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OEM heated grips vs Aftermarket

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I'm thinking about installing heated grips - does anyone have experience comparing the OEM to Oxford or another aftermarket version? I'm mainly looking for input on which has the better max heat output.
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What model year is your NC?
 

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I have “first hand” experience with 2012 OEM heated grips and also the Oxford “adventure“ grips with v7 controller. In my opinion, the Oxfords got a little hotter. Also, the Oxfords are less expensive. The new Oxfords come with the v8 controller which works better and is more reliable than the v7.
 
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Fantastic. I did motorcade escorts in Missouri for about 4 years - we'd ride as long as the streets were plowed. So I've got some residual damage in my hands, likely frostbite, that makes anything under 55 a pain to ride. My 5+ year old Gerbing gloves are showing their age (but aren't we all!).
 

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Fantastic. I did motorcade escorts in Missouri for about 4 years - we'd ride as long as the streets were plowed. So I've got some residual damage in my hands, likely frostbite, that makes anything under 55 a pain to ride. My 5+ year old Gerbing gloves are showing their age (but aren't we all!).
I really like my "Oxfords" on my 2018. 5 heat ranges and the auto shutoff really works. I opted for Triumph heated grips on my 1200 explorer, but they only had 2 settings and were not hot enough (plus a PITA to install). I also bought some "hippo hands" that I will put on whenever it gets cold here in Arkansas--about $50 bucks from Revzilla. They are also oxford brand "super muffs' and I can transfer them easily to another bike.
Just a little tip if you get the Oxford grips--don't use their super glue unless you are really fast about jamming them on.
 

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Do you find you need or want both heated gloves and heated, grips? I find I generally only want the one or the other, and actually I like Warm ‘n’ Safe heated glove liners better than heated grips. That said, it’s rarely ‘cold’ here by most people’s standards. If it gets into the low 40s or very high 30s, that’s quite cold here. (-:

Anyway, just curious.
 

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I have the OE Honda heated grips on my 2016 NC70S. I also have a bike with the Oxford Sports Heated Grips ( EL692UK, special UK only model designed for the terrible wet weather we get in UK and Ireland). There's no comparison. The Oxford grips get a lot hotter. However, they have a big clunky controller whereas the OE grips have an integrated controller. On the 2016 bike the OE grips integrate with the instruments and you get a symbol showing the power level selected.

If I were to buy another NC I would skip the OE grips despite their advantages of integration, and just get Oxfords for the better ride comfort.
 

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Do you find you need or want both heated gloves and heated, grips? I find I generally only want the one or the other, and actually I like Warm ‘n’ Safe heated glove liners better than heated grips. That said, it’s rarely ‘cold’ here by most people’s standards. If it gets into the low 40s or very high 30s, that’s quite cold here. (-:

Anyway, just curious.
I found out on a new years day ride several years ago (100 miles) that at 17 degrees, heated grips are not enough because the back of your hands and thumb get frozen. Now I am older and maybe wiser--so I just don't ride when it's that cold
 
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