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Dec 11

Posts: 9

radddogg says:

Heated Grips or Hand Guards?


I just got a KTM Duke 125. I'm wondering if hand guards might prove more effective at stopping my hands getting cold than heated grips?

As I see it, wind chill is the biggest factor in making our hands cold so hopefully hand guards might deflect the wind enough to have a better effect that heated grips. They also have the added effect of protecting the levers from accidental damage.

What do people think?

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Aug 11

Posts: 3732

babyrocket says:


now tried both the heated grips are by far the best option, the hand guards only work for a tad longer than normal riding, and heated grips can be had for a few quid off e bay

 what ya waiting for?

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Aug 07

Posts: 6057

stevebaldy says:

ya big jessies......

man up!!....GET SOME NUTS !!, back in my day.................................:roll eyes:

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Aug 11

Posts: 3732

babyrocket says:


i know what ya mean mate,but 30 years down the line a chap needs a bit of comfort.

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Feb 09

Posts: 4679

philehidiot says:


125s do not like heated grips. Oxford do some designed for low powered bikes which might be suitable.

The problem is that the batteries are often so small and the generators don't provide the output required to charge and power the grips.

Hand guards are good if you have sound winter gloves and get big enough ones. As you say, it eliminates the wind blast. Personally, I use the combo of hand guards and heated grips. I find hand guards to be good on their own and you can get them for £30 (acerbic storm) but they must be well positioned and also wrap around enough to block all of the wind. Really, I've only seen the ones that are about £100 do this properly and they needed extra deflectors as well at about £20 each.

If you were to just have one option then it'd be bar muffs as they keep your hands warm, dry and don't require any electricity. You can get the oxford ones and upgrade them later as they have pockets in them for oxford's over grips. These normally slip over the normal grip (longevity is apparently crap as they fall apart) but they open out into a flat pad and go inside the muffs to warm them up.

Personally if I were in your position, I'd just shove the muffs on there. Spending £70 on a 125 that you're not going to keep for too long is a little daft really and it also potentially reduces the value if you screw it up.... like I did. Muffs are about £30, cover all of your hand and will keep you warm.

There are a couple of downsides to muffs:
- they're not for the fashion conscious
- they can get in the way of switches, etc and must be carefully fitted to avoid this
- there's always that sensation that they might trap your hands if you were to have an accident which would cause you to do a superman over the front, with obvious consequences. Whether this would happen in practice, I dunno.

Summarise: grips - expensive and potentially not suited to a 125s generator output. Hand guards - need to ensure they completely cover your hands, expensive for good ones. Muffs, better all round bang for buck but look meh and can get in the way.

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May 09

Posts: 91

Istate75 says:

Heated Grips

My lad rides a Suzuki EN125 to work every day (20 miles each way) and had the same problem with the cold as it's all flat out country lanes.

We picked up some oxford heated grips discounted at the last day of the bike show (the original ones, not scooter and moped ones) and they work really well. Power drain is only 40w on hottest setting and when I'd finished fitting them I did a voltage test with them on the highest setting and the lights on and engine running and it was still charging OK (reading was 13.1v at 2000rpm). I have no idea what the generator output is but I didn't expect anything too high as it's a cheap budget bike.

He used them at 75% heat setting (about 30w drain) during the last cold snap when it was around 0 Deg.C and his hands stayed warm for the whole journey.

At the end of the first week of use I connected his battery to the Optimate and it showed fully charged after about 10 minutes, so I think his generator is well up to the lights and grips.

I hope that helps.

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