Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: St. Joseph, MO USA
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. This 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.
Installation was a breeze: pegs are a standard “one size fits all”model that are paired with adapter plates which fit a large lineup of motorcycles including the DL1000. The pegs are similar in size to the stock 1000 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.
The only drawback to the system is that you have to provide a separate standard motorcycle battery to power the pegs. I chose the right OEM side case for mounting as I never use it much since its awkward interior space necessitated by the muffler makes it pretty much worthless for anything else. I just bought a new Yuasa AGM to put in the bike and moved my 2-year-old battery to the side case as the unit's power source. Wiring up the battery is a simple process even for the electrically uninclined like me. Unfortunately, no type of battery bracket was included as all bikes are different so I sourced a plastic lawn tractor battery bracket/box from the local John Deere dealer that worked perfectly.
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. Didn't notice any appreciable negative load on the bike's electrical system, either, even with vest and grips turned on.
Highly recommended for those with this same issue. Will post pics if I can get my Imgur account fixed.