Oxford Heaterz Premium Sport Heated Grips
Wife has warm hands!
Got a pair for my wife's 2007 SV650s after some cheap under-grip heaters failed.
Also, I didn't wire directly to the battery, as I had already installed a relay system on the bike, so I cannot comment on the power save/auto off feature.
First, dry fit everything! It takes longer, but is worth it to know you did it right.
Second, follow the directions with 24 hour set time. It matters.
The parts are well built, and installation could not be easier. The hardest part is finding where to mount the controller. I used the double sided pad that was included to mount to the top of the triple tree. I used included zip ties to have the grips wire follow existing control lines, and fed the power line along the main wiring harness. I tucked the extra wire from all the lines between the frame and airbox. There is more than enough wire to reach anywhere on a sportbike. Plan to hide extra.
The left grip went on easily enough. Make sure all the old glue is off, use whatever cleaner suits you. I used a little less than a third of the included super glue.
The throttle side you may need to do some work. I own a Dremel and this made short work of the flange on the end of the tube, and a ridge on the tube that was to tall.
The insides of the grips did have some extra rubber that I needed to cut/file out to have a smooth fit. And I did end up trimming of the small portion that can be cut off. It was easily done with a small hacksaw.
Total installation was 1-2 hours, and very easy. No electrical experience needed to install.
My wife has used them several times on her 40 min commute in Seattle in January/February with no issue from rain (lots of it), and has reported warm hands the whole time.
I am impressed with the grip pattern, it looks and feels like a reasonable sportbike design. I think I'll get a set for my R1.
Use is primarily commuting, with some weekend canyon warrior in the Seattle region.
February 8, 2015
Best mod I've made to my bike so far
(Yamaha FZ-09) I bought these to keep my hands warmer during my morning commutes. I have all season gloves, but my fingers were still getting cold. I had considered hand guards, but these grips were a much better value and don't change the look of the bike as much.
Installation took a little work, but most of it was bike assembly/dis-assembly. The cords coming from the grips themselves could not be hidden to my satisfaction (which is the reason I only gave it a 3/5 for finish). They work great, though, and keep my hands nice and warm on my way to work every morning. Very satisfied with this product.
February 3, 2015
These grips go to 11...
Excellent product, finish & performance are top notch. I would recommend a Dremel tool to remove the raised ribs on your throttle tube. Enjoy.
January 26, 2015
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