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The Honda heated grips seem ludicrously over-priced - even when compared to rival Japanese offerings.

For this substantial outlay do you get the following?

1. Variable power (heat) levels
2. An indicator in the dash to tell you what they are up to


The Yamaha Tracer, for example, has heated grips that are around 50% of the @ cost and give you both of the above features (at least I think this is correct...) - and that's a budget bike!
 

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and isn't the wiring/functionality already baked into the bike. And the heated grips are essentially just grips that conduct... for sure there will be someone in the aftermarket to exploit that.
 

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Koso Grips

The honda grips seem to be a tad overpriced. They were on the AT that I tested and they work good but I'll wait and see how much they are in Canada.
I have looked at Koso grips and they make a series that look very similar to the AT heated grips. Control built in to left grip as well. Wondering if they may be the supplier to Honda
http://kosonorthamerica.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/AM1110301.jpg

Im not a computer genius if the link doesnt open the grips are Koso Apollo
 

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Honda UK have knocked about £100 off the price I believe. Dealers at the launch seminar had complained they were too expensive.
 

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When Honda Baltic allowed me to see the bike in November, they tried to sell me the grips too. I still like Oxford grips better. However Hondas are 5 stage and dashboard indicator shows what level is engaged.
One of the selling points was that Honda grips are thinnest (Yes they are, they feel as standard grips).
 

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Which Oxford grips did you get? Did you need to trim them down? I just bought the Adventure grips but they look a bit too long... Also does the throttle tube need adjusting or grinding down? Ive been reading things like that but dont want to have to go through all that really.
 

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Hi!

Sizes of Oxford grips:

Length Touring: 120 mm each
Length Adventure: 132 mm each

Could be shorten by ca. 10 mm

Cheers, gerhard
 

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The Honda heated grips seem ludicrously over-priced - even when compared to rival Japanese offerings.

For this substantial outlay do you get the following?

1. Variable power (heat) levels
2. An indicator in the dash to tell you what they are up to


The Yamaha Tracer, for example, has heated grips that are around 50% of the @ cost and give you both of the above features (at least I think this is correct...) - and that's a budget bike!
I installed the OEM Honda Heated Grips. I detailed some of the install here ---> http://www.africatwinforum.com/forum/111337-post277.html

Some of the photos explain what your asking. The dash indicates 5 levels of heat and a button on the left grip is how it's activated.

You might want to check the other sections because there's already a few threads talking about heated grips.
 

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The Honda heated grips seem ludicrously over-priced - even when compared to rival Japanese offerings.

For this substantial outlay do you get the following?

1. Variable power (heat) levels
2. An indicator in the dash to tell you what they are up to


The Yamaha Tracer, for example, has heated grips that are around 50% of the @ cost and give you both of the above features (at least I think this is correct...) - and that's a budget bike!
Yes - spot on with that criticism. I paid £300 for the Honda ones for the NC and a mate has just bought a Yam Tracer and they are £147 with the same functionality.
Mike
 

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I fitted the Oxfords a few weeks ago. I went with the sport size as they are shorter and fit well. The left side was fine, but I had to trim the throttle side a hair. I have used these exact same grips on my DRZ and DR650 with nary a problem.

I removed some of the left side fairing and ran the wires under the plastic and over the radiator. Stock grips popped right off with a little compressed air. Left side slid on easy and I glued it down, but throttle side was tough to get on and I didn't use glue, just a little hairspray.

Took me about 2 1/2 hours including removing the crash bars to remove battery (and install the Shorai :grin2:), with several interruptions from my six year old mechanic helper.
 

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I fitted the Oxfords a few weeks ago. I went with the sport size as they are shorter and fit well. The left side was fine, but I had to trim the throttle side a hair. I have used these exact same grips on my DRZ and DR650 with nary a problem.
I've used them on my on a few bikes. Great grips, and they've gotten better over the years. Not sure if you were being literal with the "exact same grips" part, but the Oxford Grips I installed on my AT last Sunday are the exact same pair that was on my FZ1, since I swapped grips between the bikes. To prevent wearing through the rubber (and to make them slightly larger) I wrap them with tennis racket wrap.

I wanted to use Koosa heated grips this time, but they measure 130mm, and it wasn't clear they could be trimmed enough.

Like you I had to trim throttle side of the Oxfords slightly.


I like the switch fitted into the grip.
Did you install those Koosas on your Africa Twin? OEM bars? Did you move the controls inboard? Trim the grips to fit? Or did you find a pair of Koosas in the correct length? Online I only found longer ones.
 

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I fitted the Oxfords a few weeks ago. I went with the sport size as they are shorter and fit well. The left side was fine, but I had to trim the throttle side a hair. I have used these exact same grips on my DRZ and DR650 with nary a problem.

I removed some of the left side fairing and ran the wires under the plastic and over the radiator. Stock grips popped right off with a little compressed air. Left side slid on easy and I glued it down, but throttle side was tough to get on and I didn't use glue, just a little hairspray.

Took me about 2 1/2 hours including removing the crash bars to remove battery (and install the Shorai :grin2:), with several interruptions from my six year old mechanic helper.
Nice one, your post spured me on to start fitting today. Routed my power cable from the battery up the left hand side the same as you and decided to pierce the rubber grommet on the inner fairing and fed the cable through that. I chose the right hand side for my control unit to allow me to change the heat level with my left hand without loosing throttle (a really minor consideration). All cabled up then, just need to actually fit the grips to the bars. These get really hot on test, expecting them to be mighty. Not trimmed them yet, I purchased the adventure set and reckon I will need to cut off the full trim allowance to get them to fit. It will be handy enought though, the cut will match right up to the maximum trim line indent so it will be a clean looking cut.
 
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my power cable routing and control switch mount - Oxford Hot Grips.
 

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Did you install those Koosas on your Africa Twin? OEM bars? Did you move the controls inboard? Trim the grips to fit? Or did you find a pair of Koosas in the correct length? Online I only found longer ones.
Can't really help ya @davidji as I never did buy an AT.
 

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There is a white wire in the big connector behind the meter, that goes to "heated grips on symbol" of the meter. Remember, that also the set power of the Honda heaters is shown in the place of time in the meter every time the power is changed or the heated grips are turned on.

I'm not sure, what voltage the meter and the symbols are running, but in any case I'm going to try to get the heated grips on -symbol working with my $50 KTM Powerparts heated grips. I'm planning to apply 12 V to that white wire allways when the heated grips are on. I've allready installed the elements on the grips, but not made the wiring ready. Hopefully the gray smoke, by which the all electrical gadgets are working, stays inside the meter...

It would help if someone having Honda OEM heaters could measure the voltage of that white wire when the heaters are at full power. That white wire can also be found on the connector behing back left side cover where the heater control unit is located.

I'm still waiting the reserve key to my AT (ex dealer demo bike) and it must be to workshop for key programming. So I wouldn't like to strip down the bike before that. The wiring work for heated grips, 12 V output on dashboard and GPS mount are waiting for that also. And the McCruise is coming by DHL. The good luck is it's winter here in Finland.
 
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