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post #1 of 20 Old 09-14-2014, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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Heated Grips

What are your experiences with heated grips - any particularly good brands or ones to stay away from? Any issues with Barkbusters Storm handguards? I may have trouble removing them from the bar ends. I'm assuming if I remove the bolt, the retainer nut will be hopelessly lost inside the bar?

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Don't remove the bolt. Loosen it no more than 1/2 inch and wiggle the entire assembly out.

Eschew the Suzuki brand grips. I use HotGrips brand grips and Warm & Safe heat controllers. I've seen no complaints and have none myself. Oxfords are good grips but the older controllers were flaky.

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I prefer electric heated gloves over heated grips.

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I prefer electric heated gloves over heated grips.
I like both but the gloves do the best job. But you won't leave the heated grips at home and wish you had them later.

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I have Oxford Hot Hands Carbon, which are velcro wrap arounds that fit over your existing grips (no need to remove bar ends). I have just been through snowfields, and they worked well. I live in generally a hot part of Australia, and don't need hot grips most of the year, and at $100AUD, they were a better option than Suzuki items at over $500AUD. The Carbon grips have a Hi/Lo switch, and the only gripe I had was that Hi got quite hot, however I then switched to the Lo setting to maintain the heat.

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I had Saito grips on my bike when i got it. German made. Still available if willing to pay the overseas shipping. The grips were excellent quality but the controller blew up on me and they didn't sell just a controller, so i switched to Oxfords. Happy so far.

Heated grips are great because they are always ready to use, permanently wired in etc. Disadvantage is they only heat the palm of your hands.

Heated gloves will heat your whole hand, but then they are bulky and you have to plug/unplug them each time you need them. Possible to forget them or not have them when you suddenly realize your hands are cold.
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The same here. Oxfords on few bikes in the past. Never any issue.
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Gloves will do the best job, but they won't work for me. My hands will sweat too easily with them.
I've used the SYMTEC under grip type on the last two bikes. When it gets into the 30s I put the hippo hands on.

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Oxford Hot Hands for me. If you do get heated gloves ensure you get a switch or heat controller. Just plugging them in and going for a long ride will result in burns on your hands. The heat coils will always be in the same spot, and you might not be able to pull over fast enough to unplug them!

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Heated grips

If you are worried about removing you present grips there are sever good threads on methods others have used.Compressed air worked for me. A little air under the grip ,off it came. I like my Oxfords but find the temperature indicator lights hard to see in sunlight. Do make sure you check the throttle side is free moving before starting the engine and once again before riding.cheers Doug
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