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  1. Background I ordered the Yamaha OEM heated grips for my FZ last week. I had ridden 2 winters here in the Seattle, WA area where my hands would be the only cold part of my body (even with insulated gloves) and would be in pain before I got to work. Going on winter #3, I said "enough is enough". I'm usually good to about 40 degrees where below that it becomes a bit uncomfortable. I ordered the Yamaha OEM grips because of the location/style of the "heat controller". I don't like how Oxford has that big square controller that takes up an unnecessary amount of real estate for such a simple function (pic example here). Ordering Info: Unfortunately, The Yamaha grips must be ordered from the Euro site if you want to get them from an official Yamaha online store. The US site lists them but says "you must contact a dealer to order". I didn't want to pay $200 and wait a month to get grips from the Euro source, so what I did was search eBay for the grips part number and filter on "US sellers only". A couple results pop up on occasion. I was able to get the grips to my door in 4 days for about $120. Euro Link: https://www.yamaha-motor.eu/uk/accessories/genuine-options/comfort/grip-heater-120/YME-F2960-00-00/details.acc US Link: https://www.shopyamaha.com/product/details/universal-grip-heaters?b=Street+Motorcycle&d=28|28&dealernumber=&nw=yamaha-motor-company Review: "Heat Controller" looks integrated and is barely noticeable. It is easy to operate and pretty much impossible to accidentally trigger it. 3-level heat function - max level was actually too hot for 45F degree riding They get plenty warm! They only take 15-30 seconds or so (depending on level) to start getting warm. Grips are same length as OEM grips - no readjusting/moving of controls necessary Grips have open ends and endcaps (no cutting needed) so that you can fit them over any bar configuration. Installation was a BREEZE! No splicing needed. Connect a couple of waterproof connections and route to your battery under the panels. Done! It even comes with a fused power line. Grips detect voltage level so that when you turn bike off, grips auto power down in case you leave them on Pics: The worst part and only hiccup was trying to slide this grip on... there is 0 clearance. This alone took me like 20 minutes lol REVIEW UPDATE: I have been commuting all week in exactly the kind of weather I bought these grips for. It has been about ~34-39 degrees for a 45 minute commute where 80% of it is highway. With these grips at max my hands feel GREAT. I used to have tons of pain from the cold after only about 5-10 minutes. Now, I am comfortable the whole commute. Even without hand guards, the inside of my hands gets warm enough so that the outsides aren't too bad. Also, here are some pics with my hand on the grip in my setup. Some people were concerned about lack of grip space with these. As I said, I have size XXL gloves/hands. It looks tight with the bar-end mirror but they don't interfere at all when riding - I don't even notice them. My hand kind of nestles in under that curve in the bottom right of my mirror.
  2. bornagainbiker

    Before and After

    Here are two photos of the same location: the first one from a ride I took in late November, the second from late January--looks a little different now LOL.
  3. I stored my bike for the winter today in an unheated storage shed, and was wondering if it is better to put a cover over it or not? I have heard that covering it in these conditions may trap moisture and promote rust, but it also keeps it cleaner--free of cobwebs, dust etc. Last year I threw an old blanket over the bike, now I'm wondering if I should just let it sit naked in the shed? Any thoughts on this subject fellow members?
  4. bornagainbiker

    Boo Winter

    It's that time of year again.
  5. Since I took up commuting by motorcycle again, I was reminded that regardless of weather (almost), I am dressed for it. Only dense fog and heavy snowfall can cause issues by clogging up my visor and spectacles, but so far this kind of weather has eluded me. Today it was raining dogs and cats, causing rivers to form in the streets. Heavy winds aided to make this a beautiful day for cozy ride to work inside me insulated weatherproofs.
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