I just returned from an all day ride on a cool-to-cold fall day with temps approaching lower 30s. Remembering that keeping your core (torso) is critical to staying warm, I had on a thermal long sleeve t-shirt, my Powerlet heated liner and gloves (which I only turned on the last 30 minutes of the ride when I climbed from 3000' up to 4500', a down shirt, and a leather jacket, down underpants and leather pants. However, I had my heated seat on most of the day. I believe the heated seated and layering contributed significantly to me not having to turn on my heated gear until temps got close to freezing. Remember your passenger will be seated higher than the you and exposed to more cold air. A happy wife is a happy husband; GET THE HEATED SEAT!
I only get chilled where the wind gets to my body. I have heated gloves, coat, pants and boot inserts. When it is extremely cold, I wear it all, but most of the time, I just use the coat liner and the gloves.
I would think that the heated seat would feel nice, but I don't think it would keep your core body warm like the other components do.
Any external heat input is better than none. The heated grips in combination with the mirror wind deflector wings is as good as it gets. I have the heated comfort model because Mz. Vickie wanted heated, otherwise I would not have considered it a must option. Well she was right.
Have grips and seat on my 08 and yes even here in Arizona when December and January roll around it is nice. The warmth from it makes the ride nice. I don't own heated clothing. The passenger seat back is heated too so the Missus will love it. Mine does.
I have heated seat and grips on my 10 and yes they are worth it. With my Gerbings jacket liner and gloves I'm warm in cold weather. When you get on the bike in cold weather and turn the seat on and you feel it warming up you know you made the right decision.
I live in Arizona so I see electric heating stuff as a sure fire way to drain a battery and leave one stranded (in the cold). Now, if I were to move to Saskatchewan I would think differently. More along the line of a pocket sized reactor etc, etc. For sure, were i to consider a heated seat, grips etc I would look for a bike with those options factory installed.
And, mama wants it, mama gets it. If she is happy the ride goes a lot better.
I'm a believer after having mine for 3 seasons now. After a couple long cold days and evenings with the seat turned up to 4 (-5*c outside temp) it certainly saved my butt and more. You still need the extra layered clothing for the rest of your body, but that warmth flooding upwards from your backside sure feels good! Now if they'd just figure a way to heat the brake and clutch levers all would be ducky!
Never had heated seat/grip until getting the 18 this summer. Have used them a couple of times, they are great for the what you're going to get out of them, some heat on the rump and hands. Not really going to help with keeping the core warm. But what the hey, can't hurt!
I took the bike out yesterday. I thought it was warm enough, but an hour into the ride I was wishing I brought my heated gear along. Luckily I always carry an extra quilted liner in my bags.
The heated grips are great. They get nice and hot. But I have to give the seat a thumbs down. Not very hot or even warm at all. I saw a techies fix for that by adding a 10 ohm resistor ... but if the seat fails, Im wondering how this mod would effect warranty.
But to be honest, If I had at least my jacket and gloves, I wouldnt need either the grips or seat at yesterdays temps. 50 off the bike, what, maybe 35/40 on the bike while moving. The heated stuff; Tour Master, Gerbings, makes you feel like your sitting in your living room. This is a serious assessment not a joke.
Ive ridden in temps as low as 17 off the bike. Its doesnt get real snowy down here but it does get cold. Ive been on rides where its been colder off the bike than while on the bike moving.
The down side to the heated gear is that IT IS EXPENSIVE !
If I were able, I would have foregone many of the toys on the new Wing. Nav, cb, heated stuff. But, as I mentioned before, I couldn't get a level 1 or 2 with ABS. Because the seat really doesnt work, I dont think its worth it.
The issue alot of times is perception, or opinion. Problem is we have no standard on what the temp of the seats should be, the only way to tell is off amperage. I feel heat out of mine, but offhand have no idea if it is right or not. I'm sure there is tech information in the service manual, which I do not have yet, bike is under warranty for the next 7 years and I have Honda ProCare which covers all schedule service for the next 3. If I feel its not right, I'll have the dealer check into it.
I love mine - particularly just to give an added boost if you didn't dress quite warm enough for some part of your ride or the end of the day. One thing I noticed, the more insulated gear you have on the less you noticed the effect of the heated seats - too much insulation to work through.