R&G heated grips review


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Tested by: Roger Jones RRP: £39.99

Come rain or shine, I would much rather be out on a motorcycle than stuck in a car, but in the winter my hands tend to get cold quickly, so heated grips on my BMW 650 ST were a must.

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I took a Stanley knife to the original grips to get them off but unfortunately the new heated grips were just longer than the originals (BMW grips are shorter than standard), so I made some simple spaces to pop inside the new ones. To prevent draining the battery, I decided to fit the unit into a relay in the headlight so that they switch off when the bike does. BMW had also provided an extra wire especially for heated grips so that made it easier.

There’s only one switch to worry about: press once to get them on and then you can scroll through the five different heat settings. They heat up quickly and I find that by starting them out at their hottest, it heats the grips up and then you can put them at a lower setting.

I use them every single day, especially in this weather, and find that they keep my palms nice and warm. I also fitted some hand guards to my bike to protect the tops of my hands from the wind chill factor. Together they make the perfect combination.

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At just £39.99 I didn’t mind the extra bit of messing around to get them to fit my bike properly, and they do fit standard 22mm bars perfectly.

More info: www.rg-racing.com

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