Say goodbye to cold numb hands by adding a set of heated grips to your ride.
by Mark DT
For those of us who like to extend our riding season as long as possible, and live in parts of the country where winter is a reality, a set of heated grips is a must. Old school bikers may scoff at the idea, thinking these are overpriced farkles for only the well-heeled BMW set, but the reality is that anyone can easily afford to retrofit these to their own motorcycle. If you plan on keeping your motorcycle for just one season, then spending less than a hundred bucks to ensure your hands are always warm and dry is a smart decision. If like me, you keep most motorcycles for five years or longer, then this is a no brainer. [pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]If you plan on keeping your motorcycle for just one season, then spending a hundred bucks to ensure your hands are always warm and dry is a smart decision.[/pullquote] One of the first things you’ll find once you own a set of good heated grips is that you will use them far more often than you initially expected. In the spring and fall, I tend to use summer weight gloves and leave the heat on low on my bars to keep my hands in the “Goldilocks” zone of just warm enough. In the summer I really enjoy riding at night, and have farkled my bike with some great LED/HID lights. However, things do tend to cool off here at night, and I usually end up having my grips on low heat once the sun goes down. On rainy days, a good set of hand guards paired with heated grips means I never get numb hands. When you are warm and dry, you are better able to focus on the road. I believe that good gear that protects you from the elements will lead to being a safer less distracted rider. Today I’ll take a look at two of the top names in heated grips for your motorcycle. I chose these companies for you based on reputation, reliability, and the fact you can easily buy them online without a long wait for delivery. They are both highly recommended. I would choose one over the other only based on what fits my own bike best and then if both brands work equally well than based on price.
Heated grip options by Oxford
This company really makes a heated grip for just about every type of motorcycle. Their reputation is top notch, and they make specific heated grips for: Touring Motorcycles, Adventure Motorcycles, Sport Bikes, and Cruisers. They even make dedicated heated scooter grips for the downtown Vespa riders.
(Click on any picture below to learn more about the specific Oxford Heated Grip that is best for your ride.)
Why are Oxford heated grips so popular besides the fact that they make grips for almost every style of motorcycle? They work flawlessly, they are reliable, and they look like factory when installed properly. There are five different heat settings, they are made using thermo plastic rubber construction, so that vibration from heavy V-Twin’s or two strokes will have no effect on their reliability. Most importantly they switch off when your battery voltage gets down to 10.5V, preventing you from getting stranded by careless operation. The Oxford line has been in evolution over the last 30 years, and it shows in their fit, finish and operation. If you want to watch a video on how to install these Oxford Heated Grips on your motorcycle click here.
Heated Grip Options by R&G Racing
R&G Racing is a company known for its crash protection line of products favoured by sport bike riders around the world. What I like about buying from R&G Racing is that you are buying from a company whose products are tested to destruction, whose primary purpose is to stand up to the maximum risks associated with our passion to ride, and work without compromise. This is not a company where “cheap”, or “just gets by” is associated with their product line. I say this because they make some heated grips that are among the best in the industry. R&G heated grips, like the Oxfords above, constantly win accolades with the international motorcycle press.
The grips above (click image for more info) are made for 22mm or 7/8” bars/clipons. They draw a max of 4.0 amps per pair, and like the Oxford grips, have five heat settings for you to be able to dial in the perfect heat setting whether its freezing cold out, or just a little chilly. [important]Interested in how to install these grips, then click here.[/important]