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Old 09-12-2018, 03:43 PM
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I know this almost sounds like a troll thread, but I promise you it's not.
Bike is a 2004 RKC with aftermarket grips, which I like. They are about 1/2 slippery plastic chrome and 1/2 diamond shape vinyl or rubber. Not very "sticky" or rubbery.
(I don't wish to change grips)

When I use my leather gauntlet gloves (which are actually welding gloves) ...(which are extremely comfy, btw) I have a a bit harder time gripping the throttle hand , as compared to a cheapie pair of summer/ventilated 'actual' motorcycle gloves I've recently been using for hot summer use.

I am a returning rider (1+ yr), but at 55 am kinda set in my ways comfort-wise, and really like the gauntlets. Same as I used 34-35yrs ago when I first rode.

The other morning, it was a bit too cold to ride, but I rode anyways. 1*C (just above 33.8*F for those south of the border) and 100% humidity. Foggy as heck.

Hands froze and within a few miles, the grips felt like I was holding an icycle and so I stopped, took off my ventilated gloves; put on my gauntlets and almost couldn't run the throttle. Had to use cruise control most of the way to work (31kms/24miles), even though there are areas I would rather just hold onto the throttle to have more control. With a tiny bit of arthritis in both hands, my grip strength is likely only 80-90% of what it was a scant 4-5 yrs ago. Adding the cold made the situ worse.

Hope my rambling post makes sense. The Gauntlets (welding gloves) are new late last summer, with only maybe 1500miles on them.

I was hoping there was something I could apply, short of 3M adhesive, that would assist in gripping the grips better, or maybe roughing up with 40 grit sandpaper would work?

As I reread my post, I know it sounds weird, but I assure you I am serious.

Thanks much guys !

Mike in NB, not quite an old fart, but feelin' my age ;-)
 
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Don't be a baby. You know the problem is the grips so change them.
 
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Old 09-12-2018, 04:04 PM
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Smooth leather or suede? If they are smooth leather, try some mink oil. It might work on suede too, I don’t know.
 
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Wear the correct gloves.

When you need to stop to weld, put your current gloves on,
 
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Cozz : smooth leather. I havent' yet found mink oil locally, but have not exhausted all local resources yet.

Hey Man...I assure you I am no baby. I don't think babies ride at 33*F, do they?....also the leather on my OTHER gloves grip the grips just fine. How often do you do that in WCF?
 
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Prot, yeah, no help at all....but did make me laugh.
 
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Rub a little bees wax into the palms of the gloves.
 
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Maybe something like this since the problem occurs when it is cold.

It doesn't get cold down here by the way

https://www.harley-davidson.com/stor...auntlet-gloves

The ice I am familiar with goes in a glass and is not naturally occurring.
 
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Thanks everyone. Keep the leather up and the rubber down. (and to keep in the spirit of this thread, as Dave Hatch says 'keep your right hand cranked')
 

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Pic of right grip.

 
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