There's nothing like getting up before first light, slipping out of bed without disturbing the wife (or whoever you may have snuck home the night before), and tip toeing into the garage for a peaceful solo ride as you watch the sun emerge from the eastern horizon. With no one else on the road, the gold and red glow of the sun reflecting off the roadway lights your path to what seems like oblivion. The only sounds you hear are the thump of the motor and the growl of your pipes as you imagine yourself accelerating into eternal bliss. You feel like you could ride forever.
But then, five minutes into the ride, pins and needles start to jam themselves into every fraction of an inch of your fingers. A minute later you realize your hands have turned to large lumps of ice that would shatter into a million pieces with the slightest bump from the tiniest insect. Even while wearing your favorite gloves, your fingers, wrists, and arms essentially become paralyzed from the cold wind-chill, so much so that you can't even let off the throttle to pull over and warm up. You have a few options; keep riding and hope that the temps eventually pick up and thaw your spindly ice cubed fingers, or ride till you run out of gas.
There is another option, install a set of heated grips. While the scenario above may be a little over exaggerated, just think how many times you've set out on what seems like beautiful day ride, only to get caught in some freak rainstorm. Or worse, you or your riding buddy broke down and it wasn't until well after a mid-March sunset that you were finally able to make that 150 mile trek back home.
We almost always ride with gloves on, yet still have run into numerous occasions where we could have definitely used a set of heated grips to make the journey much more enjoyable. Well, this winter, we finally broke down and bought a set that we found in the Drag Specialties catalog.