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Have to re-ask about this, since my 12 Classic has such weeny, barely warm grips that I can barely feel them through a leather palm glove. Electric gloves and guards are fine, but it seems to me that heated grips means hot grips, not barely noticeable slightly tepid grips.

The dealer says it's fine, but it's just not even close to how warm my G650 grips got.

So. . .(1) is the dealer wrong (2) right or wrong what can be done to heat these suckers up?
 

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I remember that conversation, sorry to hear your "heated" grips are as hot as Sarah Jessica Parker.
 

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Hoshiko,

She looked pretty good after being splashed by a bus in the intro to Sex and the City. If only my grips were that hot.
 

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How fast is the engine turning Doc? Noticed mine felt weak poking along at 2000-2500 rpm last Sunday, but on the highway at 4-5000 rpm they were comfortable on LOW at 34 degrees F with the handle cover mitts. In order to save weight, the 1200 battery is only half as large as the 1100 & 1150 battery. 1200s switched to CANBUS. If I lived in Chicago, I'd probably be bitching, too. YMMV
 

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Interesting, Clem. I generally the engine loaf in high gear as much as possible. Rarely rev it, as I like to see the mph's in the 50-60's. . .I wonder whether a more powerful battery would heat the grips better?
 

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I think the grips arte warmer on my 12 than the ones were on the 1150 which were adequate to make my palms hot though leather gloves. Granted I am not testing them in Chicagoland, but I do ride when it's in the low 30s and they are far from tepid. Can you measure the temp of the grip on high or low?
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Hadn't though of that. . .I'm trying to think how to take the temperature of a handgrip. . .open up and say 'ah'?
 

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They have those skin temp strips for patients...They only go a little over 101? 103? but sticking one on would give an idea. Talk to an anesthesia freind and get a couple
I will bring a couple home tomorrow and give it a go
also, an IR thermometer may work?
 

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I'll try a digital thermometer insulated by something the next time out. IR may be better because the oral thermometers will underestimate.
 

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I think there must be something wrong with yours. Mine get hot (to where my hands sweat if it's more than 45ish out) when I click it to 2, so I usually click back to 1 after they've heated up.
 

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I think there must be something wrong with yours. Mine get hot (to where my hands sweat if it's more than 45ish out) when I click it to 2, so I usually click back to 1 after they've heated up.
I can't stand mine on the second spot also, too hot. As far as needing revs to get the amps up, I started mine last ride and let it idle till one bar on the gauge and the grips were smoking hot. That was through thinsulate gloves.
 

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Then there's something definitely wrong with mine since even at the higher setting they re barely even warm.
 

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Then there's something definitely wrong with mine since even at the higher setting they re barely even warm.
I think I may be in the same boat, like they aren't always triggering. Sometimes they are roasting my hands. Sometimes I can't feel them at all.
 

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I haven't measured the actual temperature by my grips get hot enough to say they're too hot!!!
 

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Mine are never hot. . .even barehanded on the II setting, they are just mildly warm. Ah well, next spring when I don't need them, I'll bring the bike back to the dealer. I just ordered the new Haynes bike manual for the 10-12 1200's, maybe it will describe a way to tinker with this.
 

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Pretty weird that not all of them heat at the same level,
I like the idea of all of us measuring the temperature as accurate as possible and share the results.

I was thinking on using a digital cooking thermometer, I got one for $10ish and it's pretty accurate, put it on the grip with something to insulate the air around?.
 

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laughing alone,
After my last post, I put my computer aside, went to the kitchen, took my digital thermometer and went downstairs to the garage, turned the bike on, waited 5 minutes, turned the grips on full and wrapped the thermometer to the grip with a kitchen towel.

After 5 minutes, the grips are already hot, turn the thermometer on, wait, turn the thermometer on, WTF :clown: The thermometer has no battery, hahahahahha.
 

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One of those images we can only imagine in situation comedies; a guy standing next to his bike with a meat thermometer for minute after minute, and the sound of him cackling to himself over the roar of the engine. . .
 

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Gas 25 cents Kitcken towell $1.00 Thermometer $10.00
Hoshiko's laughter $Priceless! (as science marches on)
 

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OK, I brought a few temp strips home and checked out my grips

ambient temp 73. I am in New Orleans.
Engine heat 1 to 3 bars when readings were done. Readings were within 3 minutes.
I put a strip on both grips to start to see if there was any difference. there was. the L heated faster. When the left reached about 104 degrees I put that strip just above the one I had stuck on the right and waited less than a minute and took this.

The temp is shown by the green coloration and there is pretty good correlation between the two strips. So, I would call that 104, but it was rising with time.

I moved the two strips over to the left grip and the temp was already over 106 so no coloring shows though I could see just a hint of blue on the 106 bar, meaning the temp was higher than that.



Those are a Grip Puppy knock off, btw, called Grip-Ons, meaning that the temperature transmits just fine and is not insulated by the add-on foam

John
 
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