Grips


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novatz
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Grips

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2015 Wing purchased last year (1900 miles, now has 21k miles).

Has heated grips. Tried unsuccessfully to add the Kuryakyn grips but gave up out of frustration.

Did add a "clampbuster" or something like that as a rocker. Never did like it.

Now want to change out the grips to either the chrome or black Kuryakyn with rockers. Currently live in FL (90+ with 90+ humidity) and at 80 have no intention of ever moving to somewhere it snows.

Can I do the change? Any issues with disabling the heated portion? Anything special to do?

Thanks in advance.



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Re: Grips

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Would assume that you are wanting to remove the existing heated grips and then put on non heated grips. You can remove the heated grip and disconnect the wiring..but you may need to remove some of the body panels to get to the connectors. Obviously...if you cut the wires...well..no heat!

Mine is an 08 with heated grips..I did add the grips that go over the existing grips...just took patience to get everything in place.

Here is a link to show how the grips connect:
http://partsfinder.onlinemicrofiche.com ... amc&a=1055

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You can remove the grips from the system but the seat will not heat as they are wired in series.

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Talked with a local guy who ONLY does Gold Wings. He will change the grips out and install the standard Kuryakyn grips with throttle rockers but he will NOT cut the wires. Said some people do but his business reputation is too important to do that for which I appreciate.

So I am back to two options:
Install the Kuryakyn "over the grip" option. I am 80 years old, 5' 6". Can someone tell me the circumference of this grip when installed? Concerned it will be uncomfortable for me.

Second option: find a decent throttle rocker. The one I have (I believe a "clampbuster") is uncomfortable. Have had to mess with it to fit on the grip and ensure it doesn't turn which it eventually has. Options? Have looked but without success.

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Re: Grips

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novatz wrote:
Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:41 am
Talked with a local guy who ONLY does Gold Wings. He will change the grips out and install the standard Kuryakyn grips with throttle rockers but he will NOT cut the wires. Said some people do but his business reputation is too important to do that for which I appreciate.

So I am back to two options:
Install the Kuryakyn "over the grip" option. I am 80 years old, 5' 6". Can someone tell me the circumference of this grip when installed? Concerned it will be uncomfortable for me.

Second option: find a decent throttle rocker. The one I have (I believe a "clampbuster") is uncomfortable. Have had to mess with it to fit on the grip and ensure it doesn't turn which it eventually has. Options? Have looked but without success.
Try looking at these.
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=motorcycle+th ... &ia=images
Lots of options.

By the way, removing the heated grips is not really a good thing. When the time comes to sell the bike, it is a always good to have all the original equipment intact and operational.
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Re: Grips

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novatz wrote:
Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:41 am

So I am back to two options:
Install the Kuryakyn "over the grip" option. I am 80 years old, 5' 6". Can someone tell me the circumference of this grip when installed? Concerned it will be uncomfortable for me.

1 7/8" diameter.
5 3/4" circumference
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Thanks for the measurements.

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I think I understand your predicament, and I would also leave the heated grips in place.

The "Cramp Buster" and similar palm wrests just sort of "clip" onto the grip by friction, and some come with a thick rubber band to help the grip action, but in my experience they quickly migrate downward and become useless.

I use one with a thick rubber band, large teeth on the inside, and a velcro strap you can cinch to really tighten things down. Mine migrates slowly, over the course of a season, and I may have to reposition it once a year. I see Wings Of Gold has that version. If you get it, be aware a friend of mine who is known for breaking things was able to break that clip by cinching super hard on it, but I have had no problem with it.

I usually want mine to be in the right position at highway speeds, and out of the way during low speed maneuvering, so I moved it to the very outside of the throttle grip, and positioned it fairly high, then shaved off a bit so I can move my hand slightly to the left (inside of the grip) and my hand won't hit it, or I can slide my hand to the right side of the grip and use the palm rest.

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That sounds like my experience. Had to add piece of tubing and then some Velcro. Shifted a couple of times and gets in the way. Now looking at Kuryakyn K6242. Will be talking with the owner at Cyclemax in Ohio to make certain.

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Your heated grips can be unplugged and removed carefully to be saved.
Here is a set of kury grips of an 05 no heat for $32 with the throttle tube in it, that should be thinner than the over the heated grips.


https://suncoastcyclesports.com/05-hond ... and-grips/

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Mine is apparently an "Avon Throttle Boss", and it has a Velcro strap that has to be wrapped a certain way, as one of the "tongues" is sticky both front and back, and should be wrapped -first-, so the second tongue overlaps and sticks to it as well.
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