Oxford Heaterz Premium Touring Heated Grips
Bike specific trouble installing the grips, Triumph 800 '15. The unit began giving me trouble 3 weeks after instal. Tracing issue done and believe it is the controller. Sad.
April 14, 2016
How did I live without them???
So let me start with a big HECK yeah. Talk about one of those creature features that I will never be without again. Has completely changed my perspective of things needed on my bike. I had looked at and purchased heated gloves ( too bulky) returned heated gloves and decided to give these Oxford heated grips a try. Let me just say they are impressive, rose to the mountains the other day with some buddies, was pretty cold as there is still snow on the ground, turn these puppies on and it makes a world of difference.. I feared that the back of my hands would be cold as these heat the palms but I rode comfortably with just summer light gloves... I will put these on every bike I own and winter riding is possible. I have not had to use the highest setting as 70% is the hottest I want, 50% seems to be perfect .My only gripe is that the grips are bigger than stock grips but the heat far outweighs this one little concern. After one ride in used to the size now.
(Comment to manufacturer) maybe come up with a way to integrate the control into the grip so that it appears more factory like.
March 29, 2016
I am very happy with these after using them most of the winter. They have served me well and allowed me to ride using lighter, fall type gloves with better feel on the controls. What a difference they make. The adjuster is great, easy to change at a stoplight, and has a simple and clear display. I have yet to need 100%, other than when I first start riding. Usually I start high and then drop back on power when my hands get toasty. I made a how to video on the install, which I will link here.
March 6, 2016
Oxford Makes Excellent Grips and Keeps Installation Fairly Simple.
Everything that "they" say about the Premier Heated Grips from Oxford is accurate. They are an excellent product.
Oxford offers several varieties of their heated grips. Make sure that you measure your existing grips and purchase the right size for your bike. The "trim zone" is only about 10mm, so the better the fit to your bike right out of the box, the easier your installation will be. For my 2009 FZ1, the "Touring" length fit perfectly (without any trimming).
Installation is straightforward (although it requires routing some wires, which entailed removing my tank an a few other bits), and the grips perform excellently. Five heat levels is fantastic, and at the highest level the grips put out plenty of heat to ride in even the coldest weather. I chose grip heaters rather than heated gloves because they are always on the bike and I don't have to worry about carrying a second set of gloves should the temperature drop. I chose the Oxfords after having used a set of element-only heaters that installed under my stock grips and they are definitely a step up.
The biggest negative that I found was the appearance of the controller mount. Obviously, quick access to the controller is important, but mounting it sticking up from the handlebars didn't look very good. I ended up fabricating a low-profile mount that keeps the controller handy, but it doesn't rise well above the bars.
The most difficult part of the installation is probably removing the stock grips. YouTube can be very helpful in this regard - I used a straight wire connected to an electric drill and worked it around the inside of the grips, which preserved both the bar surface and the integrity of the stock grips (should I ever want to put them back on). Aside from fabricating my mount (see pictures), the installation only took a couple of hours from start to finish and could have been completed by anyone capable of removing fairings and wielding a screwdriver.
Overall, a solid product that provides a bit more comfort when riding in colder temperatures or wet weather.
February 23, 2016
Oxford Grips are great for the price
I purchased the premium touring heated grips for a 2009 Honda ST1300. Well I found out that they were not long enough for this bike. When I called Revzilla about this issue they told me that I could not exchange them because I slid them on the handle bars. Not happy with their return policy. I ordered the longer "adventure" series grips which fit great. They heat up good and seem to work great. I don't have a lot of feed back on durability as I have not had them long enough yet.
February 9, 2016
Great solution for chilly rides
These grips are great for when you need to warm up your hands on cold morning rides and for everything in between. Multiple heat settings allow for a wide range of heating, and it really makes a difference during your ride. Very easy to install with clear instructions. Wasn't too sure if the heat would get through thick gloves, but it heats really well through bulky winter gloves and I even have to turn down the heat setting when wearing less bulky spring/summer gloves. I'm not sure how I put up riding without these for so long.
February 5, 2016
Works for me
When it's 50-60 degrees and the sun goes down, I just ride them at 30-45% with my held air 'n dry gloves. They will get blazing hot if you turn them all the way up. If your gloves have good insulation, or you have a way to keep wind off your hands, you'll be happy. Thick gloves decrease the amount of heat you feel, of course. I have used them with my thicker gloves and they help, but when it's really cold I put on my bar muffs and run them on 30%. It's ugly, but it works.
Install: Easy for me, but I wish I had a better way to hide the wires. I think I only glued the left grip. The right one went on tight enough on the thottle tube.
Heat: Too hot on full if you're wearing thin gloves.
Controller: I bent it a bit to make it fit on one of my RAM mount bolts. Now it's face up for easy access, and I can see the level indicator light just fine.
Overall: If you're even considering these, you should get them. I got the touring, and they are the perfect length for me. They are very firm, so be aware of that.
January 26, 2016
These were really very easy to install. They came with all the hardware needed and then some. There were plenty of extra bits and bobs to accommodate several different mounting options. They do take a few minutes to reach full temp, but they do get quite warm. Overall very pleased!
January 20, 2016