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Anybody have experience using/ installing these on a T7?

The apollo series look really nice, what size is appropriate for the stock handlebars?

 

Thanks all. Happy wednesday

 

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I know this isn't your question, but I installed the Oxfords and they're a 10/10 for sure

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I have the Koso Apollo 130mm installed. Pretty pleased with how they're performing.

The clutch side fit a bit more loosely than heated grips I installed on other bikes so I had to use more glue than I'm used to. Butthe package comes with plenty of glue.

 

operating them is very comfortable, the controls are unobtrusive. I do occasionally turn them on inadvertently when reaching for the indicators.

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our own @Tazmoolhas written his experience with Kaslo Apollo

Perhaps he can contribute some inside beside what he already wrote.

 

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Thanks everybody, this is all very helpful.

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I also have the koso grips (130mm) and have no complaints so far. I wound up using some Locktite UltraGel Control glue instead of what they provided (has a longer setup time than standard superglue). As mentioned above, the clutch side is quite tight so you really need to use all your strength to get that side on before the glue sets.

 

I have the same issue where I sometimes turn them on by accident but since I wired them into the accessory port I never have any issue with them staying on after I stop riding.

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I've got the Koso MX-1 grips installed. Low profile, lock on grips. Heat level is good, as they are meant for mx and snow bikes. I really do prefer the thin, low profile of the MX style grips over the bulkier size of most of the other models. 

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Figured I'd bump this in case others are looking. Installed them a couple weeks ago on my 700. Used the auxiliary on the right hand side of the bike to have it turned on via key. The grips get HOT. In the PNW, riding in 40 degree weather and the middle temp with some Klim Dakar pro gloves and my hands were toasty. The high temp setting was WAY too hot. Absolutely love the switch to turn them on and adjust temp. I've read of people accidentally hitting the button, so I angled it down just a tad with zero problems. Will absolutely be putting them on other bikes. 

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^^^^  I concur.  I like the slimness, no bulky control square thing ruining the lines of the bike.  Lined up the flat edge of the grip with the factory buttons.  Got no idea about longevity but they seemed high quality.

 

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Dealer installed Koso Apollo grips upon initial setup of bike and it seems as if they didn’t use the proper or enough glue. Throttle will sometimes slip from the grip. Any luck with the 
LocktiteUltraGel Control glue?

 

Also, anyone using these 130mm grips with barkbusters and a kaoko throttle lock? Wondering if they will fit.

 

thanks

 

 

 

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11 hours ago, DT700 said:

Dealer installed Koso Apollo grips upon initial setup of bike and it seems as if they didn’t use the proper or enough glue. Throttle will sometimes slip from the grip. Any luck with the 
LocktiteUltraGel Control glue?

 

Also, anyone using these 130mm grips with barkbusters and a kaoko throttle lock? Wondering if they will fit.

 

thanks

 

 

 

 

In my experience it is more how one applies the adhesive that what adhesive is used.   If you don't place some into the grip, along with the handlebar, the grip can act as a wiper as it goes on.   These I put on with spray adhesive 3M super 77, it was what I had in the shop at that time.   Just for reference, the pictured about are 130mm. 

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12 hours ago, Toymaster said:

^^^^  I concur.  I like the slimness, no bulky control square thing ruining the lines of the bike.  Lined up the flat edge of the grip with the factory buttons.  Got no idea about longevity but they seemed high quality.

 

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I put oxford controller to the side of dash using double sided tape. Yes it is sideways but no issue for me, not like there are lot of settings, but is out of the way.

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14 hours ago, DT700 said:

Dealer installed Koso Apollo grips upon initial setup of bike and it seems as if they didn’t use the proper or enough glue. Throttle will sometimes slip from the grip. Any luck with the 
LocktiteUltraGel Control glue?

 

Also, anyone using these 130mm grips with barkbusters and a kaoko throttle lock? Wondering if they will fit.

 

thanks

 

 

 

I have the Koso grips with Barkbusters and Kaoko throttle lock. It took a bit of fiddling with washers to get the throttle lock working correctly but it is all fine together. 

 

My grips were installed without glue and seem to stay in place fine including off road. I did clean everything meticulously first. 

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On 5/20/2021 at 11:54 AM, sshat said:

I've got the Koso MX-1 grips installed. Low profile, lock on grips. Heat level is good, as they are meant for mx and snow bikes. I really do prefer the thin, low profile of the MX style grips over the bulkier size of most of the other models. 

@sshat -  I know this is a very old thread, but 2 questions on your MX-1 grips:

  1. How wide are the grips? 130mm is the stock (or is it 135?), but most MX grips aren't that wide. I'm wondering if you have some extra bar showing out each side.
  2. Did the kit include a throttle cam that is compatible with the stock T7 throttle - or did you do some extra modification?

I installed the Koso Apollo grips and did a 4 day trip this weekend. I love the grips' functionality and switching built into the grips vs a remote, but the grips' diameter is too big for my liking. I was about to buy some old school/cheap stick-on grip heating elements, or maybe try the Oxfords, but then saw this MX-1 option.

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Can't help too much with your questions @Gregarious as the grips wore out and it's been a while since they were switched out.  I had the 130mm kit, no fitment issues, a bunch of cams were in the kit, just had to fit the right one. Just looked through a bunch of pictures to see if there was anything that would help answer your questions, but no luck. 

 

I did get rid of the bar end weights and got some "anti vibe" threaded inserts from Highway Dirt Bikes. Allowed for easier fitment of full wrap hand guards. I moved the controls to suit the bar width, the positions suited me fine so I kept it that way.

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2 hours ago, sshat said:

Can't help too much with your questions @Gregarious as the grips wore out and it's been a while since they were switched out.  I had the 130mm kit, no fitment issues, a bunch of cams were in the kit, just had to fit the right one. Just looked through a bunch of pictures to see if there was anything that would help answer your questions, but no luck. 

 

I did get rid of the bar end weights and got some "anti vibe" threaded inserts from Highway Dirt Bikes. Allowed for easier fitment of full wrap hand guards. I moved the controls to suit the bar width, the positions suited me fine so I kept it that way.

They wore out!?!? That doesn't bode well! I *just* ordered a pair about an hour ago. How long did they last - and what did you replace them with?

After some more research I realized that the width (125 vs 130) wouldn't really matter because the MX1 replaces the throttle tube altogether. So there is no issue of the grip being short. For context I swapped out the stock grips a while ago for a ProGrip model I liked better, but it wasn't 130mm, so the throttle tube stuck out 5mm.

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I have the Black Apollo Heated Grips - AM111030 - on my T7 and like them very much. 3 years old now and going strong.  For comparison, I have Oxfords on my Super Tenere (2nd set) and for the price and performance, prefer Koso. My only gripe would be the "rotary" switch: Off, 1, 2, 3,4 ,5 .   So to go from 3 to 2, it's 4-5-off-1-2. Not a deal breaker, especially since the switch is so compact and integrated compared the Oxford switch panel. I would buy the Koso again. Purchased from Dennis Kirk.

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1 hour ago, Gregarious said:

They wore out!?!? That doesn't bode well! I *just* ordered a pair about an hour ago. How long did they last - and what did you replace them with?

After some more research I realized that the width (125 vs 130) wouldn't really matter because the MX1 replaces the throttle tube altogether. So there is no issue of the grip being short. For context I swapped out the stock grips a while ago for a ProGrip model I liked better, but it wasn't 130mm, so the throttle tube stuck out 5mm.

They lasted as long or longer than any other grips I've used. The bike has 50,000 k on it now, those Koso grips went on when the bike was nearly new. Normal wear and tear I'd say. Not easy highway km's either!

Replaced them with  EMGO Enduro grips over some standard glue on grip heaters. Had the grips lying around as I use them on other bikes too. 

I did replace the throttle tube and cam that was for an R6. I found I liked the throttle response of the R6 cam, a bit quicker feeling pull.

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Didn't read the entire previous post. Needed to answer the full question
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3 hours ago, sshat said:

They lasted as long or longer than any other grips I've used. The bike has 50,000 k on it now, those Koso grips went on when the bike was nearly new. Normal wear and tear I'd say. Not easy highway km's either!

Replaced them with  EMGO Enduro grips over some standard glue on grip heaters. Had the grips lying around as I use them on other bikes too. 

I did replace the throttle tube and cam that was for an R6. I found I liked the throttle response of the R6 cam, a bit quicker feeling pull.

How are those generic heaters working compared to the  Koso? It's been so long since I've had a set that my perspective is gone, but my Oxfords are getting worn and I've really been wanting to put some normal grips on....along with an R6 tube actually.

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I used these koso grips, lot cheaper and find them excellent. I like the cheaper price and separate heat control module

 

Only grip I have and this is common for a lot of heated grips, rubber could be a bit softer for offroad. However easy install "grip puppies" to soften them.

 


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5 hours ago, random1781 said:

How are those generic heaters working compared to the  Koso? It's been so long since I've had a set that my perspective is gone, but my Oxfords are getting worn and I've really been wanting to put some normal grips on....along with an R6 tube actually.

Working a bit better for me. Only the 2 temperature settings, high and low. I like being able to use any type of grip. Nice and simple.

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