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Roxter Heated Grips

 

I ride all year round and so need to keep my hands warm in the freezing British winter! I had Oxford heated grips on my last bike and they were great! I ordered Roxter ones as they're basically the same as the Oxford ones but cheaper. These are the new style which use funky LED indicators to show the power level and are harder to turn on automatically.

They state they they will turn off automatically when the battery is below a certain voltage and will not turn on unless the engine is running. The latter is true, they only go on after the bike has been running a few seconds. However, from what I've see, the automatic turn-off thing doesn't work as they stay on when the bike is turned off. They may go off after 10 mins or so but I haven't tried it.

Initially I mounted the control box on the left fairing so it was hidden from my sight by the handlebars but I then used the mounting system to mount them next to my clutch cable to easy access.


The first job is to get the bar ends off. This isn't too bad. They were torqued down pretty strongly but Yamaha didn't use threadlock like Kawaski seem to. You just need a decent socket wrench to get them off.

Then, you need to get rid of the original Yamaha grips. There are two ways to do this - use a screwdriver and WD40 and lots of elbow grease - or a Stanley knife. It's pretty obvious which is easier. I used the first method on the left grip and it wasn't too bad - but I scratched the bar a bit. For the right-hand grip I just cut it straight off and it took a few seconds. You can see the left-side all naked below:-
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When fitting grips, it's very important to get everything lined up and tested before you glue them on - especially with the throttle (you don't want that bad-boy sticking). I put them on and off a few times after cleaning off the old glue from the bar and throttle assembly. I also tested them with the bar ends fitted and found that I needed to cut and file away the inside of the grips on both sides or they were squashed in by the bar ends (VERY dangerous on the throttle side):-
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I routed the wires for the grips underneath so they would be hidden as you can see below:-
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For the throttle cable I checked the best position for the cable with the throttle fully open and fully closed to make sure it didn't snag on the brake lever or anything:-
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That's the complicated bit done. Then the scary bit starts. You need to glue the grips in place! Be very careful with the glue. It is also probably worth speaking to your local bike garage as to what is the best glue to use. The stuff that was supplied with my grips was the really cheap super-glue you get from the poundshop in packs of 10. It took ages to dry and I managed to get some on my tank after waiting a couple of minutes and assuming it had hardened. Put some plastic underneath the grips to protect the bodywork. Towels/rags are not good enough as the glue will soak through them!

I've discovered that these grips are actually not as good as my older ones. The Control box on my original heated grips used the dial (which was great) and although it was easy to turn on accidentally you got a good amount of control with it. They got very hot very quickly because the current was constantly flowing. With these grips, the current pulses so it does not use as much power but they don't get hot enough.

When I have some free time, I'm going to remove the control box from my original bike and swap it onto the FZ6. I'll also wire it into the system using a relay switched by the BD43 headlight cable I made up so that they will only work when the bike is on.

 

 

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