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    Honda Heated Grips & Hand Guards
    on: March 17, 2022, 09:57:17 am
    March 17, 2022, 09:57:17 am
    Having come from bikes where I fitted Oxford Advanced Heated Grips, I find the standard Honda heated grips on my CR rather weak by comparison.  I am also diabetic where blood flow can be weaker in the hands & feet so keeping these warm is important.  I have the standard Honda hand guards but these are more style over substance and are quite small in their coverage.

    Looking to the aftermarket it seems that Powerbronze & Givi offer hand guards with greater coverage.  Does anyone have experience of these and do they help make the Honda heated grips seem warmer by taking away the wind chill? 

    Also, do the hand guards work with screens other than their own or do you have to buy a set of matching hand guards & screen?  I notice from a previous post that the Powerbronze Hand Guards only work with the Honda or Powerbronze screen and will foul other types of screen.

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    Re: Honda Heated Grips & Hand Guards
    Reply #1 on: March 17, 2022, 10:29:30 am
    March 17, 2022, 10:29:30 am
    *Originally Posted by Kalamity Ken [+]
    Having come from bikes where I fitted Oxford Advanced Heated Grips, I find the standard Honda heated grips on my CR rather weak by comparison.  I am also diabetic where blood flow can be weaker in the hands & feet so keeping these warm is important.  I have the standard Honda hand guards but these are more style over substance and are quite small in their coverage.

    Looking to the aftermarket it seems that Powerbronze & Givi offer hand guards with greater coverage.  Does anyone have experience of these and do they help make the Honda heated grips seem warmer by taking away the wind chill? 

    Also, do the hand guards work with screens other than their own or do you have to buy a set of matching hand guards & screen?  I notice from a previous post that the Powerbronze Hand Guards only work with the Honda or Powerbronze screen and will foul other types of screen.

    I have a set of Barkbusters. https://barkbusters.net/what-fits-my/honda/vfr-800x-crossrunner-2015on/bbz/multi-fit/

    Near full hand coverage so aids the grip heaters.

    I've spoken with Honda about the heated grips so they are aware but still do nothing about it. It seems the bars soak up some of the heat. It happened on the new Africa Twin so as its a new bike, they changed the bars.  :019:
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    Re: Honda Heated Grips & Hand Guards
    Reply #2 on: March 17, 2022, 12:27:58 pm
    March 17, 2022, 12:27:58 pm
    I have a set of the Bark busters (hard plastic shell type) on my Mk2 and they don't foul the standard screen..but my bike has the unadjustable screen so I can't confirm if that's the case on the Mk 2.5's :027:
    I agree that the Honda heated grips are quite poor in heat output but I'm of the opinion that heated grips do nowt to warm the backs of your hands and fingers and would always suggest that heated gloves are the only proper solution to cold hands especially when used with hand guards :152:
    I do find the extra coverage from the wind means my hands don't suffer as much with the cold when I'm on the CR

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    Re: Honda Heated Grips & Hand Guards
    Reply #3 on: March 17, 2022, 12:55:51 pm
    March 17, 2022, 12:55:51 pm
    Hi JT

    Unfortunately Barkbusters no longer list hard shell hand guards for a 2015 on bike.https://barkbusters.net/what-fits-my/honda/vfr-800x-crossrunner-2015on/

    I have the VPS Barkbusters on my BMW G310GS and had the Storm guards on my Yamaha MT09, for both bikes Barkbuster offered a specific fitting kit.

    Are yours hand guards a generic single point fixing?

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    Re: Honda Heated Grips & Hand Guards
    Reply #4 on: March 17, 2022, 01:25:25 pm
    March 17, 2022, 01:25:25 pm
    https://barkbusters.net/products/storm/3475-stm-005-bk/

    These are the one's I ordered, and they fit perfectly.
    As the 'bars are the same as yours they should fit no problem but you have the taller honda screen so I don't know if they will foul?
    Obviously these types are just wind shields and not strong two point fittings that could save the levers in a fall but they are larger shells than most so it wasn't an issue for me
    I got mine after seeing other members on here had fitted them :152:
    It may look like heated gloves are your best solution..the wattage of the bikes system will easily cope with heated gear..( well it copes with my wife's jacket and heated grips - on the grab rail just fine)
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    Re: Honda Heated Grips & Hand Guards
    Reply #5 on: March 17, 2022, 05:29:53 pm
    March 17, 2022, 05:29:53 pm
    *Originally Posted by Skids [+]
    I have a set of Barkbusters. https://barkbusters.net/what-fits-my/honda/vfr-800x-crossrunner-2015on/bbz/multi-fit/

    Near full hand coverage so aids the grip heaters.

    I've spoken with Honda about the heated grips so they are aware but still do nothing about it. It seems the bars soak up some of the heat. It happened on the new Africa Twin so as its a new bike, they changed the bars.  :019:

    Are these the wrong type or are folk just ignoring me?  :019:

    They are the best Barkbuster for weather coverage, have a metal skeleton for extra protection and do not foul the 18+ windscreen.

    The plastic guards are poor in comparison for weather protection, especially at slower speeds and are a copy of off-road guards which protect against branches when off-roading. Someone obviously thought the Crossrunner was an off-roader.  :138: :008:

    YMMV.  :031:
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    Re: Honda Heated Grips & Hand Guards
    Reply #6 on: March 17, 2022, 06:05:15 pm
    March 17, 2022, 06:05:15 pm
    Thanks Skids

    It says on the Barkbuster listing that there is a requirement to remove the bar end weights.  Did you find this necessary on the CR and if so was it easy to do?

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    Re: Honda Heated Grips & Hand Guards
    Reply #7 on: March 17, 2022, 07:21:45 pm
    March 17, 2022, 07:21:45 pm
    *Originally Posted by Kalamity Ken [+]
    Thanks Skids

    It says on the Barkbuster listing that there is a requirement to remove the bar end weights.  Did you find this necessary on the CR and if so was it easy to do?

    Yes, and yes.

    I also poked a hole in the cover so that the mirror would locate through it. Helps keep it in place. Ride with it year round.  :028:
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    Re: Honda Heated Grips & Hand Guards
    Reply #8 on: March 18, 2022, 08:37:26 am
    March 18, 2022, 08:37:26 am
    I have the Givi guards fitted, Ken, and they work a treat.
    Some of my past bikes. Norton ES2 - Norton 650SS - Velocette Venom - Velocette Thruxton Venom - Kawasaki Z1100  ST - Kawasaki GPZ 1100 B2 - Honda CB500.

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    Re: Honda Heated Grips & Hand Guards
    Reply #9 on: March 19, 2022, 03:16:04 pm
    March 19, 2022, 03:16:04 pm
    I have the Givi ones too, were fitted when I bought the bike so not sure what it's like without but I've never had cold hands, riding with lightly browned insulated Spada gloves.

    Agree about the grips though, nowhere near as warm as the Oxfords I've had on previous bikes