Im awaiting the insurance assessment after a rear end shunt
Once sorted I was thinking of heated grips, but have been looking at a Keis heated jacket today, and then seen the heated gloves.
The jacket is looking likely, but was wondering if anyone can give a comparison between gloves or grips?
Or opinions on heated clothing generally
Cheers in advance
FWIW, I think the Keiss heated “inner” gloves are one of the best items of motorcycle gear I ever bought. They aren’t the thinnest, so you may need a larger, or stretchy outer glove over them. But oh boy, do they work! A tiny bit of faff getting ‘plugged in’, but they radically changed my ‘cold fingers’ problem.
Edit: my research, at the time, showed that Keiss gloves uniquely ran a heating filament around the outside of each finger and thumb. YMMD, but it was my thumb that really hurt when cold and I felt that heated grips weren’t going to address that. Having said that, hand shields weren’t such a big thing when I bought these, and I gather that those, plus grips, work wonders with heat plus wind-blast deflection.
For what it’s worth…
I used to commute 100 miles a day, winter and summer on a LM2 and always had handlebar muffs. It recently took me a weekend to fit a pair of Givi muffs on a Breva 1100 using aluminium flat bar to wrap round the leavers first to stop the wind pushing them. Keeps my hands/gloves dry and warm in wet weather.
I’ve fitted muffs last week and replaced my glove liners (about 8 quid from sports bike shop) because I lost one. so far it’s made enough difference I have not needed the heated grips on short rides at all, which is good because the stock ones are not really hot enough once it gets below about 5C.
usually the tips of my fingers get cold, muffs seem to have stopped this.
I have Daytona heated grips on my V7, and because I really hate having cold hands, when the weather gets chilly I also use Furygan heated gloves. The heated grips are great, but the combination of the two means lovely warm hands
Furygan Heated Gloves
Keis gear here. Inner Jacket, gloves, socks. Sorry never tried muffs or heated grips on any bike as it’s only recently I’ve gone all wimpy in the winter months and I’ve 3 bikes atm so electric clothes & 3 battery leads seemed the way to go. Also when my hands get cold so do my feet & bod. All good as far as toasty riding goes & I’ve had the gear for 4 years now I think with no problems.
Only downside is the gloves are bulky. But then again I do take XXL size gloves.
Thanks for all the replies.
I had a heart attack a while back and my circulation has gone to pot since and i really feel the cold now.
Plenty to think on - i plan on getting another V7 if its written off, and it’ll definitely be a keeper so the heated grips make sense for chilly mornings and nights
I also have an FJR1300, and like the idea of the interchangeable heated gear between bikes.
Looks like I need to write a nice letter to Santa
I’ve been a fan of heated clothing for a long time.
My kit is a Gerbing inner jacket and Gerbing heated gloves.
The gloves attach to the connectors coming from the cuffs . The jacket attaches to the bike via a lead with a thermostatic control.
I once did the Dambusters run to Germany and then on to Colditz castle . It was some years ago in October. It rained biblically. I thanked my decision to take the kit. Without it it would have been unbearable. Bike was a Varadero 1000, so a reasonable fairing and plastic hand guards. Eventually my outer suit wetted out but instead of getting really cold I just turned up the thermostat.
Realising that my drop linings were’nt up to the weather I put on a one piece waterproof and was able to complete the tour in relative comfort.
Ive got bikes now with heated grips but to me it’s the backs of the fingers getting cold.
To warm these up the grips need to be on high setting which then gets too hot…
Heated gloves are abit more inconvenient with wires but warm the whole hand.
I had heated grips on a Pan European 1100 years ago and found them a complete waste of time on the whole. Your palms keep warm but the backs of your hands and fingers remain cold and blasted by the wind. Personally, if I were still riding all year round, I’d go for the heated gloves.
I have tried both heated grips and gloves. My own opinion is that the heated gloves are far superior (my are Gerbing’s). But wiring can be a faff.
I always fit heated grips. With grips you can use different gloves- summer winter. For really cold times I have glove overmits which are very thin but keep off the wind/ rain and work like double gazing. I can use summer gloves with the overmitts in winter. My adventure bike has deflectors on the bars which also do a good job of keeping the fingers warm.
Have you looked at the Turbano handlebar muffs. I tried them on a friends bike during a cold spell and didn’t even need the heated grips.
I have both. On a freezing Jan/Feb morning, heated grips don’t cut the mustard. Keys gloves keep the fingers, thumbs and the front & backs of your hands warm. When coupled with the Keis jacket are the real deal.
I now rarely use the fitted heated grips.
Best of luck.
My tuppence worth: I suffer from Reynaud’s and heated grips caused a great deal of discomfort because my bad circulation couldn’t cope with heated palms but still cold on the backs of my hands and fingers. I opted for keiss heated jacket and gloves and they work a treat. The gloves are big made, I went with small but they are quite roomy. I wear a pair of liners under them, and a bigger size over glove. I was out recently in fairly cold weather but I was toasty warm - but for the first time I was aware that my feet were freezing! Usually the pain from my hands made me unaware that my feet were also cold. Might need some heated socks now
Oxford grips are a brilliant bit of kit…l highly recommended fitting some…its like holding your hands out in front of a fire…it keeps all of you warm…