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SapperSprintGT,
I did not know that you could cut the rubber off of the heated grips.
I hate those things with a passion.
There's no adhesive to worry about?
No real adhesion. Take your time, start from one end, use something very sharp and peel the grip away from the tube while cutting into it. I started from the inner end because it was easy to grab and pull away to cut. I used my Kershaw 3" folding knife and it sliced right into it. Basically the tubes that the grips are on have recessed channels that triumph laid the resistance heat wire into. Then they covered the tube and wire with some kind of thin layer of epoxy or something then they put the grips over with some kind of weak adhesive. If you cut and carefully peel away the grips they will come off. The epoxy layer on mine peeled off in a couple of spots on the first one I did but I just patched over it with some electrical tape and went slower on the second one and it came off without damaging the epoxy layer at all. I slid the new gel grips on with some rubbing alcohol and the heated grips still work perfect.

I don't know who spec'd the grips on the OEM heated assembly but they are rock hard and the ridges cut off blood circulation. I went for a long 6 hour ride yesterday and the new grips are perfect and so much more comfortable.
 

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That's very generous of you, Sapper. I have a fairly makeshift 'shade tree' (it's actually 'shade building') spot out back where I can work on the bike. Gotta tackle the steering bearings before I go for a ride, but when that's accomplished I'll let you know.
 

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I ran one up there too, but, being an RS there isn't much space mount a socket, so I ran the cable through the fairing mount - works fine.
 

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Today I finally got around to using TUNE-ecu to reset the Speedo correction factor on my bike which has been out since I fit a 43-Tooth rear sprocket about three weeks ago. In the mean time the speedo has been reading about 4% faster than I was actually going, and I used my GPS as a back-up speedo.

I like to set the speedo so its about 1-2% fast, so I know I have a small reserve margin when I sit the bike 'on' the speed limit. The result of todays test-and-adjust session was a Speedo Correction Factor of -5.5%.

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Took the mighty Yellow Banana out for a blast to blow off the cobwebs.
It felt great to twist the throttle just as far as it will go.
How nice it would be to just chase the sunset for a week or two without a map but tomorrow is yet another work day and the plague is afoot.
Other than that, I can't think of anything else that's stopping me.
 

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Out with the old, in with the new! As expected, it was a PIA to do this job, but it's great to have smooth steering again.
I also refreshed the fork oil with some 10wt oil - the front's a bit soft now. I haven't checked the sag so this soft feel may be solved with more preload. I'm wondering if adding some more oil would aid, or using a slightly heavier oil. Your thoughts?
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Did you fill the fork oil to a level (nm's) or quantity (CCs)

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Out with the old, in with the new! As expected, it was a PIA to do this job, but it's great to have smooth steering again.
I also refreshed the fork oil with some 10wt oil - the front's a bit soft now. I haven't checked the sag so this soft feel may be solved with more preload. I'm wondering if adding some more oil would aid, or using a slightly heavier oil. Your thoughts?
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On my 08 I added 15mm extra oil as I found the stock height too soft as well with too much dive.
 

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Manual says 145cc - I followed it.
Well, I got that wrong. 459cc, correct?
I can see why as there is more than one way to assess this volume. Grrrr. Okay, back to the wrenches!
Thanks for getting me to double check, Scottie!
 

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I go by the clearance measurement, unless I'm 100% positive the tubes are bone dry.

Spec is 145mm from top of fork tubes
 
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I cleaned 'em with mineral spirits (shaken, not stirred) and inverted them to drip out - too late now to measure from the top as the bike's assembled. I did top them up and they feel 'normal.'
 
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I normally take the winters off from this forum but I moved to NYC a little over a year ago and spent last summer readjusting and getting my bearings so I've been MIA since then. I'm getting my Sprint GT ready to venture out of the city to do some exploring and decided to upgrade the headlights.
Come out to LI (Merrick) some time for a ride; bring Chickenstrip with you too...
 

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Come out to LI (Merrick) some time for a ride; bring Chickenstrip with you too...
I'm in! At some point soon I'll dig into the shock linkage bearings ... either simply greasing or replacing if needed, so my bike may be out of commission for little bit, but I'm up for a lunch rendezvous when possible.
 

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I'm in! At some point soon I'll dig into the shock linkage bearings ... either simply greasing or replacing if needed, so my bike may be out of commission for little bit, but I'm up for a lunch rendezvous when possible.
Haven't been riding much this spring, but the last two days were just too great weather-wise, so I was out both days. Very pretty (and cool) down at Jones Beach.
I'd be up for a ride up North somewhere too. We could meet north of the city somewhere, eh?

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Haven't been riding much this spring, but the last two days were just too great weather-wise, so I was out both days. Very pretty (and cool) down at Jones Beach.
I'd be up for a ride up North somewhere too. We could meet north of the city somewhere, eh?

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You can count me in for a ride as soon as Cycle Gear gets the Michelins installed on my wheels. The Sprint looks pretty funny sitting in my garage on the center stand and a floor jack with no wheels.
 

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Inspired by SapperSprintGT's post regarding those rock hard, super skinny I hate even the air that touches them Triumph heated grips, I got up early and attacked the GT and the 955 ST.
Depending on who slapped them together there will either be a LOT of glue or hardly any. They only glue the ends, nothing in the middle.
My only real advice is to use a new razor blade, take your time and be very careful.
After taking the mandatory test ride I'm happy to say success! Now I can enjoy riding these bikes instead of hating what they're doing to my hands.
Also got off of my dead ass and took the slop out of the 955 ST's throttle cable while I was in that general vicinity. Much much better than new.

By popular demand, here's some Grip Porn.

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