What I've read about the Semtec's in the past has been good. However, I've done a lot of reading about both heated grips and heated gloves. Generally, the consensus seems to be that grips do a good job of keeping your palms warm but tend to fall short on the fingertips themselves. For that, you're better off either blocking the wind (NC wind deflectors, hippo hands, etc) or biting the bullet and going to a good pair of heated gloves.
+1 on the heated gloves, i use them too and though you have to plug and unplug vs just getting off the bike with heated grips, if the bottom line is warm fingers then heated gloves wins. i have ridden with folks using heated grips and their fingers still felt cold to the touch.
I like the idea of not having to plug in do you remember where you saw them. BTW how is the weather in Barrie, we had a fairly decent weekend here. I am told its about to get really cold in the next week.
mmmm well, I bought a pair of Activheat glove liners... with a battery pack...and a plug in adapter. The battery pack lasted about 30-40 minutes before draining about $10 worth of super alkaline batteries. I did not have the rechargeable pack but I doubt it lasts much longer.
i think there are gloves made specifically for heated grips, they are only insulated on the outside half of the gloves (the part hitting the wind) making it easier for the heat to get to your hands.
these aren't a bad idea to compliment the whole warm hands situation.
I have these (http://www.symtec-inc.com/Complete-Universal-Motorcycle-Heat-Demon-Hand-Warmer-Kit-w-Chrome-Controller_p_92.html) and I'm not impressed at all. I found out after talking with Symtec that the Kawi bars are too thick (1/8 Wall Thickness) and the heater elements were designed for harley bars that are 1/16 wall thickness. So I bored out my bars where the grips are and I cannot seem to get enough heat to come through. I have the ISO grips which Symtec says are excellent for the heaters but they just do not work for me. I have not yet given up on them byt next spring i'll be playing with it again since the bike is now in storage.
I must says though that Symtec's customer servce is second to none. They have bent over backwards for me with technical help and sending parts to me no charge and no questions asked. THis is the only reason that I have not yet given up.
Thanks for all the feedback! I just ordered the Show Chrome heated grips from Cruiser Customizing. Thanks for the link Murphy. Leave it to someone from my favorite Canadian city to know how to battle the cold and extend the riding season.
Most of the grip heaters I had researched were designed to heat the grips from the inside out. Thanks to Crooksie, I now know that there's just too much metal to the stock handlebars to effectively heat the bars and grips. I'd have been disappointed if I bought one of those and the handlebar turned out to be warmer than my fingers.
Since I was eventually planning to replace the stock grips anyways the new grips with the convex profile and heating element fit the bill. This one has a rheostat control that can be adjusted to any weather condition.
As Flash suggests, my gauntlet gloves do have too much padding on the palm. That may be good for grabbing a frigid throttle but causes discomfort and loss of "feel". Any one have a suggestion for gloves designed for the heated grips?
Don't do anything rash yet.
I rode to work today in snow flurries with my new grips installed.
They look beautiful.
They feel nice....but not HOT...warmer
There may be hotter options.
My ride is only 20minutes, but I did wish for more heat still.
Perhaps that is the nature of heated grips??
Better than nothing though
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