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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-14-2017, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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Which version of Oxford heated grips?

I have a 2016 Versys 650 (MK3).
Which version of the Oxford Premium Heated grips would work the best? The Touring or the Adventure grips?
I am also going to put tjhe 2-point barkbusters on (not sure if that makes a difference).

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-16-2017, 01:33 PM
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I think it's a matter of which type of grip you prefer. I have the sport pattern because I liked the extra grippyness and the look of them. They should all fit just fine.
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The physical dimensions differ (length). Measure your existing grips. I believe, but am not certain the adventure style are the right choice. It is easier to shorten a grip that is slightly long compared to lengthen one that is too short. Also check out controller mount options. There have been other posts on this forum on this subject. I do not believe there is a difference in this between the 3 Versys versions.

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Direct from Oxford's web page:

Grip Lengths
Type -Standard Length/ Cut Length
Adventure -132mm (5.19")/122mm (4.80")
Touring 120mm (4.72")/110mm (4.33")
Sports 123mm (4.84")/114mm (4.48")
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The Adventure ones fit just fine without cutting.


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post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-22-2017, 09:51 AM
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I got the ADV ones, but I ended up trimming up to the limits of the grip off to make them fit nicely. Would rather have too much and need to trim a bit than not enough and have a pathway for water to get between the grip and throttle tube!

I also hear the ADV grips last longer than the sport ones? I'm all for sacrificing a bit of comfort for longevity


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I just ordered the sport because it seemed like everyone has to cut the ADV ones to the size of sport anyway. I'll let you know Friday when I get them installed if you haven't ordered by then.
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I just ordered the sport because it seemed like everyone has to cut the ADV ones to the size of sport anyway. I'll let you know Friday when I get them installed if you haven't ordered by then.
How'd they fit?
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How'd they fit?
Sorry for the delay..didn't think anyone cared.

The Sport fit exact with no trimming whatsoever! Don't have a pic of the throttle side but it has a super small space (1/16") between grip and box but I wouldn't want it to touch anyway. And like everyone says nice and hot! Been riding at 35F with toasty hands at 50% power.
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[QUOTE=StormRider;1479793]Sorry for the delay..didn't think anyone cared.



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People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care..
Lol. I care but don't know much!
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I have the touring version on my 1st Gen - 09 Versys. The clutch side fit perfectly concerning length, but the throttle side has about 1/8 of an inch between the end of the grip and the bar end weight. I don't care about the small gap so I just ignore it.

I will say that getting the clutch side on was kind of a pain as there was so much paint and clear coat on the bar that I had to sand it down which took me a while.
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I found this thread looking for answers to the same. Thank you, @troop, for posting the measurements.

Last night I measured my grips on my 2015 650 V, which came out to 4 and 7/8 inches.

Doing some quick math, 7/8 = 0.875, so 4.875 is the stock size of my grips.

Based on the measurements Troops' posted, it appears the Sports edition will work out of the box without any cutting required, but may come up a fraction shorter than the stock. Otherwise the Adventure appear to be your best bet, but _will_ require modification to fit correctly.

I intend on picking up some Oxford's fairly soon in hopes it extends my riding season. Anyone else doing the same, post your results!
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In addition to the dimensions others posted, I'll add this information that Oxford emailed to me when I was trying to decide:

OF690Z- Heaterz Premium Adventure - Of the 3, this is slightly longer and like the Touring having a firmer and solid feel.

OF691Z- Heaterz Premium Touring-- Firm, stiff and solid.

OF692Z- Heaterz Premium Sports- Soft and squishy feel.

So, with the size of the Sports sounding just right, and wanting a little more squish, I ordered the Sports. But I procrastinated in installing them and ended up switching to a Concours to do more 2-up touring with my son. The Connie comes stock with heated grips, so I still have the Oxford Sports new-in-box. If anyone is interested, PM me.

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Jensky,

I've had my heated grips for about 2 months now. I live in the DFW area of Texas so it stays about 40 degrees or warmer most of the year. With that said, I use 30 dollar Bilt gloves from Cycle gear that are just leather and protection bits, and the heated grips on 50% keep my hands pretty warm most of the time. If I get on the free way, I might have to turn them up just a one more setting to 75% and that's it. I have yet to need 100% and honestly think it might get a bit too hot unless its really cold outside at 100%.
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Updating this thread, this weekend I finally went ahead and installed the Sport grips. Here's the result:






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Oxford Grips for Versys 650LT

I had Kawasaki heat grips and they were uneven and poorly heated. I was recommended to Oxford. I chose Touring. I am a street only person who tours. I love them. They heat evenly, the are just the right level of heat from low to high, and when you get off the bike after a couple of minutes they shut off automatically. I don't think you can go wrong with Oxford on a Versys. Mark.
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FWIW - I have the KOSO APOLLO heated grips on both my Vs. They work PDG, w/ FIVE levels of heat, and much LESS bulk compared w/ the Oxford grips. The 'controls' are on the left grip.





I since rotated the right grip so the 'wires' are NOT so evident, now down at about 5 o'clock rather than at 1.

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