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  1. Update and caveat. I rode to work in 32F temp today. Only a 20 min ride doing 75-80mph mostly on hwy, and my hands stayed nice and toasty using medium heat setting (with crappy gloves). Very happy, because my hands were cold by the time I got to work last week in in 45-47F temperatures. Caveat is that this my first experience with heated grips so I do not have anything to compare too. What I can say with a fair amount of certainty certainty albeit minimal exposure, is that I will not own a bike without heated grips again in the foreseeable future!
  2. The model is Heat Demon 210019RR. I purchase mine on Amazon.ca, but if you just Google the model you should have plenty of options.
  3. Sucess! Installed Heat Demon pads yesterday without too much difficulty, thanks to Duke's easy to follow instructions. Both grips came off easily with a flat head screwdriver and some isopropyl alcohol. Only hickup was not heating the shrink tubing enough. It seemed tight (could not twist it with fair bit of effort and I am a bigger guy), but came loose when I went to install grip later. Luckily the Heat Demon element is designed to take heat so with heat gun on low and some patience, I was able to further shrink the tubing without damaging element, and reinstall grip without triuble. As a matter of fact I used heat gun on throttle side to get heating pad to stick properly as my garage is getting cool already. Took it for a ride today for about 30-40min in 45F / 5c, mostly hwy at around 60-65mph. Works great! Medium was plenty hot for those temperatures and did not leave it for long high so I can't speak to the difference from medium to high. Worth noting that the gloves I wore are not ideal for heated grips, as they are leather with plenty of insulation and gel pads on in palms, so quite thick, but got nice and toasty in medium on hwy. My hands would be cold after about 15-20 minutes in wearing those gloves in the same temps (too small and new gloves on the way, but that is another story).Cost me $95 CDN total, and if a heating pad dies and needs to be replaced, no biggie needless to say! I did not notice a difference I heat levels between grips while using medium heat. The left side took a bit longer to warm up. Big thanks Duke for sharing your knowledge and providing instructions, and to chitown and others for their insight as well!
  4. Piotrek, I will gladly provide an update once I am up and running. Thanks again chitown. That is great to know. I don't ride much in sub zero temperatures anyway except the odd 20 min morning commute, so I will reuse oem grips if they survive the removal process.
  5. Thank you chitown, much appreciated. Hmmm... I will have to make a decision on the grips. I use Grip Puppies at the moment, but realize they will reduce the effect of the heating pads, but wont know if it will be an issue until after the install grip warmers needless to say. Maybe I will upgrade grips and try to live without Grip Puppies. Do love the Grip Puppies though, especially on long days since I do not have cruise control. Did 600 miles in a day this summer and no right hand aches, pains or cramping. With just the oem grips I'd be in trouble after 3-4 hours, if that.
  6. First of all thanks for sharing your technical expertise and the "how to" as far as wiring etc. I have been pulling my hair out for a while trying to decide whether to spend $400CDN on the Yamaha heated grips, or $125CDN on the Oxford and and run a new wiring circuit all together with a separate switch etc, so this is perfect and I have already ordered the Heat Demon pads and some TST Industries wire connectors. Have a couple of couple of questions though, dumb as they may be. Have you been reusing the original grips after installing pads, and it is not clear to me how you resolved the different heat levels from left to right? I assume you used too much heatshrink on the left side based on your comments?
  7. Very happy with mine. I am just hitting wear bars on my first Shinko 705 rear tire with almost 8,000 miles on it. Front still in great shape and will easily go through another rear before I will have to replace it.
  8. Late to the party here. He will ship to Canada and US. Just send him a message through eBay and he will look after you. I just placed my order. Shipping is £19.50. Steep for some but I have paid a lot more than that to have accessories and parts shipped to Canada from US.
  9. I am happy with them. The padding is light and does not cover an area much bigger than bicycle shorts would, but must hit the pressure points because I don't find myself squirming in my seat like I normally would after an extended period of riding. That said, I am not suggesting they are God's gift towards rider comfort, but they work for me. Worth adding, is that the day after my 600 mile ride there was absolutely zero symptoms of having spent 8 hours plus in the saddle the day before.
  10. Had the same issue with wobbles. The change that made the biggest difference for me (still have stock suspension) was raising forks in triple tree. I did 2.5mm at a time between test rides and ended up raising forks 15mm but went back to 10mm as 15mm made turn in tendency a little more aggressive than I liked and the seat angle steeper than I liked for longer rides. That said even 5mm made a big difference. This bike is susceptible to a lot of things i have concluded, ranging from rough ashfalt (aggrevated by my dual sport tires), crosswinds and especially turbulence from other vehicles. I replaced handguards with bar end weights during the summer and it helped a bit as well in turbulence from other traffic. If I am going straight on fresh ashfalt with no wind or traffic I do not get wobbles anymore after raising forks, but still do in turbulence and/or gusty winds, although only at speeds above 125mph, so I can live with it, as I rarely see that kind of speeds and don't go to the track. Speed rating on my tires are only 130mph in any case.
  11. I decided to order a pair of these before my four day trip this last week. I will be buying another pair for sure. The shorts by themselves are not the ultimate solution to staying comfortable indefinitly on the stock seat, but they made a noticeable difference, especially in combination with my sheepskin pad on day one, which was almost 600 miles in the saddle, with minimal breaks just for gas basically. They do a really good job keeping you dry as well in hot weather which is a bonus. As they are European I was warned their sizes are smaller. I am 6'4' and 235lbs and 2xl fit perfectly. Here is a link to their page. I ordered mine from Fortnine (Canadian outfit). BOX 2 boxer shorts with butt-patch - technical sports underwear for men The SIXS boxer shorts with butt-patch are ideal for training and... On a sidenote, I am disappointed with the customer service at Moto-Skiveez. I was going to order a pair from them as well so I could compare as they have good reviews as well. They only offer one shipping method, but does not say what it is, only the cost (on the page where you would pay and confirm your order). By the time I discovered their products I was only a few days from leaving, so I emailed asking about shipping method and offered to pay more for express shipping if possible. I sent another email at a later date, and I have yet to receive an answer to either. I also left a polite voicemail with my question and they never called back. I guess they don't need anymore customers.
  12. Not what I did today, but this week. Made a 1,700 miles round trip to Seattle (was going on a road trip anyway) to have my ECU custom tuned/updated by 2 Wheel Dynoworks for addition of my exhaust and using non-ethanol 91octane. Bike is running fantastic. Can't believe how big of a difference getting bike tuned made for the addition of Comp Werkes slip-on. 108hp at rear wheel with dual sport tire, which would translate to about 113hp with stock or street rear tire. So a 10hp gain from stock at rear wheel with tune and exhaust is not bad. That said, I was more concerned with bike running properly, and as mentioned it is running great. Highly recommend those guys for both the mail in service, or custom tune if can make it there. I asked about a thousand questions by email and phone, which they quickly and patiently answered.
  13. That sounds like a good idea and would be a big improvement. I might do that and move the CNCs to the rear of the bike over the winter. Right now I only have the Motodynamic integrated tail light, mainly because I did not see any turn signals that I liked, and that would clear both my Givi side cases and the outer edge of the larger Canadian license plate. I also installed the DB killer in my Comp Werkes exhaust today. Still sounds good and my neighbours will hate me a little less no doubt!
  14. Will do. Have to go educate myself in how to post a video and had a very long day, but give me a day or two. FYI they do not double as running lights. Turn signal function only, look clear when off as per my picture and flash bright orange. Lens/light wrap around outer part of turn signal. So posting pictures won't really do them justice. In the meantime here is another picture.
  15. Replaced Motodynamic flushmounted front turn signals with CNC Racing Sky turn signals. Used Evotech mounting brackets (required drilling out to 10mm, but available from same shop as lights, so free shipping), TST connectors, TST relay. All straight forward except wire colors were reversed on TST connectors, which I only discovered after wiring everything together. I did plug into bike and discover before reassembly of sidepanels and bike, so no biggie. Nothing new here, but as great as the Motodynamic turn signals look, they are not very visible from the front. Not a safety issue, but every time I went to turn right off a street if there was a vehicle waiting to pull out from right side, they would sit there until I started my turn, which told me they could not see turn signals or was questioning what they were looking at. Someone that does not ride cant be expected to know where to look on a bike for turn signals either. The fact that half of the lights are dedicated to running light and half to turn signals does not help either. If everything flashed when using as turn signals it would have helped. It is also an invitatation for the police to pull you over of course.