I'm definitely considering the bark buster route. I have a buddy that mounted some low profile ones on his sv, and apparently they work pretty good for cutting the cold, and protecting your hand, lever, or whatever else that happens to spank the asphalt in that area. He just cut his stock levers down, which is what I was going to do, but there's also the option of now being able to justify some crg or pazzo shorty's seeing as how you'd be protecting them relatively well. I have some cold-tech carbon tourmaster gloves, and I ran hot grips all last winter on my 15 mile (one-way) commute. While the portion of my hands touching the grip were nice and toasty, the rest of my hands were rockin some serious icicles, which was quite painful during that ever familiar thaw out phase.