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axman88

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on: November 11, 2019, 01:21:05 AM
I installed my winter accouterments on my 2012 C5 Desert Storm today.

I'm afraid I gave up a little visual cool, in exchange for what I hope will be a little less physical chill for me, and a very few dollars spent.
 
Included is a small windscreen, some quilted handlebar muffs, and a pair of lowers I made for my engine guard.  Here's how it looked beforehand:

The windscreen came from Amazon, shipped for around $40.
 https://www.amazon.com/Windshield-Kawasaki-Davidson-Sportster-Boulevard/dp/B0192KW3VC/ref=sr_1_29?crid=18YE00Z847FVV&keywords=motorcycle+windscreen&qid=1573430249&sprefix=motorcycle+wind%2Caps%2C218&sr=8-29

It comes with all the hardware, but the handlebar clamps don't really grip the bar tightly enough to be secure, so I added struts to stabilize to the fork clamp bolts.  These were made of .050 5052 aluminum, bent to a 3/4 x 1/2 channel with an flange at the bottom end.  I also wrapped two layers of adhesive backed .040 rubber sheet around the bars to give a more secure mount at the handlebar.  With this extra fussing, the windscreen is secure, but still on the small side.

The mitts were mine for less than $10, including shipping, from a seller in China.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Waterproof-Motorcycle-Handlebar-Gloves-Hand-Muffs-Motorbike-Thermal-Warm-Mitts/372747742880?hash=item56c97f2ea0:g:yi4AAOSwPg9cEIUz


The lowers I fabricated from two 10 x 20 cutoffs of .050 5052 aluminum sheet that I rescued from the scrap pile at my employer.  if I wasn't so fortunate as to work for an employer with a metal shop, I could have bought the aluminum online for around $25.  https://www.onlinemetals.com/en/buy/aluminum/0-05-aluminum-sheet-5052-h32/pid/7127, but I would probably have used the 1/8" thick HIPS plastic sheet that I already had and used to create a pattern.  I might even have tried corroplast.
 
The lowers are just nylock strapped to the engine guard, and have to be considered as disposable, extending as they do, beyond the guard.  This is they first year I've put on winter gear.  I'm not expecting a whole lot of comfort for my $50, but I expect it will help.
The stock EFI engine in my machine, definitely doesn't care much for the cold, it's a little harder to start, sometimes taking up to 3 kicks, and misses badly at 1/4 throttle until it's warmed up.  Once it is good and warmed up though, it seems to run as strong as ever and quieter than in summer.


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Reply #1 on: November 11, 2019, 03:37:25 AM
Interesting ideas. I like the hand grip muffs, kind of dorky but warm hands are good! How does your bike like the extra wind resistance? That is a lot of surface area you are pushing. Also, it would look a lot better if you painted the engine shields desert tan.
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Reply #2 on: November 11, 2019, 04:36:55 AM
How does your bike like the extra wind resistance? That is a lot of surface area you are pushing.

It doesn't actually add much to the overall square footage, compared to ME plus the bike but it does move the center of effort of the wind resistance forward.  I figure I'm in the vicinity of 9 sf seated on the bike.  The windscreen is around 1.8 sf, but this is all area that my torso is occupying anyways.  The lowers are about 2.5 sf, and the majority of that is added area.

The bike didn't handle any different with the windscreen that I noticed.  I haven't ridden it with the lowers yet, nor at speed above 60 with the windscreen, so we'll see.  The C5 isn't a fast bike to begin with, and the bulk of my riding is on city streets at less than 50, so it's kind of a moot point, but I'll find out.

There's some bad weather coming, and I didn't want to delay installing the stuff any longer, so I didn't bother painting.  Maybe next year, after the lowers prove their worth, and if they survive, they'll get painted, or I might even try banging some 3 dimensional shape into them.  By that time, they'll be surface oxidized and more receptive to paint.  For now they still have that peel and stick plastic on the forward face, protecting the silver anodize.


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Reply #3 on: November 11, 2019, 10:49:32 AM
The mitts were mine for less than $10, including shipping, from a seller in China.

You could have carved up those old wellies buried in the back of the closet and saved yourself a few bucks:



I found that image here: https://www.motorang.com/motorrad/winterfahrer_tips.htm.  I can't read it, but there's some very interesting photographs of some cold-weather mods, including for riding on ice and snow.

FWIW, axman, I've heard "stories" of bar mitt users having trouble with wind pushing the mitts against the controls, causing things like dragging front brakes and other apocalyptic scenarios.  But I think guys on the forum who have used them report no issues.  Just something to be on the lookout for?


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Reply #4 on: November 11, 2019, 02:11:01 PM
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Reply #5 on: November 11, 2019, 11:37:42 PM
How about a summer accessory.    ::)   https://electricmotorcycles.news/motosola-develops-solar-canopies-for-light-electric-vehicles/

Sure! I could always use more adorable Chinese gals whizzing around on solar-canopied electric scooters any time of year! Bring 'em on!


And for chilly newcomers to the Forum, or those who want a refresher tour of the winter gear others here like, check out last year's Year of the Polar Vortex "Winter" Thread.

Just a little update on one of the items I had discussed: Those battery-powered ultra-cheapo WarmSpace Battery Heated Gloves I'd linked to on eBay are currently found here for as little as $20.76 if you buy three. I used mine yesterday to get to that Bikes & Breakfast thing in Clifton, Virginia. It was in the high 30s when I set off, and my mitts were toasty warm the whole way. Admittedly, they're not the sturdiest or safest motorcycle gloves, but they do get the job done for a couple-few hours through the "moderate chillies" and are easily rechargeable with my onboard Dual USB Charger/12 Volt Ciggy Lighter Outlet doodad for under $5 that I can unreservedly recommend. Mine's on the frame rail under my sprung saddle. Turns out that WarmSpace brand makes a whole line of heated gear, including knee pads, body belts, insoles and balaclavas.



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