Heated Foot Pegs
Over the years I've learned that my one weak point while riding in temperatures less than 30 degrees is my feet. No problem keeping the core warm with a vest and hands warm with heated grips, but no solutions seemed to work for my feet. I've tried different types of footwear and even those battery-operated electric socks like hunters use, but wasn't really happy with any of them.
After debating on them for a few months, I finally decided to spend the money on a pair of Warme SPHB-4 heated footpegs for my DL1000. At $1050 they're a tad pricey, but I figured if they solved my problem, they were worth it, plus I'd just won $2K on scratchoffs the week prior. Warme is a German company with a half-dozen or so North American distributors, apparently mostly catering to the BMW market. I ordered mine from Ray's Cycle Exchange in Chicago. I noted on their site that universal-fit kits are also available for the KLR650.
Installation was a breeze: pegs are paired with adapter plates which fit a large lineup of motorcycles. The pegs are similar in size to the stock pegs, just slightly wider and “taller” to accommodate the heating elements contained beneath a tough but thin coating I would describe as “black bedliner material.” The package even came with a small disposable tube of blue Loctite for the bolts which was a nice touch even though I always have a tube around.
Power is supplied by a lithium ion battery about the same size as a jumpstart unit I own: about the size of two iPhones stacked on top of each other: easy to find a place to mount. Wiring up the battery is a simple process even for the electrically uninclined like me. I mounted my battery pack under the seat. A fully-charged battery gives you about 3 hours of use from the pegs: pretty impressive in my opinion.
The verdict? Money well spent! I've tested them at highway speeds up to 80mp on a 35-degree day and was amazed at the results. While not truly providing a feeling of “warmth” in my feet, I noted that they were “never really cold,” either. No more clumsy shifting or decreased rear brake sensitivity/feedback due to ice-block feet and no need to call it a day simply due to discomfort bordering on pain.
Highly recommended for those with this same issue. Will post pics and installation instructions if I can get my Imgur account fixed.