heated grips and Dragon lights


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Filmcarp
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heated grips and Dragon lights

Postby Filmcarp » Tue Dec 07, 2010 7:17 pm



Hello all. I am looking for good quality heated grips for my 82 Aspy. I have a tough time with my hands, so a little thick is okay, anything to help reduce vibration.
Also, the bike came with dragon lights installed, and a spare set. The installed set was done poorly and never worked. (they are bar end led's that change color with the brakes and flash with the turn signals. A nice thing in NYC) The weak link is the ribbon cable running under the throttle, so I am wondering if it is a major sin to drill a 1/4" hole in the bars between the clamps. Will that destroy the integrity of the bars? Is there a better place?
Thanks



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Re: heated grips and Dragon lights

Postby RoadRogue » Wed Dec 08, 2010 1:32 am

I would go ahead and drill the bars for the wiring,I have done itmany times in the past for custom builds in the past.A nice clean round or oval hole is fine,just use a file or die grinder to radius the edge of the hole to eliminat any sharp edges that may cut the wires.
Ride safe, Todd
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Re: heated grips and Dragon lights

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Dec 08, 2010 3:24 am

As for the heated grips...I have unheated foam grips that I find quite comfortable in both hot and cold weather. In cold, I have a set of Gerbing heated gloves that I absolutely love. The 1100 has more than enough power reserve to run a pair of heated gloves, as they draw a little more than an amp - and heat the outside of the glove, keeping your fingers warm, unlike heated grips.

Filmcarp
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Re: heated grips and Dragon lights

Postby Filmcarp » Wed Dec 08, 2010 8:38 am

Thanks to you both. With the gloves, how are they wired? To your jacket? I don't have a heated jacket (yet)

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Re: heated grips and Dragon lights

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Dec 10, 2010 1:25 pm

The gloves have connectors that connect to wires (supplied) that run up the inside of your sleeves and down the inside of your jacket, exiting at the bottom of the jacket in another connector. This connector connects to another wire (also supplied, and fused) that wires to your battery. In my case, I installed a switch, so that I could switch the gloves on and off when I wanted to, so when they got too warm in warmer weather, I could moderate them. It works very well.

Filmcarp
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Re: heated grips and Dragon lights

Postby Filmcarp » Fri Dec 10, 2010 2:33 pm

Thanks. I think I will take that route. Meanwhile, I think I am going to bail on the dragon lights. The PO installed them and gave me a free set because the installed ones didn't work. Now I see why. Flimsy ribbon cables that have to run under the grips. The throttle side one got ripped right out. In addition, the cables are ribbon cables that can't be extended, forcing me to put the ugly control box right in the center of the bars. Too bad, because I like the idea of turn signals and brake light on the ends of the bars. I haven't been able to find anything similar online.




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