Oxford Heaterz Premium Touring Heated Grips
Fall riding on the Wet coast to be pacific!
I commute every week for work three hours on a scenic and very wet norther Vancouver Island highway on my 2011 Spyder RSS. Good gear is important and these heated grips qualify as Great!. The heat settings give me lots of choice. The auto shut off has already come in handy after a late night ride when all I wanted to do was get in the house. They were VERY easy to install and provide much greater comfort and grip than the stock sports grips. For cold wet weather and a longer riding season these are mandatory!
September 22, 2015
Excellent product, great support from Revzilla
I use Oxford heated grips for years and they are the best bang for the bucket in this segment. ReviZilla also is the best store with excellent customer support.
June 15, 2015
A great way to upgrade your ride for cheap
I got the touring heated grips after checking the specs on all the options Oxford provides because they are the exact size of the OEM grips on my '07 Z1000. I've never had them up to 100% because i fear they would burn my hands off. I have ridden with them in 28ºF at half power and it helped a lot. I didn't have to warm my hands near my exhaust when I reached my destination. The left hand grip was really hard to get on, i actually ended up getting blisters while trying to get it all the way on so I would recommend using a rubber mallet.
May 24, 2015
Great heated grip option!!!
For two years I've wanted heated grips... Factory grips were expensive, always out of stock and received mixed reviews. The Revzilla reviews of these Oxfords convinced me to try them. WOW!! These things work great!! Easy to install and they get HOT... The grips are also a comfort upgrade to my factory grip. Highly recommend!!!
May 11, 2015
easy to install
the instructions provided were simple and easy to follow and resulted in a problem free installation.I would definitely recommend a dry fitting first because the adhesive provided drys super fast .
Everything was provided for installation in the package.
Tip: spray some wd-40 on a screw driver when prying off old grips
April 13, 2015
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