Oxford Heaterz Premium Adventure Heated Grips
Heated grips are game-changers!
If you're like me and are completely fed up with numb, freezing cold hands while you ride... Buy these!
1. They are super warm!
2. They activate quick!
3. The controller is simple and easy to use. The package comes with a little bracket for it. It's designed to attach to the two mounting bolts that attach your levers to the bars. I got creative and did some cutting/bending/filing/drilling and attached it to a spacer that holds my hand guards on. The point is that it's easy to get a custom fit and looks great when done.
4. The kit comes with ALL the wiring you'll need. These literally attach to your battery (red to red, black to black) - and it's done. Wire the cords however you like, plug in the grips and that's it. Wire installation is super easy.
1. The throttle side grip was over 1/2" too long for my throttle tube. I didn't want to, but had to cut material off the grip so it wouldn't protrude off the bar. I also had to shave plastic off the flange on the inside of my throttle tube so the grips could slide all the way on. Oxford provides you with only a minimal cutaway to fit over this flange, but it's way too small. You CAN cut rubber off the edge of the grips, just follow the instructions. Be prepared for some minor modifications to get these fitting right.
2. Why is the wire housing so big? Why does it stick out so far past the grip? The instructions tell you to mount the wire-side of the grip outwards (facing the levers). This made no sense on my bike because that would have obstructed the lever movement. I mounted mine so that the wire points down.
Having heated grips has re-defined riding for me. I no longer stress about my cold morning commute before I leave for work. I can depart on rides earlier and stay out later into the cold with heated grips. These keep my hands so comfortable in the cold that I can even extend my riding season. If you really want to beat the cold, get hand-guards and some winter riding gloves. But alone these grips are simply amazing!
Don't think, just buy.
May 30, 2016
Great product - performs as advertised
I live in Alaska and I like to try and stretch out the riding season for as long as I can. I'm also cheap, so I ride a KLR. This usually results in cold, sore digits. I saw that this unit was moderately priced and had good reviews so I gave it a shot. It was easy to install in about an hour and has exceeded my expectations.
I'm kicking myself for not trying this years ago. I fully expect to be riding until there is ice/snow on the roads this fall.
May 24, 2016
They keep you warm.
Installed on 09' KLR650. They get hot!! Lowest setting seems good for cold mornings. Larger diameter took some getting used to. Single cylinder bike vibrates and the harder thinner rubber grips don't help. Overall nice product.
May 3, 2016
Extends my riding season significantly.
I ride in northern Minnesota on and off roads with a xr650l. I won't ride ice or snow but if I can't ride cold, I won't be able to ride for more than four months a year. I am over 60 and wear an XL jacket (so I have a "well insulated core") but my aching knuckles really appreciate the warmth these grips give. I wear all leather, no mesh gloves in spring and fall and the heat on the lowest two settings is enough to keep my hands from cramping. Can't speak to durability yet, but the are very comfortable and good looking. I had them installed but my mechanic said they were an easy job.
April 28, 2016
I purchased these grips after a miserably cold trip in April up to our house at 8,000 feet altitude. I especially like the adjustable heat settings. I always ride with gloves on so the texture of the grip is not important to me, they are comfortable. I think they are well worth the money!
April 26, 2016
Grips allow me to more comfortably ride through the winter
Installed the Adventure grips on my V-strom. I can't say the texture is that comfortable with my summer weight mesh gloves. I wish I had gotten a different grip pattern. That being said. When the temperature is around 30, my hands stay very warm, but I still struggle with my finger tip ends getting cold. I deal with it. The clutch side grip came loose after ~ 4 months. The super glue tube that comes with the kit is kind of cheesy. I would use a name brand super glue. I just removed and re-installed the clutch side grip with Loctite gel super glue. I hope it stays in place.
April 22, 2016
Functional and professional looking
Replaced the $350 Yamaha accessory on my SuperTenere which had a fatally flawed sliding-kinked-wire design.
Heating is a little uneven, hotter on the throttle side as pretty much expected. Not as fast to heat up as Yamaha's.
Clutch side grip is too small to include an insulation layer, and at the same time too big so it slides around even after trying Honda grip cement and two other types of glue.
But overall it's a very good value.
March 27, 2016
Nightmare installation; Warm hands
NOTE: I have Barkbusters Storm handguards installed on my motorcycle.
This product works great and the wiring and left grip installation are very straight forward. It was a snap to route the wires and slide the clutch side grip into place. The throttle side, however, required the removal of the throttle tube, extensive filing and some work with a bench grinder wire wheel to take all the ridges off the throttle tube. This was needed to get the grip all the way on and clear of the bar end, allowing the throttle to rotate freely. It was not simple. It was not easy. It was not quick.
It is absolutely imperative that you dry fit and mark everything before you apply the supplied glue. The left side could be adjusted after the glue was applied to get things lined up properly. But the right side wouldn't even slide on all the way once I coated the throttle tube with adhesive. Cue the mad scramble to get the throttle tube back off and pound the grip the rest of the way on by slamming the whole thing down on a vice before the glue set up properly. I would recommend marking the throttle tube and then removing it to work on a bench BEFORE attempting to glue the grip in place. I did also have to trim both sides down the amount shown in the directions.
I've only got one ride in with the grips on so far so I can't comment on durability but they seem to work really well. I had to turn them off completely once I got into town because they were too warm. For reference it was about 55 out and I was wearing winter weight gloves.
I am slightly concerned about the owners manual saying that the controller draws 71 milliamps in "standby mode" (I assume that means "off"). Seems kind of high (rule of thumb is no more than 30 at key off). So if you have an ignition switched battery feed handy I would hook up to that.
Time consuming and frustrating install aside, the product works well and will greatly improve my comfort on the bike while extending my riding season.
March 12, 2016