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I have a 2012 DL650 with OEM heated grips. The only two times I've used them, the left grip gets really toasty and the right one is only luke-warm.

Has anyone else had this problem?

Are there any suggestions for troubleshooting?

I'd like to take care of this before the weather turns.

Thanks!
 

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There have been many complaints about OEM heated grips including uneven heating. I like Warm and Safe or Gerbing heat controllers so prefer heated grips that do not come with controllers. Oxfords are good grips but the controllers are iffy. I've not had problems with HotGrips on my last three bikes. I like the larger diameter.

For smaller diameter grips, a wrap around type is inexpensive but I don't like wrapping around the handlebar as it is a heat sink. A wrap around designed for ATVs put outside the grips and covered with Grip Puppies or Grab On grip covers may do the job for less. Since the grips insulate the heaters from the bars, ATV heaters work best as both sides are equal. Wrap arounds designed for motorcycles heat the left more to make up for the bar being a heat sink.

The wiring for the Suzuki grips might be able to be used for wrap around ATV heaters. They could just be added over the grips and covered rather than having to replace the grips. A possible problem is the Suzuki wiring puts the grips in series so each only gets 6V when on high. Putting the wrap arounds over the grips to insulate them from the bars may make up for that.
 

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Thanks Greywolf. As usual your comments are thoughtful and precise. I may have to just take a wire meter to them or switch them out completely. I just really hate switching grips.
 

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Typically the left grip gets warmer than the right one on my bikes...because the left one just has to get heat thru JUST the left grip; the right one has to heat thru the throttle barrel, AND the right grip.

Maybe that's the situation you have....


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Typically the left grip gets warmer than the right one on my bikes...because the left one just has to get heat thru JUST the left grip; the right one has to heat thru the throttle barrel, AND the right grip.

Maybe that's the situation you have....
That's not the typical situation. Almost all heated grips have the heating element outside the bar and throttle tube.
 

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I have the same problem with my 2012 650...hot on the left, warm on the right. Is that the best they could do? Is there a fix?
 

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Most of the heated grip systems have plugable heated grip cables to their controller. Have you swopped the cables at these connector points. This should help prove whether a particular heated grip or the controller is at fault.
 
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