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Heated grips for my wussy hands

Just ordered a set of powermadd handguards to keep the wind off my hands this fall/winter. I am now thinking heated grips might not be a bad idea. Any of you guys run them on your bikes and which ones seem to work well? Thanks


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I installed HotGrips last year. Worked fine:
http://hotgrips.com/
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For a little more you can get heated gloves. Tourmaster have a pair with controller for about $150.
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I have Oxford Heaterz on mine and they work very well, and are easy to install. The advantage of grips over gloves is that you can use them anytime, for example on cool summer mornings. In other words, times you wouldn't normally think of packing a pair of warm gloves.
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I installed Oxford Heaters, but the controller died after 5 months (on a 40 degree day with rain... ugh!). I replaced the controller with one from warm & safe. It has been trouble free for 2 years.

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I have Oxford Heaterz on mine and they work very well, and are easy to install. The advantage of grips over gloves is that you can use them anytime, for example on cool summer mornings. In other words, times you wouldn't normally think of packing a pair of warm gloves.
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I have Oxford Heaterz on mine and they work very well, and are easy to install. The advantage of grips over gloves is that you can use them anytime, for example on cool summer mornings. In other words, times you wouldn't normally think of packing a pair of warm gloves.
In Colorado you always pack for at least three seasons.
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In Colorado you always pack for at least three seasons.
Amen! I have a jacket liner, raingear, neck scarf, 3 types of gloves and a heavy chamois shirt for altitude as well as a water absorbing cooling neck bandana in a zip lock bag for those hot times packed in my Givis. Like a gun, if you have it and don't need it great, but if you don't have it and need you're scewed.
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I have the Oxford heaterz with the 4 heat settings put on at the dealer when I bought my V in March. They work great (the highest I've had them on was the 70% and that's quite hot) but if you go with them I would recommend wiring them in with a switched relay. I was surprised the dealer wired them direct to the battery but then I read that if you leave them on by accident, they will automatically shut off when the voltage level drops to a certain point so I wasn't too concerned.
Well of course a few days ago I used them on the way in to work in the morning and of course forgot to turn them off (no I wasn't trying to test the auto shut-off LOL) and when I went to leave that afternoon my battery was DEAD. I was able to get a jump start and everything is fine but I have since learned that the 2010/11's have an auxiliary relay with a 5 amp fuse so I will be wiring them through that soon.

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I went with the Kawasaki heated grips for the Versys. I get a discount from my dealer, but they were still more $ than the alternatives shown here. I like that they are plug and play.

I do have a pair of tourmaster synergy heated leather gloves, but dealing with the wire running through the jacket is a pain.

When it is in the 20s I might use both the heated grips and gloves, along with my heated vest liner. guess I need to get a voltmeter installed on the bike to make sure I can run everything and still charge the battery.
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I went with the Kawasaki heated grips for the Versys. I get a discount from my dealer, but they were still more $ than the alternatives shown here. I like that they are plug and play.

I do have a pair of tourmaster synergy heated leather gloves, but dealing with the wire running through the jacket is a pain.

When it is in the 20s I might use both the heated grips and gloves, along with my heated vest liner. guess I need to get a voltmeter installed on the bike to make sure I can run everything and still charge the battery.
Looks like you need to move to a warmer place.
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Another vote for the Oxford Heaters.
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I went with the heated gloves, I like them better. Keeps the whole hand warm and toastie, easy to move from bike to bike if you own more than one.

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Just ordered a set of powermadd handguards to keep the wind off my hands this fall/winter. I am now thinking heated grips might not be a bad idea. Any of you guys run them on your bikes and which ones seem to work well? Thanks
IMO heated gloves are a better option in the cold. Why? Because they keep the back of your hands warm which is the part that gets cold and they heat each finger. Hand guards don't really help much with the cold. If you have a heated liner they just plug into the cuffs and are a breeze to put on. Heated grips are good when you need some extra warmth with your summer gloves but are not nearly as effective or comfortable in cold weather. You also cannot transfer them to another bike if you choose to trade down the road and they are not removable once installed.

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I have heated grips on both my bikes. I also have heated gloves. While I love the heated gloves, I use them maybe four or five times a year when it's really c-c-c-c-cold. The heated grips I use all the time, even in summer.

I say get the heated grips first because you'll use them and you won't leave them at home, then next time you get a bit of stupid money get the gloves.


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