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post #21 of 63 (permalink) Old 12-02-2016, 10:54 AM
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My final post on these. I give the Oxford hot Grips 10/10 for heat but 6/10 for fitment. I think the power connections are a bit cheapo, one cable kept falling out of its connector during fitment but I was too invested in cable routing etc to warrant taking the whole lot off and starting a warranty claim.

Unless they are protected under plastics somehow you are going to have to buy something else to cover up the connections around the headstock area to make them waterproof. I was hoping to get the connections buried in the fairing sides but you would need to make up an extension cable for one grip to be able to do that. Better waterproff connectors would of just been better.

The Adventure Grips are possibly a bit too long for the AT and If I did it again I think I would buy a shorter set. Right hand side required no filing of the throttle and no glue, the fit was tight but was quite straightforward, just a bit too long though, see pictures why. Left hand side was loose, superglue failed first time, reapplied again and I hope that does it this time. I am not sure I wont have to do it again or fix it some other way, it was too easy to slide on.

Can I complain for £50? Not really but I would pay another £10 for better quality cabling. The length thing is my fault, I should have researched the length a bit more myself. I could of filed off the lip on the throttle body to get an extra mm or two and I might still do that, as it didn't require glue I still have that option.
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post #22 of 63 (permalink) Old 12-04-2016, 09:09 AM
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I went with Koso Apollo grips.
Much prefer the integrated control compared with the Oxford control box.
I had to trim the ends quite a bit, but no problems
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I hadn't seen that brand in all my years of adding heated grips to bikes. Those are really slick looking. They work okay? Seems like a good replacement for the ridiculously priced Honda grips and the marginal engineering of the Oxfords.

Thanks for sharing this info.

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I had to trim the ends quite a bit, but no problems

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Yes, these work nice, 5 settings, look stock, but twice (ish) the dough than oxfords. Still less than oem
After reading all the disappointments bout the oem, these Koso were a no brainer
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I hadn't seen that brand in all my years of adding heated grips to bikes. Those are really slick looking. They work okay? Seems like a good replacement for the ridiculously priced Honda grips and the marginal engineering of the Oxfords.

Thanks for sharing this info.
I also fitted the Koso this week. Did not like the control box idea! Had to trim the throttle side a bit, but that is no problem. The selection button sits nicely in the 'V' between the thumb and first finger.
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I know I said last post but....! Wasn't quite happy the way the Oxford grips turned out on the throttle side with the clearance, it was a too much friction. I removed the throttle side again and cut/filed off the lip on the nylon throttle which stopped the Oxford grip travelling further up the handle. This is going to be an issue with any aftermarket grip. It took about 15 minutes with a craft knife and a file as I tried not to scratch the switchgear housing. I cleaned out a little excess rubber on the inside of the Oxford grip which I missed before and it slide on easier, still firm but now it requires the superglue, that was no problem. (they do tell you to check for this).

End result is a much better finish and clearance. Now I would recomend the "Adventure" size grips as suitable but ones 10mm shorter may well save you any cutting at all.
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Looks very neat now! Somebody needs a Dremel for Xmas though

I've always used ordinary PVA for gluing grips - it's strong enough to hold them in place and reasonably flexible but wont stick fingers together or ruin paintwork, with the added benefit of being able to get the grips off again if you need to.

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I know I said last post but....! Wasn't quite happy the way the Oxford grips turned out on the throttle side with the clearance, it was a too much friction. I removed the throttle side again and cut/filed off the lip on the nylon throttle which stopped the Oxford grip travelling further up the handle. This is going to be an issue with any aftermarket grip. It took about 15 minutes with a craft knife and a file as I tried not to scratch the switchgear housing. I cleaned out a little excess rubber on the inside of the Oxford grip which I missed before and it slide on easier, still firm but now it requires the superglue, that was no problem. (they do tell you to check for this).

End result is a much better finish and clearance. Now I would recomend the "Adventure" size grips as suitable but ones 10mm shorter may well save you any cutting at all.
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Hi eltel62!

I'll go to mount my Oxford Adventure grips by this weekend. So many thanks for your post and the useful information on this topic.

Greetings, gerhard
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I really like the way this mod turned out and want to do the same with my Koso grip. Any advice on removing the superglued grip, apart from 'carefully', will really be appreciated!

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I really like the way this mod turned out and want to do the same with my Koso grip. Any advice on removing the superglued grip, apart from 'carefully', will really be appreciated!

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If you mean the the original Honda grips they were very easy to get off, I rolled them back on themselves starting from the switchgear end, they are not really glued down, just a little tight. Once off I put them in a cup of hot water from the kettle to make them more maleable to turn them outside in again. (not sure why really, will I ever use them again?) Clutch side was hardest as it is the thickest. What is not shown in my pictures is a very fine brown layer of something Honda sprayed on under the grips, very thin glue perhaps. It came off very easy, totally non sticky and quite flaky. A bit of light sandpaper took care of it so the new superglue had a clean surface to stick on. Good luck with your job!

If you mean getting your superglued Koso grips off (which I now know is what you mean after re-reading your earlier posts)....ooh, that might be a bit tricky now. I think I would just try repeated forward and back pressure on the grip in a twisting fashion, cold be a lengthy process.

Trialsta - Dremel would of been dead handy!

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