Which Heated Grips?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by ktm950se, Mar 3, 2007.

  1. ktm950se

    ktm950se Banned

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    Greetings,
    Having done a proper search I've narrowed my heated grip choices down to the following:
    1. [FONT=Arial, Helvetica]Symtec Motorcycle Grip Heater Kit w/round rocker switch: http://www.casporttouring.com/store/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=16025&Category_Code=heated_grips[/FONT]
    2. [FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Oxford Heaterz Heated Grips: http://www.bikesax.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=GPHOX695&Category_Code=HGR[/FONT]
    3. Hot Grips: http://www.hotgrips.com/
    Can anyone recommend one over the others for my KTM 950 Super Enduro?

    I'm leaning towards the Oxfords and Hot Grips for ease of installation, but don't want hard plastic grips that will cut into my hands and offer no vibration damping.

    Thanks for your suggestions!

    ktm950se

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  2. rnr

    rnr Simple. Fast. Paid for.

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  3. drmajor

    drmajor Been here awhile

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    Take a look at Dual-Star.com.

    They have a lot of dual sport items, but thier heated grips are great! I put them on my RT and loved them.. Unlike many heaters, this one has a dual circuit so that when you are on LOW, it only heats one circuit and does not through electricity away.

    $30.00.
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  4. idahoskiguy

    idahoskiguy Long timer

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    Besure you choose heated grips for a motorcycle and not an ATV or Snowmobile. The grips for bikes are specifically designed with a differentrial in heating to allow for the twist grip thottle the ATV grigs are the same for each side.
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  5. Fitero

    Fitero Just One of Billions

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    The Symtec and Dual-Star, are one and the same. I installed a set on my Gran Canyon, which worked very well, until the temps got down to @ freezing.

    Another option, are the following; http://www.cbxman.com/detail.aspx?ID=504

    I think that I am going to install the Koso grips this time, just to see if there is a difference.
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  6. Dagny_Taggart

    Dagny_Taggart John Galt - 2014

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    I ordered a pair of Symptex (?) to put under the stock grips of my FZ-6... I just didn't like the way they terminated. It would be too easy to damage them.

    I have installed Oxford Heaterz Grips on the FZ-6, the DRZ, and a ZX9R and I love them. They have an electronic controller included in the priced (which is slightly on the biggish side) so they make efficient use of the bikes available power. They do they job for me and I'll probably install a pair on every bike I ever own... I love them that much!
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  7. soboy

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    I installed symtecs on both my bikes last year, they work well and are a great value for the money.
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  8. ktm950se

    ktm950se Banned

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    Thanks for the advice!

    Are the Oxford and/or Hot Grips "soft" like regular grips, or are they hard plastic?


    ktm950se
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  9. strommin

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    Have you heard about Polly Heaters?

    Cartridges slip inside the bars - no change to the grips themselves.
    Good price, fairly easy install, great heat.

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  10. caffeine

    caffeine Been here awhile

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    i thought so too at first, but i gave it a shot anyway.....after quite a few thousand miles fallen over in streams, into trees, and multiple crashes...they are pretty solid.
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  11. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    the best IMHO. :thumb
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  12. enduro0125

    enduro0125 Sticks and Stones™..

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    Does any one know if Polly Heaters will work with bar ends or the type of mounts used in "Bark Buster" type guards?
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  13. TwoShots

    TwoShots Vagabond

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    kt,
    I recently installed the Oxford Heaterz. They are not soft. Not hard hard plastic, but more like hard rubber. They are a rugged design. The wiring alone is much heavier gauge than dual stars. Oxford's switch is pretty functional with eight settings. While riding 20 degree days in the mountains I have yet to get past setting #3.

    Can't speak to the Hot Grips other than to say their web site sucks.

    Good luck.
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  14. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    yeah, they'll work. they get shoved in a little further, but they get so smoking hot it doesn't matter.
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  15. jdmetzger

    jdmetzger Lone Wolf

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    Are you using the "motorcycle" ones, or are you using the snowmobile ones? They both use the same amount of power, but it says the motorcycle ones are set tp run a little cooler. Seems to me you'd want them to run as hot as possible...
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  16. westnash

    westnash Long timer

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    It doesnt make sense to spend more than what the Symtec people get for their heaters...you can buy from CA Sport Touring or other places,,,,they seems solid and you could buy multiple sets for what the stock companies want and you would be no better off.
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  17. blitzkreig

    blitzkreig Been here awhile

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    WOW that is different. Do you have this yourself? How big a hold do you need in the handlbar to snake the wire out on its way to the battery and switch?

    Thanks for the tip!
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  18. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    the snowmachine ones. $18 and hot enough to cook on...perfect.:deal
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  19. ram1000

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    We just put these on a Uly. The holes (two) are 3/8" to sleeve the wire out of the bar. His supplier sent him the wrong grips so we put the snowmobile grips in. They run so hot that you can't use them on high. I don't know if that is because they are not mc grips or they just run that hot. Seemed ok for me on the low position. I like to use thin leather gloves so need a little more heat than an insulated glove. The diameter of the unit is supposedly 5/8". I have tappered bars on my 950 KTM and oredered them for it, but my bar diameter is only 1/2". I will bore the ends out when the units get here and I can measure the outside diameter precisely. Please no safety comments- I just don't care if the bars break because I tried something with them.
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  20. r'elise me

    r'elise me Been here awhile

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    Last post is 6yrs old so I'm wondering if there are any new heaters on the market that are better/more efficient technology or just better all around for DS bikes. I've got a couple KTMs (see sig) that need heated grips.

    Thanks!
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