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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-20-2015, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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Just curious as to people's thoughts on heated grips. I live in MN so anything to comfortably extend my riding season is a bonus. I'll usually start a little in March and generally put her away Thanksgiving weekend. March-May and October/November can get pretty chilly, even with solid non-heated gear.

Do grips provide a good level of warmth through gauntlets? Is there much of a difference between the Vic offering and something like Avon? Any advice or input is appreciated. Thanks!

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I've had heated grips and they do feel good to started with but the problem with them is they can only warm the inside palm and fingers. Your hands are still exposed to the air at speed to the outer portion of the hands. Heated gloves is the only answer to that so you really need both unfortunately. And even then each person is different in what feels comfortable. When I have my gloves on, even at the low setting my hands sweat which makes them even colder.

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I'm located in the north metro area, and can say that they work well, I do wear a heavier glove, but once warmed up I set it to the low position. The heated seat works well also....

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I have a heated jacket and glove liners. That's the best way to stay warm I my opinion
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Nothing is better than heated gear. The heated grips will warm that palm of the hands (in low setting is very warm), finger tips and the back oh the hand are not getting the heat. My 2c buy heated gloves

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I am a great fan of heated saddles - won't leave home without it. It does what my heated jacket liner used to do - I leave that home now. You'll love almost any heated grip you get. It'll be better than none.

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It is the same for me as everyone else is saying... only the palms get heated, the top of your hand and fingertips still get cold and I find the low setting too warm, so I shut them off when it gets warm and when it starts cooling down I turn them back on, and keep cycling it like this during my ride.
I only need heat for about a few weeks at the beginning and another few weeks at the end of the season, so it is not worth buying heated gear for me... mind you, I will probably break down and get some someday.

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I am a great fan of heated saddles - won't leave home without it. It does what my heated jacket liner used to do - I leave that home now. You'll love almost any heated grip you get. It'll be better than none.
Heating your core is better than a heated seat, but a heated seat is better than nothing at all.
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Paul, we all have different tolerances for heat as well as cold. I know riders who never wear gloves, even down into the 30s F. Me, I gotta be warm and have turned on my seat and grips many times this summer. The nice thing about those is you can continue to ride without having to stop and do "clothing adjustments."
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I put the OEM heated grips on my XR about 2.5 years ago or so and they do the job for me. The downside to them is that when on the rubber expands so make sure to not put you bar end on too snug. Mine actually made my throttle stick on Saturday when I had them on low. Dirt and grime and accumulated between the grip and end piece and I had to clean it out. Another downside is that my left grip is getting pretty worn out and thin so I am going to have to put some grip puppies or something similar on mine in the near future.

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