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Old 11-15-2013, 07:33 PM   #1
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LC: my heated grips suck come on bmw

I know others feel the same. I rode six hours today in the forties and fifties and had cold hands with grips on high and my winter gloves. The previous models would get nice and hot.

I thought there was going to be a software update to fix this? Anybody have any skinny from their dealer or bmw?
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:27 PM   #2
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mine too

Had mine a week or two, not nearly as hot as my 08 grips were.
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:49 PM   #3
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BMW got complaints that they were too hot, but I liked them fine also.
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Old 11-16-2013, 04:05 AM   #4
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Same on mine. And not with winter gloves, but with some spring/autumn ones, @5-7C... And also it seems they need a long time to get "hot". I'll ask my dealer if there is a fix.
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Old 11-16-2013, 09:21 AM   #5
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Same on mine. And not with winter gloves, but with some spring/autumn ones, @5-7C... And also it seems they need a long time to get "hot". I'll ask my dealer if there is a fix.
Just spoke with my service department. They haven't heard of the problem and no software update. We can only hope BMW fixes it when and update comes out assuming it can be fixed.
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Old 11-16-2013, 09:24 AM   #6
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Mine are too hot on high and pretty good on low. I've been out riding in the 30's recently. They heat up fast too. By the time the bike is up to temp so are the grips. No problems at all.
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Old 11-16-2013, 09:38 AM   #7
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Cold hands here too...

During my last ride (30s F), I've had it with the LC heated grips. With winter gloves, the HI setting is nowhere near warm enough.

My 2010 Multistrada had GREAT (3 level) heated grips...even the DualStar cheapies I installed on my old Uly were better than the GS LC.

A related question: are the grip heaters integral with the grips on the LC? Can you replace grips (I like Progrip 714s)?

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Old 11-16-2013, 01:53 PM   #8
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A related question: are the grip heaters integral with the grips on the LC? Can you replace grips (I like Progrip 714s)?

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You can't replace the grips, the heating and wiring is integral, but you could add those Oxford heated grip temporary wraps. You put them on when you want them and take them off when you don't.
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Mine are too hot on high and pretty good on low. I've been out riding in the 30's recently. They heat up fast too. By the time the bike is up to temp so are the grips. No problems at all.
You have a water cooled GS?
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Old 11-16-2013, 07:17 PM   #10
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I do have a water cooled GS and I actually ride in cold weather here in Maine.
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:14 AM   #11
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I do have a water cooled GS and I actually ride in cold weather here in Maine.
Do you use grip puppies or something similar? I wonder if the 2014 grips are hotter?

I'm going to put my temperature meter on them and also try to get a reading from my friend's 2012 GSA that also has grip puppies.
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Old 11-17-2013, 09:59 AM   #12
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Do you use grip puppies or something similar? I wonder if the 2014 grips are hotter?

I'm going to put my temperature meter on them and also try to get a reading from my friend's 2012 GSA that also has grip puppies.
I'll be very interested in your observations. This is really my first (and hopefully only) "negative" re the LC.

However, this IS my first BMW (after 56 years of riding)...maybe I'm just being gently introduced to the wonderful world of "TADT".

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Old 11-17-2013, 02:11 PM   #13
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But, look at this guy...

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You can't replace the grips, the heating and wiring is integral...
GB, I trust you, but what about THIS THREAD? Looks like the heating elements are the "typical" printed-circuit plastic sheeting underneath the rubber grip. Doesn't really look "integral."

Seems like if one were careful, one could certainly remove/replace the grip. Of course, I've been wrong before...

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Old 11-17-2013, 02:43 PM   #14
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Taken from the Max BMW online parts fiche....the extent of the heated grips,

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Old 11-19-2013, 06:51 AM   #15
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Hmmmm ... with single thickness leather gloves and weather in the 30 degrees range at 50mph - I have to reduce my grip heat from high to low to keep the temp pleasant. Perhaps if I was riding longer or faster, the heat would not be enough, but for me the grip heat works fine. I initially start on high grip heat and then reduce to low if around town at speeds of 35-40 mph.

On my last two BMWs, I put the neoprene sleeves over the grips for added cushion and that really restricted the heat transfer form the grip to my hand. On the GSW, I have not added the neoprene sleeve and so far have plenty of heat. YMMV
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