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post #1 of 4 Old 10-15-2016, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
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The wife and I have rode with heated jackets on for years now. I also always install Oxford heated grips on my bikes. I can't say enough good stuff about the Oxford grips. They heat up fast and get really hot. I have to run them on low.

The jackets we have are Gerbing brand but they're and older version that they no longer make. Gerbing still makes jackets and jacket liners but I can't tell you how well the new stuff works. I'd expect that they do a good job. I also use the Gerbing thermostats on both bikes to control the jackets and socks.

We keep meeting riders who say they are cold and they don't know about heated gear. I always laugh a little after we talk to them because I just cost them 400 bucks. Once you know about it you have to have it.

This is just a reminder the stuff is out there. I even have heated 12 volt socks. I rode 150 miles at 27 degrees once. People thought I was nuts but it's like riding down the road in a hot tub. The stuff will cook you.

I switched my bulbs on the KLR to LED's so I don't have to worry about power consumption.

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post #2 of 4 Old 10-15-2016, 09:28 AM
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I installed a 280-watt (?) stator to keep up with heated gear and aftermarket incandescent headlight.

Heated jacket liner/gloves/pants (if I need 'em) make a powerful difference on a cold day; a veritable winter sauna!

No heated grips, but . . . having snowmobiled in Labrador in December, I appreciate their worth!

Don't know if the value of heated gear is more psychological than physiological, but . . . definitely, worth the cost if one must ride in the bitter cold, IMHO.

Bonus: I've been gifted electrical gear from an inmate on this forum, and from a riding partner; I'm grateful for this generosity; I intend to pass it on!

Further, I received excellent customer service from Gerbing's, but . . . that might have been under a previous ownership and management--the, "lifetime guarantee" may no longer be effective, or as diligently honored as in the past.
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I installed a 280-watt (?) stator to keep up with heated gear and aftermarket incandescent headlight...........
I don't think they make a more powerful stator for the gen 2 models do they?
I just did the LED on the low beam and running lights. I don't often use the high or ride at night and when I do the revs are up.

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........Don't know if the value of heated gear is more psychological than physiological, but . . . definitely, worth the cost if one must ride in the bitter cold, IMHO.....
Some people seem like the cold just doesn't bother them. It sinks into my bones LOL! I just don't have to ride as "packed" with all the layers of clothing when I use the heated stuff. It's always in my saddlebags just in case!

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..........Further, I received excellent customer service from Gerbing's, but . . . that might have been under a previous ownership and management--the, "lifetime guarantee" may no longer be effective, or as diligently honored as in the past.......
Same here. Had socks short out and blew a thermostat because of it. They fixed the socks free of charge but I had to buy the thermostat. Company had changed hands and they no longer warranty the older stuff. I think they did away with the lifetime warranty as well.

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post #4 of 4 Old 10-16-2016, 02:01 PM
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I wear gerbing liner and it has changed my riding experience for four seasons now. I ride home at night so temps can be colder but no issue with the gerbing! I'm surprised by riders that have never heard of heated gear, especially HD crowd. Gerbing is now official HD wear and available in all HD shops.

I have been down to 15f temps and was just fine.

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