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post #1 of 14 Old 11-15-2013, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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Heated Grips!

What say you, Stromtroopers!

Think I may invest in some soon.
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I say, good call.

They are nice in damp and cool weather. Not really a total game changer in freezing weather though, as the cold just kind of seeps in everywhere else.

I like Oxford, which offers several types of grip options, around $80.

If you opt for Oxford, get the newest version (v.8 controller), which offers 5 heat settings, an auto off feature that actually works (unlike their previous ones), and a more simple wiring harness (does away with an underseat box and some wiring and literally becomes a two wire hookup).

Other options are Hot Grips, Symtex, Twisted Throttle, Suzuki OEM, probably others. Of these I have also used the Symtex ones, which are inexpensive and go under your existing grips. They are decent, though the included switch is prone to failure. I hear the OEM ones are not terribly warm but I have no experience with them.

Oxford sport grips with V.8 controller:

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That is exactly what I was looking at. Did you install them yourself or have a dealership do it? I have never worked with grips before.
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I say, good call.

They are nice in damp and cool weather. Not really a total game changer in freezing weather though, as the cold just kind of seeps in everywhere else.
Add some hand guards and the game will change. Heated grips without hand guards is like wearing a heated vest under your mesh jacket.

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I had Oxfords and they make a nice product, but nothing gets hotter than the Symtec grips IMHO......inexpensive too.

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+1 on the heated grips hand guard combo. I got a pair of trackside grips from cycle gears last year for around $40. Not the best, I think the rotary switch might be the first component to fail & the R-side always gets warmer than the L.

I was able to install mine using the included manual and some grip glue. If you've never pulled the bar ends, it might be worthwhile to look at its assembly in the manual.

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Add some hand guards and the game will change. Heated grips without hand guards is like wearing a heated vest under your mesh jacket.

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That is a good point. They are on my list.

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That is exactly what I was looking at. Did you install them yourself or have a dealership do it? I have never worked with grips before.
I did it. It is stupidly easy.
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I say, good call.

They are nice in damp and cool weather. Not really a total game changer in freezing weather though, as the cold just kind of seeps in everywhere else.

I like Oxford, which offers several types of grip options, around $80.

If you opt for Oxford, get the newest version (v.8 controller), which offers 5 heat settings, an auto off feature that actually works (unlike their previous ones), and a more simple wiring harness (does away with an underseat box and some wiring and literally becomes a two wire hookup).

Other options are Hot Grips, Symtex, Twisted Throttle, Suzuki OEM, probably others. Of these I have also used the Symtex ones, which are inexpensive and go under your existing grips. They are decent, though the included switch is prone to failure. I hear the OEM ones are not terribly warm but I have no experience with them.

Oxford sport grips with V.8 controller:

Did you use the factory heated grip connector or another connection point?

I like what I hear/read about the Oxfords but that controller doesn't look pleasing to my eye. It will probably be what I go with because the other switch/control options are all about an extra $50.00 or more.
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Did you use the factory heated grip connector or another connection point?

I like what I hear/read about the Oxfords but that controller doesn't look pleasing to my eye. It will probably be what I go with because the other switch/control options are all about an extra $50.00 or more.
Just go right to the battery. In my mind, the only reason to wire your grips in to the factory connection is to get the benefit of switched power to shut the grips off when the bike is off. With the new Oxfords there is no reason to wire it into the factory connection because the grips will turn themselves off.

The switch is smaller than the OEM switch, but obviously not as compact as a DPST switch that you might get with the Symtex brand. I think it looks fine, regardless.
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They cost more but I went with the Hot Grips and Heat Troller controller. The grips are garanteed not to burnout. Work great. I got them from Lockett. I used velcro to mount the sealed controller. But have it panel mounted now. Hot grips has a removable version now.

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