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I know this is an odd time of year to be talking about heated gear.

I was walking around my local hardware store the other day and noticed that they had a heated car seat on clearance for $9.00

http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/browse/4/Auto/VehicleAccessories/Plugin12VoltAccessories/PRD~0323514P/Heated%2BSeat%2BPad.jsp?locale=en

I got to thinking that this would be easy to make into a heated bib similar to the one that Aerostich sell.

Aerostich Electric Warmbib - Kanetsu Electrics - Aerostich Suits :: Aerostich/RiderWearHouse Motorcycle Jackets, Suits, Clothing, & Gear

Can you see any problems/drawbacks? What do you think? Just thought it was a really cheap alternative to a heated vest/jacket.

It is approx. 17" x 13.5" and draws 22 watts.

Perhaps I should post this on the KLR forum....
 

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That seat back warmer certainly looks doable, but the Aerostich bib is a complete package.

Personally, I've cheaped out so many times that I'd now rather spend the money for the right tool for the job up front, rather than spend time and money trying to make something work just because it is cheaper at the beginning.

I'm even beginning to think about politicians in the same terms...
 

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either go cheap, or go high end.

i love my tourmaster heated vest...... when it works.

(eg. don't buy tourmaster)
 

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Still several feet of snow in the mountains here even though the roads have been plowed and most of the passes are open. Used my heated gear through the Sierras a few days ago.


 

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I think the cheapest I've ever seen was when someone harvested the resistance wire from an old electric blanket from Goodwill, then sewed it into a snug jacket or vest, also from Goodwill. Total expenditure was around $2.
 

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The money I have spent on Gerbings heated gear ( or your preferred brand, this is just what I have ) is absolutely the best money I have spent as far as accessories. What other product allows you to make use of all the money you have spent on your bike when you would otherwise have it sitting parked? Think of it that way and it saves you money! Not to mention the comfort factor and safety of being able to move around on the bike. I don't miss the days of feeling like the Michelin Man with 10 layers of clothing........

Moral of my story is that I don't think just a "bib" will be worth the trouble. Just like I didn't like just a vest. Bought the jacket, pants and gloves. Bring on the cold!
 

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It doesn't have to be winter to need heated gear. This time last year I was traveling between Reno and Susanville in the early morning. Even though day temps were in the high 70s that early morning high desert got down to 28 degrees. A gerbing heated liner saved me from freezing.
 

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I have never heard this before and sounds like a potentially good idea. A friend rides a BMW with heated grips and seat and he says that this does the trick for him. Maybe a heated car seat could be tailored as a motorcycle seat.

Amazon heated seat

 

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Don't think just a headted bib is going to do much for you. I have a heated vest, but hardly use it any more ... though it makes a great insulation layer. Spend the $60 or whatever and get the Oxford heated overgrips They wrap around your existing grips with velcro so the installation is simple. Since I got those, they keep me warm enough with the rest of my winter gear that I don't need the vest plugged in.
 
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