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post #21 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-03-2019, 10:04 AM
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I have Warm & Safe brand heated gear. https://www.warmnsafe.com

The jacket liner goes on under a good waterproof/windproof shell. Sometimes I'll wear another warm thin layer between the liner and the shell. Note that the liner really does need to be snug to your body. When you first put it on you'll think you got the wrong size, but if it isn't snug it won't warm your body.

The gloves are quite good. The jacket liner has wiring to the wrist area for gloves. So it is simple to plug everything together. The gloves themselves have been fine and were waterproof the one time I road in cold rain.

Definitely get the 2 zone controller. One zone controls the jacket, the other the gloves. I mount the controller on the windshield frame.

My legs stay warm enough with windproof waterproof overpants. I've never added the insulated layer to them yet been warm enough for my commute (about 30 minutes mix of city/highway).

For warm feet the answer seems to be layers under a good thick boot. I have adventure boots and wear winter socks.

The V650 electrical system is not the beefiest. Heated gear maxes it out pretty quickly. The good news is you probably won't need to have the heated gear cranked up very high to stay warm, so you should be fine. Be aware if you get heated everything (jacket, gloves, pants, socks, grips, seat) that you'll be draining the battery unless you keep it turned down. Also, keep the revs up a bit. I tend to idle around at low rpm in town, but then the alternator can't produce enough juice, which then drains the battery. Aim for around 3k rpm or more except when you're stopped at a red light. I can feel the heated gear go cool if I don't.
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can you go with the Koso heated grips in a thicker size for the Versys 300? I've seen where some guys add grip puppies to make them thicker....
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Definitely adding Barkbusters asap and I think the heated grips are a great idea, too. Thanks much for this! Wondering, can you go with the Koso heated grips in a thicker size for the Versys 300? Even in regular/mesh moto gloves, they're a little too insubstantial for my hands and could use a thicker grip....
Their diameter has NOT been an issue for me.

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...My legs stay warm enough with windproof waterproof overpants....
Me TOO - I have the TOURMASTER heated pants liner, but have ONLY used them ONCE as my legs seem to stay warm enough w/out the 'heat'.

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...The V650 electrical system is not the beefiest. Heated gear maxes it out pretty quickly....
W/ my "BACK-OFF" voltage monitor (1/4" LED) I can watch IF the revs are too low, and raise them as necessary.

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Thanks so much for all of the feedback, everyone. Made my first long(er) ride on the Versys 300 from Seattle to Cashmere, WA (about 140 miles each way) with two passes in between (Snoqualmie and Blewitt- each in the mid 40s).

Dianese Tempest long gloves were a life-saver: https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...RoC0bUQAvD_BwE

As was this: https://www.cyclegear.com/gear/freez...armr-balaclava

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I would start with heated grips like the Oxford or Koso.

In cold weather, a heated jacket liner (not vest) is best but.... is probably overkill for most. The pain is with the short season it can be utilized combined with the high cost and the need to plug in and unplug every time you stop, plus the consistent electrical gremlins with the coaxial plugs that power it. I sold mine after many seasons.

A better compromise and investment, at least for me, is a high quality 3/4 length shell-type jacket (Klim Latitude) with a variable mid-layer I provide. I often use a Cosco fleece shell I purchased for $29. It is superior to any included liner I've seen. It also looks better off the bike. Alternatively, I can use lighter mid-layers or no mid-layer as the weather changes. Just make sure your outer jacket is not tight with whatever mid-layer you choose as the tightness will squeeze out the insulating air space needed to provide insulation.

The included insulated liners with most motorcycle jackets are very limiting IMO. The zip in capability is not really advantageous either. Included liners are usually a low-cost afterthought by the manufacturer and either too warm or too cool for your needs. With the "bring your own liner" philosophy you can adjust the inner layer as needed and get a great quality liner from a jacket you may already own or buy one for low $.

With heated grips, I use either regular gloves or waterproof but not insulated gloves in cold weather.

You need something to stop the wind on your legs when it gets cold. Most jeans suck at this which is why I wear motorcycle pants with the water/wind liner installed.
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We have 12V powered heated jackets and gloves.
They hook up to a 12V harness mounted to the bike.

Note that most driver gloves heat the back side of the hands and fingers only, so heated grips are a plus when the temps drop below freezing.

The jacket typically has connections at the end of the sleeve to plug the gloves into - otherwise, you will need a separate harness for the gloves. Get the Jacket instead of the vest. You will be much happier.

Beware that this will turn you into a big sissy in under a week.

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