THE WORLD'S FIRST AND BEST HEATED GRIPS
In 1976 Jim Hollander started work on the first heated handgrips. It was his
5th and final year as member of the U.S. ISDT team for off-road
motorcycles, and he was the top American Trophy Team rider at the Austria
6-Days, riding a 340cc Rokon automatic.
The weather was frigid. Jim knew that warming fingers on engine fins was not
the best solution to frozen hands. So he started making heated grips to use
in the off-road endurance races.
Jim went back to school at UMass seeking a Mechanical Engineering degree.
He turned a homework assignment of demonstrating his mechanical drawing
skills into an electrically heated hand grip design that would stand up to the
rigors of the International Six-Days Trial. By 1980 he had developed a
production heated grip.
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In 1980 National Enduro Champion Dick Burleson used Jim's prototype heated grips to win overall
at the Stone Mountain National in Georgia. An unexpected cold and snow at the event prompted Burleson to use the
prototype grips. When CYCLE NEWS MAGAZINE interviewed him following the race, he smiled and reported that he had
a secret weapon that day. Click on the image above to see the 1980 news article. The heated grips got warmer as
the engine revs built higher, so it gave him an incentive to go faster. Following the event, Hi-Point Racing
Accessories Manager Larry Maiers told Jim he'd take 2000 sets if he could make them by the end of the year.
Although plagued by a cosmetic blem-rate of 65%, Jim delivered the 2000 sets and began his manufacturing business
while still living in the graduate student dormitory. Fellow students on the floor were employed to help with
sub-assembly of the heating elements, quality control inspections, and packaging.
In 1982, the Top American ISDT rider Jeff Fredette used his limited edition dirt
bike model of Jim's heated grips throughout the demanding event held
HOT GRIPS® quickly becoming the snowmobile industry's largest
selling accessory. The product line has expanded to include motorcycles, ATVs,
and snow-throwers. People have also installed them on skid-steers, bulldozers,
forklifts, and the control sticks of airplanes.
Today Jim Hollander is the owner and president of Hot Grips Mfg.,Inc.
HOT GRIPS® ARE LEGENDARY
After 31 years in production, the reputation of HOT GRIPS® is
legendary. Here are some reasons:
- Unsurpassed Quality Control: HOT GRIPS® have been 100%
electrically tested for 30+ years, not sample group tested like others. They offer
the ultimate in reliability that all manufacturers aspire to. Yamaha Motor of Japan recognized
Hot Grips Mfg., Inc. as the only OEM supplier to meet a "Zero Defects" score in a 10 year
span of time, a feat not even their top local Japan suppliers could match.
- Attention to Detail: No heated grip manufacturer pays so much
attention to detail. To ensure the maximum lead wire strength, an
internal strain relief exists inside the grip to exceed the ultimate
mechanical tensile strength of the lead wire, i.e. the brass crimps
inside the grip are not subject to any stress.
- Reduced Heat Loss built-in: Molded-in heat isolation ribs (photo)on the handlebar
side are engineered to reduce heat losses (heat-sink effect)to your handlebars.
We pay attention to details, such as locating the heating wires close to the outer grip
surface, resulting in the most efficient heated grips available.
HOT GRIPS® offers 27 different models, with new styles soon to be
introduced often. In 2011, Jim invested in Cad/Cam and CNC machinery to enable in-house
production of injection molds. Working with graphics file creation, computation of G-Code
instructions for the Vertical Machining Centers (VMC), CNC lathe, and Wire-EDM: the
well-equipped CNC machine shop enables production of injection mold tooling of virtually
any grip profile and appearance, including in-house CNC engraving. CAD/CAM and Graphics
programs include top-rated FeatureCam® 3-D Mill, Esprit®
-W, BobCadCamV24, and BobCamV2 plug-In for SolidWorks®
. Check the new CAD/CAM link on the menu to the right.
- Often imitated, never duplicated: Some manufacturers try to copy
HOT GRIPS®, but the product line has 3 decades on the
competition. HOT GRIPS® products are the only heated grips
granted 5 American and Canadian utility patents.
- Standard Equipment: Every major motorcycle manufacturer provides or
offers heated grips on production bikes. For years they have been standard
equipment on all snowmobiles. And they are a must-have option on motorcycles
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