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The USB powered portable heating block seems like a gimmick and heated insoles are more suitable to snowmobiling than motorcycles but otherwise good info. All bikes should come standard with heated grips IMO.
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The USB powered portable heating block seems like a gimmick and heated insoles are more suitable to snowmobiling than motorcycles but otherwise good info. All bikes should come standard with heated grips IMO.
Agreed. However, do NOT spend the $$$ on the OEM grips for the 650V. My ex-girlfriend was warmer than those things. Worthless, gonna get tossed and/or sold/and/or bitched to Kawasaki about. They suck. Prolly gonna go Oxford for something.
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I've been running Oxford Adventure heated grips for a couple years now. The smart controller is a nice feature if you connect directly to the battery. I use an aux power relay and fuse block, so it isn't as important to me. These grips get HOT! I rarely feel the need to go above 75% for any length of time. The rubber is soft and grippy, though it does wear quickly if your gloves have Super Fabric inserts - as my summer gloves do. I made some neoprene fabric grip covers to increase the grip size and reduce vibrations. They have also protected the grips from wear.

I'd suggest ignoring the tube of super glue that comes with the grips and install them with silicone sealant/adhesive. It takes a couple hours to setup, but it can deal with the expansion and contraction that comes with large temperature changes. The super glue only lasted a week or so before the grips loosened.

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I have a Gerbing full sleeve jacket liner and Gerbing T5 heated gloves. The jacket liner is fantastic. It has a heated collar which keeps my head warm in the coldest of weather and allows riding in the coldest of weather like it's 70F out.

The only issue with heated gear and this affects it all is it has no real insulation so it works best under an insulated jacket and worn tight against a T shirt or similar so it will transfer it's warmth. With no insulated liner over it you get hot spots from turning the heat up high mixed with cold spots where there are no heating wires in it. Some cheap heated gear I have seen have fewer heating panels than the Gerbing. I've had my jacket liner fail once however Gerbing fixed it under warranty for free. The main issue with it is the main power connector which attaches to the bike seems to connect intermittently so I think I may have to clean and tweak the plug it by spreading the connectors to apply more pressure. It's fixable so not a major issue.

If I was to do it again I would probably get the same jacket liner or something similar but only get a single channel heat controller and skip the heated gloves and simply get something like the Oxford heated grips which are more convenient. Having had heated grips on another bike though it is still handy to have some waterproof and possibly lightly insulated gloves with them as the back of your hands will freeze otherwise in cold weather.
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