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Old 04-08-2014, 04:53 PM   #16
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I agree with smoke eater, I live in the great white north and if it gets cold I just put on my snowmobile gloves. Works like a charm.
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Old 04-08-2014, 05:23 PM   #17
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The grips keep my palms warn down to the upper 20s (lowest temp I've ridden the GSW). To keep fingers and the back of my hands warm I add heated gloves.
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Old 04-08-2014, 07:26 PM   #18
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My grips are plenty hot. I ride all winter in Maine and pretty much leave them on low. Leave your skirt at home and just ride. The whining on this forum about this kind of stuff is embarrassing. Perhaps a BMW car would be better for some of the people here. I had a 2002 tii back in the day that I wish I had never sold.
Bully for you if a small trickle of heat is all you need, but you're in the minority on this one. The grips on mine are less hot than the $35 kimpex set I run on my ducati, using the same set of gloves riding back to back on both bikes. Several owners on the UK forum have gotten their dealers to admit the grips are not nearly as hot as older models, but they don't know why. The grips on high should get too hot to keep on after 15 or 20 minutes, but you can run them all day with a regular pair of gloves on.

As a first year purchaser, I've spent a lot of time defending the new GS, and mine has been nearly perfect so far, but on this item I gotta call it like it is.
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Old 04-08-2014, 08:28 PM   #19
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At 35-40 F riding temp, my grips get so hot that my hands are almost burning through single layer leather gloves. I rarely use the high setting. I'm with lensgrinder on the foam slipovers; they seem to moderate the heat a bit - my only concern is that they might get too hot inside the foam tube over the stock rubber ... it appears that all OEM grips do not provide the same heating.
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Old 04-08-2014, 11:19 PM   #20
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I have done the grips of a couple of the newer 1200's they use a heating element pad under the grips.

It is very easy to damage said pad or the wiring on the throttle side if you get ham fisted removing the grips themselves.

In both cases the grips are molded into the tubes the heater element is fused to so removal is a chore.

If you take your time and have help, couple good razor blades and steady hand it can be done.

You will need TWO sets of grips for your replacement as your going to have to install the throttle side grips from each set onto the bars over the heating elements.

Grip puppies are easier if you dont want to go through the hassle and if you screw it up the replacement cost for new ones is steep.
Thanks.

I've been riding year round on my dual-sport for years (and pure dirt bikes before that) so any heated grip is a total luxury. I just want to make sure I've got some good, fat, sticky grips installed before I take the bike offroad.

Infidel posted some pictures in another thread.


Curious what you needed a second set of hands to help with ?
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Old 04-09-2014, 08:46 AM   #21
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That's what I keep thinking...

Are you SURE the GSW has the separate heating element? That's what I thought as well, but in my "tentative" forays with a razor blade, the grips are so well-stuck to "whatever is beneath them" that I've given up. I guess I'm ham-fisted by definition.

The photo above is what I expected to find, but my grips do not "peel away" like that photo.

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I have done the grips of a couple of the newer 1200's they use a heating element pad under the grips.

It is very easy to damage said pad or the wiring on the throttle side if you get ham fisted removing the grips themselves.

In both cases the grips are molded into the tubes the heater element is fused to so removal is a chore.

If you take your time and have help, couple good razor blades and steady hand it can be done.

You will need TWO sets of grips for your replacement as your going to have to install the throttle side grips from each set onto the bars over the heating elements.

Grip puppies are easier if you dont want to go through the hassle and if you screw it up the replacement cost for new ones is steep.
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Old 04-19-2014, 06:17 PM   #22
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*bump*

anyone care to verify if the GSW grips can be modded like the oil-cooled model pictured ?
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Old 04-20-2014, 11:24 AM   #23
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*bump*

anyone care to verify if the GSW grips can be modded like the oil-cooled model pictured ?
Yeah, I'm waiting for the first brave soul, also...

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Old 04-20-2014, 06:36 PM   #24
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Hi All,
I ride all year round, but the stock grips really suck. Has anyone peeled theirs apart and installed other grips over the heating element ?
Why don't you like the stock grips, because they are skinny?. You will get used to them. You can install Grip Puppies over them when they are new or when they wear out at about 80k miles.
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Old 04-20-2014, 07:27 PM   #25
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Why don't you like the stock grips, because they are skinny?. You will get used to them. You can install Grip Puppies over them when they are new or when they wear out at about 80k miles.
I've been riding dirt bikes for over 30 years and having the bars ripped out of my hands enough times has made me a bit of a grip snob. The stock grips are too skinny for my hands and offer no cushioning. They might be fine if you only cruise on the road or have small hands, but for me they're as useless as the stock foot pegs. Grip puppies are definitely not an option for any sort of challenging riding, I like my grips glued and safety wired in place.
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Old 05-28-2014, 05:49 PM   #26
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How-to Install Oury Grips on the R1200GSW

Alright, so I just went for it.
The left grip was stupid easy to remove, the right grip was stupid hard.

To remove the left grip I simply put a nick in the thumb-flange (or whatever you want to call it) and started peeling it backwards. For the most part it turned inside out and peeled straight off the grip.





The right grip was glued on like a MoFo! A day later and my fingers are still sore and numb. If I had started on the right, I would probably have just stopped right away. In the end, I essentially skinned the grip off using a very sharp, thin, flat razor blade. A few shavings of nichrome wire came off, but the heated grip still works for now.



To replace the grips I used two sets of Oury road grips (so I could get 2 of the larger ID throttle side grips, MSRP is $20/set, but they can usually be found around $10-11). They are made of the stickiest, softest, biggest blocks of rubber of any grips I've ever used. They are also too long, so I'm not sure I would recommend them to others, but we'll see how they work out long-term.

Like a lot of grips, they don't come with the ends pre-cut so I made myself a neat little punch out of a $2 3/4" copper flared adapter from Home Depot. I used the extension and socket to push the adapter through the inside of the grip and then punch/cut out the grip ends. The rubbing alcohol was used as a lube. FYI, Oury specifically recommends against using hairspray or the like when installing their grips as it breaks down the rubber over time.


Also pictured is my deburring tool which I used to sharped the edge of the pipe adapter just to make it an extra clean cut.


Follow-up thoughts. The new grips feel great, but I wish they were a bit shorter, 4.5" long MX grips would have been a better fit. I'm hoping they don't creep outwards and cause any drag on the throttle side. Also, the thicker rubber takes a longer time to heat up and I'm not sure it's as intense.


Not pictured, I added a couple cuts to my new grips before installing them to mimic the reliefs in the OEM grips.



If you want to contact Oury and encourage them to make some big block replacement grips more properly sized for bikes, you can contact them here.
http://www.ourygrips.com/contact-us/
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Old 05-28-2014, 06:09 PM   #27
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Well done n1tr0!

Looking at the left, oh yeah, gonna' do this
Looking at the right, nope, uh-uh, not happening.

The right looks molded in.
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