I live in the Northeast and the riding season is not very long unless you start in early spring and ride till snow flys. Being from down south originally I really don't like the cold. I have gotten use to it after 18 years, but my hands were always cold even with good gloves. Last year I bought a set of heated grips from HD. What a difference they made. It extended my riding season by a couple of months. We have made it out in early March and rode till late December. Really worth the money.