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Old 11-01-2012, 11:42 AM   #1
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Grip heaters question

Have a 2011 klr with odyssey battery. With the weather changing time to think about grip heaters for my commuting and adventure riding. Have a good pair of gloves but they aren't quite enough. I searched for threads but came up with everything but a specific thread. Looking for thoughts, comments or suggestions on the good and bad of it all. If you have a link to another thread that would also be appreciated.
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:01 PM   #2
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There's tons of threads. Stick this in the Google box

grip heaters site:advrider.com

You'll get a bunch of hits. I can't do without my heated grips, well worth the $$ and time.

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Old 11-01-2012, 12:04 PM   #3
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I run a resistor type on my 09' KLR 650
Stock charging system handled it with no problem.
Something similar to this:http://www.bikebandit.com/symtec-mot...-toggle-switch

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Old 11-01-2012, 12:14 PM   #4
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I got this set for 20bucks and it has been on my bike for 2 years, no problems.
http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/...t/grip+heaters

Many will say the only way to get grip heater is to have a troller which adjsut the temp perfectly. But expect to pay many times that amount.
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:21 PM   #5
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I've three sets of these that I've been pretty happy with:

http://www.cyclegear.com/eng/product...ips/web1007441

The only thing I added was a relay in the circuit so when I shut off the bike, the grips are powered down as well so there is no danger of me draining the bike dead cuz I left the grips turned on. Helps to seal the controller as well, I did have one set several years ago go bad due to water intrusion into the controller corroding the circuit board.
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:47 PM   #6
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I've run these on every bike I've owned...they certainly help make the road and high speed dirt sections tolerable when the weather is crisp, as well as help keep the fingers warm after dumping it in a puddle

They're a newer design, with more heat on the clutch side to help combat heat loss/soak into the handle bars

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...WT.MC_ID=10010
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:09 PM   #7
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+1 for the asymmetric design. I had similar heaters on my KLR and the temp between the two sides varied substantially.

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I've run these on every bike I've owned...they certainly help make the road and high speed dirt sections tolerable when the weather is crisp, as well as help keep the fingers warm after dumping it in a puddle

They're a newer design, with more heat on the clutch side to help combat heat loss/soak into the handle bars

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...WT.MC_ID=10010
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:15 PM   #8
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+1 for the asymmetric design. I had similar heaters on my KLR and the temp between the two sides varied substantially.
That is nice. Do they have a hi and low? I have been thinking of wiring mine so that it no longer has a hi and low function. Instead the hi goes to the clutch and the low (resitance block goes to the throttle).

The low function of the resitor type is kind of stupid. There is a ceraminc block that gets hot when you use the low function. It's simple, and for how cheap the kit is, it is makes sense. But reducing power consumption would have been nice. I guess that is why they have the heat troller.
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:20 PM   #9
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Yes, they're high/low.

I don't believe they're regulated with a resister...I think it's 2 separate elements.
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:34 PM   #10
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The only thing I added was a relay in the circuit so when I shut off the bike, the grips are powered down as well so there is no danger of me draining the bike dead cuz I left the grips turned on. .
I was able to find a key on 12 v power source. Think it was for some additional lights the euro model had that ours didn't. Wasn't sure if it woudl provide enough wattage. but it seems to work ok. I think this ora relay is a must to prevent battery drain.
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:42 PM   #11
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Check this link for a neat trick to substitute the resistor, used this on 4 bikes now.

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http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...signal+flasher
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:51 PM   #12
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I got this set for 20bucks and it has been on my bike for 2 years, no problems.
http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/...t/grip+heaters

Many will say the only way to get grip heater is to have a troller which adjsut the temp perfectly. But expect to pay many times that amount.
I have got the same kit and it works great. I also wired a relay so they turn off when the bike is off
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:49 AM   #13
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These work great

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Have a 2011 klr with odyssey battery. With the weather changing time to think about grip heaters for my commuting and adventure riding. Have a good pair of gloves but they aren't quite enough. I searched for threads but came up with everything but a specific thread. Looking for thoughts, comments or suggestions on the good and bad of it all. If you have a link to another thread that would also be appreciated.
Here's the ones I have on both my KLRs, my '08 ADV bike and my '06 sidecar rig. They have a 4-way heat control (not shown in the photo below, but the new ones come with the new control) operated by a pushbutton from Low Med MedHi High, and also have a feature that the controller will shut off the grips if the battery voltage drops below 12v. Not a concern for me as I have them wired to an ignition-switched relay, but if you didn't have a relay setup that would at least protect you from coming out to a dead battery because you forgot and left the grips on.

Anyway, these work really well and there's no dicking around with trying to stuff heat grids under your OEM grips, you just replace the entire grip with these. Also you can buy them with holes in the outboard end already if you have barkbusters or bar weights, or you can cut the ends off these.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o06_s00_i00
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