INSTALLING HEATED GRIPS
Powered Warmer Kits
Kolpin has two types of heated con-
trols. First, there are two models of
heated grips: a basic plug-and-play
model with a dial to set the heat, and
a more advanced kit with four-level
temperature settings. Both models fit
any 7⁄8-inch standard handlebar. The
higher-end kit has grips that need no
adhesive. You spray WD- 40 inside,
and there is a chemical reaction that
bonds the grips to the bar. The second
type is a heated throttle extension.
Where other companies use a stick-on
heater, the Kolpin Throttle Master is a
bolt-on extension for the thumb throttle that gives you more leverage and
makes the throttle effort easier. The
extension has a built-in heating element with off, low and high settings.
You can adjust the blade length and
bend the unit to adjust the blade
WPS Heated Grips
WPS sells a basic heated grip kit
with a reasonable price. The grips
warm to a steady heat when the
engine is running. The grips are
made from a quality rubber that is
resistant to low temperatures and
resist cracking. There are easy-to-use
We started by finding the correct grips
for each side, orienting them and sliding them on. The grips have a special
interior. You spray WD- 40 inside the
grip and on the bar according to the
instructions, then slide the grips and
quickly adjust them. A chemical reaction bonds the grips tightly to the handlebar.
After sticking on the thumb-throttle
pad, slide the heat-shrink tubing over
the throttle and use a heat gun to
shrink it tight and lock the heat pad in
place. Zip-tie the wires while allowing
plenty of slack to allow full-throttle
movement without stressing the wires.
We started with the Heat Demon kit
with the Quad Zone controller since it
was one of the most full-featured kits.
The kit normally includes everything
you need, including complete and well-illustrated instructions. When the kit is
mounted, you have adjustable control
for the grips and throttle, a heated seat,
and two added items of electrically
Run the wires for the thumb throttle
according to the directions, then peel
and stick the heat pad on. This part
was a breeze.
Mounting the controller was the only
fussy part. You need a hole to mount
the unit. On this machine, the little
Honda emblem leaves a handy hole
when you pry it off. We used the hole to
mount our controller.
While compiling our list of quality
heated products and peripheral
accessories, we decided to install
some heated grips to see how complicated or simple the process is. By
far, the most involved part of the
install is removing the body panels
and tank cover in order to run the
wires back to the battery for power.
Otherwise, the install was easy and
well worth the trouble for cold-weath-er riding.