Oxford RainSeal Handlebar Muffs
Great aid for having warm and dry hands in the winter
I had a similar product that I bought around 30 years ago, but the fit was not great on my 2015 FHR1300 because they made access to some of the switches difficult. I decided to try the Oxford units and not only found them to work much better when it comes to the switches, but easier to get my hands into because of the shape and construction of the openings. The combination of this product and the factory heated grips allows me to wear summer-weight gloves all year around, thus having better feel for the controls, and yet still have warm hands.
January 23, 2016
Helps keep your hands warm.
Have had them out on a few cold mornings now (no rain yet) and definitely helps keep your hands warm. I also have Oxford heated grips so the two work well together. Material is top notch, few minor gripes. they are very bulky, my kid says it looks like I'm riding with oven mitts on my hands. They roll with your hand a bit on the throttle, which hit the kill switch and stopped the engine, so have to be aware of that. Also, they don't close up entirely in the rear, so you still get cold air coming in the back and get the cold thumb. Not sure how good they would be without heated grips working with them. It's better than no wind protection on those cold days.
December 14, 2015
Not for me but still a nice option.
Bought these in hope of them keeping the wind off my hands so I can extend my riding season. Once I put them on the bike I just new they wouldn't hold up to Interstate Speeds. They are fairly rigid but they would basically be getting full wind blast at 70+ mph for extended times and I suspect they would easily collapse into my front brake causing my lights to come on. Never even rode with them. They seem well made and if you were doing in town commuting or already have some barkbusters or storm guards, these would be a great accessory. They just won't work for what I had intended.
November 16, 2015
One minor flaw
These are a good solution for those who don't want bulky winter gloves or mess with wiring electric heat. I paired these with a set of cheap handguards to act as internal support (don't want to risk interference with brake and clutch leavers at high speeds) and it still came out to less than you would spend on the cheapest gloves. I've used them in temps down to the upper 30s now wearing nothing but summer gloves and my hands have stayed mostly warm. The only issue is the hole for the brake reservoirs that do eventually let cold air in. I'm going to slap some duct tape or something over them when I have time which should hopefully fix the issue. Otherwise these should work great through the winter.
October 26, 2015
Rain protection with a little.. tiny.. compromise
I was able to use this product years ago when riding abroad. It does what it's supposed to do. Block rain, wind and some wind chill. It takes a while to get used to having muffs but sooner or later, you'll feel at home.
The only drawback is that during high speeds, because it blocks the wind, it tends to push against the control levers. Solution I found is so have a lever guard installed under the muffs. This would be my 2nd time to buy this product and I think it's an essential riding product. It may not be for everyone, but you'll be able to just use 1 kind of gloves if you are gonna be going on a road trip.
September 24, 2015
Dry and Warmer'
These help keep your hands stay dry and warm. They allow you to wear a lighter glove which can offer better feeling in cold weather while keeping you warmer, especially with heated grips.
April 29, 2015
Best if used at low speeds...
I suggest low speed use due to there being little rigidity within the muffs. These would be ideal for someone with bark busters or the like already installed.
At speeds in excess of 80 mph without bark busters or an installed wind deflector for the handgrips, the muffs collapsed on the clutch and brake levers. This caused obvious control problems.
They kept the weather off my hands without issue. The material used for that purpose is top-notch.
April 15, 2015
worth the money
I was struggling to find gloves that would keep my hands warm in temps below 40 without heated grips. When I found these, I couldn't pass up trying them. They definitely helped, but the one weakness I found was that on my bike ('99 Bandit), with no fluid reservoir on the clutch side, I was getting a fair amount of wind through the pre-cut hole in that side. I'm planning to find a way to cover that hole, which should keep my left hand warmer on longer trips.
April 7, 2015