Fit heated grips & love winter
Fitting heated grips is an easy job that will transform your cold weather riding
Trim to fit 1
Although many aftermarket kits are universal, take advice and choose one recommended for your bike. To fit, first remove the bar end weights – usually fastened with an Allen key or screw. Next check the length of the new grips against the existing ones (they should be the same). If they differ check the installation instructions and see if they can be trimmed. The length of the right grip is particularly important.
Loosen your grip 2
Once you’re satisfied the grips will fit both sides, you need to remove the originals. Take a long, thin screwdriver and gently tease it under the edge of the grip, then lift it away from the bar slightly and spray a contact cleaner into the gap. Move the screwdriver around and keep spraying the cleaner, it will dissolve any glue and lubricate the inside of the grip and help it slide off easily. Repeat the process on the other grip.
Make a modification 3
Some throttle tubes have raised ribs on them to help prevent the original grip slipping, but quite often these will make the tube too wide and will prevent a heated grip from being fitted. This is where you have to decide whether or not to modify your bike’s throttle tube by removing these ribs. We trimmed a raised section of our 2003 Honda VFR800’S grip using a Dremel.