Tugger Tow Line

Burt and Troy of Highline Recreation have come out with another great product to complement their popular Tugger lift strap – a tow line.

Tow Line

For many years I have carried a Moose two strap, and I have used it on several occasions.  Luckily, I have only had to use it once to get towed out myself when my fuel line ruptured ten miles from the car.  I usually use it to tow someone else out.

Comparison

I was given the opportunity to test the new tow line that Burt and Troy developed.  I thought I would start by comparing it with the Moose strap I have been using.

I was somewhat surprised when I received the tow line and found it stored in a small camera case just like the one I use for my point-and-shoot camera.  I think Highline Recreation has other bags as well, but this one works fine and has more than enough room.

Storage bag comparison

The Moose strap is shown on the left, above, and comes with a hook-and-loop strap so you can secure it to your bike or backpack.  For a while I had it strapped to my right front fork, but I had to move it when I plated my bike because it would snag on my horn.

Moose strap attached to fork

The new tow line is a little bit smaller than the strap.  In fact, the tow line easily fits in the Moose bag with plenty of room to spare.

Moose strap on the left, Highline Recreation two line on the right

When I had to be towed back to the car, my biggest complaint with the Moose strap was that it was too short.  I was riding so close to my friend that was towing me that I couldn’t see the rocks and pot holes until it was too late.  Even though we were on a fairly easy dirt road, it was a very nerve racking experience.

So, I wanted to see how the two straps compare in length.  The Moose strap is approximately 11′ long.  I wished it were at least 3′ longer.

Moose strap is 11′ long

I was happy to see that the new tow line is significantly longer, measuring 16.5′.

Tow line is 16.5′ long

One advantage of the Moose strap is that the loop on the end can be used as a handle if you need to pull your buddies bike out of the gully.

Moose hand hold

You can do the same with the thinner tow line, but it may dig into your hands a bit more.

Tow line hand hold

Attachment Points

Great care must be taken when towing a motorcycle.  It is dangerous for the person being towed, as well as the person towing.  Each driver needs to pay attention, pick a clean and smooth line, and be careful not to get the line snagged on the tire, chain, or exhaust.

There are several ways to attach the tow line to the front bike.  One easy method is to secure the line to the right foot peg (if your chain is on the left).  Other options may be available, depending on the type of bike being used, such as; the exhaust mount or a rear rack. See the Highline Recreation website for instructions on how to attach the line.

Better yet, if available, use an ATV or side-by-side to do the towing.

You should never firmly attach the tow line to the bike being towed.  It is critical that the rear driver be able to quickly detach from the line in the event of an emergency.  Furthermore, it is advisable to not get towed downhill.

Perhaps the best way to use the line is to wrap it around the center of the handlebar a few times, then run it over to the left hand grip.  To get towed, simply hold the line tight to the grip.  To eject, just let go of the line and it will unwind from the handlebar and set you free.

Another method is to wrap the line once or twice around the left footpeg (opposite from the tower) and apply weight with your foot to keep the line secure.  Just lift your foot when you need to let go.

It is advisable to practice emergency releases to make sure your line isn’t going to snag on something.  You should also agree with a means of communicating with the tower so you can control your speed and ride in a safe manner.

Field Testing

< I will fill in this section after doing some field testing >

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2 Liter Bottle Holster

For some time I have been looking for safe ways to carry extra fuel on my dirt bikes.  I don’t need additional range very often, so I don’t want a really large tank – but there are occasions when an extra 1/2 or full gallon would be nice to have.

Since Mike of OBR ADV Gear was kind enough to make me some custom tool pouches, I asked if he could also make me some bottle holsters that would carry the 2 liter Touratech fuel canister.  He made me two holsters and he did a great job.  I found out they will also hold a 2 liter water bottle of about the same size.

2 liter bottle holster

The other day my daughter and I rode out to Toroweap and I wasn’t sure if her 3.0 gallon tank would give her enough range.  So, we decided to take one of the 2 liter bottles, giving her about another 1/2 gallon.

The bottle holsters have some webbing loops so you can strap them to just about anything.  We found that we could simply remove my daughter’s Wolfman Enduro fender bag and strap on the bottle holster.  It worked great!

Wolfman Enduro fender bag

Wolfman mounting straps

2 liters of extra fuel

Side view

The fender supported the extra weight of the fuel without problem.  And since this was not a very technical ride, my daughter was easily able to swing her leg over the bottle, which is taller than her tool bag.

After riding about 30 miles, we dumped the fuel into her tank and continued on with our ride.

When doing multi-day adventure rides, it should be easy to strap these bottle holsters onto my luggage, giving me up to one extra gallon of fuel or water.

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Tool Pouch For KTM – Mar 2015

I like to be prepared when I ride.  Therefore I tend to carry a lot of tools and a fairly substantial first-aid kit.  The problem is, this adds a lot of bulk and weight.  I have struggled over the years to find the ideal way to carry everything.  I decided to try a tool pouch mounted on the inside of my rear side plastic.

Tool pouch

For many years I have used a Wolfman Enduro rear fender bag.  It is well made, easy to remove, and cinches down to keep my tools from bouncing too much.  But I tend to overfill it, making it difficult to kick my leg over the rear fender.

Wolfman Enduro fender bag

Several months ago I decided to try the Wolfman Daytripper saddle bags.  At first I thought they worked great – I had plenty of room for my tools on one side, my first-aid kit on the other, and still had room to stuff in my rain coat or lunch.  It was nice getting much of that weight out of my Ogio Flight Vest, but having that much weight on the bike affected handling.  But more important, I found that there was a safety issue.  One time I snagged my toe under a tree root.  Rather than simply slide off the back of the bike, my leg snagged on the saddle bag and I almost strained my leg.  The same could happen when you loop out, or any other time that a quick exit off the back of the bike is necessary.

On my Husaberg, I was able to mount a Tool Tube on the inside of my left side panel.  This allowed me to store my seldom used tools in the tube, and reduce the bulk in the fender bag.  But this option wont’ fit on the newer KTMs.

Tool Tube

I have hunted around for something would fit in the narrow space on the KTM, without success.

KTM left rear side plastic

I then stumbled on a tool pouch made by OBR ADV Gear out of Boise, Idaho.  The standard tool pouch was too large, but the owner Mike, agreed to make me a custom bag that was 4″ tall and 12″ long.  He also made it with snaps rather than zippers, since the bag would be covered in mud, water, and dirt much of the time.

Custom tool pouch

Now to mount the tool pouch.  I used M5x12mm button head screws, fender washers, and lock nuts to mount three footman loops on the inside of the fender.

Footman loops

For the fourth mounting point, I used a top hat bracket used for my Tugger lift strap.

Tugger bracket and 1″ cam strap

Tugger bracket mounted

I used two 1″ cam straps to secure the tool pouch to the mounting brackets.  The strap threads through the webbing loops on the tool pouch to keep the bag from sliding around.  When I tighten the strap, it holds the pouch securely to the side plastic.

Mounted tool pouch

I then used a heated utility blade to cut the straps to length.

Outside view

I placed my seldom used tools in this pouch, inside a heavy duty ziplock bag.

Tire tools and spare plug

This bag contains two tire irons, a tire plug kit (inside a section of golf tube), a spare spark plug and plug wrench, a spare master link for my chain, an assortment of nuts and bolts, and some JB Weld quick steel.

My Wolfman rear fender bag now contains my standard KTM toolkit, a folding saw, and a few miscellaneous items.  It is now about half as bulky as it used to be.

I also needed a way to carry spare tubes for my TuBliss tire inserts.  OBR ADV Gear makes a nice front fender bag that snaps to the fender, but it doesn’t work well with the newer style KTM fender.

OBR ADV Gear front fender bag

Dirt-Bike-Gear makes a different style front fender bag that should work out well.  Rather than mount to the fender, it mounts to the forks.  This is much more secure and it keeps the weight closer to the axis of rotation, so it shouldn’t affect handling as much as a standard bag.

Dirt-Bike-Gear front fender bag

This bag contains an 18″ and a 21″ TuBliss high-pressure tube and a tow strap.

Now to field test this new setup.  I need to make sure everything stays in place, and that my rear tire doesn’t hit the tool pouch.  I currently have a MotoZ tire that is quite wide.  If I used a 140mm tire, it would most likely hit the pouch.

Rear view

Field Testing

Before my initial ride with this new under fender tool pouch, I removed the rear shock to make sure the tire would not hit the pouch or the cam strap buckles.  I am currently using a MotoZ 120mm wide tire, which is wider than many other brands.  I have about 1/2″ of clearance.  A 140mm tire might barely touch unless you use thinner cam strap buckles.

Since it appeared to have plenty of clearance, I took it for its maiden voyage, riding almost 60 miles of single track.  Some of the trails were quite muddy, so I think it was a pretty good initial test.

Note that the tool pouch is much less muddy than the fender or the cam strap

As far as I could tell, the bag worked perfectly and did not cause any adverse effects to the bike or its handling.  I suspect I will have to periodically replace the zip lock bag to ensure my tools stay clean and dry, but I think they will likely stay dry even during river crossings.  I also expect to deal with dirt and mud when on occasion I do have to access these tools.  It was also nice to have a lower rear fender bag, making it easier to swing my leg over.

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Rekluse Core EXP 2.0 Upgrade Kit – Mar 2015

Back in Oct 2013 I installed and reported on the Rekluse EXP 2.0 auto clutch on my 2014 KTM 350 XCF-W with a DDS clutch.  I decided to upgrade to the full “Core EXP 2.0″ product.  The upgrade kit cost $400.  Here are my reasons for upgrading – all of which turned out to not be totally true:

  • I wanted an easier clutch pull.  My children’s 350 does not have an auto clutch, so it is very easy for me to compare my clutch pull to that of stock.  The EXP 2.0 was supposed to be 15% stiffer than stock, but it felt much stiffer to me.  It is not as stiff as the cable clutch on my CRF250X, but it is noticeably stiffer.  The upgrade to Core may have made it slightly less stiff, but it is still stiffer than stock.
  • I thought the Core would use all 8 friction plates, which would give me longer clutch life.  It turns out that it only uses 7, whereas the EXP only uses 6.
  • I thought the Rekluse clutch cover would allow the engine to hold more oil.  If it is more, it is very insignificant.  But the new cover does, however, look pretty cool.

Rekluse clutch cover

Stock clutch cover

The Rekluse “how to” videos are very good, and the included instructions were also quite good.  I did, however, have a few surprises and learned a few tips that may help others.

Core upgrade kit

The first surprise was that my DDS rubber dampers were shot.  I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised since I have 115 hours on my bike and this the first time I have checked them.  KTM recommends checking them every 30 hours.  So, I had to order six new dampers, which took a week to get.

DDS rubber dampers

The next trick was to install the new dampers.  I thought it would be easy, but it probably took me about an hour.  I finally learned a trick that really helped.

Rekluse outer hub and OEM inner hub

If I placed the new dampers inside the outer hub as the instructions suggest, I could not get the inner hub to line up and slide into the slots.  If I placed the dampers on the inner hub, the dampers would snag on the sharp edges of the outer hub (the OEM outer hub has rounded edges).

Use a screwdriver to spread the dampers from the back side

The trick that finally worked was to install the dampers into the outer hub, then insert the inner hub.  I then flipped the whole unit over and placed the inner hub on a large socket.  I then used a flat bladed screwdriver inserted into the slots to spread open each damper, one at a time.  The inner hub eventually dropped into place.  Then press the two hubs together until they are flush on the back side.

The hub installed

The next tip is to ensure that the gears on the clutch basket properly engage with the transmission gears.  Mine were not all aligned, so I couldn’t get the nut threaded.  Once I the basket fully seated, it was very easy to thread on the nut.  I used a clutch clamping tool and a torque wrench to tighten the nut (I used an impact wrench to remove it).

The clutch plate

Ready to install the clutch cover

Since I already had the Rekluse clutch slave installed, it was now just a matter of fining tuning my installed gap.  I used the large rubber band included with my EXP kit and got it all set.  I then broke in the clutch as per the instructions, and once again adjusted the gap.  It should now be ready to ride!

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SnowCanyon – Feb 2015

Kim and I decided to take a break from the extremely mild Salt Lake City winter and spend a weekend in balmy St. George. Our primary objective was to explore Snow Canyon and enjoy some bike riding and easy hikes.

Snow Canyon trail map

We entered the park from the south, paid our $6 entry fee, and parked at the Sand Dune trail-head and picnic area.

Sand Dune picnic area

We unloaded our bikes and started riding up the Whiptail paved bike path. It was pretty chilly when we started, but we warmed up quickly since the trail was a lot steeper than I expected. I thought it would be similar to the Provo River Parkway trail in Provo Canyon, but this trail has more ups and downs and a few of the climbs were pretty intense for us.

Close up of the Whiptail bike path

We rode to the end of the bike path at the Upper Galoot picnic area. After a short rest, we zoomed back down the trail and continued about 1/5 mile beyond our car to the crest overlooking the sand dunes. There was a family with young children enjoying the soft sand in the dunes.

Kim on the Whiptail bike path

We then returned to the car, for a total ride of just over 4 miles.

We changed into our hiking clothes and drove over to the Pioneer Names trail-head. The trail was not well marked, so it took us a little while to find the panel where the pioneers wrote their names with axle grease.

Along the Pioneer Names trail

There are a lot of interesting rock formations

Pioneer Names written in axle grease

That was a short and easy hike, although you are walking in soft sand most of the time.

We then drove up the road and took a look at the lava fields, but decided not to do that hike. We then headed back down the canyon and hiked out to the Petrified Sand Dune. This would be a fun place for young children to play, but you would need to keep an eye on them.

Kim on the Petrified Sand Dune

View from the petrified dune

We ate lunch at the Upper Galoot picnic area, and then explored the short hike into Jenny’s Canyon. This was our favorite hike of the area. Jenny’s Canyon is a short, but narrow slot canyon with some interesting rock formations on the walls.

Jenny’s Canyon trail-head

Kim in Jenny’s Canyon

Dee in Jenny’s Canyon

Our final hike was up Johnson’s Canyon. Johnson’s Canyon is the only canyon within the park that usually has running water, so there is more vegetation and trees than other areas within the park.

“Smile Face Falls” along the Johnson Canyon trail

Kim in Johnson’s Canyon

Johnson’s Arch has a span of 200’. We thought it was at the end of the trail, but when we got there we looked all over and couldn’t find it. To my surprise, I had cell and data service so I googled the arch and found some pictures of it. It was obvious that the arch was not at the end of the trail, so we kept a look out for it on our way back down the canyon.

Well, there is was – in plain sight. I couldn’t believe we walked right past it without noticing it. When I got home I found that I even took a picture of it without realizing it (not this particular photo).

Johnson Arch

When we finished the hike my car thermometer said it was 77º. It really felt warm.

We still had plenty of daylight left, so we took a drive up to Gunlock Reservoir, and then stopped to take the tour of Jacob Hamblin’s home in Santa Clara.

Jacob Hamblin’s home

The missionaries told several interesting stories about Jacob and his family. They also explained the old saying; “sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite”. “Sleep tight” refers to tightening the ropes that supported the mattress, and of course the bedbugs lived in the hay stuffed into the mattress.

A very small bed with a rope support system

The Great Room on the second level

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Eastern Caribbean Cruise – Dec 2014

Dec. 6-14, 2014

For many years Kim and I have considered taking a cruise. We got invited to Florida to attend our oldest grandson’s baptism, so we thought we might as well take a cruise while we were there since airfare is a large portion of the cost.

Royal Caribbean International

We talked with several friends that have previously gone on cruises to get some ideas on how to plan such a trip. I can plan river trips and motorcycle trips, but planning a cruise was outside my realm of experience.

According to friends, the first step is to determine which cruise line best matches your personality, interests, and budget. We soon narrowed it down to either Royal Caribbean or Princes Cruises. We decided to go with Royal Caribbean because they offered more sport activities on-board (which we never took advantage of).

8-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise

The next step was to determine which cruise to take. Many suggest that our first cruise needed to be at least 7-nights so that we can fully appreciate the experience. We decided to try the 8-night eastern Caribbean cruise, which had stops at Philipsburg on St Maarten, Basseterre on St Kitts, San Juan on Puerto Rico, and on the private beach Labadee on Haiti. This cruise started off with two full days at sea, which would give us time to get used to the ship and learn our way around. The final day was also at sea.

Our cruise route

Our cruise route

Unfortunately, our first and last days had cold and rainy weather, so we were not able to spend much time up by the pools and hot tubs. In fact, we never even got in the pools the entire week – although we did enjoy soaking in the hot tub.

Independence of the Seas

We considered taking one of Royal Caribbean’s largest ships; the Allure or Oasis of the Seas, but I didn’t like the idea of going with such a large crowd (over 6000 guests). We decided on their second largest fleet and selected the Independence of the Seas, which holds just over 3000 guests and about 1500 crew members. It is still a very large ship – perhaps the largest of any we saw at any of the ports.

Kim, with our ship in the background

The ship had 13 decks. They had a deck map near each elevator, which really helped us find our way around.

Deck map

Deck map

Our state room was near the front of the ship on deck 8. Our restaurants were on deck 5 and 11 at the back of the ship. The promenade on deck 5 was usually the easiest way to get from one end of the boat to the other.

The Promenade

The pools and hot tubs were on deck 11, which also provided a quick way to traverse the ship when the weather was good. Poolside is also were we found the self-serve frozen yogurt machine – which was a highlight of the trip.

View from the front deck

Deck 12 offered great views of the ocean and a jogging track

The state room was quite nice, but very small. We only had about 8” on either side of the bed. The bed was made by pushing two twin beds together. If you rolled into the middle of the bed, the two beds would separate, dropping you through the crack.

Our interior state room

The room also had a small couch, TV, closet, and a very small bathroom with a claustrophobic shower.

We usually ate breakfast and lunch at the Windjammer buffet. It offered nice views of the ocean, but being at the far back of the ship it rocked quite a bit, making it difficult to eat if you were at all sea sick. They had 3 main buffet lines with a fairly good variety of food, although the food wasn’t great.

We ate dinner in the King Lear dining room on deck 5. They offered three coarse meals from a menu of selections such as lobster, shank of lamb, etc. These were fancier meals than I am accustomed too, but the food was quite good and it was nice to try things I don’t often get to try.

The crew provided excellent service throughout the ship, but we really appreciated the helpful suggestions offered by our head waiter. He quickly learned our tastes and would give us recommendations at each meal.

If you don’t drink, gamble, or buy expensive jewelry, there isn’t all that much to do on the ship. I was quite disappointed that they didn’t offer more activities – especially when the weather was too cold to be up by the pools.

We did go to the nightly variety shows. Most of them were fairly good, and they were all family rated. Our favorite was the Elton John impersonator. He was hilarious.

The main theater

We also played one round of bingo, but it was far more expensive than I expected. It cost $55 for one set of cards, so Kim and I shared a set. On the fourth and final round I was one square away from winning the grand prize – an upgrade to a family suite with a balcony. That would have been nice!

We also attended a Big Bang Theory trivia contest. We got about half of the questions correct.

The ship had three main pool sections, one for adults, one for children, and one for everyone.

The kid’s pool

The ship offered several sporting activities, but we didn’t take advantage of many of them. We did play one round of miniature golf, but the course was very small and with a rolling deck, there wasn’t much chance of getting the ball to go where you aimed.

I wanted to try the Flow Rider surf wave, but never did. They only offered boogie board surfing from 1:00-3:00 PM each day, and we were usually involved in other things at those times. Standup surfing seemed too risky at my age.

They also had a climbing wall and various team sports like volleyball, soccer, basketball, or archery. It was usually pretty windy up on deck, so some of the sports were very challenging.

 

Flow Rider

Shore Excursions

We pre-booked our excursions through Royal Caribbean. Booking through the cruise line is probably more expensive than going private, but it offers the guarantee that if your excursion is late, the boat will wait for you. Being our first cruise, this seemed like a good idea.

St Maarten

At St Maarten we decided to take the bus tour of the island so we could see both the French and the Dutch sides of the island. It was pretty boring, but at least we got to see the island.

My main disappointment with the days at port is that you have a limited time. You basically have time for one activity – and there are many activities at each port that would be worth the time.

 

Kim in St Maarten

 

Christmas in the Caribbean

Beach chairs for rent

St Maarten shopping

St Maarten harbor

St Maarten is a very popular port. I think there were seven cruise ships docked there, so it was very crowded. We had a little time before our bus tour, so we walked through the shopping district. I was a little disappointed that everything was fairly dirty and really packed in. We don’t really like shopping in tourist traps, so we tried to just get a sense of the place and avoid pushy salesmen.

St Kitts

Our next stop was St Kitts. I really liked this island. The streets were wider and well organized, and everything seemed to be clean. Many of the shops would let you use their WiFi if you bought something, so we could check our email and check in with the family at each port.

St Kitts

Kim at St Kitts

The highlight of our trip was the catamaran ride and snorkeling excursion we took at St Kitts. It wasn’t the best snorkeling spot, but it was a fun activity and the catamaran crew was very entertaining.

Catamaran & snorkeling excursion

Dee

Kim

Fish

San Juan

Our third port was San Juan, Puerto Rico. Being an American port, we could use our cell phones without international roaming charges.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

We wanted to visit the old El Morro Fort, but from Internet research it looked like it would involve a lot of walking. So we decided to take the Segway tour. That was really fun, but your feet get really tired from standing on the machine for so long. It only takes a few minutes to learn to ride and control a Segway. They are really amazing machines.

Segway tour

El Morro Fort

View from the fort

A ship entering the harbor

Labadee

Our final stop was at a private beach resort leased by Royal Caribbean on the island of Haiti. Labadee is on the north shore of the island. There is only room for two ships at the pier, so this stop was less crowded than the others.

Labadee, Haiti

Kim at Labadee

We spent the day lounging in the shade on some beach chairs. We tried snorkeling in the swimming area, but we could not see any fish. It was a very relaxing day. They offer more adventurous activities like a zip line, a small coaster ride, a water slide, or you could rent wave runners, kayaks, or paddle boards. We didn’t want to spend the money, so we just enjoyed a day of relaxation.

Relaxing in the shade

Summary

Many people really love cruises. Kim and I enjoyed it, but it really isn’t our thing. We would prefer to fly to some destination and then spend a few days exploring that area. Traveling by ship was kind of boring and we both suffered from some sea sickness. Kim was nauseous the first morning, so she had to take sea sickness medication. I didn’t get nauseous, but the constant rocking of the boat did affect my sense of balance. In fact, weeks after the cruise I was still having balance issues.

Things we liked:

  • The service from the crew was excellent.
  • The dinners were nice.
  • Having time to relax and not worry about work.
  • The evening shows were enjoyable.
  • The catamaran ride and snorkeling excursion was our favorite activity.
  • Riding the Segway.
  • Seeing the Caribbean.

Things we didn’t like:

  • The constant rocking of the boat causing some sea sickness.
  • Many of activities or specialty restaurants cost more money.
  • The crowds – making it hard to get anywhere.
  • There was a lack of activities for those that don’t drink, gamble, or enjoy expensive shopping.
  • The small and cramped state room.
  • Having an interior room with no window made it difficult to know the time of day or night.
  • Having a room near the front of the ship made the sea sickness worse.
  • The breakfasts and lunches were mediocre.
  • Not sufficient time to fully enjoy each port.
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Symtec Grip Heaters – Nov 2014

I have previously installed grip heaters on four of our family bikes.  I bought them from Enduro Engineering, but I think they are identical to the Tusk heaters and they may also be labeled under other brands.  They are made in Taiwan, but their quality is lacking.

Cheap grip heaters

All four sets broke within the first year – some of them broke on the first day.  There are two primary problems with these heaters:

  1. The plastic toggle switch breaks internally due to vibration.
  2. The heater wires are very brittle and break easily – especially the throttle side.

If you choose to use these heaters, save your self some grief and replace the heater wires with a good grade automotive wire and replace the switch with a quality on-off-on switch available from Home Depot or Radio Shack.

It is also helpful to insulate the bar on the clutch side with heat shrink tubing or electrical tape.

Symtec Heat Demon Grip Heaters

For my two new KTMs I wanted a higher quality grip heater, so I decided to try the Symtec heaters.  So far I am very impressed.  Their quality is far superior to the previous heaters I have used.

Symtec Heat Demon heaters

Here are some of the things I like about these heaters:

  • Good quality toggle switch with a mounting bracket.
  • Comes with heat shrink for the clutch side bar.
  • Good grade wire.
  • Dual element heaters eliminate the power resistor.
  • Optimized clutch and throttle side heating elements.

Installation is fairly straight forward.

Remove the clutch side grip and clean the bar

Do the same on the throttle side

Install the heat shrink tubing on the clutch side

TIP: Apply some glue to the bar to prevent the heat shrink tubing from spinning on the bar.

Stick the clutch heater element to the heat shrink with the wires exiting from the front of the bike

Install on the throttle side to the throttle tube, also with the wires to the front

Reinstall the grips

TIP: Use glue and safety wire to prevent the grips from slipping.

Secure the wires to the bars

TIP: Make sure you leave sufficient slack in the wire for the throttle to turn fully.  Also ensure that the wire does not snag on the brake mechanism when the lever is pulled in.

Mount the control switch

Find a convenient place to mount the control switch.  The included mounting bracket may prove useful.

Locate an appropriate source of 12 volts, preferably one that is only powered when the motor is running to prevent draining the battery.

Locate a convenient chassis ground or ground wire.

Hook up the switch and heater elements as per the wiring instructions included with the kit.

The end result

Fire up your engine and test to make sure both grips are heating in both the high and low settings.  I found that both grips heated very evenly.

Safety wire

Go out and ride and keep those fingers nice and warm!

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