Heated hand grips... Do they work...?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by jamoka3, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. rjsurfer

    rjsurfer Been here awhile

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    I'm an old fart and my circulation isn't what it should be, so I have a problem with heated grips. In order to get the enough heat to transfer to my hands I have to keep a firm grip which tends to effect the circulation sort of a catch 22.

    To get the blood flowing I need to relax and when I do of course I lose the heat transfer.

    Heated gloves are the way to go for me.

    Ron W.
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  2. concours

    concours WFO for 44 years

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    lol, I dunno, ask any one of the millions of snowmobilers:rofl

    Yes, they work great. Just like everything else in life, there is low end weenie crap that is just an aggrivation.
    Don't waste your time or money.
    I recommend www.hotgrips.com , they have been in business 28 years and manufacture in the US. I've had dozens of them on my sleds before the OEM's all made them standard.
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  3. Buuurrrt

    Buuurrrt Adventurer

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    I am looking at these Pollyheaters.. Does anyon know if they will insert into a stop KTM bar. They say they will go into a 5/8" bar and my bars are right at that. Just wondering.

    I like the fact that I can use my own grip and the wires run inside the bars. I want less wires on the outside.
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  4. fuelish

    fuelish Been here awhile

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    I got some inexpensive under grip warmers with a hi/lo switch and a pair of Tusk covers. About a $40 investment. I taped under the warmers on the left side to insulate from the aluminum bar. Then taped the wiring down good to keep it from being damaged. On high they can get a little to warm, but other wise work pretty good. The only downside is that I cover my levers all the time so my fingers don't get much benefit.
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    After I put on these covers I realized they were just to tight and made the switch gear hard to get to, so I used a razor to cut thru the stitching holding the two halves together(On the left side in the picture), It was a separate box stitch and the rest of the stitching is fine. There are some thin metal bands in the opening, so they keep their shape. This bike also has hand guards that keep the covers in place.
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  5. jprovence

    jprovence Adventurer

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    Oxfords on my bike. Its the best thing I ever put on my bike. I start them in the morning on 100% them in a few miles I back it down to 50%. I wear a mild vented glove, but I have the wind protectors on the handlebars.
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  6. DestinationUnknown

    DestinationUnknown Been here awhile

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    I purchased a pair of the Tusk "wind guards" like this ones pictured above. I got them for a sportbike and they fit pretty well. They do look out of place, but combined with heated grips allow me to ride in any temperature almost. I'll give up looks for function if it lets me keep riding year round.
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  7. bodhisattva65

    bodhisattva65 Been here awhile

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    Ive never understood heated grips. The only thing they keep warm is your palm. the back of my hands and fingers still get cold. Ive owned two bikes with them. If it is cool enough for heated grips I usually have gloves on. Go with heated gloves.
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  8. C Squared

    C Squared Now with TURBO!

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    Love my grips Symco... heated grips. Hippos or? are nice if it is really cold. Cold thumbs at cold temps.
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  9. Dave2

    Dave2 Long timer

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    Heated grips. Every bike. I put Symtec's on my KLR years ago. They work great. Really nice in early spring and late fall. A must have from late November to late March. Even in the dead of summer in the mountains after a storm has gone through during the night and dropped the morning temps.
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  10. genka

    genka SUV hater

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    I also installed Pro Grip Lever Grip Covers They insulate fingers from cold levers and help a lot when I need to use clutch frequently.
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  11. Milehi

    Milehi Been here awhile

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    Are there anti vibe versions of heated grips?
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