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I want to fit some Heated Grips, I prefer thin grips so I normally use heated strips that fit under a thing handlebar grip. I found these on Amazon, very cheap at £5.99p so I thought I would give them a try as my normal heat pads cost £52. These Chinese pads come with a wiring loom and the switch is already wired in and fitted to a bracket, the loom is just long enough to fit both grips. I mounted the switch under the mirror lock nut on the clutch side.
I unboxed the pads and ran them off a 12v battery for 3 hours to test them, they heat up immediately and ran consistently hot with no issues. The instructions are very amusing in Chinese English. Basically the heat pad must not touch the metal handlebar, I use a layer of double sided golf grip tape round the bar/throttle body to hold the heated pad on, then I apply a second layer over the top. I slide my preferred Pro Grip 801 grips on using lighter fuel inside the grip and on the grip tape to make the adhesive soft and slippy. Leave overnight and the grips are stuck fast. I have used this arrangement on all my bikes for 15 years. Working well so far.
I find the throttle action on the Strada to slow so it needs a lot of wrist movement. While the throttle was apart I cut and bent a thin piece of 2mm aluminium sheet to increase the diameter of the throttle body to give a faster throttle action. Stuck in place with Devcon Epoxy. This modification transforms the TR650 and it is now so much nicer to ride
When I have ridden my TR650 on wet UK country roads the bottom of the engine and the rear suspension linkage quickly become caked in dirt and road salt so I wanted a full length Sump Guard to add protection. The Sump Guards for sale on the WWW tend to be too short, too narrow and too expensive for the protection they offer. Below the details of my home made Sump Guard. I spent £21 on a sheet of 3mm aluminium plus £10 worth of welding. All the cutting, bending and metal working by yours truly. I fixed a sheet of rubber to prevent metal to metal contact on the sump plug. Most available Sump Guards have a large hole to access the Sump Plug. Why do that? Surely the sump guard is there to protect the sump and I only access the sump plug once a year at most. I love this kind of project
I use double sided golf grip tape, I wet the inside of the grip and the outside of the tape with lighter fuel to help slide the grip on. Dries overnight.