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So I need to put new grips on this year (got sideswiped by another bike earlier this summer and broke the end off my throttle grip) and I’m thinking about putting heated grips on. Was wondering what people recommended. I have the stock handle bars. Also looking for Bluetooth speaker pods to mount on handle bars. I have Bluetooth in my helmet but when my gf and I are riding together Wich is most of the time, I’d like to still be able to play my music. All the posts I’m finding for either the grips or speakers are several years old. What are peoples recommendations? Thanks!
 

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So I need to put new grips on this year (got sideswiped by another bike earlier this summer and broke the end off my throttle grip) and I’m thinking about putting heated grips on. Was wondering what people recommended. I have the stock handle bars. Also looking for Bluetooth speaker pods to mount on handle bars. I have Bluetooth in my helmet but when my gf and I are riding together Wich is most of the time, I’d like to still be able to play my music. All the posts I’m finding for either the grips or speakers are several years old. What are peoples recommendations? Thanks!
You're in luck, I was shopping around quite a bit for bluetooth speakers earlier this year and I found some really cool ones.
I think the dividing line with these is going to be price/quality...

Here's one: EBAY for $37

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Here's another: EBAY for $127

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And there's tons more... I simply Googled "Handlebar Bluetooth Speakers" and the results are impressive.

I never actually ordered any. The guys here shamed me into not buying them. Basically it was "Only jerks ride around blaring their music. What are you, some kind of hipster??"

Or something like that...🤣😂

Personally, I like the idea of the easily removable battery powered ones. There's pros and cons for direct wired vs battery powered, but that's on you.

Good luck in your search!

(PS: I know nothing about the heated grips other than I want some, too....)
 

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Keep in mind the crappy electrical system of the Vulcan when installing heated grips and or any powered accessories.
Yea I know the electrical system tends to be rather irritable. When I got mine last fall I spent the winter replacing the stator with a ricks, the regulator with a mossfett straight to the battery, a new junction box, and replaced all the lights with led. She’s much better now.
 

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Yea I know the electrical system tends to be rather irritable. When I got mine last fall I spent the winter replacing the stator with a ricks, the regulator with a mossfett straight to the battery, a new junction box, and replaced all the lights with led. She’s much better now.
Nice, you’re a few steps ahead of me in terms of electrical upgrades. So the stock system has about 75w to spare, swapping all the bulbs including the headlight will about double that so you know what you have in terms of electrical budget.
 

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They do make heated gloves that run off the bikes battery. Most of the good ones will cost some $$$ however, and you need to also buy a heat controller for them. They make heated glove liners that are a bit cheaper.
There are also heated grips that plug into your bike, (not a heating unit under a grip but a grip that already contains heating coils inside)
Like these:

I usually got away with just heavy winter motorcycle gloves and some kind of wind deflector for the controls…like these:

 

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As for speakers…. I prefer wired earbuds. They make headphone splitters, so your passenger can plug in too.
They do make Bluetooth com systems that allow both you and your passenger to talk to each other AND listen to music.
That's not nearly as enjoyable as cruising through a quiet suburban neighborhood at 10 a.m. on a Sunday blasting Thunderstruck by AC/DC.
 

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That's not nearly as enjoyable as cruising through a quiet suburban neighborhood at 10 a.m. on a Sunday blasting Thunderstruck by AC/DC.
Funny you mentioned that lol. Yesterday morning I was leading a group from my club on a ride to breakfast after an escort for some veterans about 8:30 in the morning and the bike in front of me that wasn’t part of our group was blasting that very song. I started dancing when I pulled up behind him at a stop light
 

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“Yea but she’s not my passenger she’s in her own bike”

Um, there are systems that are bike to bike, will automatically turn music or GPS instructions down to converse. (Or the opposite)
She can listen to her music, you can listen to yours, and still talk to one another over a mile of separation. (Google Sena or Cardo)
Some allow you to use your own earbuds instead of their speakers. Some have built in FM radios.
I had a Cardo system. Intercom, and Bluetoothed to my phone. Microphone had noise canceling….called my wife and she wouldn’t believe I was on my bike going down the highway at 75mph.
My only problem with bar mounted speakers (other than risk being an azzhole) Is they sound worse the faster you go. And unless you have a big fairing or windscreen, the sound isn’t good once you get moving anyway. (Compared to noise canceling headphones/earbuds)
And yes, riders just turn the volume up more to compensate, which can piss off others.
 

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Funny you mentioned that lol. Yesterday morning I was leading a group from my club on a ride to breakfast after an escort for some veterans about 8:30 in the morning and the bike in front of me that wasn’t part of our group was blasting that very song. I started dancing when I pulled up behind him at a stop light
I thought that guy in my rearview looked familiar. My bad.
 

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“Yea but she’s not my passenger she’s in her own bike”

Um, there are systems that are bike to bike, will automatically turn music or GPS instructions down to converse. (Or the opposite)
She can listen to her music, you can listen to yours, and still talk to one another over a mile of separation. (Google Sena or Cardo)
Some allow you to use your own earbuds instead of their speakers. Some have built in FM radios.
I had a Cardo system. Intercom, and Bluetoothed to my phone. Microphone had noise canceling….called my wife and she wouldn’t believe I was on my bike going down the highway at 75mph.
My only problem with bar mounted speakers (other than risk being an azzhole) Is they sound worse the faster you go. And unless you have a big fairing or windscreen, the sound isn’t good once you get moving anyway. (Compared to noise canceling headphones/earbuds)
And yes, riders just turn the volume up more to compensate, which can piss off others.
Who cares who you piss off? Kids are rolling down the street blasting rap music with the bass turned up so much that it vibrates MY windows. And let's not overlook the jacked up 4x4's blaring either country or salsa.

This is America. Do whatever you want as long as it's legal, and you're not endangering yourself or others. Be courteous though. Turn the volume down as you slow or come to a stop. Cruising down the highway? Let 'er rip.
 

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“Yea but she’s not my passenger she’s in her own bike”

Um, there are systems that are bike to bike, will automatically turn music or GPS instructions down to converse. (Or the opposite)
She can listen to her music, you can listen to yours, and still talk to one another over a mile of separation. (Google Sena or Cardo)
Some allow you to use your own earbuds instead of their speakers. Some have built in FM radios.
I had a Cardo system. Intercom, and Bluetoothed to my phone. Microphone had noise canceling….called my wife and she wouldn’t believe I was on my bike going down the highway at 75mph.
My only problem with bar mounted speakers (other than risk being an azzhole) Is they sound worse the faster you go. And unless you have a big fairing or windscreen, the sound isn’t good once you get moving anyway. (Compared to noise canceling headphones/earbuds)
And yes, riders just turn the volume up more to compensate, which can piss off others.
I use Cardo and love it. I switched from Sena because the group I ride with all use Cardo (not very good cross-brand support). The Cardo has better sound quality but don't go as loud as the Sena. Both have a standard headphone jack. For short trips, I just use the Cardo speakers. But for all day riding, I use Plugfones: Earplug Headphones | Safe and Sound. Super clear at any speed. I also agree with the microphone. No one can tell I'm riding, and I have my mufflers off.
 
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