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    heated grip opinions

    hey all,

    i'm finally considering heated grips for the capo and probably the mana. the mana has exactly zero oem option so i'll probably go with r&g for $59 US. so here's the real question...do i want to do the same for the capo or go oem for $225 US? i'm a pretty cheap sob at heart.
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    I had the factory heated grips installed prior to delivery in August, and did not pay close attention to whether the control button was already present before the installation! I think so, but...in any case, the Aprilia kit works flawlessly. Whether or not another product would create CANBUS interfacing issues, someone else can answer that.

    My experience with these grips is they need a few minutes to push heat into the gloves, 3-5 minutes depending on the setting and ambient temps. I typically wear Kushitani racing gloves with a thinner kangaroo skin palm, so expect thicker gloves to take longer. This setup keeps my hands warm down into the mid-30s Fahrenheit range at highway speed, not too bad at all! I much prefer using these thinner gloves to thicker insulated models for the sake of dexterity and control feel, these heated grips facilitate that.

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    Go for the Oxford hot grips and have them wired into the Aprilia's switchgear. Much cheaper and does the job great.

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    The OEM grips only work over a certain engine speed (2500rpm?) and donít get very hot.
    However the grip rubber is nice and...err...grippy


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    SudEst, mine get plenty toasty! Fifty miles at freeway speed, December nighttime below 40*F, roadracing gloves. Not a problem! Admittedly, not quite winter in the Arctic Circle conditions. I cannot simulate Ice Station Zebra here.

    Low-speed cutoff <2500 rpm is very likely a function of the grip controller + ECU input. I'd suspect this cutoff would still occur with any aftermarket grip wired into the Aprilia controller.
    Last edited by Ricardo J; 12-29-2017 at 11:13 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heinz57 View Post
    Go for the Oxford hot grips and have them wired into the Aprilia's switchgear. Much cheaper and does the job great.
    I've got a set now ready to fit, its on my 2018 'to do' list.
    40 odd powered two wheelers over 40 odd years. Currently in the garage are a 2016 Tuono V1100RR and a '79 Honda CB550F

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    Do the factory heated grips require drilling of handlebars?

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    Quote Originally Posted by winind View Post
    Do the factory heated grips require drilling of handlebars?
    Looking at the parts diagrams for the standard Capo and Rally versions, the handlebar shown already has pre-drilled holes on the left bar. If anyone has different info, please post!

    Here are the installation instructions:

    http://www.af1racing.com/store/prodimages/st3/2s000044_d7.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by winind View Post
    Do the factory heated grips require drilling of handlebars?
    My 16 Rally was predrilled.

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    Thank you Funtik! Looking at the instructions I could not find any mention of having to drill holes during installation, so they are very likely pre-drilled from the factory.

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    That's correct, I watched the dealer install mine in about 15 minutes. Bars were already setup for them, no drilling! I would have done myself if not for the fact they did it free when my sending unit was being replaced. I did buy the grips from them.

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    good to know thanks.
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    So,do the factory heated grips not work till 2500 rpms?I have yet to see mine come on on my 2017 Capo.Cruise works but no grips yet?

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    Wyo, yes, there is a low-rpm heater cutoff. 2500 sounds about right.

    My salesman told me the bike came with heated grips as standard, luckily someone knew otherwise or else my hands would always be cold!

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