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Old 12-15-2014, 03:53 PM   #1
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Weak heated grips - GSW

Now that we all have our heated grips turned up on "high" this time of year I've confirmed what I've suspected for a while now... the heated grips on my '14 GSW are very weak, so much so that I'm not sure they are normal. I wanted to check with others here...
  1. Anyone else having trouble with heated grips on a GSW or GSAW?
  2. My grips are far weaker than any other motorcycle that I've owned or ridden, what are other owners experiencing?
I took an hour ride out for breakfast on Sunday where the outside air temp was in the low 30s and when I got to my destination I took off my gloves and grabbed the grips with them still on and engine running and they were warm at best, no issue holding them with my bare hands at all. Any other bike I can remember you can't hold your bare hands on them in the "high" position, too hot.
My dealer is 150 miles away over a mountain pass, not sure if I should take it in for warranty service only to have them pronounce them "normal".
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Old 12-15-2014, 03:56 PM   #2
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They all do that. Or at least mine operate as you described.
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Old 12-15-2014, 04:00 PM   #3
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My 14 GSW grips are weaker than my old 2007 Hexhead GS, that's for sure.
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Old 12-15-2014, 04:04 PM   #4
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Mine are not as weak as yours. After an hour ride with them on high they are hot to the bare hand but not so much I can't hold on.
Through gloves the heated grips are basically useless.
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Old 12-15-2014, 04:11 PM   #5
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So that's three so far that are weak like mine, likely normal then, darn.
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Old 12-15-2014, 04:55 PM   #6
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My 2013 1200GS grips were nothing like as effective as my 800GS was. My new 2015 1200GS seems much better. Even at 32 degrees I only needed the low setting around town.
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Old 12-15-2014, 04:58 PM   #7
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Through gloves the heated grips are basically useless.
So do you ride in cold weather with heated grips on and no gloves? That seems odd to me. My 14 has great heat. After about 20 minutes I turn them down to low......with gloves on. Something wrong with yours.
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Old 12-15-2014, 05:17 PM   #8
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heated grips

I have only 500 miles on my new 2015 GSW and have heated grips for the first time. Mine seem to be pretty warm but I have nothing to compare them to. One day I was messing with all the new controls and had turned them on, on high. I put my hand on the grip not knowing that they were even on and went, Wow! I then discovered that they were on. It was funny, the first day that I rode it in cold weather, I had forgotten that I had them at first and then turned them on.
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Old 12-15-2014, 05:19 PM   #9
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I'll let you know when I pick my 2015 up on Saturday. It should be somewhat crisp that day!
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Old 12-15-2014, 06:37 PM   #10
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I'll let you know when I pick my 2015 up on Saturday. It should be somewhat crisp that day!
Especially if you are riding b****.
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Old 12-15-2014, 07:10 PM   #11
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I don't find mine weak, work well into the 40's for me. I think they are very warm to the touch, better with thinner gloves for sure. I'd get them checked out next visit to the dealership, at least give them a call...
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Old 12-15-2014, 07:11 PM   #12
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Old 12-15-2014, 07:16 PM   #13
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Old 12-15-2014, 07:31 PM   #14
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Happy with mine, 3 bars (of 5) is good down to the mid-30's at freeway speeds. Heated seat not so much (I have a '15 RT). Or maybe I have too much insulation down there...
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I should be good if I hope to enlist your assistance to pick up my bike from Mortons on Saturday!
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