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post #1 of 7 Old 12-13-2016, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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Loving these new Oxford heated grips

I know they've been discussed elsewhere on this forum, but just really adding a +1 for them here.

Here's what they do, and do not do:

Do - warm up pretty quickly, get plenty hot (I've never needed >40%), and delay the onset of frozen hands by at least a half hour.

Do not do - replace heated gloves for longer rides. If you are touring Alaska, these aren't really what you need.

What I use them for is to allow me to commute all the way down to around 38 degrees or so. My ride is 20-30 minutes in the morning, and without the heated grips I was having to wear the big bulky gloves AND still getting ice cold fingers. With these grips, I can wear the thinner gloves that I prefer, and I can make it to work before the hand misery sets in.

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Installation wasn't exactly quick but it's pretty straightforward. The main reason it takes so long is just routing/hiding all the cables in the harness. But once you do all that, and mount the control module to the handlebar, you are good to go.

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While I agree with you, I think a better first investment in heated gear would be a heated jacket. You'd be surprised how much longer you can ride with your core warm.

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While I agree with you, I think a better first investment in heated gear would be a heated jacket. You'd be surprised how much longer you can ride with your core warm.
I hear ya. But thanks to an ample layer of fat, my core stays warm enough during my 30m ride. The fingers though... man they get wicked cold without the heated grips.

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I hear ya. But thanks to an ample layer of fat, my core stays warm enough during my 30m ride. The fingers though... man they get wicked cold without the heated grips.
You are braver than I. Between the cold and traffic getting into work in the morning, I've been taking the car over the bike. I take GA400 in and I'm not too keen on splitting lanes down that highway. Besides that, the number of people I see texting here while driving on the highway is obnoxious!

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Just my two centavos.

Certainly if your core is cold nothing else is going to be warm. The strategic problem is that you can layer yourself with long undies, flannel shirts, down sweaters and a winter riding suit (First Gear has been a life saver). Not so with your hands.

Even your feet can be greatly warmed up with those chemical heat packs. They are relatively cheap and last eight hours.

It is no fun when your fingers get cold. Your time to the front brake has to be decreased.

+1 for handwarmers.

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Supernintend, where did you mount the switch in your set up?

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I'll butt in.

Clutch side - can get a thumb to the buttons with hand still on bar, with a bit of a reach.
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Clutch side - can get a thumb to the buttons with hand still on bar, with a bit of a reach.
Yep right there on mine too.

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