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    Heated grips - ouch!

    This past saturday (22 Sept 2012), I completed the Lake Michigan 1000. 1020 miles in approx 20 hours. (All documented and submitted)

    I had fairly thin gloves on and relied heavily on my heated grips to keep my hands warm.


    BIG MISTAKE!


    Over the course of 20 hours I, basically, slow-cooked my hands. By the time I realized what they were doing to my hands, it was too late.

    I've got huge blisters all over my hands and they are very painful. It's been 3 days and I'm guessing it will be at least another week until my hands are somewhat back to normal.

    (Note, I mainly ran the heated grips on the low setting...occasionally switching them off and also occasionally running them on high.)

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    I've done that, but not nearly as bad as what you describe. Gotta be careful.
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    High is really high, I mean where are they running these bikes Siberia?
    I hear ya dude, I crank on high and I'm back to low in a minute.
    Ouch!

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    Stay away from heated seats man.
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    Design FAIL! Was a warning provided in the Owner's Manual?

    You have seen a doctor, yes? You may have more than 2nd degree burn damage going on; deeper tissues, such as muscle, bone, and blood vessels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hexkopf View Post
    Stay away from heated seats man.
    I just got my first. Love it so far. I had bun warmers in the cage for 5 years, thought the idea was ridiculous at first and then didn't shut them off all winter.
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    What bike?

    only ones we have that get too hot to handle are the '95 1100R w/handguards...the rubber gets soft on high and you can't hang on even at 30 degrees ambient.
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    I haven't seen a doctor yet. I just assumed things would heal up on their own.

    These are the OEM heated grips on my 2010 R1200RT.

    I ran them on low more then high. They got gradually redder and more uncomfortable as the day went on. It didn't feel like I was burning them at the time.

    They just slowly cooked while I heated them over the better part of 20 hours straight.

    They are absolutely killing me right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iMav View Post
    These are the OEM heated grips on my 2010 R1200RT.

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    On most of my bikes I had little wind protection for my hands. I'm guessing the RT has very good wind protection for your hands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    On most of my bikes I had little wind protection for my hands. I'm guessing the RT has very good wind protection for your hands.
    You guess incorrectly.

    I'm going to buy some wind deflectors that should help.

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    The Barkbuster S-7 fits the recent RT. It can also be adapted to other models not on their list by machining bar weights to proper dimensions, a fairly simple job. I mounted a set on SOs R1100S, for example.

    Keeping a relaxed hold on the grips can reduce that heat transfer

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    Quote Originally Posted by iMav View Post
    You guess incorrectly.

    I'm going to buy some wind deflectors that should help.
    Check out Wunderlich.
    Love mine.

    Here's the bike with the RS mirrors as well.
    I'm back to the OEM windsreen, Cee Bailey + 2 here. I had no wind at all with that one. Might be good if I was riding in real cold weather, but I don't much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    I've had a R100RT, K75T, K75S, K1200RS, and K1300S with heated grips and none were too hot with thin gloves.
    The K1300S is the only bike that I can feel heat on the low setting.
    Obviously they didn't feel "too hot" when I was using them. I didn't even realize at first that they were burnt. My hands "slow cooked" over the course of 20 hours.

    I've used them MANY TIMES before (with the same gloves) without issue.

    It was the heat over the extended time frame that did me in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iMav View Post
    It was the heat over the extended time frame that did me in.
    Even with thick gloves some grips can do this on a long day. I had 40 watt grips on one bike. They were scary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommcgee View Post
    Even with thick gloves some grips can do this on a long day. I had 40 watt grips on one bike. They were scary.
    I feel a bit like an idiot that I didn't realize what was happening sooner.

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