Oxford Heaterz Premium Adventure Heated Grips
Hot hands in the cold
The Oxford heated grips are a mandatory addition for riders who are on the roads when temperatures dip below 50 degrees. These grips are warm enough in the cold winter months and adjustable for Spring and Fall riding. Installation is straight forward and the instructions are clear.
August 10, 2015
Very Nice Product
I purchased a new to me 1996 BMW R1100GS in October, 2014, and installed these in January, 2015. I rode throughout our Missouri winter, with temps in the mid 20's through mid 40's. With 3+ season touring gloves, the Oxfords were more than adequate to keep my hands warm. Generally in the coldest of winter days, 75% for startup was adequate, and usually had to turn them down to 50%, as they tend to get hot.
Cool spring riding is no problem either, on days that start at 40 to 50 degrees, with these heaters set at 50% or less, hands get toasty fast.
Installation is relatively easy. Biggest pain is getting the wires laid out in appropriate fashion. There is adequate length to the harness, and in my case, almost too much length. Other than attaching the leads to the battery, each component of the harness snap-connects together well, and securely.
I ended up attaching the controller to the inside of my left hand guard. From there I can extend my middle finger and adjust the buttons, without really removing my hands from the bars. It also helps protect the controller from direct exposure, although the controller appears to be sturdy and water tight. In this position I was able to keep the grip wires aligned with existing cables, and after cable ties, blends perfectly. The kit came with a metal bracket that supposedly attaches to the brake handle mounts, but I found it useless on my bike, without major surgery.
The auto shut-off feature is nice, as I have twice forgotten to turn it off; only to remember later. Both times the controller did its job, and shut the system down. I believe it has a 5 minute timer.
Nicely packaged, professionally made, nice look, feel, and function, if you don't have heated grips yet, this really fills that void.
Short story: After the first 5 months of use I totally recommend.
June 4, 2015
Economical alternative to factory heated grips
I bought these because I didn't want to spend $300.00 on Ducati factory heated grips. They work very well, but I had to buy some more superglue and re glue the LH grip. Installation was very straightforward and easy, and the quality of the parts is very good. My only complaint is that the grips are very hard, I haven't taken a long ride since installing these, if they prove to be uncomfortable they will be going on eBay and I'll purchase heated gloves instead. They get very warm but to take full advantage of them you'll need some winter gloves that have minimum insulation on the palms.
June 2, 2015
Great grips for slim price.
I purchased the adventure/touring model for my KLR650. Bottom line: great, comfortable grips that produce excellent heat and protect your battery! The grips are slightly oversized from standard "dirt bike" grips, which suits me perfectly. They are comfortable on the highway and off road with plenty of grup to work the bars through the rough stuff. The controller works as advertised and is easy to use with thin or thick gloves. The only hitch in the giddy-up for me is the cable from the throttle grip. It is designed to point down coming off of the grip so with slack added to twist the throttle it creates a potential snag point for sticks/branches - if you have handgaurds mounted it works out fine. Highly recommended product. On a side note, I have them hooked up throgh a Rowe's Electronics PDM60 and they (the controller and grips) work exactly as they should.
June 1, 2015
Ive had heated grips on all of my motorcycles, but this time I decided to go with the Oxfords since they are so versatile on heat output/power draw (tiny XT225 battery), and since the wires are part of the grips they are more insulated for consistent heat on both sides. Installation was so easy; the hardest part was trying to find a spot for the controller. They are comfortable, I have small hands so I didn't want fatter grips than normal, and they seem durable so far.
April 28, 2015
Wanted to extend my riding season a few months but couldn't keep the fingers warm, someone recommended heated grips instead of heavier gloves so I checked some reviews out.
I was skeptical that the grips could keep my fingers warm, so I waited until I got a ride in with the temp in the 30's before I reviewed them. I can say that with a decent set of not too heavy gloves they get pretty dang warm, and the gloves themselves seem to wick the heat and my fingers did indeed stay comfy, so high marks for that for sure. Also, they are pretty nice grips overall, bigger than the stocks I took off and I think more comfy too.
My only real issue with these grips is the wires.. I understand they are an universal item but man do they seem to have an excessive amount of wires to wrangle into a safe place on the handle bars. Also, the connectors are cheap and junky, I broke the clip on one of them trying to tie the wires down and one of the pins backed out and grounded itself blowing the fuse, which annoyingly I did not have another one of and they didn't throw an extra 5 cent fuse in with the random bag of hardware they give you - kind of annoying but maybe a bit of my own dumb fault.
Anyway, I plan on splicing and heat shrinking the wires when I get the main power wire routed where I want it for good - I just have it temp ran for now until I find myself having to pull the tank off for something and I can wire it the way I really want to. For the time being it looks like I have like 3 feet of wire and 3 bulky connector blocks zip tied to my bars. It works but it isn't pretty.
Overall, do recommend them, keep the hands nice and warm, but I do feel like they could have used better connectors and maybe less wires, or made it so you could trim some wire.
April 25, 2015
Easy to Install, Plenty of Heat, but Tricky to Trim Length
Installed on my 2014 Versys 650. The procedure was as simple as this video suggests and they get plenty warm. I needed to trim the ends to their maximum extent and making a neat/clean edge was difficult. Given another opportunity, I would have gone with one of the shorter styles and not worried about "grip pattern".
April 22, 2015
Get the same size (length) as the stock grip on your moto
It's inexpensive, very easy to install (15-20 min), but rather than choosing sport, touring, adventure, based on what kid of bike you have, I recommend choosing by the length of the original stock grip so you don't need to cut the heated grip. It is easy to cut, but it looks better uncut; purely aesthetic concern.
April 20, 2015