Harley-Davidson Mens Heated Gloves 98323-09VM

 HD heated Gloves

When the temperatures started to drop, I started to wear my Harley-Davidson Heated Gloves. I purchased them last winter with my Friends and Family points at Mike’s Famous Harley-Davidson in New Castle, Delaware. Due to the popularity of these gloves they were on back order until spring. I was glad to have them ready for this winter. They are part number 98323-09VM and retail for $185. As we know, Harley-Davidson makes motorcycles but not everthing that they sell. I believe that the gloves are made by Gerbing’s Heated Clothing. Gordan Gerbing invented heated motorcycle gear in the 1970’s. In 1999 Harley-Davidson named Gerbing’s to be the sole supplier of Harley-Davidson branded heated gear. Although Gerbing’s is an American company in Washington state the gloves are made in China.

The gloves come with a fused battery harness, power switch and three prong harness so that you can run the wires through the sleeves of your jacket. If you have a heated jacket liner the gloves will plug into the sleeves at the cuff. The gloves are made of genuine water resistant leather with a stretchable fabric panel on the backside of the gauntlet. These gloves have an inner liner made of Aquatex™ which is a lightweight waterproof windproof material. I have not tested these gloves in the rain, so I can’t rate their performance in wet weather. However they do keep the wind out. They are insulated with DuPont Thermolite® Active Insulation and are fairly warm without being plugged in for rides in the mid forites or higher (perfect for late fall early winter).

For rides in temperatures in the low forties and thirties you’ll want to plug them in. The Heated Gloves feature Microwire™ heating technology, a patented process of using micro-sized stainless steel fibers that are intertwined and encased in a Teflon® coating. The Microwire™ is woven into a heating matrix within the glove and provides consistent heat coverage to the entire length of each finger, including the thumb as well as the back of the hand.

heated garment adapter

I did not use the supplied battery harness. Instead I used a coaxial adapter to plug the gloves into my battery tender connection. You can buy this connector at your Harley-Davidson dealer or from www.Shop.RoadCaptainUSA.com

The gloves come with an on/off switch but do not come with a regulating device to control the temperature. So it will be full blast or nothing unless you purchase the Harley-Davidson Heated Thermostat which is sold separately as part number 98540-04V and retails for $60. I bought one at Mike’s Famous in Smyrna, DE during a special sale where I got 40% off. The thermostat features a small knob that allows you to dial the amount of heat you want like a volume control on a radio.  In comparison, Tour Master® Synergy™ heated gloves are less expensive and come with a temperature regulator that is limited to three settings:  low, medium and high. You can purchase the Tour Master Gloves in leather at Riders Discount for $153 (textile $135). I like that the Harley-Davidson system is fully adjustable.

The gloves can be used alone or in conjunction with a heated jacket liner (not to be confused with a heated vest). When using the gloves by themselves I find that feeding the wires through my jacket sleeves is a nuisance (being able to ride in January makes it only a minor nuisance). Next month I will review how the gloves perform in conjunction with a Tour Master® Synergy™ heated jacket liner thus eliminating the need to feed the wires through my jacket sleeves. 

The HD Heated gloves are comfortable to wear. When used with the fully adjustable thermostat they keep my hands comfortably warm on cold rides. I have not tested them in temps below thirty yet. If I do happen to ride in temperatures below thirty, you can bet it is the heated gloves that make it possible.

Tips, Tricks and Techniques for: Surviving The Mean Streets – DVD

Ride Like A Pro Surviving The Mean Streets

It should be no secret that I endorse and sell the Ride Like A Pro motorcycle training DVD’s at my online store but up until today I had never watched Surviving The Mean Streets. I don’t usually sell something that I have not previewed. As I have said many times on this blog, training is essentail! As riders we spend too much money on accessories and too little on training. Although some of you may watch the DVD and say “I knew that” after every scene, watching the video moves these common sense pratices from the back of your brain to the front. Watching DVD’s like this get you in the right mind set even if you already knew the material. To be a good rider you need to be humble and seek to learn. I like this video and want you to watch it along with the other Jerry “Motorman” Palladino training DVD’s (Ride Like A Pro and Ride Like A Pro on the Dragon).

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Here is a quote from the book Motorcycle ROADCRAFT:

A fully professional approach to riding requires you to take an objective look at the facts, to be prepared, where there is evidence, to discard inappropriate attitudes and to develop a critical awareness of your own attitudes and capabilities.

The key steps to achieving this critical self-awareness are:

  • acknowledging that attitudes affect riding performance
  • being aware of your own attitudes and recognising that they affect your risk of having an accident
  • recognising that your are vulnerable, especially on a motorcycle
  • making safety your primary concern in all your riding decisions
  • considering your own experience of near misses or accidents and what you can learn from them
  • carrying through changes in attitude to your riding performance by applying them in every riding situation.

My First Motorcycle Media Press Pass

While researching an article on the Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows I came across the media page and information on media day. Members of the media could apply for a press pass to media day online. I have been writing this blog for two years, I write for East Coast Biker and I write for the Examiner.com so I guess I could be considered “media”. So I applied and was granted a press pass to the New York City International Motorcycle Show and invited to attend the early opening for members of the media!

I scheduled a day off from work and woke up early on Friday, January 22nd to drive 2 hours to New York. Most people recommended I take a train from Trenton, NJ but I drove. It was supposed to snow but it didn’t. I arrived in New York and found a parking garage with no problem. I got to the Jacob Javits Convention Center on time and after signing in, collecting my press pass and checking in my coat I joined the other members of the media for a continental breakfast. Free juice, coffee and danish! This is awesome!

It was exciting to rove around the presentations with all the professional photographers, writers and tv crews. The most exciting event of the day was being present for the unveiling of a new Harley-Davidson! I was in on the latest news issued from the Mo Co and ready to drive home and write about it. I was brimming with excitement when I got home, downloaded my video and pictures to write a ground breaking story on the latest development at HD. Writing this blog is so much fun!!! I’m glad I have a hobby to keep me occupied in the winter.

The best part of my day had nothing to do with motorcycles. Before retrieving my car from the $15 parking garage, I stopped for lunch at the Broadway Deli. I got me a triple decker hot pastrami and corned beef sandwich on rye with spicy brown mustard. The bread was browned in butter on the grill. The sandwich alone was worth the trip! God bless NYC food!

Motorcycle Gear from Riders Discount

Jonesing to Ride My Harley

Chilly Diana at Mike’s famous Harley Davidson new castle

Sitting back to reflect I could only conclude that the last time I threw a leg over my Harley had been prior to Thanksgiving!  It was about that time that Joker was lamenting putting his bike up for the Massachusetts winter, and I very clearly replied that I was not ready to do that yet. 

First there was rain & cold and holiday shopping to do, and opportunity never presented itself.  First State HOG had a ride planned for Christmas Day, but it got cancelled due to the 2 feet of snow on the ground!  This was followed by what seemed like an eternity of below-freezing “high” temperatures and the feeling that I must be living in Alaska as opposed to Delaware.

The traditional New Year’s Day Ride was also postponed – twice – due to extreme weather and poor road conditions.  That didn’t much matter to me anyway, because I was busy every weekend renovating my townhouse in Baltimore to prepare it for sale.

Then came the day of the re-re-scheduled New Year’s Ride, and the sun was shining bright in the sky.  Temps were in the mid-50’s and four dozen FSH members showed up for the ride to Dover to take over Where Pigs Fly for lunch!  But alas, I was not amidst them.  No less than 4 people called or texted at some point that afternoon to report on what a great ride it was and inquire why we were not there.  Jay and I were stripping wallpaper and re-grouting a bathroom floor.  Two months and still a parked motorcycle…

Martin Luther King Day came and I had off work.  The weather was quite pleasant and several of my friends were heading off on two wheels to the beach for lunch.  I was all set and ready to go with them until I woke up that morning.  Every bone in my body ached from the renovation work, and I was so exhausted I could hardly move.  It would have been irresponsible and dangerous for me to operate a motorcycle while in that condition.  So another week went by with my kickstand firmly planted on the ground in the garage.

Perhaps I should just follow Joker’s lead and winterize the Harley for a few months?  The weatherman predicted that it would barely get above freezing for the next 10 days.  I have no heated gear, and not even the greatest pair of gloves.  Wind chill charts for 30 mph put the “real feel” temperatures in the teens.

The Chilly Willy Crew

But Road Captain Kevin had planned a “Chilly Willy Ride” on Saturday.  I was jonesing to ride so badly that I threw caution to the wind (as any good biker would do), put on many layers of gear, and headed out on my Super Glide despite the 32-degree temperature that morning.  About a mile from my house a very warm feeling came over me and spread a huge smile across my face.  It was the overwhelming thought that “two wheels move your soul.”  My soul could have moved mountains that day!

International Motorcycle Show Media Day in New York City

BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KYMCO, Suzuki, Vectrix, Vespa, Victory and more have all utilized the Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows® to unveil new motorcycles and concept vehicles to the world. Although the Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows take place in 11 major US cities, only two shows are host to Media Days: Long Beach and New York. A West and East Coast location offers national media two opportunities to be first on the scene to report on the industry’s latest. The 2010 New York Media Day was on Friday January 22nd and it was very exciting.
Cycle World, BMW, Victory, Suzuki, Yamaha Star, Honda, Harley-Davidson, Ducati, Hardcore Choppers and TapouT all gave fifteen minute presentations to the media.  Pieter de Waal, Vice President of BMW Motorrad USA, gave a very persuasive presentation of the 2010 S 1000 RR Superbike. This German engineered superbike is rated at 193 horse power and top speeds over 125 mph. The S 1000 RR introduces the first genuine racing ABS which is fully adjustable to match the road conditions and rider skill level.

BMW Superbike
Victory unveiled the limited edition 106cu 6 speed Vegas LE. This bike was inspired by Gregor Moe, Laura Klark and Matt Waring who have taken Victory motorcycles to the Salt Flats to set world speed records. Victory will only build 100 of these. To buy one you have to choose one of four color schemes and place an order on their website. Then you take your order confirmation to a dealer and put down a deposit. Order by February 15th and take delivery in March.

Victory limited edition Vegas LE 106cu 6 speed
Honda garnered a lot of attention with the introduction of the VFR1200F with their revolutionary dual clutch transmission. Ducati put on a dynamic fashion show with long legged models, music, lights and a lot of Italian panache! The 2010 Ducati apparel collection was very nice but the fashion show was outstanding!

Honda VFR1200F
Harley-Davidson took advantage of their media time by unveiling a brand new model 1200 Sportster that was kept under a black cloak prior to the unveiling. The 48 is the newest in the Dark Custom line and is called the 48 in recognition of the peanut style gas tank first introduced by Harley in 1948. The 48 features fat tires front and back, a thin solo seat and under handlebar mounted mirrors.

new model unveiled
As the IMS opened up to the public at noon, the media were given a short preview of the stunt show performed at the IMS by the Ducati Freestyle Stunt Team.  Then the masses stormed into the Jacob Javits Convention Center to check out the latest in motorcycle technology and enjoy everything the 29th Annual Cycle World IMS had to offer.

Kain Saul Flips Harley-Davidson XR1200