Product review: R&G heated grips
Parts & accessories
25 July 2012 14:37
R&G heated grips, £40
Time used: Four months
What’s good: Bike manufacturers’ heated grips can cost £250. This pair is £40 and works perfectly well.
The control box can be a weakness on aftermarket grips likes these. The box on the £80 Oxford Products pair these replaced was awkward to use and stopped working.
But this one is easy to operate with gloves on and hasn’t packed up. Admittedly the £250 you pay for manufacturers’ grips includes factory fitting to a standard hard to emulate at home.
For example, because I’ve taken the easy route of wiring these straight to the battery, they don’t switch off automatically with the ignition. But I could always spend the £200 saving on a mechanics course.
What’s not: The black outer wire sleeve came out of the control box and had to be pushed back in. I’m fairly confident this wouldn’t happen to a £250 set.
I’d also cautiously say that I don’t think they get quite as hot at the highest setting as factory ones. They still seem excellent at this price though.