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post #1 of 41 Old 11-05-2013, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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Cold Weather Riding - Heated Gloves vs Heated Grips

I know personal preference is most important when deciding about gear, but wondering what everyone's experience/preference is. Trying to find out the pros/cons of each.

Sound off if you've used either or both and what your experience has been.

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There is definitely a lot of opinion on this topic out there. Me personally, I've ridden in sub-freezing temperature with my Deer Leather gloves, oxford heated grips, and hand guards...My hands were okay, thumbs and finger tips get a little chilly but it works. My problem is I don't like bulky gloves as it affects the feel of the controls. Even if I had heated gloves, which I plan on having some day, I will always have and keep heated grips. Sometimes even in the summer, when it gets late and dark I find myself somewhere with just my summer gloves, and having those grip heaters is awesome!

Either way, start with the guards first, if you don't already have them. Deflecting that wind is the first key.

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If I could only have one = Heated gloves. I can use them on multiple bikes, and they keep the back of your hands warm.

Of course if you want to be chi-chi, use both. Grips when its slighty cold, gloves when its colder, both when its snowing!

Buying heated gloves was the BEST purchase I ever made for moto gear. Pissed I put it off so long to save $200. Live & learn, you want something that will make riding more enjoyable (and safer cause frozen fingers are not fun) then just buckle down & buy it.
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Spend your available watts wisely. Here's an article that will tell you what that is, depending on which Strom you have:

Basic V-Strom Wiring 101

I don't yet have any heated gear, but I think a heated vest would be my first choice. Very important to maintain your core temperature, as that extends to all other areas of your body. The Iron Butt Association's list of tips recommends that. You can add hand guards to protect your hands from the wind without consuming power.

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Gloves do a better job but grips are always available. The two together work great and can be run off the same controller.

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I am a heated grips kind of guy, find too many heated gloves bulky. They are very effective with the handguards, and allows thinner gloves to be worn. Yes your thumb can get a bit cold, but I just move my hand around the grip to help with that.

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i've never had heated grips so can't speak those.

these are pricey but i'd like to snag a pair one day. tho grips are less expensive. i just know i wouldn't want to be wired up to the bike.


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When up in the Yukon in July this year the temp was around 1c in the morning. I had my heated jacket liner on with my summer gloves and the grip warmers on occasionally. The backs of my hands/fingers were cold, but the heat everywhere else made it ok.

I tried the heated liner with my heated gloves but as mentioned there is a lot of bulk in those gloves. I also only had a single voltage controller, so that limited my options to control how much heat went to each. I did not have enough power in my 2004 to run heated liner/heated gloves and grips at the same time without the battery charging power dropping below the minimum. The Heated jacket liner was awesome and my first option always. I did switch to using my unplugged heated gloves on occasion with the heated grips. That also worked.

Heated grips and Heated jacket liner are required IMO.
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Being wired to the bike is no big deal. In cold weather, I have a connection for hands, a connection for the rest of the body and a connection for the GPs/mp3 box. If I get separated from the bike, the coaxial plug connections between the bike side and the body side wires simply separate.

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Being wired to the bike is no big deal. In cold weather, I have a connection for hands, a connection for the rest of the body and a connection for the GPs/mp3 box. If I get separated from the bike, the coaxial plug connections between the bike side and the body side wires simply separate.
GW, did you really mean "coaxial"? Photo?

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