Oxford Heaterz Original Heated Grips
Like the warmth, don't like the thickness
I installed these on my '08 KTM 690 Duke. Install was straight-forward though I did shorten the wires to the grips. There is so much cabling between the controller and the other box that it wouldn't fit inside the headlight area and I had to run the cable behind the headstock and back. Installed these without glue, they were VERY tight. I used some windex to lube them and twisted and forced them on. Overall I like these a lot, I just don't like how fat they are. It is really taking some getting used to.
December 15, 2014
Second Bike Second set.
First bike was an old Suzuki grips lasted the 8 years I had them on. Now with the KTM. Planning another 8 years.
December 15, 2014
Excellent product to help keep hands warm
I live on Long Island in New York and recently purchased my first street bike, a 2012 Suzuki DL1000 V Strom. With the temps getting down below 40 degrees, the stock handguards weren't doing much to keep my hands warm even with thick winter cycling gloves while doing more than 40 mph.
Decided to give heated grips a try. My mechanical skills are decent, maybe a 5-6 on a scale of 1-10, so it took me about 60-90 minutes to do the installation from start to finish. For running the wires, I would recommend following any other wires that run from your handlebars in order to get the wires routed to the battery.
Ultimately, these Oxford grips do exactly what they're supposed to do and the heat is very good even though I'm yet to turn them on beyond 50% power.
I will warn, however, that the tops of your fingers will still get cold. Heated gloves or cold weather handguards are recommended.
December 8, 2014
Unbeatable for the price
First, some context. I ride a V-Strom through the Pennsylvania winters, commuting back and forth to work about 15 miles each way, some interstate, some back roads, max speeds around 80mph. When I'm not commuting, I'll frequently ride through the mountain back roads when they're passable.
I ordered these from Revzilla, and they arrived promptly and in solid packaging.
Installation was pretty dang simple. The hardest part was definitely removing my stock grips, which I accomplished with about 20-30m of cursing, screwdrivers, and compressed air. The wiring was all pre-crimped and had connectors installed already; all I had to do was run the wires safely and zip-tie them in place. Super glue was included to fix the grips to the bike, but I used extra hold hairspray instead, since I'd like to have the option to remove these grips.
Fit/finish was fine, though I did end up having to trim the grips per the instructions to fit my bar end weights back on.
There are four settings: 25%, 40%, 75% and 100%. Below 25F with Scarab winter gloves, I'll crank it up to 75/100%, and it gets as hot as I could possibly want. There's occasionally some heating differential between the left and right grips -- I think the right grip heats faster than the left one, but they both even out eventually.
Your palms get super toasty. The OTHER side of your fingers can still get a bit chilly if you don't have some kind of wind protection, and since I plan on riding from 0F-25F for the next 3-4 months, I'll be getting some brush guards that should take the wind off my gloves.
The only thing I'd change would be the controller. The buttons on the controller are occasionally frustrating to push with thick winter gloves, and a dial or bigger buttons would be much better. (This is the only reason it doesn't get 5 stars, but how much more do you want to pay for a slightly more convenient controller?)
I would recommend these grips to absolutely anyone (in fact, I already have).
December 8, 2014
first of all, this product is priced very well. They get quite hot and don't look cheap. Instructions are well written (if you bother to read them). I can't comment on the durability yet, but the grips seem well built. My only gripe is that I would pay a little extra to have a relay included in the package. I got one for 10 dollars from a local auto parts store and wired it in myself, preventing the grips from running while the bike is off.
Overall, if you find your paws to be a bit cold on your rides, BUY THESE.
December 1, 2014
Great heated grips?
The install was easy, just make sure the wires are on the bottom and clear of any of the bikes controls.
November 15, 2014
wow pretty nice product!
i bought for my yamaha fz-09 i wasnt sure about the look and the wire but when installed....it look like stock and i enjoyed them pretty much on cold days!!! its extremelly hot when using it at 100% i never needed more than 75% ;)
I greatly recommand this product since its cheaper than heated glove and very durable!
November 13, 2014
I bought this grip solely on price. Turned out to be a nice package for less than fifty bucks. The grip is fatter than the stock grips so be prepared for that added thickness to the feel. Not much thicker, but it's there. The install wasn't bad as the kit contained everything you need, so no running to the hardware store to finish the job. I had to file down the ridges on the plastic throttle piece but would have had to with most new grips. Plenty of heat intensity settings and you will find one you like.
The bad: I don't like that the rubber hood for the wires causes you to lose real estate on the throttle. Totally unusable with a throttle lock that rides near your throttle housing as you will have no grip left to control the bike. The grip caused me to lose about 3/8" with my throttle lock. I am keeping the grips but will have to add a bar-end throttle lock.
November 10, 2014