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    Senior Member Dubster's Avatar
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    OK with the cooler weather already here and old man winter just around the corner I pulled the trigger and purchased and installed a set of Oxford heated grips on the mighty TW.

    I took her out for a couple hundred kilometre run today and tested them and my heated vest out.

    The TW with headlight on will run either the vest OR the grips but not together.With both vest and grips on the volt meter I also installed drops well below 12.7 and will discharge the battery.

    I installed a switch so I could turn off the low beam.With the low beam off I can run both the vest and grips and the volt meter reads 14.1 volts.

    I also installed a small removable wind screen and am now ready for some comfortable cold weather riding.

    I sure will miss commuting to work on a regular basis though.With the price of gas at $1.50 a litre the 80 plus miles per gallon from the TW compared to the 18 mpg my truck gets will be sorely missed.

    On the bright side the mighty TW is slowly paying for itself.
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    When i get back from this road trip im definitely getting some heated grips. We left Indy saturday at around 35 degree and my hands were pretty dang cold even with the tusk mittens over the handguards. The mittens kept me from having to stop and warm them up. Last two days it has been low 40's and pissin rain on the blue ridge pkwy=freezing damp cold + wet. My buddy let me borrow a heated vest so i wired up a powerlet and man it is nice to have the heat. No problems with the vest and headlight on together plus i have a switch for the low beam so im glad to hear you have no problems running both with the healight off.

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    I may do this as well. Maybe it would be smart to got to lower power headlight like HID etc.
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    I had a chance to do a little more testing yesterday.It was only 4 degree Celcious so I geared up and went for a several hour ride.I have since installed a small tachometer so I can keep an eye on the RPM.Man oh man the little beast winds up at the higher speeds!!!



    With the light on low,the Oxford grips on the second heat level and the vest on full(which is the only setting for it) the voltmeter reads around 13.7 as long as the rpm is at or above 5000 but as soon as I switch the grips to the third level the voltmeter drops below 12.7.

    When I was in city traffic and had to stop at red lights I simply cut the power to the hand grips until I started moving again.

    All in all I stayed pretty comfortable although I have Power Madd hanguards with the optional removable larger deflectors installed for the cold weather so they obviously helped a great deal in keeping my hands warm.



    Like I said in my previous post with the headlight off the voltmeter holds 14.1 so there is probably room to run more electrics with the light off... something I prefer not to do in traffic.



    Funny thing about yesterdays ride I didn't see one other bike in my travels and had more people(both people in cars and pedestrians alike) look at me and break into huge smiles and waves.I can only imagine what some of them were thinking.
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    Dubster!

    HI !! I like your advise you just wrote, and thank you for posting in my thread. Do you have a tread of your bike build? or can you post a pic of your dashboard? Since you mention you have a voltmeter, and some other stuff I would like to see how you mounted all up.

    Thank you very much.

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    Is the TW stock with 7/8 or 1inch bars?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littletommy View Post
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    That's what I thought but it doesn't hurt to ask! Thanks!!!
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    UPDATE:

    I just finished replacing the headlight as well as the rear signal light bulbs and the brake/license plate light with LED bulbs. For some reason the front signal/running lights would not flash with the new led bulbs so I still have the stock incandescent bulbs installed.
    The good news is with the headlight on high beam, the Oxford heated grips on high and my heated vest on high the voltmeter holds at 13-13.2 at 5000 rpm plus the new headlight is BRIGHT.
    So anyone out there wanting to run heated gear the switch to LED bulbs is the way to go!! There might even be enough watts left to run a couple extra led lights up front...my next upgrade.
    Now as soon as it stops snowing here and the roads clear I will be able to hit the roads and stay comfortable and not have to worry about discharging the battery.
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    Everyone is entitled to build the bike they want. I am not inclined to use the heated grips because they really eat the juice. My bike is all LED's. The Hot Hands are low draw. With the LED modification, you can keep warm and not play hell with your charging system. I put them on today. $70.00 and 10 minutes. Integrates well with the rest of the bike. Just an idea.

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