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Steve Farrell  says:

Staff blog: Blinded by handlebar muffs

In this week’s paper I report how the heated grips on the Suzuki Burgman 650 could be warmer. Just about every journalist on the launch in Scotland seemed to agree on the point. Some said they seemed to work intermittently.  Others questioned whether they worked at all. Suzuki scratched their heads and said they’d look into it. On the ride...

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Nov 05

Posts: 59

offordc says:

Why ride a two wheel vehicle in the cold & then moan about cold hands, especially when wearing summer gloves, if you want warm hands either wear appropriate gloves or go in the car.

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Jan 13

Posts: 26

js70062 says:

Man-up. It’s May

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Jan 13

Posts: 19

NoddieGee says:


Cant blame you mate ... I'd be blinded by one muff let alone two!

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Jan 10

Posts: 431

rlf3 says:


Change the mirrors...?

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Mar 04

Posts: 55

ivanhoe says:


Fitted some muffs and found that the muffs pushed the front brake lever at speeds  above 80 mph , so had to keep my fingers straight to stop the muff pushing on the brake lever.

solved the problem by cutting a hole in the end of the muff so the bar end could go through and this seemed to stabilise the muff.  Can ride in cold weather with heated grips and summer gloves.

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Sep 12

Posts: 212

domster says:

Rear view

Paul Hood of the Mirror reported Bagster muffs fitted to the older model are slim enough not to cause this problem.

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Jan 11

Posts: 8414

snev says:

man up.....

Ditch this poofter cack and get a real bike.

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Sep 10

Posts: 74

You don't need muffs.

traillie style hand protectors like I had on my TDM keep off the wind blast and that's what sucks the heat from your pinkies. Muffs are for girls, children and namby-pamby nancy boys.

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Apr 11

Posts: 109

bikerpete51 says:


Jeez, what awful mirrors! I think I'd try to ditch the mirrors and keep the muffs!

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Aug 02

Posts: 2751

spondonste says:

Get the right tool for the job then

Decent heated grips will only ever warm the inside of your hands but its the outside of the hand that gets the cold. They also make for thicker grips which can induce hand cramp.

Bar muffs can help very slightly but they also obscure the controls slightly and can apply pressure to levers whilst riding at speed.

Staggeringly, infinitely, stupendously better are heated gloves which have the heating elements on the back of your hands and also on the ends of fingertips. The stop the cold getting to your hands in the first place and don't require thicker hand cramp inducing grips. They're quite simply a much better option than heated grips.


Do yourself a favour and if you're riding in cold weather invest in some heated gloves. If you ride in cold weather then heated gloves are one of the greatest safety devices you'll EVER invest in. With cold hands you'll be pre-occupied about the pain in you hands and your hand movements will be slower and less co-ordinated. With heated grips then its almost like riding on a hot sunny day (well at least for your hands).

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