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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Heated Grips and 12V Accessory plug

After almost 4 years I finally bit the bullet one night and ordered the Honda genuine accessory heated grips and 12V accessory harness. They were expensive.... 3 or 4 times the price of comparable aftermarket stuff... but worth it. After doing the installation, I think the price is mostly justified.

The harnesses and plugs for these accessories have the perfect amount of slack in the wires, the right connectors, quality fittings, and are connected to a fused, switched power source. I didn't take the time to put together a tutorial for installation but I did take a few photos and made some mental notes.

The installation was very tedious and time-consuming. BUt after seeing how it all goes together I like the way these accessories were designed as a high-quality permanent solution. Once it was all finished, the wiring and fixtures looked like factory-installed options.... which is nice but frustrating as the VFR1200 really ought to have been equipped with these features as delivered.

The mid fairings and tank covers had to come off

A lot of time was taken to carefully route the wires properly and cover them tidily.

The connections are all very clean and tidy

The bracket for the 12v plug had to be riveted in place... meaning I had to buy a rivet gun and figure out how to use it. :P

The heated grips have 3 settings indicated by a blinking red light.


  1. Did you get to test them out on a long cold ride yet?

  2. The snow here has barely melted. Today it's driving sleet and about 0 degrees. I'm not that hard core. Soon hopefully.

  3. Hi TSK, i want to send you an email, the unseen VFR picture :) but i couldn't find your email. can you tell me ?

  4. Do you really need to lift the tank to install the heated grips? I was able to attach a USB port to the quartet harness and run the wires up to my Helibars without lifting the tank... I'm just wondering what in the installation requires lifting the tank.

  5. Good day, it's been a while since you posted, but still I'm thinking about doing the same install. However I read installation instructions at [1] and [2] and they both say OEM heated grips do not go together with OEM 12v socket. Where did you get installation instructions from?


    [1] http://powersports.honda.com/documentum/MW01/08T50-MGE-101.pdf