Experience with heated grips? - Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum
Gadgets & Gizmos Discussion on the latest "toys" to enhance the adventure.

 2Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 16 Old 09-12-2017, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
3rd Gear
 
shinyribs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 527
Experience with heated grips?

I can't see myself being bothered to fool with heated gloves and all the wiring involved. Simplicity is what I love about bikes, and all the things about tethering yourself to heated gear every time you hop on and off the bike just don't appeal to me very much. I don't do well with things like that (constraints) and I know I will be constantly distracted due to worrying about the wires getting tangled, whether they actually would or not. It's just how I am. I've been considering heated grips, but I'm unsure how effective they actually are.



For reference, I'm pretty tolerant to temp swings. I work outside year 'round. I can ride in temps as low as 30*f at highway speeds for about an hour before my hands really get uncomfortable using standard winter motorcycle/snowmobile gloves. I have ridden into the teens with only longjohns under blue jeans & longjohns under a t-shirt under a simple textile jacket and have been perfectly content. I do pretty well in the cold, it's only my hands that get cold. I do have hippo hands which work quite well, but I'm curious if heated grips aren't a better option?

Anyone here use them? What do you think about them? Any particular model or brand you find to be better than others?
shinyribs is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 16 Old 09-12-2017, 02:27 AM
2nd Gear
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 395
Up until my late 20's I never had a car (or a truck) with A/C or Cruise Control; but once I had one with them, I decided I kinda liked 'em . . . . and I'll never buy one again without them.

Heated Grips are pretty much the same for me. I used to wonder, why in the world anyone would need or want Heated Grips. Then I had a bike that came with them (BMW 1150RT). Now I don't want a bike (that I ride regularly) not to have them.

I've installed a few sets of the Polly Heater, Part Number PH-200 heating elements in a few bikes over the years. In all the years and miles that I've used them, I've never had a one fail. Just make sure that you can easily reach the switch to turn them on and off. They can and will get very hot. Also they only draw about 2 - 3 amps so the load on the bikes electrical system is pretty low.

If you Google "Polly Heater PH-200" or search eBay or Amazon they can usually be found for right around $25.00 +/-
Bluehighways is offline  
post #3 of 16 Old 09-12-2017, 10:29 AM
OverDrive
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Lander, Wyoming
Posts: 5,133
I will second the effectiveness of the Polly Heater brass inserts with both HI and LOW.
Which usually will fit inside of a steel handle bar with a little clean-up of the interior of the bar.
One might could drill the interior of a 7/8th Aluminum bar to 11/16th ID.

Their advantage is you can then use any brand/size/style/pattern of handgrip you prefer for your hands. And cheaply replace worn/torn grips.

I've never installed the self-adhesive heat grids onto bars and then grips over the grids. I feel the grids could be easily damaged if changing grips.

I hate FAT heated grips and hard as a rock 'Hot Grips'.

pdwestman
Modify at "YOUR OWN RISK"!

Still riding my 1987 KL650-A1. 83,000+ miles & counting
pdwestman is offline  
 
post #4 of 16 Old 09-12-2017, 01:42 PM
1st Gear
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Clackamas OR
Posts: 99
I had heated grips on my 2006 and running a wire from the starter solenoid to a relay (pole 30 to 87) onto the grips is really quite easy...then just trigger the relay (86-85) with a wire up front.

Anyway, the heated grips did a great job of keeping my palm and palm side of my fingers warm. Not so much on the top. I have a condition known as Raynauds which "causes some areas of your body such as your fingers and toes to feel numb and cold in response to cold temperatures or stress".

I won't put a set on my 2017. Instead, last fall I bought a pair of heated gloves. 7V batt Gerbing gloves on a closeout from Cabela's, $124 shipped, no wires. I rode all winter on my work commute (10 miles) and loved them. They heat up right away and have three settings. Combines with a good coat. pants, and a Freeze-Out neck sleeve, I tend to smile on most mornings.

Good luck OP
outdoorgb is offline  
post #5 of 16 Old 09-12-2017, 05:45 PM
2nd Gear
 
Candubrain's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Kincardine, ON, Canada
Posts: 171
I too suffer from Raynauds.

I have heated grips on my HD and now on the KLR. They are nice to have in an emergency, but when I know its going to be cold I wear my Gerbing gloves along with my Gerbing jacket liner as the grips alone aren't enough. You'll find your palm is warm, but your fingers not with heated grips as your are constantly reaching for the clutch or brake
Candubrain is offline  
post #6 of 16 Old 09-12-2017, 06:38 PM
3rd Gear
 
Toney's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Oliver Springs TN
Posts: 731
Dude! I ain't riding without heat! I always install Oxford brand grips. They sell three sizes. On a KLR you'll need the longest ones. I've had them on 3 or 4 bikes now. They shut off if the voltage gets low. That's a MUST on a KLR!

I also have heated gloves, a heated jacket and socks. My KLR ran it all fine but I swapped all the lights to LED except the turns and high beam.

The grips are great except for my thumbs. Those suckers hang down and get cold. If it's really cold out, I switch to heated gloves and add muffs over the barkbusters. ATV muffs are cheap.

I wear a Gerbing brand jacket liner. Must be 10 years old now. They probably don't make the same one I have anymore. It's like riding down the road in a hot tub. You have to buy the thermostat. It pulses the voltage to control how hot it gets. Without a thermostat you'll cook. I use the one that allows you to connect two heated devices. I set my socks lower than the jacket. My boots hold in the heat and the socks get really hot. You have to be able to control the socks and the jacket separately.

Once you ride with heat, you're done. You'll never ride in the cold without it again. I wouldn't care what it costs!

I couldn't tell you how many jackets I've sold for them. LOL! When you're out riding and it's cold, I just let someone stick their hand in my jacket. That's all it takes and they order one. I think I spent around 200 bucks but that was 10 years ago. Socks were about 80 and the same for the gloves.

Oxford Heaterz Premium Adventure Motorcycle Heated Grips | TwistedThrottle.com

"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence"
Toney is offline  
post #7 of 16 Old 09-12-2017, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
3rd Gear
 
shinyribs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 527
Thanks for all the input guys.

I hadn't seen those Polly heaters and now I'm bummed because I'll never get them inside my bars without major surgery. I've got a Yamaha that has these weird inserts welded in to the bars that the weights screw in to, but I am happy with the bars and don't want to ditch them. Oxford's seems to be the popular choice, but they do appear to be super hard. Can't really tell by looking at pictures, if course, but they just look like hard plastic. Is that the case?

Are the heated grips pretty effective at speed ? Say, around 60mph, or does the heat just blow away? I'm not fond of the heated glove idea, but I'm even less fond of spending money on $90 grips that end up disappointing.

Good point about the thumbs hanging down. I bet you'd remember to pick them up when you start feeling cold, though.
shinyribs is offline  
post #8 of 16 Old 09-12-2017, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
3rd Gear
 
shinyribs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 527
Quote:
Originally Posted by outdoorgb View Post
I had heated grips on my 2006 and running a wire from the starter solenoid to a relay (pole 30 to 87) onto the grips is really quite easy...then just trigger the relay (86-85) with a wire up front.

Anyway, the heated grips did a great job of keeping my palm and palm side of my fingers warm. Not so much on the top. I have a condition known as Raynauds which "causes some areas of your body ? such as your fingers and toes ? to feel numb and cold in response to cold temperatures or stress".

I won't put a set on my 2017. Instead, last fall I bought a pair of heated gloves. 7V batt Gerbing gloves on a closeout from Cabela's, $124 shipped, no wires. I rode all winter on my work commute (10 miles) and loved them. They heat up right away and have three settings. Combines with a good coat. pants, and a Freeze-Out neck sleeve, I tend to smile on most mornings.

Good luck OP
I'm assuming these gloves are rechargable? How long do they last on a full charge? And how long do they take to recharge?
shinyribs is offline  
post #9 of 16 Old 09-12-2017, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
3rd Gear
 
shinyribs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 527
Quote:
Originally Posted by Toney View Post
Dude! I ain't riding without heat! I always install Oxford brand grips. They sell three sizes. On a KLR you'll need the longest ones. I've had them on 3 or 4 bikes now. They shut off if the voltage gets low. That's a MUST on a KLR!

I also have heated gloves, a heated jacket and socks. My KLR ran it all fine but I swapped all the lights to LED except the turns and high beam.

The grips are great except for my thumbs. Those suckers hang down and get cold. If it's really cold out, I switch to heated gloves and add muffs over the barkbusters. ATV muffs are cheap.

I wear a Gerbing brand jacket liner. Must be 10 years old now. They probably don't make the same one I have anymore. It's like riding down the road in a hot tub. You have to buy the thermostat. It pulses the voltage to control how hot it gets. Without a thermostat you'll cook. I use the one that allows you to connect two heated devices. I set my socks lower than the jacket. My boots hold in the heat and the socks get really hot. You have to be able to control the socks and the jacket separately.

Once you ride with heat, you're done. You'll never ride in the cold without it again. I wouldn't care what it costs!

I couldn't tell you how many jackets I've sold for them. LOL! When you're out riding and it's cold, I just let someone stick their hand in my jacket. That's all it takes and they order one. I think I spent around 200 bucks but that was 10 years ago. Socks were about 80 and the same for the gloves.

Oxford Heaterz Premium Adventure Motorcycle Heated Grips | TwistedThrottle.com
I read that Oxford's Adventure style grip has really rough texture on them. To the point of cheering up gloves and giving guys raw hands. Any truth to that? Or am I just reading reviews posted by girlie men lol.
shinyribs is offline  
post #10 of 16 Old 09-13-2017, 07:24 AM
3rd Gear
 
Toney's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Oliver Springs TN
Posts: 731
Quote:
Originally Posted by shinyribs View Post
I read that Oxford's Adventure style grip has really rough texture on them. To the point of cheering up gloves and giving guys raw hands. Any truth to that? Or am I just reading reviews posted by girlie men lol.

They are bigger than stock and feel funny for the first few miles but you get used to them real quick. I don't think they are hard or hard on gloves or hands. I been using them for years.

OH and they work great at 70 mph. The heat doesn't low away. Your hands hold the heat in. I'd be surprised if you didn't like them.

The disadvantage over gloves is the thumb thing and gloves heat the top of your hand too.

I've always glued the on the bars until the last install. Gluing them made me sell them with the bike. This time I just put them on without glue. It's been fine that way. They're not loose and rotating on me.

If you do glue them on, think about where the wires are going to be before just sticking them on.

Use dielectric grease in the connectors and don't forget about muffs! I had to cut mine a little to get them to fit the KLR so don't get an expensive set. I think I paid 20 bucks.

shinyribs likes this.

"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence"

Last edited by Toney; 09-13-2017 at 07:28 AM.
Toney is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
heated grips sneakymcpete 1987 to 2007 Wrenching & Mods 5 07-21-2015 06:46 PM
Heated grips v heated gloves v muffs Tiptoes Bike and Rider Gear 11 03-02-2013 10:57 PM
Heated Grips on an 08 kgadsdon 2008+ KLR650 Wrenching & Mod Questions 61 10-11-2011 11:01 AM
Heated Grips pearlblue1800 2008+ KLR650 Wrenching & Mod Questions 1 02-19-2010 06:44 PM
Heated gloves vs heated grips? Rainier_Tom KLR & Other Motorcycle Related Discussion 11 10-05-2006 02:46 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome