Oxford Heaterz Premium Touring Heated Grips
I love these. I have never had heated grips. The difference is HUGE. Turned up all the way it is too hot to hold for long with my gloves on. The grips are a little hard. You definitely want to wear gloves.
Instsilion wasn't hard. Though my bikes fairing is hard to remove.
March 23, 2015
Highest quality heated grips I've encountered!
I had Oxford Heaterz on my last ride and had to have them on my new Versys. The new premium versions are even better designed and higher quality than their predecessors. The new "intelligent" features are nice (I still recommend running them through a relay and distribution block). Easy to install and super high quality in every part. Took about an hour from breaking open the package to hot hands on the bike. Highly recommend these over cheaper solutions.
March 17, 2015
Extend your riding season
The touring grips are really... um... grippy! Quality, secure feel. I recommend measuring your current grips to determine which model to go with if you don't want to trim them down (Adventures are the longest - I think). I went with the touring model because they were the same length as my factory grips. One thing about the grips: they are rigid from pommel to guard so you might need to trim the retention ring off of your throttle sleeve in order to slide the throttle grip on all the way - like I had to. Which brings me to install...
Fairly easy to install with a few tools and a little know-how, these are a great season extender if you like or need to ride when the temps drop but if you're not into working on your bike I'd recommend having someone you trust do the install. I'm kind of meticulous when it comes to modding my bike so it took me 4 hours to finish the job but it could easily be done in 2 if you know your way around your bike and use the provided mounting bracket (note: the mini zip ties in my kit were garbage but I had some good zips - just fyi). I don't like the recommended location of the control unit (on the clutch lever clamp) so I secured it to the lower right hand quarter of my tach which keeps it out of the direct path of the elements - plus it's not something you'll need to adjust very often so you don't necessarily need it to be close to your thumb; once you figure out your heat comfort zone, it's set-it-and-forget-it.
The 100% setting is pretty hot once they heat up (actually they're too hot if it's not cold out) and it only takes a few miles to ramp up to full temps. You feel the initial heat right away and it stays as long as you leave your hands on the grips, as expected. I've only used the 50, 75 and 100% settings to get over mountain passes and evening/night temps in Eastern WA but I'm guessing the 30 and 40% settings will be great for mild summer nights.
At first I wanted grips that run off of my accessory lead (so they'd be off if the bike was off) so I wasn't sure about the built-in auto-off functionality but I'm really happy with it. I forgot to turn 'em off a couple times during the many stops "along the way" and sure enough they switched off by themselves - nice. Also the buttons (up/more-hot or down/less-hot) are easy to use as long as your gloves fit your hands. Pressing the down/less-hot button from the lowest setting turns them off completely and you can even toggle off the auto-off setting if you want/need to.
I can't speak to durability quite yet since they've only been on my bike for a few weeks but so far... I love these things! I love riding and for me these are a 'game changer'; they truly mitigate the danger of riding with frozen fingers which melts away any cold-hands-related anxiety which, in turn allows me to better maximize my focus where it should be... on the road.
March 15, 2015
The best feature is performance
Mounting the controller professionally took hours and extra parts and imagination. Also, because it is a universal fit, I ended up with a fair bundle of wire taped to the bike. However I am very satisfied with the finished product.
February 1, 2015
Gets so hot you have to turn it down!!
I purchased this product as my heated gloves were doing okay but not good enough for the weather changes in my area. Just rode in temps as ranging from 17-40 with these grips no problem with the cold! With the combo of the grips and heated gloves your hands stay toasty!!!
Suzuki VSTROM 650
January 13, 2015
This was, HANDS DOWN quite possibly THE easiest thing I've ever done mechanically. I LOATH doing anything electrical, this was straight up freakin' PLUG N PLAY!!
I thought it wouldn't be as easy as the directions made it seem, I was SO FAR OFF, it was easier! The most difficult part was unbolting the back of my tank so my WIFE, who I love, but has ZERO mechanical aptitude, could run the power lead for me. Everything else was AT LEAST as easy as stated.
These things ROCK! I ride to work regardless of the temperature, I have these grips, Barkbusters, and Hippohands on my bike. Even on LOW my hands feel like they're in an easybake oven baby!! The guys at work think I'm crazy for riding in the winter, then they feel the grips. They're ALL shocked at how warm they get. I've yet to use full power, 40% most times.
I'd buy these again in half a heartbeat, they're THAT good!! I'll never be without them on a bike I own again!!
January 7, 2015
I should have installed the Ox a long time ago!
Firstly, Revzilla rocks with the entire puchasing process! The Oxfords themselves are amazing! The install itself was quite easy and straight-forward. The throttle side gave me a little bit of a hard time with the dry fit, but after a little bit more of sanding, re aligning the throttle cable inside its box, everything worked out fine.
BE CAREFUL WITH THE GLUE! This thing is FAST, I mean FAST ACTING! Literally, you only have a couple of seconds to get the Ox in there, so when dry fitting ensure that the cables are facing the right way without kinking or stretching them. After a couple of days, I rode to work with them with the temps in the morning of upper 30s F. On local roads, I had them at 40-50% power. At the highways, 75%. 100% is HOT (not warm anymore) to my hands, even at 70-75 mph with the wind. Compared to my CORE battery heated gloves, the grips are much, much warmer. I only wore leather gloves, no insulation at all.
I have only gone out 2x with them, overall superb products. I guess time will tell with regard to durability. I highly recommend them, and will buy them again for my next bike.
December 22, 2014
Oxford Heaterz Premium Touring Heated Grips
Bought the touring grips. Measured first because they come in different lengths. Easy to install except for the throttle. Had to razor knife the stock throttle. See YouTube for an example video. Push all the way on before removing and installing with included glue.
Work as advertised. Only have used at 50%. A necessity for winter riding. Ordered on Thursday and they arrived early on Friday. Great service.
December 16, 2014