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Heated Grip Kit Install (Kawasaki ZX600e)

April 15, 2010

The good news is that we have gotten my heated grips installed, and they are working spectacularly! The bad news is that all the photos of the install were accidentally deleted, and I have nothing to show, other than a scan of the diagram included with the directions.

For those of you who might be looking for a heated grip kit, I purchased a Kimpex TechPak Heated Grip Kit from Aerostich RiderWearHouse. It was inexpensive, and the crew at Aerostich has improved greatly on the instructions that came with the kit (which was in French) by translating into English that is understandable, even by a novice electrician (me).

I started the project by pulling off my bikes’ factory grips, cleaning the handlebars of residual grip glue and then wrapping the heat pads carefully around the bars, making sure the wiring would not interfere with either my steering or full range of throttle motion. From that point forward, I pretty much had to relinquish the wiring to Tony.

Wiring diagram to determine location of resistor.

While the instructions for wiring up the grips are straightforward and should have been a piece of cake, the reality was that wiring up a California model sportbike was no easy task. On my model bike, there is a myriad of emission control equipment—hoses, cases, etc.—that needed to be worked around. On the sportbike frame, there is also very little room for additional wiring to be threaded. What I thought would take an hour or so in the afternoon ended up taking a good chunk of the afternoon and evening. The least I could do was stay out of Tony’s way—and bring him dinner when the time came.

I would venture a guess that this particular kit is more suitable kit for a cruiser-style motorcycle, or perhaps even a sport-touring model, which may include more available space for such a wiring job. Never having owned either style of motorcycle, I’m only offering an opinion. The reviews of this kit at Aerostich include a variety of opinions on this kit, as well as additional wiring information. I’d recommend reading through these if you’re interested in this particular kit.

When we have a bit more time, we’ll install a relay of some kind, perhaps wiring the grips to the headlight, automatically cutting power to the grips’ switch when the bike is turned off. Then I don’t have to remember to turn off the switch like I just did this morning when I got to the office! Gotta preserve that battery!

Other than being a bit difficult to wire into my particular bike, the kit was a great price. The grips work fabulously and are keeping my hands warm on these still somewhat chilly coastal mornings.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 15, 2010 7:50 pm


    good for you. I must say that having heated grips is the best accessory to have. Sometimes it gets cool in the morning or in the evening and all you have to do is turn on a switch. You should have cornered Stacy to wire them in on her last short visit. She is the guru of farckles.

    Wet Coast Scootin

    • April 15, 2010 8:14 pm

      I could probably use a heated vest, too, as I do get chilly sometimes. The grips are great, in the meantime.

      Stacy had enough to do on her own bike while she was visiting. No way was I going to suggest she wire up my grips, too! I must say she was a genius to watch!

  2. April 16, 2010 12:06 am

    Congrats on the grips. They make riding so much more enjoyable. A heated coat is also great. 🙂

  3. April 24, 2010 10:34 pm

    Nice! Congrats! 🙂

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