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I've had heated grips on many bikes, some were BMW's with the factory grips, and some were aftermarket additions. When I got my first pair of heated gloves, about 10 years ago, I said; " Man, I can't believe I've been riding 25 years before I bought these!" I've just now purchased a new pair and I find them light years better than my previous ones. I mention this because some members were mentioning adding heated grips. Heated gloves provide more complete coverage, and they can be used on more bike providing one adds the requisite connections. For cooler weather, I find heated grips are adequate, but when it gets really cold, I prefer heated gloves. I noticed that I my finger tips (due to lack of contact with the heat source) get too cold using heated grips. Full disclosure: I'm a tester for a heated glove manufacturer, that is why no brand names are mentioned. This is my opinion based on commuting and riding year round.
 

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I've had heated grips on many bikes, some were BMW's with the factory grips, and some were aftermarket additions. When I got my first pair of heated gloves, about 10 years ago, I said; " Man, I can't believe I've been riding 25 years before I bought these!" I've just now purchased a new pair and I find them light years better than my previous ones. I mention this because some members were mentioning adding heated grips. Heated gloves provide more complete coverage, and they can be used on more bike providing one adds the requisite connections. For cooler weather, I find heated grips are adequate, but when it gets really cold, I prefer heated gloves. I noticed that I my finger tips (due to lack of contact with the heat source) get too cold using heated grips. Full disclosure: I'm a tester for a heated glove manufacturer, that is why no brand names are mentioned. This is my opinion based on commuting and riding year round.
What gloves did you get?
 

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after riding a few days in the 30's here, it's a giant pain to have 2 pairs of gloves on and even with that, i lose feeling in my finger tips if i don't break every 50 miles or so.

Definitely interested in the heated glove route if anyone has recos of gloves they like.
 

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To me, it has been common knowledge that heated gloves will provide heat for your entire hand vs. just the Palm side of your hand. I use Gerbing brand heated gear.
 

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I went with heated grips because they increase the diameter of the grip itself which is useful all year round, and because the only place I've needed heat thus far is my fingers, which the heated grip should provide. I also got barkbusters to reduce wind over the hand. Less hassle, too.
 

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I've tried both, and don't really care for the bulkiness of heated gloves.

Heated grips have always been just fine for me, but I also don't live where it gets seriously cold in winter time (67 degrees today).

That being said, in my experience, heated grips that have the heating element built into the grip itself work much better that the kits that you install underneath the stock grips.
 

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I've used both (occasionally at the same time). The gloves work much better than the heated grips in my experience. Even with grips that get too hot to hold (looking at you Buell Uly) when at speed for any length of time the wind chill will suck the heat out of your fingers faster than the grips can warm them up. I've been using the Gerbing brand for years. I'm sure other brands are just as good, but I don't have not tried others. For reference, I'm in northern California, so temps are mostly mild with the occasional dip into freezing (28-32). I have a fairly short commute, 20 miles, and I am comfortable without any heat down to 40 deg. I only use the heated gloves during those mornings when it is below freezing.
 

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That being said, in my experience, heated grips that have the heating element built into the grip itself work much better that the kits that you install underneath the stock grips.

You can say that again. Big difference. Ive got Heat Demons under my Kuryakyn grips on my Can Am Spyder... I thought they were the shit until I installed Oxford grips on my fz09. Holy hell they get hot Im telling ya.

The convenience of hand grips offsets the lack of efficiency. You never leave them at home, youre not wired to the bike, no wires running up your sleeves, etc, etc. Youd be surprised how often you might use them even in the summer.

Now I have some heated glove liners for the serious cold with the Y cable running up my jacket sleeves. A pain in the ass really compared to heated grips but its more warmth. A trade off.
 

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I just purchased battery heated gloves from Schumacher schlemmer. I didn't get a chance to test them but I've heard great things about them. One thing I don't like about them is that they are bulky, but that is something I can get use to. I will give you guys an update this weekend.
 

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On my current bike - I've got heating elements under my grips. 2 temp. They are great, finger tips do get a little cold on highway on those near freezing days.

A local gear company recently came out with a battery powered heated glove. They look pretty slick.

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I like to ride as much as i can and stop only when there is snow or ice on the ground (may get some winter-proofing done to the bike to solve this but who knows)- so keeping warm and comfy is very important.
I have ridden when it was 14F outside near the polar vortex days. I can tell you heated grips, by themselves, are nearly ineffective at those temperatures. Even in warmer weather (30s), just heated grips is not enough- the finger tips always get cold. Barkbusters help keep direct wind off the hands but there's not much they can do on their own. I have the Oxford Heaterz Heated grips which get nice and warm but mostly help the palms. Recently, I got the VentureHeat 12V Grand Touring gloves which have the controllers on the glove themselves. Haven't encountered very cold temperatures- about mid 30s-40s and they do a decent job of keeping finger tips from freezing and keeping hands nice and toasty. I think Gerbings could be better but they need all those extra controllers (3 levels only)- for winter touring I may invest in a whole kit later on. The gloves were about $130-140- cheapest 12V glove from a decent manufacturer so far. I will be testing them some more to see how they perform.

However, I have read on other forums that even with heated gloves, the cold tends to strip away the heat from the gloves. I think that's true.

PS: Venture Heat makes some cool battery powered heated base layers and they are pretty good- for when off the bike as well- like today's snowy day in New York!
 
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