Symtec Heat Demon Heated Grips
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
Heated grips, great deal
Heats grips quickly, makes cold weather riding much more enjoyable, without having to use heated glove liners or gloves, & dealing with the cords.
May 5, 2014
Symtec Heat Demon
Set these up on my V-Strom for an upcoming Alaska trip. Rode around local with them and they have surprised me. It takes them a while to get worm but they get warm. Will be nice on those cold rainy days. I've done the ride up without them but have had some cold hands too. So this year I am gonna have a little more comfort.
May 5, 2014
installed these on a 2012 CBR250r along with some new grips, they work great! I did add a small relay and power block under the seat for a "better" setup, but this is not required.
April 2, 2014