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    Honda heated grips not warm enough and general battery condition check
    on: March 12, 2020, 10:15:22 am
    March 12, 2020, 10:15:22 am
    Hi,
    Today I checked my battery condition, don’t know how long the battery has done , maybe it’s the first, maybe not. I can see the letters VMF on the side of the battery.

    I measured the voltage and it was 13,2V.
    When I started the engine it became 14,5V

    So , I guess the battery is still “good”?

    Then about the Honda original heated grips.
    They dissapoint.

    On an other bike I had installed Oxford heated grips and the difference with these ones is BIG.
    On the crossrunner I have to select max (5) heating and still they really don’t heat enough in cold temps.
    Below 5 almost nothing happens..

    At the end of April I am travelling to the southern alps in France and it could get cold there that time of year .. :190:

    Any advice on those grips?

    Or maybe I should get other ones, not OEM.

    Bye.
    Carpé dièm!

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    Re: Honda heated grips not warm enough and general battery condition check
    Reply #1 on: March 12, 2020, 05:14:21 pm
    March 12, 2020, 05:14:21 pm
    Unloaded voltage says nothing about the condition of the battery.

    The original heated grips are indeed not as good as the, much cheaper, oxford ones. Hence I use steer muffs and summer gloves, very comfy (and very ugly ;-) ).
    Stop making sense

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    Re: Honda heated grips not warm enough and general battery condition check
    Reply #2 on: March 13, 2020, 06:17:52 am
    March 13, 2020, 06:17:52 am
    Honda will pay for the part(s) and I shall pay for the time they need to “fix” it... to be continued next week. Fingers crossed for the crossrunner.
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    Re: Honda heated grips not warm enough and general battery condition check
    Reply #3 on: March 13, 2020, 08:22:28 am
    March 13, 2020, 08:22:28 am
    *Originally Posted by voodoo [+]
    Unloaded voltage says nothing about the condition of the battery.

    The original heated grips are indeed not as good as the, much cheaper, oxford ones. Hence I use steer muffs and summer gloves, very comfy (and very ugly ;-) ).

    What he said.  :151:

    Grips on my 15 model were useless. A bit better on my 18 model but still nowhere near as good as my 1200. Honda refused to do anything but I gather they think the heat is soaking away through the bars. Same thing happened on the Africa Twin and they changed the bars.  :013:
    98 VFR800 - 130,000 miles, 08 VFR800 - 76,000 miles, 15 VFR800X - 44,000 miles (all sold)
    14 VFR1200 - 20,000 miles
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    01 VFR800 Fi-1 - 0 miles (yet)

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    Re: Honda heated grips not warm enough and general battery condition check
    Reply #4 on: March 13, 2020, 05:16:03 pm
    March 13, 2020, 05:16:03 pm
    So... change the bars!?
     Can’t believe this would be a Honda solution. Also the grips rest on a plastic bar , not? So no direct contact with the alu? Bars...

    I sure hope Honda gives me a solution that works..  keep you posted.

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    Re: Honda heated grips not warm enough and general battery condition check
    Reply #5 on: March 14, 2020, 09:39:24 pm
    March 14, 2020, 09:39:24 pm
    *Originally Posted by Hondaman [+]
    So... change the bars!?
     Can’t believe this would be a Honda solution. Also the grips rest on a plastic bar , not? So no direct contact with the alu? Bars...

    I sure hope Honda gives me a solution that works..  keep you posted.

    Please do, but I won't hold my breath.

    Honda changed the grips and controller on my 15-model but it made no difference. 18-model seem slightly better but I also have a set of Barkbusters fitted which keep a lot of the cold and wet away.
    98 VFR800 - 130,000 miles, 08 VFR800 - 76,000 miles, 15 VFR800X - 44,000 miles (all sold)
    14 VFR1200 - 20,000 miles
    18 VFR800X - 16,000 miles
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    Re: Honda heated grips not warm enough and general battery condition check
    Reply #6 on: March 19, 2020, 09:57:16 am
    March 19, 2020, 09:57:16 am
    My crossrunner is back from the dealer. They say they made a replacement of “something” with the parts Honda has send them. I have asked them now what exactly has been “replaced” because...

    NO CHANGE :-(

    Paid 52€…

    I guess I’ll keep it as it is and maybe next winter I’ll replace the heated grips with Oxford ones...
    In position 5 they heat up , so it’s good enough when temp. does not drop below 5°C  :062:

    Bye,


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    Re: Honda heated grips not warm enough and general battery condition check
    Reply #7 on: March 19, 2020, 02:14:50 pm
    March 19, 2020, 02:14:50 pm
    By far the best solution to combat cold hands in my opinion is to use heated gloves. I love my Gerbers and can honestly ride for hours is very cold conditions in toasty comfort. Heated grips only warm the inside of your palms and fingers, whereas the gloves warm the backs too.
    Who in their right mind would design a vehicle that falls over when it stops?

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    Re: Honda heated grips not warm enough and general battery condition check
    Reply #8 on: April 05, 2020, 09:06:18 pm
    April 05, 2020, 09:06:18 pm
    A week ago I bought a new 20 plate Crossrunner, I've run the bike up to temperature and found the exact sane problem with the heated grips they get hot but nowhere near hot enough for cold weather, on most of the bikes that I have had with heated grips this has never been a problem and Hot grips which I have on my winter CBF 1000 are brilliant, after reading the forum on this topic I am unsure how to get it rectified i.e. warranty, any suggestions would be most welcome     

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    Re: Honda heated grips not warm enough and general battery condition check
    Reply #9 on: April 06, 2020, 07:10:39 am
    April 06, 2020, 07:10:39 am
    *Originally Posted by Gary [+]
    A week ago I bought a new 20 plate Crossrunner, I've run the bike up to temperature and found the exact sane problem with the heated grips they get hot but nowhere near hot enough for cold weather, on most of the bikes that I have had with heated grips this has never been a problem and Hot grips which I have on my winter CBF 1000 are brilliant, after reading the forum on this topic I am unsure how to get it rectified i.e. warranty, any suggestions would be most welcome     

    Warranty. Honda know there is an issue but are ignoring it because there are not enough warranty claims from customers.

    However, you will lose your bike for a day and have the inconvenience of getting it to/from your dealer. Plus you'll have to wait until the current crisis is over before taking the bike in, but at least you could report it to them.

    Do please keep us posted.

    Do
    98 VFR800 - 130,000 miles, 08 VFR800 - 76,000 miles, 15 VFR800X - 44,000 miles (all sold)
    14 VFR1200 - 20,000 miles
    18 VFR800X - 16,000 miles
    01 VFR800 Fi-1 - 0 miles (yet)

     



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