Fit heated grips & love win­ter

Fit­ting heated grips is an easy job that will trans­form your cold weather rid­ing

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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.

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