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Oxford Hot Grips

Oxford Hot Grips
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The Original Heated Grips - asked for by name!
  • Double Bonded - sealed for life
  • Multiple heat settings - up to 50ºc!
  • Rain Proof Switch
  • Low power draw - under 4A

Read this article from superbike magazine - Jan 2010 issue, written by Alan Dowds: 

Apologies for falling into the trap of 'writing about winter because London has had some snow'. But you might be reading this article in October 2015.

Anyway - I've fitted some Oxford Hot Grips to my Bandit 1250 medium-term test bike. And I'm here to tell you how straightforward yet life-changing it has been. I'd been wavering over the job for a couple of weeks, mostly because I've had some real faffs in the past trying to swap powerfully-glued-on grips out.

But once I steeled myself for the job and locked myself in to the garage, it all went swimmingly. With no other support than my Würth spanners and T-bars, plus some pliers and a 1/4" drive ratchet set, I had the Hot Grips fitted in under an hour. Just enough time to listen to the 9pm repeat of In Our Time on Radio Four.

Part of the ease is down to the space and access on the Bandit. Once you whip the tank off (two 10mm bolts, disconnect three hoses and one block connector) and the two plastic covers at the steering head (two M6 bolts each side), everything is laid out before you. Feeding the supply cables down from the control panel and grips to the small control box is a breeze, and there's loads of room to locate everything. I screwed the little control panel onto its handy bracket and attached it to the master cylinder mount bolts.

Wiring sorted and cable-tied into position, I turned to the feared grips. Bugger me if it wasn't pretty easy. The left hand grip came off with little more than a quick persuasion with a screwdriver (remove bar end weight, slide screwdriver between rubber grip and handlebar, then work it round to break the grip between them).


The right grip was harder. Getting the stock grip off the twistgrip was easy enough, but the twistgrip tube had a raised rim at the end, which prevented slipping the heated grip on. Some judicious trimming with a craft knife sorted that, but the hot grip was still a little long, even when I trimmed a piece off the end. A bit of fiddling got me near enough, although I had to mount the bar end slightly out from the end of the bar to give clearance.

And this is the sole blot on the job: I lost the bar end next day. Clearly I hadn't attached the beastie tight enough, duh.

The grips are superb though, so far. The control panel is handy and easy to use, and at 100 per cent, the grips got too hot for me, even on a -2°C commute the other morning. Turned down to 40 per cent, they did a great job of keeping my hands frost-free.

Recommended.

 

Hot Hands - Heated Over Grips

These overgrips have been engineered to keep your hands warm in cold weather and can be used over handlebar grips that are fitted to 22mm (7/8") handlebars.

  • Easy to fit
  • Safe to use
  • Very low battery drain - under 3A
  • Rain Proof Switch with LED
  • Quick fit and removal
  • Reliable and durable - 2 year guarantee

 

 

 


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