Weâ€™ve received an unusual number of complains about the handwarmers on the 2006 Yamaha Apex and Attak models. Specifically, that the handwarmers on these new screamers do not â€œget hot like the old Yamahas doâ€.
According to Yamaha, the actual handwarmers should work just like those on the RX-1. So for starters, are we comparing the handwarmers on the Apex to old (1997-2002)Yamahas, or to RX-1s?
Second, the Apex and Attak models have bar hooks that are not heated. Riders tend to have their hands out across the seam of the heated grip section and the unheated hooks. This is thought to be one of the main reasons of the complaints.
Third, the new handlebars on these sleds are higher, and the windshields are lower. Combined with the higher speeds typical of these sleds, there is more cooling occurring due to these factors. The bar diameter also seems to be greater, so there is more surface area to heat as well. And if your hands are partially on the unheated hooks, all together we have hands that are colder than what weâ€™re used to for riding a Yamaha.
Yamaha reps indicated to their dealers at their 2007 model intro that they were aware of the complaints, and were working on an improved system for the 2007 models that would retrofit to the 2006 models in response to the need for greater handwarmer output.