Harley-Davidson Heated Grips
When it comes to making a decision for warm hands, Harley-Davidson Heated Grips are one of your options. The image above is just an example so you can see the control mechanism since it’s important when explaining the design flaw. There are many grip styles to choose from when selecting heated grips from Harley-Davidson. Cost for most models is around ~$270.
While the design is flawed for durability (covered in detail below) the performance is actually excellent. The grips do get hot, fairly fast, and the heat is evenly distributed around the whole grip. The turn knob is a bit of a pain and has way to many numbers. Generally you want at most 4 settings; Off, Low, Med, and High. These grips have 6 different settings and to be honest the nuance is lost on me. I cannot tell the difference between 3 and 4 for instance. I found I was cranking them all the way up, or all the way off.
Most people don’t notice the little turn knob on the end of the left grip. The appearance is basically what ever grip type you choose that they make. If you have nice grips today you will have to get rid of them, they replace the ones you have. It’s a whole system and you are limited to the grip choices they offer.
Here is where this product falls down. The switch, as you can see, is on the end of the grip, the left grip; it controls both sides. So during the cold and the rain the heat from your grips create condensation inside your handle bars. When you come to a stop and put your bike on the kick stand and lean it to the left, all the condensation in the left handle bar runs to the bottom of the grip, right on the dial switch. This causes the switch to rust out very fast. I have never had a pair last longer than 6-8 months. After two bikes and 5 pairs over 3 years I gave up and went looking for another solution. My advice is to stay away from this product.