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post #1 of 24 Old 04-14-2019, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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Heated Grips or gloves

What is better option Heated grips or Gloves?
I do not want to do both (Cheap ass). My commute is 120miles into the mountains and the 25-30 degrees spring and fall weather penetrates my cold winter glove (jacket and pants seem to do well).

I've even considered just doing Battery powered glove liners? but so far the internet search leads to a web of opinion and conjecture......So why not let my favorite forum add to it!!
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post #2 of 24 Old 04-14-2019, 05:43 PM
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Gloves are warmer because they warm the tops of your fingers and not just your palms. But, gloves are not as convenient. Gotta think ahead, connect them, and they are not as good for "riding" as good riding gloves.

Grips are always there. Very convenient. You can turn them on if you've been riding and just stating to get cold. But they heat your palms VERY MUCH and sometimes leave the wind exposed parts of your hands still cold. Much more convenient though.

I have gloves. But I confess that I rarely use them and often choose to be cold as opposed to stopping and screwing around. Especially if I'm in a group and don't want to inconvenience others.

If it gets really cold I'll change over during a stop.
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post #3 of 24 Old 04-15-2019, 10:14 AM
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I installed a pair of Oxford heated grips on my KLR.
I have Raynauds Syndrome or white finger and I find the heated grips really help.
However they don't keep your thumbs warm.
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post #4 of 24 Old 04-15-2019, 07:43 PM
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Gloves / Grips

If you ride a long time without stopping, you may get better results with gloves.
If you ride in open country, little traffic, gloves may be ok choice.
As mentioned, the more you use your hands/fingers, you may want to think twice about gloves.
If you ride longer distances without much hand/finger use, i'g go with gloves.

I use my heated gloves in reaL cold weather. I even use them plowing snow with my Kubota tractor. That requires a lot of movement handling the controls. I don't have any issues doing that. (Much more movement than required on a bike.)

My hands stay nice and comfortable with gloves. If you do go with gloves, get a controller so you can adjust the temp.
There are times it does get to hot, and need to lower the heat.
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post #5 of 24 Old 04-16-2019, 01:29 AM
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The right gloves will keep you warm into the low 40's to high 30's , but when the temp drops to freezing or near it, you can't beat a set of heated grips. If riding in freezing temps you could add a set of the gauntlets like we use up here on snowmobiles. I have ridden many nights up in the upper peninsula of Michigan in temps well below zero on a snowmobile equipped with gauntlets and heated grips wearing nothing more than a pr of Jersey gloves and never got cold hands.
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post #6 of 24 Old 04-17-2019, 05:43 PM
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gloves or grips

I had heated gloves , jacket liner and grips on my V-Strom. Great heat but so aggravating to put on and off. Get off the bike and walk around with wires hanging from gloves and jacket. And , of course the KLR wont support that much output . With heated grips the backs of my hands stay very cold. Not enough help for me. The colder it gets the more I like my Jeep.
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I'll admit, I've never tried heated gloves, but I have the cheap Tusk grip heaters from Rocky Mountain ATV M/C, and I love them. It's nice to be able to throw them on if you get caught in the rain and your hands start to get chilly. Like others have stated, the backs of your hands will still get cold, but they will warm you right up through any glove. It just takes a few minutes for them to warm up since the handlebars act as a heat sink initially.

I commute just 5 miles each way, but I only have the KLR, so even on the bitter cold January days here in Utah, but the hand warmers do a pretty good job. No complaints, especially for the price!
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post #8 of 24 Old 04-17-2019, 09:02 PM
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This was a challenge for me as I live in Georgia which means I can almost ride year round.... I'll ride as long as there isn't any ice on the roads, which can still mean pretty chilly though. I have heated gloves for the KLR and heated grips for the VSTROM. Both bikes have BarkBusters Storm for the handlebars and a big windscreen as well.

Both hand heaters seem to work well, but in some ways I'm more annoyed by the wires with the heated gloves than how well they work. I also have just some pretty good winter gloves -not the super high dollar but lined and goretex, and I sometimes wear extra glove liners (un-heated) with them and that works pretty well also - probably to about 45-50 - degrees and speed.

I tend to prefer the heated grips though - easier to adjust the heat, even while riding (Oxford system), and with the BarkBusters they block a lot of heat loss from my hands. If it were any colder, I'd probably just get some of those "handlebar muffs" to stick my hands in.

I also think it is important to make sure my core is warm as well as neck, face and feet... If too many extremities get too cold (feet, hands, head), riding ceases to be fun and more of a chore to me... I have used those 2 or 3 hour foot warmers in my boots - and I really liked them.

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I think that for cold weather you can't beat a Tucano Urbano Gaucho laprobe and a pair of muffs.


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If I only had headed grips, I'd want handlebar muffs too when it was really cold but I also have gloves. The grips do nothing for your thumbs or the top of your hands. They're ok to a point but when it's really cold,,,, GLOVES!

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