Oxford Heaterz Premium Sport Heated Grips
best mod I've done so far
I live in wa state and I'm constantly riding in 50° f or lower. Now that I have these, no more frozen/numb fingertips. Now I can maintain good...smooth....throttle control the whole ride home [ 38°f] thank you Oxford!
January 11, 2015
Not sure what I would do without them
I bought these grips so that I could ride comfortably in some colder weather. They do the job very well and were an exact fit for my 2000 Ninja 500r. The controller is really nice and the LEDs are bright enough that when I cut the bike off they remind me to turn the heaters off as well. It's nice to go out in 40 degree weather and have warm hands.
December 22, 2014
First, I was debating if I should get a hand guard or heated grips to keep my hands from freezing. Luckily, I bought the heated grip first.
The coldest I've rode so far was 22 degrees with my Rev'it Bastion and this product. This product kept me warm all throughout my commute to work.
Installation needs a lot of effort for me especially trying to hide the wirings under the bike.
The glue issue for me is trial and error, I may have not put enough glue in it the first time, so it came off. I reapply it again a little bit more the second time and so far so good..
Other than that, it looks nice and warm.
December 7, 2014
Hot and slippery hands
The grips work well and are easy to install, but beware of the glue that it comes with. Under no circumstance should you use it. The glue does not hold and the grips slide all around when warm.
November 12, 2014
Nice quality, clean installation
Full disclosure- I haven't ridden these past my garage door yet as it's still snowy out. However, my review is based on the installation and overall quality. Installation was very straightforward. I was planning to install a relay in-line with the battery connector, but when reading the instructions they claim to have 'smart circuitry' which would detect either low voltage or a bike that wasn't running. They claim to turn off after 2 minutes if the bike isn't running. I was very skeptical, but I have now tested this at least a dozen times, and even with a full battery charge the grips do, in fact, blink and turn off after 2 minutes, then completely off after 5. I ended up not installing the relay. I'll probably forget these on, but I think I'll be OK.
I purchased the Sport version because my factory grips are short (120mm) and it seemed like the Adventure grips were longer. I couldn't determine if the Touring grips could be trimmed like the Sports can. I ended up trimming the first notch off the end (they're designed for this) and ended up with a perfect length replacement. Unfortunately, this also removed they perfect safety wire channel the grips have. The Sport compound is quite hard and the grip texture is pointy. I'm not sure yet if this will be an issue. My throttle tube is ribbed so I had to trim it before they'd fit, but that's no big deal. The wires are super long and should fit any bike. I was able to stuff all the extra behind the headlight, but a cleaner installation would be to chop off about a foot of wire.
I tried installing with my old hairspray method but the hard plastic inner wouldn't stick to my throttle tube. I ended up using hairspray on the left and the supplied Krazy Glue on the right, along with a single turn of safety wire on each side. I tried to use as little Krazy Glue as possible, though I have no idea if I'll ever be able to get them off. My initial plan was to take them off in favor of a soft compound grip in the summer, though after having to use glue I'm not sure if that will work out as planned.
I didn't like the supplied controller bracket, so I fabricated a simple one out of aluminum and bolted it to the clutch bolts. It's very clean- I hate cockpit clutter. It almost looks factory. The quality of these is very good. They don't look 'aftermarket'. Routing the grip wires is a pain. I ended up going with them at about 7 o'clock if you were looking down the end of the bar. That seemed to be the position that wouldn't interfere with my clutch. The throttle side I would have preferred at a different angle but I think they have to match or it will look amateurish.
The grips get hot, fast. Like I said, I haven't ridden anywhere with them, but so far, I'm very pleased with this purchase.
March 10, 2014
Excellent Heated Grips
My friend owns a shop so he installed them for me. He had to do a lot of filing on the throttle side to get the grip to fit, but he gives the rest of the parts high marks for quality.
Using the grips: Excellent! I commute in cold/damp Northwest weather and even when the temps drop down to sub-freezing I have not needed to turn the grips up past 75%. The "grabbiness" of the grip material and pattern is perfect. These are better at keeping my hands warm than the heated glove inserts I was using... which these are replacing. Highly recommended.
March 4, 2014
I put these grips on my FZ8 to extend the riding season a bit. Install wasn't bad. The wires are pretty long so hiding them on a mostly naked bike was a challenge. The heaters are great and it would have to be sub-zero to need the highest setting. The auto-off function works well. My only complaint is the sport grips are pretty hard. I would go for sport touring or another version with a bit more padding if I bought them again.
March 3, 2014
High quality, easy install
Installed these heated grips on my Yamaha FJR1300A. The instruction were clear and the physical install was easy. For a cleaner setup I shortened some of the wires. I also suggest using a simple power relay so the grips are only powered when the key is on. If wired directly to the battery they could be left on and would drain the battery. Yes, there is internal circuitry that powers them down if the battery voltage drops too low but I think a relay is a better arrangement. Excellent result and very fine adjustment!
Stuart in Richmond, VA
March 3, 2014