To some riders, the idea of riding in winter is downright crazy. With others, you can’t rip that bike from their cold, numb hands! But with heated gear, you don’t have to be cold or crazy—especially stir crazy—as you ride all winter long. When you’re prepared, there’s no bad weather, only bad gear.
With an array of heated gear to choose from, you can cherry-pick heated pieces or you can make life simple by buying an entire heated gear set with one wireless controller.
If you simply want to avoid your hands turning into ice blocks, chances are your bike will produce enough battery power to spare. But, if you want to feel toasty from head to toe, you better figure out how much juice you’ll need to make your heated gear work.
Some motorcycle charging systems produce more output than others. Pull out your owner’s manual and look in the specifications for your charging system’s maximum output, which will tell you how much electricity your bike cranks out. You want to figure out your bike's output levels at cruising speed so you don't push its limits.
Most items hook up to almost any motorcycle and are easy to set up, but some are specific to your bike—like heated seats—and require some elbow grease. For example, you’ll need some muscle to remove your original grips before installing heated replacements.
Heated pants: Harley-Davidson’s® Heated BTC 12V Waterproof Riding Overpant features a built-in temperature controller on the leg with three heat settings. Engineered for a simple connection to the bike's 12V electrical system, the Built-In Temperature Controller manages a three-panel heating system—one on each leg and one back waist. These pants are sized to fit comfortably over jeans, so there's no need to order a larger size.
With advancements in heated gear technology, you don’t need an off-season. Think about it this way—with the money you save in winter storage, you can invest in a complete heated gear set. Beat the winter blues this season by hitting the road and thumbing your nose at Old Man Winter.