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Heated grips for Alaska in August?

It never crossed my mind that I may need heated grips in August!

I have just read a recent Alaska trip report and the guy was there in late July and it was not too far off freezing at night!!!! (he was way up in Prudhoe Bay - I will be lucky to get to Anchorage)

I have checked the average temps etc and I was a bit surprised at how cool it gets and how much rain falls. My bank account is taking a nose dive but I hate cold hands. What is the collective wisdom of those that have been there..... to buy or not to buy?

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I use Heated Grips and ATV Mitts. The mitts keep the wind and wet off my hands and with the heated grips it like having your hands in a warm toasty oven... Heres a couple of threads ...http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ted-grips.html & http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...old-hands.html

BTW these are the most simple to install and best heated grips i have ever used.....

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useful video... can you remember the size of the grips..? ....7/8in I think?
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useful video... can you remember the size of the grips..? ....7/8in I think?


Here Ya Go.....https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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nice - I like the integrated switch on those.
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Try this link its shows they are in stock when i go to Amazon...https://www.amazon.com/Koso-AM111030.../dp/B00T6IX42S

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nice - I like the integrated switch on those.



Funny when i click on the links i sent its takes me to Amazon outside the states and are not in stock when i go straight to Amazon USA it shows 3 sets in stock...

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Just a reminder....

Oxford has good reviews just about anywhere they're sold.

This has been beaten to death elsewhere, I would NOT get the OEM tepid grips. They're about as useful as 4 year old birthday cards from an ex-girlfriend...
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I have heat demon heated grips and I love them as I'm in Canada eh.

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It never crossed my mind that I may need heated grips in August!

I have just read a recent Alaska trip report and the guy was there in late July and it was not too far off freezing at night!!!! (he was way up in Prudhoe Bay - I will be lucky to get to Anchorage)

I have checked the average temps etc and I was a bit surprised at how cool it gets and how much rain falls. My bank account is taking a nose dive but I hate cold hands. What is the collective wisdom of those that have been there..... to buy or not to buy?

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Seems like 25% of my riding is in cold weather. I would never own a bike without either heated grips or heated gloves in a temperate climate. Heated gloves are a warmer option if you have the budget, and are also buying a heated jacket liner to plug them into, but if neither is true then heated grips offer a great alternative and are a lot cheaper.

Your best value option is Oxford heated grips. They are available everywhere and are the most popular brand of heated grips. Their only real downside is a bulky temp control that requires bar mounting. Easy plug and play install and high quality/excellent performance/reliable at a reasonable price. Get the regular ones as opposed to the sport grip style grips which are firmer. British company, Chinese manufacture.

At a higher price point are the Koso grips which contain an integrated temp controller for nicer looking installation. See review on WebBikeWorld. Canadian company, Chinese manufacture.

The heating elements you buy cheap on eBay and try and slip under your grips don't work in my experience nor does an an on/off switch for heated grips, you need a temp controller.

Waterproof gloves are a nice addition in cooler weather and work well with heated grips. They block the wind and keep your hands warmer.

All heated grips are designed to connect direct to the battery and draw about 50W on high power. Most will auto switch off when the engine goes off as they are voltage sensing, something to check for in specs. If not you will want to also use relay (very cheap on ebay/gearbest/aliexpress ~$3). A relay is also a good idea if your bike sits for long periods unused as voltage sensing controllers that switch off, also draw a miniscule amount of current when off, and can run the battery down over a few weeks of inactivity.

Another option if you are riding multiple bikes, is just getting a pair of insulated, waterproof, motorcycle gloves. Remember, your hands and limbs get cold when your core gets cold. Your body's warmth management system restricts warm blood flow to the extremities when your core gets cool, to help keep the vital organs at temp. This is important to consider as no mater how much insulation you have on your hands they will still be cold if there is no warm blood flow. Another thing to consider is a heated jacket liner - they are great for putting the warmth back in your core, neck, face and head (heated collar) when you get chilled from cool wind.

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Thanks guys - I have decided to buy a pair of the Oxford advanced hot grips so hopefully cold hands will not be a problem! They have three versions (sport, cruiser and tourer which appear to vary in length) so I shall have to find out how long the existing grips are.

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Yes, 7/8".

Been to Alaska SIX times on motorcycles. I recommend handguards (ZETA XCs, Barkbusters, etc) as they will reduce the amount of wind and weather hitting your hands, as well as guarding things if your bike 'goes down'. Waterproof gloves is also a VG idea!

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