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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. 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 this is not an issue as I use a layer of double sided golf grip tape round the bar to hold the heated pad on, then another 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 is stuck fast. I have used this arrangement on all my bikes for 15 years. The Chinese pads come with a wiring loom and the switch is wired in. The loom is just long enough to fit both grips, the switch mount will fit under the mirror lock nut so this setup is relatively easy to fit.
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. Seems to do the trick.
I now plan to make my own Sump Guard / Engine Bash Plate from 3mm aluminium. When I clean my Strada there is so much muck thrown up under the engine which sticks to the crankcase and the lower shock lower mount. There are not many options available in the UK and none of them offer the protection I am seeking. So I will fabricate my own sump guard to protect the engine from stones, rocks and mud. More pictures to follow.