Oxford Heaterz Premium Touring Heated Grips
Easy installation, great performance on my 2012 Honda NC700X
After doing research on a variety of heated grip manufacturers, I decided to order the "Oxford Heaterz Premium Touring Heated Grips." My decision was largely influenced by the "intelligent heat controller" that shuts off power to the grips - which are wired directly to the battery - to prevent discharging the battery completely. I also was concerned about the added costs and increased complexity of pairing an less expensive heated grip with a product like the Fuzeblock of Denali PowerHub. Based upon the reviews on Revzilla and a number of other sites, the choice was relatively straightforward for me.
After measuring the OEM grips on my 2012 Honda NC700X, I realized that length of the "Touring" version of the Oxford grips were only about 1mm different from the length of the stock grips. Since both the "Adventure" and "Sport" models were longer, the "Touring" version would be the only type that I would not have to cut down to fit... that would save me both time and concerns related to finish if I were to do a sloppy job cutting the ends of the new grips.
The most difficult part of the installation had nothing to do with the Oxford product; removing the stock Honda grips took roughly half of the 2.5 hour process. Rather than cut off the existing OEM grips, I decided to use an air compressor and slim screwdriver to break the adhesive and remove the grips without damaging them - just in case they needed to be reinstalled. It took over an hour to remove both sides, but it was worth it to me for peace of mind in case there was a problem.
Using a utility knife and file, I also had to remove raised ridges on the throttle sleeve - as well as a ring at the bar end weight side of the sleeve. The adhesive residue on the clutch side peeled off easily with a razor blade and rubbing. The combined process for both sides took 20 to 30 minutes and helped me dry-fit the new Oxford grips with ease. I carefully remove the grips knowing that I could slide them onto the bars at this point.
Per the instructions (and several helpful online videos) I coated the bars with the adhesive provided, smearing the glue around the bar evenly with a bamboo skewer. The grips slid back on without much effort, where I left them for about a day and a half to properly set.
I can also confirm that the "Touring" Oxford grips do not interfere with my existing Barkbuster Storm hand guards in any way. Another 30 minutes or so was spent reinstalling my Barkbusters hand guards.
Another 30 minutes was spent routing the power cables, adding heat shrink wrap over the connectors, and wrapping them more thoroughly in electrical tape. Luckily for NC700X owners, the battery is located behind the radiator and accessible from inside the storage "frunk." It was easy to route the cable towards the ignition switch along the right-hand side channel inside the battery panel; the same location where my existing Battery Tender SAE trickle charge cable still lives.
Had I simply cut off the existing grips - and didn't have to install hand guards - I imagine I could have finished the entire installation in about an hour.
The grips heat up relatively quickly and have definitely helped prevent fatigue on my trips so far. Combined with my hand guards, I no longer have cold hands on my morning commute. The first morning I used them (after letting the adhesive set for over 24 hours) the outside temperature was 31 degrees F. By the end of my hour-long commute out of the southern Adirondacks, the temperature was a balmy 38 degrees F. My hands were quite comfortable with the controller set at the 50% heat setting, but it is great to know that the two higher settings of 75% and 100% were available if I needed them.
Overall, I am very satisfied with the Oxford Heaterz Premium Touring Heated Grips and would recommend them to any NC700X rider as an alternative to Honda's expensive OEM heated grips.
April 29, 2016
No more cold hands. This is one of the best mods I did on my zx10r. Love the grips and they heat up fast and get really warm. Love the control box. It looks cool and simple to use.
April 22, 2016
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