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post #1 of 9 Old 03-25-2007, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hey guys,

I'm at the stage of counting pennies in preparation for buying a KLR (I hope). I know after spending most of the last ten years in sub-Saharan weather, I'll need grip heaters. One gets tired of stoping and wrapping your hands around the pipe to warm up... I guess we've all been there. As I count my pennies, I need to know if the grip heaters need the bigger stator. I read some older posts and didn't see it mentioned. Any help? Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 9 Old 03-25-2007, 05:17 PM
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The stock stator can handle them okay, just wire them into a keyed power source. I killed a coupla batteries from forgetting to turn off the grips.

I have a new favorite grip heater these days.

www.pollyheaters.com go cheap like me and get the snowmobile ones for $18 or spend a little more and get the motorcycle specific model.
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post #3 of 9 Old 03-25-2007, 10:02 PM
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And don't forget to wire the Polly heaters correctly..

I put them on a bike and went out for a cold weather ride. I flipped them on LOW and could barely hold onto the bar after 5 minutes. I figured if LOW was this hot, HI would be crazy hot.

I switched them off and on during the ride to attempt to regulate the heat..

I had the wires switched, and they were on HI.. Low would have been fine..
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Hey guys,

I'm at the stage of counting pennies in preparation for buying a KLR (I hope). I know after spending most of the last ten years in sub-Saharan weather, I'll need grip heaters. One gets tired of stoping and wrapping your hands around the pipe to warm up... I guess we've all been there. As I count my pennies, I need to know if the grip heaters need the bigger stator. I read some older posts and didn't see it mentioned. Any help? Thanks in advance!

Sandman
They absolutely do not require a bigger stator; they draw about 5-ish watts.

I'm a www.dual-star.com grip man myself. $30.
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post #5 of 9 Old 03-29-2007, 08:00 PM
 
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I wired mine to the "city light" connectors and have had no problems. Can't remember the name of them but they're just a thin plastic wrap with elements running through them that fit under the grips, the ones Larryboy showed look way sturdier.
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post #6 of 9 Old 03-30-2007, 10:24 AM
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Those are made under a few names. Kimpex is one of them.

My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

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post #7 of 9 Old 04-25-2007, 07:17 AM
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I ran a heated jacket liner all winter that drew 77 watts/6.4 amps. Commuter use, mostly five miles or less. Never needed to put a charger on the battery.
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post #8 of 9 Old 04-27-2007, 10:49 AM
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Grip heaters and heated grip wraps suck. Sure, they'll keep the contact parts of your hard warm up until the point that wind/windchill on the outside of your hands defeat their purpose. Go with heated gloves and save yourself some grief.
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post #9 of 9 Old 04-27-2007, 06:02 PM
 
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I have the Hot Grips and they work nice, I ride down into the twenties. My feet get cold before my hands do.
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