Will my footsies really stay warm??


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Will my footsies really stay warm??

Postby made2care » Tue Sep 01, 2015 6:58 am



Okay, so my 1500 has these little louver doors in front , down low, you've seen them. These doors open with the turn of a knob on the right side of your dash , thus allowing heat from your radiator to pass onto your feet, hence the term "foot warmers". I have gone through several threads here which justifies my frustrations with these doors not opening. I have removed some plastics and lower pieces to reveal the cable connected to these doors. Appears as though over time the cable has rusted which obviously results in non- functional doors.
I guess my question is this, does the heat emitted through these doors really make a difference? Lets say I am not wearing heated foot gear, its 20 degrees outside, before i remove much more of the fairing, is it worth replacing the cable ($40) or is the difference not that noticeable.
thanks for your help

p.s. then again , if you're a perfectionist the cable would be replaced regardless.



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Re: Will my footsies really stay warm??

Postby Bigbiker0 » Tue Sep 01, 2015 7:38 am

For me it,s make a good difference, it's worth the replacement if you ride in cold temperature.
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Re: Will my footsies really stay warm??

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:50 am

It depends.

At highway speed, wind blows away the heat before I ever feel it.

At slower speeds, I can sometimes feel it. But through my boots and riding pants, I don't feel a lot of heat, so it doesn't make much difference for me. I suspect it would make much more difference for someone not wearing riding gear - say running shoes and jeans.

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Re: Will my footsies really stay warm??

Postby gford » Tue Sep 01, 2015 2:49 pm

What I find is that my feet never actually feel the warm air, however in the fall of the year riding in cold temperatures my feet don't get cold. If I close the heater doors I notice the cold but not with them open.

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Re: Will my footsies really stay warm??

Postby joeincalif » Tue Sep 01, 2015 3:55 pm

I had them on my 98 SE and now my 97 SE, I had 2 1800's an 02 and and 08 neither one had them and I never noticed any difference. At any speed I never felt any heat, if it's that cold outside you won't be getting much hot air from that area anyway. Just wear heavy sox and a good pair of Gortex boots.
Baker makes a wind deflector that attaches to the front crash bars that work great top keep the cold air off your feet and would probably help in keeping the warm air from those vents warm



here are a few other things they make
http://bakerbuilt.com/bbairwings/gl1500.html
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Re: Will my footsies really stay warm??

Postby spiralout » Tue Sep 01, 2015 4:06 pm

When I got my SE going, I was kind of disappointed in the foot warmers. I said to my self "wth? This is all they do? Why'd Honda even bother?" They're more of a gimmick than functional in my opinion.

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Re: Will my footsies really stay warm??

Postby ka4yqi » Tue Sep 01, 2015 5:34 pm

I agree that they are worth it. I do feel the heat. It not that great at 70 mph but low speeds around town I got the little doors open. Also this heat is from the header pipes not from the radiator.

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Re: Will my footsies really stay warm??

Postby rzaugg » Mon Sep 07, 2015 4:53 pm

Mine is not an SE, so the heat does come from the radiators, and the only time I notice warm air is when it is warm enough out that I need to use my highway pegs anyway. Mine are always set to cold, but being me means that I made sure they were working properly. Didn't cost me anything but time to get them working right. Lever was just out of place. If the cables aren't expensive, I would probably fix it. If they are, I wouldn't. Get a set of chaps!

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Re: Will my footsies really stay warm??

Postby Fiberthree » Mon Sep 07, 2015 5:56 pm

My passenger noticed when I closed them. I was told that she didn't care what it was, just put it back! As gford said, you'll notice the cold when you close them.
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Re: Will my footsies really stay warm??

Postby RBGERSON » Tue Sep 08, 2015 7:39 am

Feels really hot when you put your hand down there while riding..but I live in Az so really never use them. I always thought if one could figure out how to attach a "hose" to it and put it in one's pants/boot or even under the base of a jacket you could really be warm on a cold ride..there is plenty of heat just dissipates quickly in the open air..
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Re: Will my footsies really stay warm??

Postby RBGERSON » Tue Sep 08, 2015 7:46 am

Now you've got me thinking about this..I wonder if the small vacuum clear attachment might fit the vent just right and then a vacuum cleaner hose cut to length..just need a way to secure the small vacuum attachment to the vent.....duct tape here I come??? :D

Then design some riding pants with a quick release hook up for the hose at the ankle.

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Re: Will my footsies really stay warm??

Postby tfdeputydawg » Tue Sep 08, 2015 8:23 am

made2care wrote: , thus allowing heat from your radiator to pass onto your feet, hence the term "foot warmers".
It's actually heat from the exhaust!
I guess my question is this, does the heat emitted through these doors really make a difference? Lets say I am not wearing heated foot gear, its 20 degrees outside,
At the temp. you cited, no, opening these door will not make any difference!
p.s. then again , if you're a perfectionist the cable would be replaced regardless.

Had them on my 1500SE and have them on my 06 1800. Now that I have triked and have the foot fairings, I can feel some warmth(not heat) with the foot warmers open. Again @ 20deg's, can't tell if they're open or closed!!!

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Re: Will my footsies really stay warm??

Postby NVSB4 » Tue Sep 08, 2015 10:21 am

joeincalif wrote:Baker makes a wind deflector that attaches to the front crash bars that work great top keep the cold air off your feet and would probably help in keeping the warm air from those vents warm. here are a few other things they make.

Baker has the deflector thing covered. Hand, Upper, Lower, Leg & Foot.
Does anyone have, or seen a picture of a bike with all of these installed? I would like to see what it looks like.
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Re: Will my footsies really stay warm??

Postby joeincalif » Wed Sep 09, 2015 3:15 pm

Some of them do look funky, I had the hand wings that goes under the mirrors on both my 1800's and I think they helped a little. I never had a reason to put any thing by my feet, I have good boots and never had my feet get cold.
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Re: Will my footsies really stay warm??

Postby RBGERSON » Wed Sep 09, 2015 3:49 pm

google hippo-hands.....
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Re: Will my footsies really stay warm??

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Sep 10, 2015 9:16 am

joeincalif wrote:Some of them do look funky, I had the hand wings that goes under the mirrors on both my 1800's and I think they helped a little. I never had a reason to put any thing by my feet, I have good boots and never had my feet get cold.


I have hand wings on my GL1500, and they are the best thing I have added in terms of air - both for bringing air in the heat (I have a tall Tulsa windshield that blocks most air), and blocking it out in the cold. I have air wings as well, but they don't do nearly as much as the hand wings, both in terms of bringing cooling air in and blocking cold air out.

I've had my feet get cold when it's near freezing, even with the foot heat on, but I have a set of Gerbing's heated insoles that takes care of that.

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Re: Will my footsies really stay warm??

Postby Gmann07 » Mon Sep 21, 2015 7:01 am

I have wondered the same thing, I was at crater lake last yr 35deg in the morn. riding at 55-60mph had foot warmers open, when I realized my feet were not freezing, normally my boots would feel cold but with warmers open my feet were warm, to get the best heat I had to tuck my feet as close to the bike as possible, but having warm feet was worth having to keep my feet tight to the bike

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Re: Will my footsies really stay warm??

Postby Mh434 » Mon Sep 21, 2015 2:32 pm

It's funny - I can't actually tell that they're heating up my feet, but then again, my feet never get as cold as they used to. Actually, since I've had the 'Wing, my feet have never got cold...which is very unusual for me (and when my feet get cold, they STAY cold, for hours!).

I actually think the little doors make a difference - it may be subtle, but when it's really cold out, every little bit helps.




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