Koso Apollo heated grips on!
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Ossessionato
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Sun Dec 22, 2019 8:35 am quote
Installed these yesterday, not too hard. I was able to get the old ones off without cutting them. Installing the throttle side was kind of a pain, the fit on that one is super tight.

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Ossessionato
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Sun Dec 22, 2019 8:39 am quote
Had to notch the headset on the left for the wiring. Had the headset apart 4-5 times to get the wiring routing where it wouldnít pull it get trapped at with headset turned. Zip ties are key. Turn the bars and throttle in all combinations before buttoning up.

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Sun Dec 22, 2019 8:57 am quote
Nice going. Heated grips can really reduce the stress of riding in the cold.

Best
Miguel
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Sun Dec 22, 2019 10:02 am quote
Thanks!

Had to notch the grip itself on the left as well, to get the wiring in at a good angle. I was able to do it without removing the headset rear or the glovebox.
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Sun Dec 22, 2019 10:08 am quote
May I ask a (probably) stupid question: Why do you need heated grips in San Diego?
Ossessionato
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Sun Dec 22, 2019 10:08 am quote
Itís 40 degrees in the morning when I go to work, and itís 17 miles to get there.
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Sun Dec 22, 2019 7:34 pm quote
sdjohn wrote:
Itís 40 degrees in the morning when I go to work, and itís 17 miles to get there.
Obviously, it's all relative: I do 6-10mi runs in 20-30ļF temps and only recently "winterized" my ride by way of handlebar muffs, since I'm not into the rigor of installing heated gripsÖat least for now.

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"Muffing it" the right way.

Ossessionato
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Sun Dec 22, 2019 9:12 pm quote
Yeah itís no big deal for the first 10 miles or do, but then the fingertips go numb, so I figured it was worth it!
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Sat Jan 04, 2020 1:45 pm quote
Never don't excuse for your comfort;-)
...your old bones would be helpful one day for such improvements
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Sat Jan 04, 2020 4:21 pm quote
Something I learned researching gloves: if yours are Gore-Tex, don't heat your grips if it's wet out. Gore-Tex allows moisture to permeate from the warmer side of the membrane to the cooler. If you're warmer than the cold night, that lets your skin breathe; however, if your grips are warmer than your hands, it will suck all the cold water into your gloves. 🥶
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Sat Jan 04, 2020 4:46 pm quote
interesting! mine are not, but good to know.
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Sun Jan 05, 2020 3:17 pm quote
Fogie wrote:
May I ask a (probably) stupid question: Why do you need heated grips in San Diego?
It can get below freezing here and often gets close during Jan and Feb in the mornings. People think San Diego is a tropical paradise 12 months out of the year - nope, lies and more lies
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Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:13 pm quote
Finally tested these on a 5AM run today, they are well worth the effort. Did the same run last week on my Ninja and couldn't untie my shoes because the fingers were so numb. Today was MUCH better. I recommend them...
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Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:40 am quote
mayorofnow wrote:
Something I learned researching gloves: if yours are Gore-Tex, don't heat your grips if it's wet out. Gore-Tex allows moisture to permeate from the warmer side of the membrane to the cooler. If you're warmer than the cold night, that lets your skin breathe; however, if your grips are warmer than your hands, it will suck all the cold water into your gloves. 🥶
Or use heated grips and handlebar muffs so your gloves don't get wet.
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Mon Feb 17, 2020 6:21 pm quote
sdjohn wrote:
Installed these yesterday, not too hard. I was able to get the old ones off without cutting them. Installing the throttle side was kind of a pain, the fit on that one is super tight.
Hey sdjohn!
Great post, thanks for the info on your install.

Question: Does the GTS take the Koso Apollo regular grips?(100mm) Or the long grips? (120mm) The grips on our GTS seem to be closer to the 120mm, so Iím concerned about buying the regular ones that may be too short.

Do you have the exact model number for the Koso grips?

Thanks for the feedback.
Ossessionato
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Tue Feb 18, 2020 8:21 pm quote
I got them from Cycle Gear, here is the link.
https://www.cyclegear.com/parts/koso-apollo-heated-grips

The throttle side was hanging up on the bar end weight and I had to trim it back a bit, I just cut off the bead on the outside of that one. No harm done.

From the link, part number is AM111030, which is the 130mm.
https://kosonorthamerica.com/product/apollo-heated-grips-twist-throttle/

If I were you, I'd file/sand down the lip on the throttle tube on the bike before trying to install the grip. Because it was so tight, I ended up twisting it on in the direction of closed throttle - there was no way to hammer it on, it was stuck 3/4 on but still hanging off the grip.

The left side is easier. Use the super glue on that one after you clean up the tube. Right side doesn't need it.
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Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:05 pm quote
Thanks for the reply!
Great info...thanks for the specifics! Iíve mounted heated grips on numerous motorcycles, but scooters/vespas are a new animal for me.
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