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Old 10-30-2012, 11:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Heated Grip Appearance

Those of you who have the heated grips ... I've seen pictures of them and they look exactly like the stock grips. When I downloaded the installation instructions, I noticed the diagram shown below.

Seems I've also see a picture that shows an alternating rubber/chrome pattern that sort of looks like the diagram.

Which is it?
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They look like the grips in the photo but just rubber. At least, mine do.
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They look like the grips in the photo but just rubber. At least, mine do.
Thanks. Heat aside, do you find them more comfortable than the stock grips?
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Personally, I find no real difference in comfort between the two grips. The only issue I had was the left grip came loose as they use screws to the tubes in place. I guess the vibration got them loose or I tighten them to much. They are self tapping screws.

I used red gasket silicon to help keep them in place and have not had the issue appear, again.

Before my Sprint, I never saw the need to have heated grips. It is one of those things you just never think you will use until one day you have it. The grips had come with the Sprint.

After the Sprint, I swore I would always have heated grips and saddle bags.

My slimbags are coming soon.
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Old 10-31-2012, 09:14 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Those are the OEM heated grips. I have them and they work great. I have not had the issue with them breaking that others have reported.
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I had Triumph heated grips installed on my Bird half way through last winter. Rode in the mid 30's up as long as the roads were dry. Man it was one of the best add ons I'v done. Even insalated gloves at 50 mph don't hold up.
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I'll vouch for them too. I also had the left one come a little loose. I ride in Northern Illinois until they salt the roads. Dec 13 and still going. The thing that I don't like about heated grips is that they only heat the palm of your hand. I fixed this by adding Hippo hands ot the handlebars. It is so toasty in there now. I've ridden in to the low 20's with no problems.
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My dealer installed my OEM heated grips about 2 months ago. They failed on 12/24, 10 miles from home in Mansfield, MA. The flatbed took her away just about two hours ago, back to my dealer for warrantied repair (out of pocket for $350 in towing, however). It seems almost for sure that the (plastic) throttle cable retainer fractured, as per other complaints/reports i have read here.

Up to this point I liked them a lot, but I am not getting good vibes from Triumph about this. It is a known issue and seemingly, they will not acknowledge it. Pretty GD disappointing, so far...
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