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post #1 of 31 Old 04-01-2020, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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post #2 of 31 Old 04-01-2020, 07:48 PM
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Wow! Or rather I might say, Whoa!!

Do you not wear wool socks? Cotton sucks the heat right out of ones feet.

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Can these be set up to run off the battery? I think that I need to get two sets, one for me and one for the passenger pegs, but I don't want to have to mount two batteries. I never have a passenger, but I use the pillion pegs as a rearset position when on a long haul.

What do you think? Could the KLR handle the extra current draw?

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Can these be set up to run off the battery? I think that I need to get two sets, one for me and one for the passenger pegs, but I don't want to have to mount two batteries. I never have a passenger, but I use the pillion pegs as a rearset position when on a long haul.

What do you think? Could the KLR handle the extra current draw?
Some might not agree, but to me the beauty of this setup is that is totally independent of the motorcycle's charging system, therefore you don't have to factor it in with heated gear you're already running. You just slip the battery out of its holder and charge it using a USB cable. Run time on one battery is around 3 hours and the batteries take about an hour to charge when fully depleted. That might be considered a drawback for some, but extra batteries are available for $175, so with 2 batteries you could be good for 6 hours run time.

If you ran 2 sets of pegs off one battery the battery would only last half as long and the pegs would only get half as hot. I'd recommend a dedicated battery per set of pegs in order to achieve full performance.

Tom, I believe you've mentioned performing post-maintenance around-the-neighborhood test runs wearing shorts and flip flops. I wouldn't recommend that with the Warme pegs turned on. There's a serious chance of severely burning your leg or even melting your flip flops.

I forgot to mention: leather-soled boots/shoes only with these bad boys. Can't use any kind of footwear with rubber soles.

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Wow! Or rather I might say, Whoa!!

Do you not wear wool socks? Cotton sucks the heat right out of ones feet.
Funny you should mention that because Warme, maker of these pegs, recommends wool socks in their literature.
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@planalp, understood and agree with this approach. I think I'll order four extra batteries, just to have my bases covered. That will give me all-day foot heat. My socks are synthetic and made in Italy. I hope they will be compatible with this system.

My flip-flops are by Havaiana - the Surfs - I'll be sure to leave the pegs off. I'm sure you're right about them not taking the heat.

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post #9 of 31 Old 04-02-2020, 05:58 PM
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Not even close gentlemen. Although this is a novel approach.

Heated insoles would be the way to go.
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Crud. Day late and at least a dollar short. I wish I'd seen this yesterday. I'd been wanting something like these for a while and with all the time I have on my hands I spent pretty much all last night on a similar home made setup. Not to get into too much detail but, it basically wires the pegs straight off a switched/fused power line and then uses the resistance at the mounts to cause the pegs to heat up. I had to modify the mount part so that there wasn't a direct short and I put in additional resistors to get the low/hi part where I want it.

I have taken pictures but I don't want to post them right now. I need a few more miles to make sure that the pegs don't short-out and leave me stranded. I'm also worried that the KLR cant handle the prolonged draw on the battery. I made them fairly hot/warm so they draw a lot of juice. I'm gonna have to remember to turn them off anytime I'm nearing idle.

It's good to hear that I'm not the only one that saw a need for warmer feet. I am surprised that those folks charge so much for them.

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