Symtec Heat Demon Heated Grips
Awesome warmth for the winter.
I ride a CBR600 F4i. I usually don't ride in the winter, but this year I planned a ride from NY to California in February. Without any wind blocking options for my hands on this sport bike I knew I needed heated grips.
The install can be a bit difficult as for me I had to remove most of my fairings just to get access to the wires that need to be tapped into. I lost the instructions and thought it was nice to see they list them online.
As for the wiring I tapped into my High Beam Headlights wiring. This was the best option from what I could find on my bike as it is an off/on switch, and tapping into your running lights could drain your battery if you forgot to turn the heated grip switch off.
It's a pretty involved process if you want a clean install. I don't like things looking ghetto on my bike so I gave myself a full day to do it right, and it took about 6 hours start to finish. That includes doing some research into what wire to tap into, lunch, running to home depot, and getting a clean look.
I've seen others cut holes into their fairings, or plastics to mount the switch, but doing so looked out of place, and the end result was a switch that wasn't in arms reach rendering it dangerous as well. I just popped the switch into the included bracket, and mounted it to my handlebars with the clutch housing screw. Yes you can see the direct wiring connections, but in my opinion it looks good, and I can hit it on/off without removing my hand from the bars. Having some mesh wire loom will definitely help for the finished look.
I definitely recommend these heated grips, it also comes with an extra heating pad in case one shorts out or breaks over time.
As far as the heat they provide... I would say on High it feels like you're holding a cup of hot coffee. It's definitely great at taking the edge off, and I found the grips to heat up quickly under two minutes or so. For $54 it's worth every penny. I'll be installing these on every bike I own from here on out.
March 7, 2016
Basic but customizable
Okay, so my old SV650S had one of the built-in heated grip sets running off 2-wire heat controller I used for my gloves and were very hot all the time. My new-to-me 1100 Silverado had chrome and rubber grips that I had to trash when I replaced my handlebars. I bought chrome and rubber flame grips because I liked the look of chrome and black grips on my bike. I chose these grip heaters because they were external heaters (ones on my bike were internal and sucked - same brand) and they were within my budget. To save money, I used the rocker switch that came with them and hooked it all up...and found that it wasn't enough heat on HIGH to keep my hands warm in the winter. The space under my fingers from the rubber parts of my grips created a cooling gap when I rode which cooled my grips too much. I contacted the manufacturer and they told me how to rewire them from 20w to 30w using a 2-wire connection. This was awesome because there was another heat controller with auto-off I was eyeing (I'd already killed my battery twice forgetting to turn off the rocker switch). Well, I pulled my grips off (used wrong glue and the heat cooked it off), rewired my heaters to work in a 2-wire/30w configuration with the intelligent controller, glued the grips on with a 500* adhesive/sealant and voila! My grips actually get TOO HOT when on high. When sitting, I can't even touch them on high but when I'm riding they are just right. I bought handlebar muffs for a LD winter ride next week and with those on, I keep my grips on the lowest setting with NO GLOVES ON. If I had regular all-rubber or all-chrome grips, I could have left them as 20w heaters and the stock switch and they would have been perfect. These are a great product which let you use whatever grip you want. You just need to be a little creative to make them perfect with custom grips. As a basic grip heater, they are fine and I would recommend them to anyone.
January 30, 2016
Some assembly required, but that is half the fun! Does its thing
January 26, 2016
Work great every time
I use Symtec Heat Demon Heated Grip elements under the grips on all my bikes that don't have factory heated grips and they always work great. Low and high settings. Plenty of heat on high. Allows thinner gloves than without and always there if you want them. Not bulky like heated gloves.
January 19, 2016
not very hot, terribly written instructions
I'm really regretting not just getting the oxford grips for a teeny bit more.
the install instructions are VERY confusing. The wiring diagram is convoluted, not to mention wrong (high is low and low is high.)
I tapped into the stock heated grips port, and somehow this managed to kill a cell in my battery. Ended up ripping these off and wasting an entire weekend. The included wire is pretty crummy too and very brittle.
The option to use your own choice of grip is really cool, and the fact that they give you a bracket is nice, but there is almost no way to cleanly install these things on your bars. You're much better off drilling a hole in your fairing and mounting the switch there. The depth of the assembly means your bars will be cluttered up with way too much wiring.
January 10, 2016
Great once you get the install worked out
I've purchased and installed two of these kits. I like 'em.
The install isn't exactly hard on these guys but the first time can be a real headscratcher. The diagram for the connections to the switch are not correct! It took me a few tries to figure out how it's all supposed to go, but finally got it. The rest is not so hard, though it helps if you go a step beyond the included instructions and wire this through a relay switch so you're not drawing against your accessory lights. Even better if you've got an accessory fusebox!
I also suggest getting some heat shrink tubing for the exposed wires to help clean up the install visually, it can wind up looking a little messy with a lot of wires running around.
Anyway, as for the product itself it seems to work great. Grips heat up quickly and stay toasty. I haven't had a chance to use them in extreme cold, but they are nice to have when it dips below 40 on the morning commute, and saved my fingers from going numb on a roadtrip with near freezing temps. There's probably better solutions for those folks who are riding in truly frigid conditions but if you're looking for something quick and convenient after the install, this is a great choice.
December 10, 2015
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