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post #1 of 10 Old 12-21-2013, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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New DL650 Owner Heated Grips Question

I just got my new 13 DL. I love the bike..... I had the dealer put the factory heated grips on. Very $$$. I don't like them at all and they agreed to replace them with whatever type (brand) that I want.
I've had a 03 ZR7S with heated grips and they worked great. Same with my 03 FJR and currently my 03 Wing. Unfortunately I don't know the brand for the past bikes and Wing is the factory grips. What would be your recommendation for the best heated grips?
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-22-2013, 12:29 AM
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You might try these.

First.. Congratulations on the new ride! You will love it. I have a 2013 Adventure and I am having a blast with it. Did a 250 mile ride with friends today and was happy to have the new Oxfords as we did ride in some higher elevations here in California where there was still snow on the ground from the last storm.




The controls are super easy to mount and I had enough room to still fit my cheesy $10.00 ABS shut off switch next to it. You just need to trim the ends of the grips to fit your bars. I also shaved a little ridge at the end of the plastic throttle tube (thanks to the advise from someone on this forum) so that the grip would go on easier.

I crank them up to 100% for a few minutes and then back them off to 50% for the remainder of the ride. 100% is too hot even with my thick gloves. They also have a energy saving mode which is very nice. My friend froze his hands today and is going to purchase the Oxfords as well. $89.00. Can't go wrong.

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post #3 of 10 Old 12-22-2013, 01:34 AM
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I installed Oxford Heaterz on my Glee today and holy crap they get hot! It was a balmy 55F for this first day of PDX winter, though, so I'm still waiting for a cold day to test them. These are my first heated grips and I am hoping they will allow me to run fingerless gloves through winter just like I could with the Tucano Urbano bar muffs I have on my CBR250R. I also have the OEM handguards for the Glee so now it's a combo punch.

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Welcome, but are trying for a new record here with your first three posts being all the same posted in three different threads?

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There are several good brands. The OEM are not the best, just the priciest.
Oxfords are good. Here is a trick. If the grip is put on the left side, it may be put on the metal handle bar. Then much of the heat dissipates into the metal bar. The right (throttle)side is put on over the throttle tube, thus insulated from the metal bar. Soooooooooooo get another throttle grip so you have 2. Insulate the bar with something appropriate. Electrical tape wrapped in a couple layers until the throttle tube will fit snugly works well. That way both grips heat evenly, instead of the left loosing its heat into the metal handle bar.
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Oxford grips are insulated from the bar. It's wrap around heaters that wind up having the bar for a heat sink.

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It's wrap around heaters that wind up having the bar for a heat sink.
Yes, but that's an unimportant consideration because even on the low setting wrap-arounds like Dual-Stars are sufficient -- and TOO hot on the high setting. In any case I'd rather have the bars as a heat sink rather than a resistor such as with Hot Grips. At least it provides a residual heat storage site.

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The problem with putting a throttle tube on the left handgrip side, as I see it, is that you would need to purchase two throttle side heated grips, because the throttle side grip is larger in diameter to compensate for the extra width of the throttle tube. I don't see how you could slip the left side grip over a throttle tube when it's already snug to begin with. Just my $.02.

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I forgot to mention something about Dual-Stars and possibly other wrap-around styles of heaters. They are designated left and right for installation, so I assume there is some compensation (longer element?) for the fact that the left side wraps directly onto the bars. I nave never noticed a variation in heat output L and R.

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