2015+ Aftermarket Heated Grips
The heated grips on my 2015 are really poor. There are numerous threads discussing the performance of the OEM heated grips so that's not what this thread is about. What I haven't read much about is who has installed aftermarket heated grips, specifically on the 2015 and newer bikes, in order to improve heating performance.
I bought a set of Oxford heated grips to install on my bike but with the ride-by-wire throttle tube, and the wiring flange on the inboard side, I'm not sure if the grips I bought are compatible.
I'll post up some photos later of my throttle tube, but in the meantime I was hoping to get the conversation started. Has anyone installed aftermarket heated grips on an "electronic-throttled" Multistrada? I'd like to at least know if it's even possible.
I won't be able to confirm fitment of the grips onto the throttle tube, but I can confirm that oxford grips can be wired into the stock ducati wiring harness, so the OEM button is functional. As long as you're handy enough to solder and heat shrink a couple wires.
Electrically fitting aftermarket grips isn’t too challenging. The challenging part, to me at least, was the mechanical fitment – just make the new grip fit on the throttle tube.
I can now say that I have successfully done just that.
Here’s a photo of the Oxford adventure grip (top), OEM throttle tube (middle) and OEM grip (bottom). You can see the large flange on the inboard side of the OEM throttle. This flange contains the heater wires and allows the cable to flex when the throttle is twisted. It also makes it impossible to fit any aftermarket grip onto the throttle tube because with the flange in the way, any aftermarket grip will be way too long.
My dealership gave me a free throttle tube that they had lying around so I got my Dremel out and modified the tube, hoping that when I was done, the Oxford grip would fit.
Here’s what the tube looks like when removed from the sensor housing.
After grinding away the unnecessary features like the inboard flanges and the outboard ring, this is what I was left with:
The next step was to trim the Oxford grip because it was around 6-7 mm too long. I just rigged up some thinks on my workbench and used a utility knife to cut the grip. I rotated the grip on the wooden dowel (7/8” diameter) while pushing down on the knife. The far end of the grip was pressed up against the side of the vice holding the wooden dowel in position. All of this kept the grip in position but made it easy to rotate, while the knife did the work.
This resulted in a really clean edge. I knew this edge would be visible and any jaggedness would really bother me. Also, I wanted to minimize the gap between the grip and the bar end. This clean cut allowed me to do that.
Finally, here is the grip installed on the bike.
In comparison, the left side grip took no time at all. I estimate that side took about 4 minutes to install.
So, it is possible to fit an aftermarket heated grip to a 2015 DVT throttle tube, with some fairly easy modifications.
I had similar Oxford grips on my old FZ1. A word of warning: you don't want to park the bike with the sun shining on the Oxford controller for any length of time. The glue that holds the decal on melts quickly and will run across the LEDs. Cleaning it up so that you can see which LED is lit again is a pain in the neck. Don't ask me how I know this...
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