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Harley-Davidson's 21st Century Gloves

By January 19, 2013

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Harley-Davidson Touchscreen Gloves

Some riders love Harley-Davidson for everything they're not-- that is, technologically cutting edge or blatantly future-friendly-- but even the most dedicated traditionalists aren't above bolting a smartphone or GPS unit to the handlebars.

Harley now has that paradoxical demographic covered with two new gloves that incorporate touchscreen-friendly fingertips. The women's Velocity RCS Waterproof Textile Full Finger Gloves ($75, P/N 97346-13VW) and men's Burning Skull Full-Finger Gloves ($55, P/N 98252-13VM) enable touchscreens to be operated without ditching the mitts.

There's no mention of armoring or abrasion resistance in their product descriptions, but if you're willing to ditch some safety for convenience (and gotta have that bar & shield branding), you may want to check them out.


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January 20, 2013 at 12:16 pm
(1) Joe says:

I’m really not into tech stuff (I rarely carry even a cell phone when I’m out) but if you are into GPS and smart cells it maybe cool to have these gloves. Me personally, if I’m on my bike I just want to enjoy the ride, no distractions.

January 20, 2013 at 2:26 pm
(2) Scottie says:

I agree with Joe. Phone stowed in a pocket, no music, no GPS (I do have the EZ pass toll tag on the bar because I nearly dropped the bike one day digging for money in my pocket, with my wife on the back no less). Just a chance to be away from the city and out on country / mountain roads.

Not sold on textile gloves. I have some bulky textile gauntlets that let my hands get colder than a pair of uninsulated single layer deer skins.

January 23, 2013 at 11:46 am
(3) Ninja Kev says:

How long before battery technological improvements allow us to have heated gloves without having to attach them to the bike’s battery? I had a pair that operated off of one “D” cell and besides being clunky they barely even got warm. Maybe using several thin rechargeable lithium batteries is a good starting point.

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