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ZZR 1400 ZZR 1400 Touring

25 Apr 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on ZZR 1400 ZZR 1400 Touring

[REVIEW] Heated Grips: Daytona Vs Oxford Vs RG

Heated grips are probably the single best upgrade you can get on a motorcycle to make it more comfortable, being for touring or commuting all year long.

Even in a warm climate like we have in Portugal, heated grips make it possible to wear summer (or mid season) gloves all year long and make your winter riding a lot more pleasurable.

The big question is which ones to buy. A quick search online will find you a few different brands and prices. The most popular being the Oxford Hot Grips (in their various iterations) and probably the RG.

The Daytonas are a little less common.

I’ve fitted Daytona heated grips to the ZZR a couple of years ago and recently bought the Oxford Premium Touring Hot Grips for the Super Duke. I’ve also tried out the RG on a friend’s Bandit600 and if you’re interested in a user opinion, this are my thoughts:

Daytona Heated Grips

I’m picky with the grips on my bikes, I don’t like thick or hard rubber grips and when I was looking for my first set of heated grips that was an important factor. The price was another so at the time the Oxford Hot Grips (75€-80€) where out of the question.

After some looking around online I decided to make use of a deal on Louis.De and bought a set of Daytonas for about 45€ + shipping.

Because it was spring the grips where at a discount and I ended buying them cheap and have plenty of time to fit them.

I love the looks and feel of the grips, they are thin and rubbery but not too thin or too soft and are a perfect fit for the ZZR. I actually think they look and feel better than the original ones.

Kawasaki ZZR 1400

As for the wiring and controller, they are easy enough to install, although I ended up going the easy route an wired them directly to the battery, meaning if I forget them on they will drain the battery. (Although in 2 years that as never happened)

The controller comes with a bracket to fit to the handlebars but has the ZZR has clip-one I’ve opted to fit it with Velcro and when not in use (Summer) it stays stuck to the inner side of the right air duct, and when I need it I just change it to a bit of Velcro on the triple clamp.

The controller as 3 positions: OFF, START and ON, which that is it’s weakest point.

START gives full power (48W) and beats the grips pretty fast, but it’s meant to be used solely has a start up function and the instructions state that it must NEVER be used for longer than 1min or the whole system might fail.

However I’ve found the ON setting (15W) to be too weak at times and when the weather is really cold my hands start to get chilly even with the heated grips so I just ended up ignoring the warnings and use the START function whenever I need a bit extra warmth. It does get a bit too hot after a while so I just go back and fourth between ON and START to try and keep a comfortable temperature. Which is not perfect, but the system as spent a lot more than 1min in full power mode and it has never failed or even degraded itself, so I guess the guys at Daytona where being a bit overzealous.

After two years of use and about 20.000km the grips show some signs if use but nothing much and still feel and work great, so the build quality is very good.

Kawasaki ZZR 1400
Kawasaki ZZR 1400
Kawasaki ZZR 1400

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