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Aprilia Caponord Kimpex heated grips installation

Ask anyone, they'll tell you--I'm selfish. Use a little more of a precious, non-renewable natural resource to increase my personal comfort? Well, duh. I mean, I am an American, aren't I?

Left Grip Removal (click to enlarge) Click on image to enlarge

First, remove the existing grips. The Service Manual says to remove the left handgrip by inserting your air gun under the rubber grip and let the blast of air lift the grip while you pull it off. I don't have an airgun, so I used two 6" x 1/8" screwdrivers to loosen the grip, then "inchwormed" it by pulling on the inner part (near the electrical pod), then the outer part, repeat until removed.

Right Grip Removal (click to enlarge) Click on image to enlarge

The Service Manual gives no indication how to remove the right grip. It's actually thinner rubber than the left grip so that it will fit over the sleeve. I found it thin enough to roll off with a little help.
Left Grip completed (click to enlarge) Click on image to enlarge

Attach the heat strips, reinstall grips. I got too excited, and just went ahead and stuck the left heater directly to the handlebar. According to other folks, I should have put some kind of insulator underneath it, to prevent the handlebar from sucking all the heat away. I'm thinking this would have been better, as the left grip uses thicker rubber. The right grip is thin rubber, and isn't on a big heat sink, so I'm betting the right grip will get significantly hotter than the left. Oh well, next time I'll do better. I used someone's idea of putting a little gasoline on the inside of the grip, and it slid right on, with almost no effort...thanks, Dude! On both the left and right side, I used someone else's idea of using some heat shrink tubing where the wires exit from under the grip (that's the yellow stuff). I also used another someone else's idea of cable tieing the wires to the grip to prevent stressing the wires.

Right Grip completed (click to enlarge) Click on image to enlarge

The right grip was a little harder. The throttle sleeve has all sort of bumps and flanges to grip the grip. That meant the heating element didn't stick as well, it wanted to unroll. I had to use a little tape to hold the ends. Also, once I slid the right side grip back on, it feels squishy, instead of the firmness it had before. There's also less room to sneak the wires from under the grip, since there's a flange on the throttle sleeve.

Circuit Diagram Click on image to enlarge

Circuit diagram of the hookup.

Then, my garage started on fire and the whole thing melted to a puddle of metal. ha ha! just kidding.


Hey, remember, we're all buddies, right? I'm telling you what I did to my bike, you're telling me what you did to yours. If you mess up yourself or your bike, well, I'm sorry, but I wasn't twisting your arm. Of course, Aprilia has trademarked their name and logo, and they don't know me from Adam.

Feel free to contact me: todd at caporider dot com You can always go home again