FREEZING.

2:24 PM  
Blogger The Crew: Mike, Mags and Poppy! said...

Heated grips are one toasty solution. Mag's swears by them as she has RSI. However, if you should ever get very cold the top tip as used by army dispatch riders is - Push the bike along the road for a couple of hundred yards - you will soon get warm.

Mick and Mags

3:25 PM  
Blogger MortimerBones said...

I couldn't decide about heated handlebar grips, I decided that in the traffic my fingers wouldn't be on it... and in the end I suppose a decent set of gloves is a good starter point. If they don't work I will probably go shopping and be the most electrically kitted out biker on the road!

3:28 PM  
Blogger Starman said...

My top tip is 'magic gloves' - thin, cheap, loosely woven gloves with or without grip-type palms. They're knitted from man-made fibre and the principle is a familiar one - the air gaps in the weave hold the warmth. Being thin they can be used as under-gloves or for working in. Much better than silk ones.
Google them or look on any market stall. I got a couple of pairs today for £1 a pair.

3:57 PM  
Blogger Nev Wells said...

Heated grips do it for me plus I used to wear the wife's tights under my leathers/waterproofs. She stopped me when I started with the stockings...;-)

Take care black ice is not the bikers friend - I know by experience.

Take care


5:30 PM  
Blogger Jayne Toyne said...

I used Klan heated gloves and they are much much better than heated grips.

I highly recommend them as the elements run along the fingers. nothing beats having warm hangs and fingers, rather than a warm palm with heated grips.

10:41 AM  
Blogger MortimerBones said...

Heated handlebar grips did cross my mind, but as soon as you take your fingers off them then they are getting cold and a lot of my travelling is in traffic...sigh.

Hello Jayne! Good to hear from you. I will give those a try if these don't work. I am really not travelling terrible far so I think some decent, well insulated gloves should do the trick for now... I had seen some heated gloves but they were 120pounds which I didn't think I could justify, I like the look of the heated inner gloves.

10:45 AM  

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