Symtec Heat Demon Heated Grips
Guzzi V7 compatible
2 stars because of the sentence, "the switch circuit is transposed." Until I took the bike on a test-ride, I didn't understand that to mean: "our schematic is wrong." Low is High and vice versa. It's already heat-shrinked up, so I'm just going to live with it. Not the end of the world, but it makes no sense -- JUST FIX YOUR SCHEMATIC. The grips work great for a Guzzi V7, because those come with an easily accessible switched 12V source near the headlight, a green connector that's meant for a TomTom GPS. I cut the connector off and posi-locked the hot wire (orange) and hooked the grips ground wire to blue. Had some trouble getting the clutch side grip flush to the controls, but I'm guessing my local shop's compressed air gun might help. Finally, don't believe the instructions about the heat shrink being only-for-aluminum bars -- any metal bar will be a huge heat-sink, so be sure to melt the heat-shrink on the clutch-side bar. I don't have a heat gun, but my wife's hair-dryer worked fine.
October 18, 2015
Definitely made a difference riding in a cold climate. Opened up the riding season more.
Installation wasnt bad..plenty of wire but just make sure the heat elements face outward, wrapping around the handlebars and then the silicone grip installed over the top the heater element. Only difficulty will be locating a switched power source to tap into....easy with a circuit diagram for your own make and model, but not readilly available for all bikes. I would *not* recommend just tapping into a battery terminal and calling it good.
Ive seen people just wrapping these around their silicone grips and this is wrong. Installation of the flat switch into the fairing itself made for a nice seemless system.
Installed on my old 2011 kawasaki er650F. With progrips installed over the heaters.
July 8, 2015
Great product. Must have for dual sport riding
Have had these on my yamaha wr250r for several years. Never failed. A must have when riding in the cold where your dexterity would be compromised. 30,000 miles so far. Just added them to my Ktm. Only complaint, and it is minor, the manufacturer could give a bit more detailed wiring instructions. Their instructions are decent but they could give more details about where and how best to tap your power source. Minor gripe. Great product. Buy em!
February 23, 2015
Great value and a fun DIY project if you are patient
These heated grips do the job nicely. Best investment in my bike so far for safety and comfort. They get too hot at times
with summer goat skin gloves on but that's on me for waiting too long to migrate to more seasonal gloves. Even the low setting is pretty intense. A dimmer type switch would be ideal.
Installation electrical guide could be more clear with links to manufacturer related diagrams so I had to do my own research. I installed it in an afternoon(getting grips off and on again over the heating elements was a bear). Not difficult just time consuming.
November 29, 2014
Not very warm...
The Symtech heated grips I put on my VFR were awesome! The high setting was too hot, low setting perfect. These Heat Demon's I put on my Concours are barely warm on high and essentially have no heat on low. It's all wired perfect. I'm am not pleased with this. The kits look and are all wired the exact same. I firmly believe they are the exact same set, but the performance/output is markedly different. I would not recommend...
October 20, 2014
Good Product, may be better stuff on the Market
These grip heaters work well. Installation is standard fare: remove the old grips, Stick the heaters on, replace the grips, run the wires, install the switch etc. It can be time consuming and a bit of a PITA.
I have a couple of complaints:
- I would like to see Symtec include some additional snap-on wire junctions.
- These do not come with grips. You have to reuse your old ones (if they arent glued on) or replace them with separately purchase grips.
- The Toggle switch included works well, but other brands have a handlebar mounted switch.
- The instructions are minimal
- The instructions do mention that you should install the long piece of heat shrink over the clutch side handlebar if you are using aluminum bars (Aluminum being an extremely efficient heat conduct, much more so than steel). I have steel bars so i omitted this - that was a mistake. The throttle side heater is noticeably warmer because on the clutch side a lot of the heat is going into the handlebar.
As stated in the summary line, these work well, but I think there are probably better products on the market. A friend of mine has the Bikemaster heated grips and they just look cleaner. Also, those units have the full plastic sleeve under them (between the heater element and the handlebar) that makes them more efficient (more heat into your hands, less into the bar), also, the BM set comes with grips.
October 6, 2014
Easy to install
This is the fourth bike I've installed these grip heaters. I like them as they allow me to use my favorite grips.
September 29, 2014
K.I.S.S. Philosophy at its finest
These Symtec heated grips replaced my OEM Yamaha heated grips, for a fraction of the cost. Seems as if Yamaha over-engineered itself, and thus ended up breaking a wire a 1/16" away from where it enters the molded throttle side grip on a cold morning heading back from CO to IA.
a) let you decide what grip you want to use
b) come with a variety of wiring possibilities with the instructions
c) work even better with a warm 'n safe heat controller.
d) just work
August 4, 2014