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Old 01-10-2013, 02:07 PM   #1
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To heat or not to heat? I'm getting a new seat!

I'm about to plunk down a pretty good size chuck of change on a new seat and buying it with heat is an option. I live in Ohio and ride 10+ months out of the year. It's obviously more cost effective to have it installed now than later. Is is a big waste of money? Should I save the money and spend it on a heated vest? Anybody that has a heated seat care to chime in?
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:19 PM   #2
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I have a Russell Day-long conversion of my factory-heated passenger and rider seats on my R1200RT. I would never have thought this, but it's a nice luxury. I find I don't have to turn the heated jacket liner up as high on brisk mornings. When it' above 55F I find I get enough heat up my butt that I don't even need a liner.

Necessary? No. Worth it? Yeah, I'd say so. Would I tear apart a perfectly good seat to add it? No.

Once thing I would add though - I'm glad mine has a two-position hi/lo switch. Like the factory heated grips, if you leave them on high too long they can get too hot. Depending on how the thing is wired you will probably want to be able to turn it down. If it doesn't come with a controller then consider adding a heat-troller in-line with the wiring.

edit add: IMO for heated gear always go with a heated vest or jacket liner first with some sort of variable controller. If you are making an either/or choice, go for the jacket.
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:27 PM   #3
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To heat or not to heat?

I scored a nice Day Long saddle in the FM last month that just so happened to have the heated option. Didn't think I would use the option, but I finally got around to wiring it to the bike. Went for a spin the other day, 40 degrees OAT and my ass never felt so good. Would I pay $170 for the option? Not sure. but it is nice to have.
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Old 01-10-2013, 04:57 PM   #4
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I've occasionally ridden in cold weather and the only part of me that's never been cold is my butt so I've never seen the need for one. (And I've got a skinny butt too.)

I've never ridden below about 25 though.

YMMV
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:07 PM   #5
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Heated seats in a car are the best "unnecessary option" I've tried in years. I can only imagine how it would feel when you're on a bike and starting to get cold.

Heat in your core means more heat in your extremities, as your body automatically diverts heat from your extremities to your core when you start to get cold. Call it a safety feature.

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Old 01-10-2013, 06:28 PM   #6
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You are absolutely Nuts if you do not get it heated.
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:56 PM   #7
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I may retro fit my Sargent with a heated element. I think it would be dandy for Spring n fall

I think the elements can be had for around $50 for DIY.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:50 AM   #8
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I had a Russell with the on/off switch and I hated it. It got too damn hot and the switch was located right where my daughter's leg turned it on all the time. I rented a BMW K1300GT and I really liked the heated seat.

Lessons learned:

1) Get a controller (or at least a two position switch) instead of just on/off - a Warm 'n safe controller would be perfect
2) Get the controller/switch installed somewhere where you can reach it but the pillion cant bump it accidentally.
3) It's not a replacement for real heated gear but it is nice.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:32 AM   #9
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Wow!

Thanks for all the input! Did Kootenay Kid say it best? Any other opinions? I've never owned any heated gear before other than my grips despite commuting to work in as low as 25 degrees. I will say that I did a 320 miler this fall in a dark and dreary 44 degrees with wind and lots of rain and I would have killed for something more than my heated grips. I will say that my Balaclava was a lifesaver that day. I never would have made it without it. I will agree with the poster that said that his butt has never been cold. I don't remember every thinking that mine was going to fall off if I didn't find a fire sometime soon. It is everyones impression that a heated seat can greatly improve the heat retention in your core? I understand it more in a car but in that case the seat back is heated too. The heat option BTW is and additional $144 and it's an on or off type switch.

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Old 01-11-2013, 08:33 AM   #10
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Should I save the money and spend it on a heated vest?
never had a heated seat, but if you do not have a heated jacket (not a vest) I'd get that first, use that for a season then decide on a seat. fall - Winter - and spring in NE Ohio can be damp and cold . (20 years there)

I commute here in WI until they start putting salt down, this year and last year was after the first week in december. The jacket keeps me toasty.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:54 AM   #11
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I got a 30.00 seat heater off Ebay that's intended for a snow mobile, slid it under the cover on my 919.... best 30.00 I have spent in many years. Not that it gets that cold here in central florida.. but 50 degrees, 80mph, and high humidity can make it chilly at times.
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:31 AM   #12
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I had Seat Concepts redo my Dakar seat and I decided to try their heating option ... love it!!

Buy it and a jacket and you'll be looking forward to a nice cold days ride, it's great when you feel the cold air around you but you're nice and toasty

I'm going to buy one from Ebay for my Russell on the big GS.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:57 AM   #13
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I had an RT for two years and used the heated seat quite a bit during the winter (I am a 12 month rider). My commute is either 17 or 37 miles each way depending on which office I'm working in. When I had it, I liked it. There would be times I would turn it off just to see how much I noticed it and it did make a difference. I also have a full set of heated gear including jacket liner, pants liner, gloves and insoles and my bike has heated grips.

I traded the RT for a GSA back in June and it has been plenty cold enough to use the heated gear this winter here in VA. In all honesty, I really haven't missed the heated seat. If I had one, I would use it but I have never found myself scheming on how to get a heated seat on my GSA. It just isn't a big deal for me and I wouldn't pay to have one unless I just had extra cash.
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:08 AM   #14
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this is one thing i would love to try, im betting it keeps blood circulating more to.....go for it
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:14 AM   #15
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I had an RT for two years and used the heated seat quite a bit during the winter (I am a 12 month rider). My commute is either 17 or 37 miles each way depending on which office I'm working in. When I had it, I liked it. There would be times I would turn it off just to see how much I noticed it and it did make a difference. I also have a full set of heated gear including jacket liner, pants liner, gloves and insoles and my bike has heated grips.

I traded the RT for a GSA back in June and it has been plenty cold enough to use the heated gear this winter here in VA. In all honesty, I really haven't missed the heated seat. If I had one, I would use it but I have never found myself scheming on how to get a heated seat on my GSA. It just isn't a big deal for me and I wouldn't pay to have one unless I just had extra cash.

Thanks for this. That is the kind of insight I was hoping for. I have been looking into the heated jacket and other related items today (based on everyones recommendation) and am thinking that my money may be better spent buying a Gerbings heated jacket and dual heat controller (for when I inevitably add the pants, gloves, and insoles). Seems like for real winter riding I will need the jacket no matter what but could live without the seat. Seems like the seat heat may be more of a luxury item than a necessity. Anybody else here that used to have a heated seat but doesn't any longer? Miss it? Thanks to all who've contributed. I appreciate it!
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