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post #1 of 19 Old 10-21-2004, 12:37 PM
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Heated Grips

Well it is starting to get a little cold here in New England but I want to keep riding my 650 Strom until the snow flies (then I'll jump on the REV).

I have installed the Suzuki Hand Guards which block the wind a bit but heated grips would be the "hot" ticket. What grips and wiring configuration do people recommend? Any installation tips?

Are heated gloves a better alternative?

Thanks for any input,
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post #2 of 19 Old 10-21-2004, 05:40 PM
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I have the Oxford Hot Hands wraps on my 1000. I like them, but they increase the size of the grips and I get arm pump too quick. If I were to do it again, I would have done the heated grips instead.

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post #3 of 19 Old 10-21-2004, 07:13 PM
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I prefer heated gloves. I have the Gerbing heated jacket liner and gloves. I ride until it snows. The gloves heat the entire hand. I know a lot of folks like the heated grips, but that concept just never appealed to me.
post #4 of 19 Old 11-04-2004, 11:55 PM
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warm hands any way you want 'em

Warm hands? Gotta have 'em. Like most of you, we know about cold weather riding here in the mountains of NH. I have tried in the last 30 years about every method of keeping warm hands on the controls. Every method has its pros and cons.

Heated gloves? Had some Widder lectric gloves for years. Personally I don't care for them. They never got truly very warm and every time you suit up you have to fish wires out of your sleeves and plug in your gloves. Too much work for me and not warm enough on a NH December afternoon.

Heated grips? There's the very inexpensive heating elements, like Kimpex you install under any grip you like. They are cheap to buy and a little work to install. I think they work fine. They are better if you wire in a Heat Troller so you are not wasting any power you are not using and so you can dial in the exact level of warmth you want. Down side is you need to be very careful that nothing snags on the wires and rips 'em out. A neat install is essential.

Then there's the heated grips with the heating elements molded right in. They cost a hundred or more bucks or more and most of them work great. I have read the factory Suzuki heated grips are very poor performers but I can't say I know that for a fact. But with any heated grip you are stuck with whatever rubber density and pattern the grips come with. They may not be the most comfortable grips and you have to live with them year round. Since they cost a lot that could be a bummer.

Heated grips wraps...I think they are swell. They cost around seventy dollars, they are very quick to install, they get bloody hot and do it fast. They are removeable in warm weather and allow you to have whatever grips you want. Yes, they do make the grips fatter but it's never bothered me any. Currently, this solution makes the most sense for me.

Heaters aside, you can bundle up your hands too. There's a farkle called Hippo Hands that are big quilted, oversized mittens that cover your controls. You stick your hands in there and it helps a great deal. For extreme cold riding, maybe colder than you really ought to ride in, some combination of heaters and hippo hands are the hot setup, pun of course, intended.

There! That's my two cents on warm hands. Now get out there and ride.

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post #5 of 19 Old 11-05-2004, 02:25 PM
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I traveled down both the heated gloves and grips paths. I've got a set of Gerbing's gloves that work wonderfully but are a bit too bulky for me. I find that my pinky and ring fingers get tired trying to get a good grip through the gloves. They are a pain to get on and hooked up when starting out but they do keep my hands toasty warm. I've also installed the Kimpex grip heaters under my grips. These work well also and allow me to wear thinner gloves that provide a good feel of the controls. The backs of my hands will get cold if I don't run some type of handguard like the Acerbis Flag or the factory Suzi knuckle guard.
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post #6 of 19 Old 11-05-2004, 03:52 PM
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If I could add my two cents worth-- I have the 04 bigstrom, and a congenital condition where my hands are constantly cold even at room temperature. I got my bike with the Suzuki heated grips. I'm a lousy bargainer, but the dealership finally threw them in as a deal maker. I have to say I'm pleased with them. They're on a rheostat so I can dial in what I like, and the factory hand guards keep alot of wind off to boot. I've never tried heated gloves, but I use supple leather gloves with a goretex liner and stay comfortable. My biggest recommendation would be to not have your gloves too tight.
post #7 of 19 Old 11-05-2004, 07:24 PM
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Thanks for this. I'm currently trying to decide between gloves, grips or grip wrap. I'm increasingly inclined to grip wrap based on it's cost, easy install, etc. What are the good grip wraps? I've heard good things about Oxford, but they wouldn't even respond to my e-mails, which makes me wonder about quality when their service is obviously lacking.

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post #8 of 19 Old 12-02-2004, 07:17 PM
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The Symtec Grip heaters are great little units for a great price. I just happen to stock them. Let me know if you have any questions.

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post #9 of 19 Old 12-03-2004, 04:06 AM
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I have installed Oxford Heated Grips, and till now no problems and a big change driving in cold conditions. I will never have a bike without this accessory.
post #10 of 19 Old 12-04-2004, 05:42 PM
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Heated grips

Does anyone know the part number or where to get the right part to hook up heated trips with that unused connector hiding behind the radiator? I'm new to the group and I know there were earlier posts on the subject. I understand the connector is actually there for grips, and I found it just fine. But my dealer wasn't sure about the rest of the connection could be made. Any help appreciated. Thanks.
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