On my Adventure I had Symtec heated elements which were great, but just never quite hot enough for me.
This time I am trying the new Datatool option. Made in the UK, and very clever!
Fitted the Datatool grips to try them out. Some observations....
- The grips themselves are pretty chunky, much like the oxford ones. I've got huge hands, so no problem for me
- The slide controller for temp settings is brilliant. Slide down = off, and 4 heat positions upwards.
- There is a small LED on the throttle side that blinks once for low, twice, thrice, and rapid four blinks for high setting. Not sure if this is great, or I will cover with duct tape!... But it is very clever...
- There is a delay when you start the bike for the controller to register the bike is running before the grips get power. So with engine off, even if the ignition is on, the grips will not drain the battery. Cool stuff.
- They ONLY work with a direct connection to the battery, they do not work off either ACC1 or 2.
- The wires and fittings are all top notch - wires very protected/strong
- The top setting is nice and hot, even for my cold hands, much hotter than the Symtec ones
Also while at the handle bars were some decent protection needed; and I'm a great fan of Paul's "Highway Dirtbike" option from USA.
http://www.highwaydirtbikes.com/HDB_Sho ... handguards
They can be a tricky fit, them important thing is to really loose fit all the bolts, then slowly tighten and bend them to fit. Once in place they are rock solid, and provide a nice central mounting plate for Powerlet plugs and switches. I fitted a powerlet plug wired to ACC1 (always hot) and will use it for charging my mobile phone etc..