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Heated Grips issue
on: November 03, 2016, 06:22:18 PM
Anyone on a 15+ Cr with heated grips that don't get hot enough?

Checked against my 1200 and they're a lot less hot.

So had mine back to the dealer today and they agree. A heat detector gun had them at 14 degrees which I think must be a mistake but at least it has Honda's attention. Same on 2 other bikes in the showroom so they've checked resistances & outputs and they're within spec so confusion reigns. Honda suggested changing the electronic control unit that runs the grips to see if that helps.

Will take it back in in the next couple of weeks.

Anyone experienced anything similar?
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Re: Heated Grips issue
Reply #1 on: November 03, 2016, 09:27:33 PM
Me too. They don't feel that hot to me either. Just mildly warm. Not great as the weather is getting colder. Even with hand guards their effect is minimal.

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Re: Heated Grips issue
Reply #2 on: November 04, 2016, 06:05:44 AM
*Originally Posted by Throbber [+]
Me too. They don't feel that hot to me either. Just mildly warm. Not great as the weather is getting colder. Even with hand guards their effect is minimal.

Might I suggest you report it to your dealer? Honda may start to take greater notice if more of us report the issue.
98 VFR800 - 130,000 miles (sold)
08 VFR800 - 76,000 miles (sold)
14 VFR1200 - 20,000 miles
15 VFR800X - 44,000 miles (sold)
18 VFR800X - 9,000 miles

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Re: Heated Grips issue
Reply #3 on: November 04, 2016, 08:11:03 AM
It's heating up here in Australia now so haven't tried them properly yet
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Re: Heated Grips issue
Reply #4 on: November 04, 2016, 08:33:37 AM
*Originally Posted by Justin800x [+]
It's heating up here in Australia now so haven't tried them properly yet

Rub it in, why don't you.  :192: :001:

Yes, my daughter is on the west coast at the moment and she's revelling in the improving temperatures. She's going to hate it coming home in March when it's cold & wet here!  :190:
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Re: Heated Grips issue
Reply #5 on: November 04, 2016, 05:34:31 PM
Hi all,

New joiner, picked up my 2015 CR a fortnight ago and have been lurking since, the heated grips on mine are barely worth the name as well. The 25quid Dr Bike ones I had on my VFR800 were massively better.

I did read somewhere (think it was on here actually) that someone brought this up with their dealer for the same reason and the dealer found an obscure document saying it apparently had an ambient temp sensor, so that the colder it was the hotter the grips would get.

Not sure on that myself as it was 5degrees t'other day and my hands were frozen - so much so that im going to buy some handguards when I get paid as I ride all year round, and do not miss the painful frozen hands after a 30-45min ride to work.

Not that im glad others are having the same problem, but I am glad to know its not just me experiencing this rather "weak" attempt at heated grips, and would definitely be interested in any findings of other members.

Mines going back into blackpool Honda in a week or two as there is a warranty claim on the tatty forks and rocker cover (alas mine wasn't a brand spanking new one) and the parts have now turned up, so I will bring it up with them as well and report my findings here for others. If anyone does find an accurate cause and solution I would be very interested in hearing it :)

Anyways, I shall go and post a hello in new members now I've finally got round to registering :)

Mike.  :419:

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Re: Heated Grips issue
Reply #6 on: November 04, 2016, 06:06:55 PM
Mike, if you mention the grips to the dealer and ask them to contact Honda, someone at Honda HQ is going to start getting the idea that customers are not happy with their grips which are clearly not fit for purpose.  :152:

I ride year round as well, 105 miles/day. I have a Keiss heated jacket and heated inner gloves which are brilliant and keep me toasty warm even in sub-zero temperatures. I'm also considering fitting a set of Oxford bar muffs which I tried on my old Fi-W a few years ago but they snagged the controls too much but they may fit the Cr better.
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08 VFR800 - 76,000 miles (sold)
14 VFR1200 - 20,000 miles
15 VFR800X - 44,000 miles (sold)
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Re: Heated Grips issue
Reply #7 on: November 06, 2016, 06:23:24 PM
Had the same issue last year when I bought my new CR. Problem seems the left handgrip which has the selector in it. Replacing that one cured the problem.
Together with wind deflectors my hands stay warm enough.
But Honda heated grips are not the warmest around. They seem to lower the max amps they need in favour to save the voltage regulator and battery (they had a lot of problems in the past).

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Re: Heated Grips issue
Reply #8 on: November 06, 2016, 06:57:28 PM

Been out on my CR this afternoon with ambient temperature between +6 and +9 degrees. Heated grips operating fine and needed to lower the setting from maximum 5 to 3 as too hot. The one thing that I've found is that turning the ignition off and then back on again doesn't reset them to 5, but to the setting you had when turning the ignition off. This has tricked me into thinking they weren't getting up to temperature several times until I found this.

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Re: Heated Grips issue
Reply #9 on: November 06, 2016, 08:50:49 PM
*Originally Posted by JohnG [+]
The one thing that I've found is that turning the ignition off and then back on again doesn't reset them to 5, but to the setting you had when turning the ignition off. This has tricked me into thinking they weren't getting up to temperature several times until I found this.

Thanks, but definitely not the issue.

I've fitted a pair of old Oxford bar muffs but they're huge and I'm concerned about access to the switches & whether any will be inadvertently moved by the muffs whilst moving.
98 VFR800 - 130,000 miles (sold)
08 VFR800 - 76,000 miles (sold)
14 VFR1200 - 20,000 miles
15 VFR800X - 44,000 miles (sold)
18 VFR800X - 9,000 miles