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    99R1100RT + Hippohands + Barkbusters

    Wife gave me Hippohands (Alcan) a while ago. They donít work on R1100RT because they droop and have nothing to hold themselves up. The folks at Hippohands recommended Barkbusters (https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...sku_id=1655642). The bike has throttlemeister-type throttle lock.

    Think the Hippohands, Barkbusters and throttlemeister will all get along?


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    If you search the “Tag Cloud” for Hippo-hands you will see a half dozen posts about them. Most mention the use of BarkBusters or at least the factory air deflectors to make the HH’s work well.
    On my F800GS, the pair of HH style hand protectors, happened to rest on the starter button. Fitting is required to function well as is the learning process of hand movements as necessary once the hands are inside the opening.
    I never got them to work out well on the bike but found them great on the ATV.
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    Quote Originally Posted by khfranck View Post
    Wife gave me Hippohands (Alcan) a while ago. They donít work on R1100RT because they droop and have nothing to hold themselves up. The folks at Hippohands recommended Barkbusters (https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...sku_id=1655642). The bike has throttlemeister-type throttle lock.
    Heated grips on the 1100RT with heated gloves will keep your hands warm deep into the winter.
    Michael Stock, Trinity, NC
    R1100RT, R100, R60/6

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    Quote Originally Posted by m_stock10506 View Post
    Heated grips on the 1100RT with heated gloves will keep your hands warm deep into the winter.
    Totally agree!
    Paul F. Ruffell
    Retired and riding my RTs, the '87 K100 & the '98 R1100 !
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    Interesting perspective all.

    But Iím specifically curious if the Barkbusters will work. Itíll cost me $30 to try out, so Iím going to go for it.

    Else I could return the whole lot and buy/install heated grips and gloves for the RT.

    But my other ďadventure bikeĒ 97F650 has the heated grips and the Hippohands fit great (they use the hand protectors). Now thatís a toasty experience with no need for heated gloves.


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    I use the Barkbusters with Hippo Hands combo on my Rally Raid CB500X for winter riding, along with heated grips. I didn't find there was any learning curve. The bike's controls are still in the same location on the handlebars. (I have a throttle lock installed, too.)

    The Hippos won't win any beauty awards, and are a bit bulky, but are easy to install and remove. I don't even turn on the heated grips unless it's really cold.

    I've read that you need some sort of lever guard to stop the Hippo Hands from pressing against your brake and/or clutch lever. I don't know if that's an urban legend.

    YMMV.


    Quote Originally Posted by khfranck View Post
    Wife gave me Hippohands (Alcan) a while ago. They don’t work on R1100RT because they droop and have nothing to hold themselves up. The folks at Hippohands recommended Barkbusters (https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...sku_id=1655642). The bike has throttlemeister-type throttle lock.

    Think the Hippohands, Barkbusters and throttlemeister will all get along?


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    Not an urban legend. This is the issue exactly. Without some sort of support, the bulk of the product droops on the levers making everything in there cramped and hard to move.


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    I've read several times that the Barkbusters don't work with the Throttlemeister due to the way the right-side 'Buster mounts (into the handlebar end), and that a Kaoko throttle lock should be used instead.

    Another alternative "might" be the Memphis Shades handguards (for Harleys), but you'd have to fab your own mounting brackets to attach them to your mirror mounts.
    Last edited by Pauls1150; 11-01-2022 at 05:12 PM. Reason: corrected Kaoko

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauls1150 View Post
    I've read several times that the Barkbusters don't work with the Throttlemeister due to the way the right-side 'Buster mounts (into the handlebar end), and that a Keiko (sp?) throttle lock should be used instead.

    Another alternative "might" be the Memphis Shades handguards (for Harleys), but you'd have to fab your own mounting brackets to attach them to your mirror mounts.
    I have an Atlas throttle lock under the Hippo Hands, no issues... yet

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