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post #1 of 17 Old 02-08-2007, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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Do OEM heated grips suck?

I just test-rode an 07 ABS with OEM heated grips installed, and running them on full for a while (15 minutes or so) they barely felt warm, especially the throttle side.

Is this atypical or do they just not get that hot? I'm used to my BMW ones, which are nicely toasty on low and freakin' toasty on high.


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Sounds like something isn't right. My buddy has them on his and he barely runs it above low and it's comfortable. I just installed a set of Kimpex heaters and man on low they can cook your hands, feels great!
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Something must be wrong. I cannot possibly run mine on high. In the cold cold (below freezing), I set mine at around 3/4.

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OEM HOT!grips

mine are plenty hot, hotter on high then my beemer grips were.
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My Suzuki grips are quite toasty too.

The throttle side is definitely hotter than the left, though. I've had that explained to me as the throttle side is insulated by the plastic tube the grip rotates around, while the left side is contacting the metal of the bar directly, which absorbs a lot of the heat.

With JoeRocket gloves I can't turn the heat up more than 3/4ths or the throttle side just burns my hand.

The BMW gloves I have seem to insulate a lot better, and I can turn the heat up full. (Although as hot as that feels w/o the BMW gloves, I'm not sure it's healthy for the plastic shield on the throttle side!)


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Interesting, because on the bike I rode (and bought, incidentally) the throttle was less warm than the left grip.

I did hear a rumor that the '07 grips are different than prior years, and perhaps they broke something with the "upgrade". Do any of you with plenty-hot grips have '07s?
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For the record, I notice no difference between right and left grip heat, though I have heard others complain of the phenomenon.

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For the record, I notice no difference between right and left grip heat, though I have heard others complain of the phenomenon.
Mine have a mind of their own. One or the other is hotter/cooler, and sometimes both of them are lukewarm. If we get another day above freezing, I'll install the voltmeter and find out if it's dependent on the charging system.

I bought a new controller, because that's likely where the problem is. They did work fine for about a year.

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I've been riding on mine for a couple days now. They're slow to warm up, and if I take my hand away from the bars they cool down pretty quickly it seems.

I did a chunk of freeway riding and they seemed to get hotter, so perhaps they are dependent on the charging system. Anyone know what the draw is?

Installed hand guards yesterday and it seemed to help with the cooling off. Ran them today at around 50-60% and almost forgot they were on. But full tilt got a bit too hot. I guess they'll do. Not up to the standards of my BMW though. Those are a superb set of heated grips.

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Not up to the standards of my BMW though. Those are a superb set of heated grips.
Yeah, and a 600 watt alternator. :-D

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