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Heated grips - good idea?

Hello gixxers,


I have a question. What do you think about heated grips? It's pretty cold time now, and it's gonna be even colder, around 5*C, but I am riding my bike daily (best and fastest way to get to my workplace). I realized that the only cold parts of my body are my hands and after 10 minutes I don't feel my clutch anymore. Would it be usefull for me? Are they 'safe to use'? Most of the grips I have found are made by a company called 'Oxford'.
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Re: Heated grips - good idea?

The rental BMW I had was equipped with both heated grips and heated seats. Combined with vented leather gloves they were great, because they would keep my hands warm even when they had been soaked from raining and my hands would not become all sweaty.

That being said, I do not know if I would bother with them on my GSXR.
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Heated grips are great in the cold if you wire them in to a live wire then they turn off with the key.
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Hello gixxers,


I have a question. What do you think about heated grips? It's pretty cold time now, and it's gonna be even colder, around 5*C, but I am riding my bike daily (best and fastest way to get to my workplace). I realized that the only cold parts of my body are my hands and after 10 minutes I don't feel my clutch anymore. Would it be usefull for me? Are they 'safe to use'? Most of the grips I have found are made by a company called 'Oxford'.
I had them on my previous bike and they were great - they really did stop your fingers from freezing and also keep you generally warm. Surprisingly enough you can put heat into your body via your hands as well as lose it!

A few tips if you do get them:

- Make sure you wire them through the ignition switch to avoid flatting your battery
- Don't wear super thick gloves with them, or you won't get the benefit of the heat. Wear a moderate winter glove and they work really well.
- Never turn them on without gloves on - they are HOT!
- Watch out when you glue the grip in place that the wire isn't snagging the clutch (don't ask...)!
- You still need to wear warm clothes on the rest of your body, if your body is cold then your fingers feel it first!
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I had them on my previous bike and they were great - they really did stop your fingers from freezing and also keep you generally warm. Surprisingly enough you can put heat into your body via your hands as well as lose it!

A few tips if you do get them:

- Make sure you wire them through the ignition switch to avoid flatting your battery
- Don't wear super thick gloves with them, or you won't get the benefit of the heat. Wear a moderate winter glove and they work really well.
- Never turn them on without gloves on - they are HOT!
- Watch out when you glue the grip in place that the wire isn't snagging the clutch (don't ask...)!
- You still need to wear warm clothes on the rest of your body, if your body is cold then your fingers feel it first!

Yea I mean I realized it back few years ago, if (even at home) my hands are cold - my entire body is cold and I feel bad!
About installing - my friend who's a mechanic will install it, I don't really touch my bike, he's pretty good at what he's doing so Im gonna trust him at this point
I wear nike thermoactive Nike gloves under my alpinestars sp8!
Hehe yea I learned it the bad way (about warm clothes ). I have thermoactive set under me, then normal t-shirt, then some hoodie, then alpinestars gp pro jacket, with alpinestars pants, I really feel warm with that underwear thermoactive set! I will be good with those heat grips !
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Yea I mean I realized it back few years ago, if (even at home) my hands are cold - my entire body is cold and I feel bad!
About installing - my friend who's a mechanic will install it, I don't really touch my bike, he's pretty good at what he's doing so Im gonna trust him at this point
I wear nike thermoactive Nike gloves under my alpinestars sp8!
Hehe yea I learned it the bad way (about warm clothes ). I have thermoactive set under me, then normal t-shirt, then some hoodie, then alpinestars gp pro jacket, with alpinestars pants, I really feel warm with that underwear thermoactive set! I will be good with those heat grips !
Sounds good

Once you get them installed experiment with the gloves, like I said if you wear ones that are too thick then the heat doesn't get in - too thin and the tops of your hands get cold...
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Re: Heated grips - good idea?

My R1200GS has heated grips, they are like heaven in the cold. You would be surprised how much warmer you feel as a whole when your hands aren't icicles. The only thing that comes to mind is my GS has an especially powerful alternator (as do most BMW's and other bikes equipped with heated grips) to drive lots of accessories and especially heating elements. Just make sure whatever bike you are installing these heated grips on can generate enough power to run them.
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Re: Heated grips - good idea?

When it's cold heated grips are the greatest invention ever. However, I've only ridden bikes with heated grips, never owned a bike with them. I have regularly ridden in 0 deg C conditions, without heated grips, using a tight fitting inner glove that skiers use (some high tech warm and wind proof thing), underneath my normal winter motorbike gloves. There is a slight loss of finger dexterity in the beginning, using blinkers etc, but you get used to it, and it's not that major.
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Re: Heated grips - good idea?

I installed a pair of trackside Heated grips from cycle gear for like 20 bucks, Best decision I've ever made, the elements wrap under your current grips so if your like me you can keep your favorite pair. only down side is having to wire everything yourself, but it's super easy to do. i was lazy and just split the power to my SAE Quick Disconnect cord so the grips pull of my battery, and a couple of times i catch kids messing with the switch and turning on the grips draining my battery. but hey "Kids will be kids" right?. I plan on tapping into my ignition like was recommended on here. but if your question is "is it worth it?" that's a FUCK YES! especially for $20 bucks
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Re: Heated grips - good idea?

I have Oxfords on all my bikes apart from the Gixxer as thats a warm day bike. The new gen Oxfords can be wired direct to the battery as they auto shut down when the bike turns off.

Best things ever.
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Re: Heated grips - good idea?

Heated gloves are a bit better IMO. I have a friend who rode his Ducati year round. His gloves and pants plugged into his jacket and his jacket plugged into the bike. He regularly rode in sub zero temps and said most of the time he has to turn the heat down a little.
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Re: Heated grips - good idea?

Heated gloves are great, as are heated grips. That being said, your hands being cold (even with winter gloves) is oftentimes a direct result of not enough layering for your core. Your body responds to this via vasoconstriction in the extremities to keep the blood more central, to keep the core warm, leading to your hands being cold. Even skiing in 0 degree Fahrenheit, -17 Celsius, my hands were never cold (even with thin gloves) due to having enough layers on my core. Another problem is wearing gloves that are too warm, which causes your hands to sweat and you end up getting cold due to the sweat.

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Re: Heated grips - good idea?

Hehe, that's pretty old thear actually.
I bought oxford heated grips the same week I started this theard.
They are fucking awesome and I can ride even in very cold weather!
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