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Old 10-31-2012, 02:58 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Throttle installed correctly. I have 2 other bikes with dual cable setups so I know how a throttle should go back together. Took the bike back to the shop I bought the grips from to show him the damage and have him twist the stock grip so he could see that it was installed correctly, he said it felt fine. I took some needle nose pliers to the Kuryakyn grip that was damaged to the one good end that the cable end attaches to to see how tough the material was and it deflected maybe 5 degrees before it snapped off, very brittle. And to Daz, right back at ya...

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Old 10-31-2012, 03:42 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Fine! Kuryakyn SUCKS! are you happy now? I've had one issue with one of their parts. I thought posting it in this forum WAS a good way of getting the word out. I did talk with their customer service people. I told them what I thought about the quality and it being a safety issue. What else would you suggest?
Well, ya could go to the headquarters with an AK, shoot the place up. Climb to the rooftop, beat your chest and scream Kuryakyn SUCKs, then pee over the side. Perhaps that would be sufficent.
Or you could just do what you did which was perfectly reasonable. Generally you tend to get better results being reasonable rather than acting like an A-hole.
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:19 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Yeah ... that's kind of why I'm not a really big fan of aftermarket crap. I've always been very satisfied with Triumph gear, even if it is somewhat overpriced. I've already been disappointed with Rivco Risers (bolt holes shallow) and Rivco lighted mirrors (improper fit) and Rivco is supposed to be good gear.

The only other after market stuff I've tried is electronics and luggage. The luggage (Saddlemen and Tourmaster) - no problems. I also use a Signal Dynamics flasher on my taillight and a Screaming Banshee horn ... both great products. Everything else is Triumph factory accessories.

I was thinking of the Kuryakn grips, so I really do appreciate your post. I think I'll go with the Triumph heated grips instead ... probably excellent quality and while not "pretty", my guess is that I'll get some use out of them since I live in the north. I'm betting that I won't have to worry about a catastrophic failure either.
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:19 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Thanks Joe, I agree. Bad news BigGuy, I was just at the local Triumph dealer picking up my floorboards (2 months on order) and I told him about the Kuryakyn grips and he pulls out a factory heated grip that broke in the same place as the Kuryakyn. He said it was the second set to do this to his customer and these were dealer installed! W*F!

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Thanks Joe, I agree. Bad news BigGuy, I was just at the local Triumph dealer picking up my floorboards (2 months on order) and I told him about the Kuryakyn grips and he pulls out a factory heated grip that broke in the same place as the Kuryakyn. He said it was the second set to do this to his customer and these were dealer installed! W*F!
Looks like I save $250 and leave the stock grips on ....
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Old 11-03-2012, 04:55 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Thanks Joe, I agree. Bad news BigGuy, I was just at the local Triumph dealer picking up my floorboards (2 months on order) and I told him about the Kuryakyn grips and he pulls out a factory heated grip that broke in the same place as the Kuryakyn. He said it was the second set to do this to his customer and these were dealer installed! W*F!
I've heard a lot about the throttle sleeve on the Triumphs heated grips failing but this is a first on the ISO grips that I've heard of. I've had them on my S83 for about 4 years with no problem. I just wonder if the 1600 has a unusually heavy return spring on the throttle bodies or are more sensitive to correct adjustment which puts unusual stress on the sleeves.


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Old 11-03-2012, 08:28 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I'm thinking it's the ISO grip that fits the Triumph, model #6236 that's the problem. Is that the model that fits your bike?
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Yep same.


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Old 11-11-2012, 02:02 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I have dealer installed Triumph heated grips on my 2010 Thunderbird and the throttle grip failed the same way. One of the plastic tabs that grabs the lug on the end of the throttle cable snapped off. It's a very weird feeling to be accellerating normally up a parking garage ramp, twisting the throttle and getting no power out of the engine.
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:23 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Does anybody know if there are issues with the Kury throttle grip for HD's? It's pretty much the same design, just a slightly different diameter on one of the grooves. I've got the Kury grips on mine and haven't had a problem yet (granted I've only done about 1000 miles on them). But I keep a spare set of stock grips in my saddlebag just in case.
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