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Heated Motorcycle Grips, If You Want To Keep Your Fingers A Bit Longer

May 7, 2008
If you are, like me, an all season motorcycle rider, then you probably are confronted with some pretty cold weather some times in the year.

Then having heated grips is by no means a luxury, if you don't want our fingers freezing that is. Installing heated grips is not that difficult and can be done with some pretty simple steps.

The installation

If you don't feel comfortable installing anything on your motorcycle on your own you should pay someone else to do it for you. Or ask a friend to do it for you while you watch and help, that way you learn that it can be fun to work on your bike. When you are comfortable doing it yourself then you will first need to choose which heated motorcycle grips you would like to install. Hop on to the internet and do a search for grip manufacturers and see what kind of heated grips have your preference. Then you need to check if that specific type can me mounted on your motorcycle. Next step is order them and then you start the installation.

Always start with cleaning, if needed, your working area before you start a project. Not that installing these grips is very complicated but you don't want to be looking for your tools and parts all the time while those things disappear under the ruble of an old project. A thing you should be aware of is that the diameter of the handles will increase in width once you have installed the heated grips.

1. Put the grips on the handles
2. Wrap the grips as tight as possible
3. Wire the grips up

Sometime there will be some extra wire that is delivered with the grips, thus you need to plan what you do with that when the grips are connected. One thing you can do is just loop that extra wire around and tie it with a cable tie. Another thing you could do is loop the extra wire in a circle a put it under the bar. That last one is probably the best way to go then it would be easier to remove the grips if you need to and if you did a good job securing the wire it will be out of view. Most of the heated grips that can be bought are without a thermostat so keep enough room for that switch on your handlebar. You don't want to pull over every time you need to switch the heater for the grips on or off when you are on a long trip. When you see the look on your friends face when you pull over for the 4th time just to pull the switch of your heated grips you wish you had made sure that switch was on your handlebars.

When you are sure that the grips, wires and switch are where you want them to be then you should follow the instructions that came with the the grips and start hooking them up to your battery. When all is done and works as it should then you can start to enjoy those all weather rides.
About the Author
Frank Strider loves to talk about motorcycles and all the things related to it. Visit his website if you want to find out more about a luggage motorcycle system or maybe jazzy scooter parts .
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