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Old 01-29-2015, 02:43 AM   #1
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Road bike grips - what do you like?

We are ordering some grips for the dirty/semi-dirty bikes so I thought I may as well get better ones for the roadie at the same time. In times past, the ProGrip 714 (or something similar) was considered the ducks nuts for sport-touring bikes, almost the de facto standard after-market grip - is that still the case?

ProGrip 714:


However I'm wondering if the ProGrip 725 isn't a better option, being dual-density and probably a newer design. It's also 3mm shorter at 122mm so a better match for the VFR, according to my ruler.

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I used the 797 for years on the 640 Adventure and loved them; the 725 looks very similar but without the big ridges between the outer three fingers.

ProGrip 797, for reference:


I'm not after maximum control or maximum comfort, but rather a blend of the two. And they have to be grippy in all weather. The heated grips on the VFR at the moment fatigue my hands because they are so slippery you have to hang on to them very firmly. The new grips will have under-grip heaters added.
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Old 01-29-2015, 03:09 AM   #2
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Leather. Which is not what I would have ever expected to hear me say. I've tried almost every type of grip made over the decades. The leather ones, for me, provide the near perfect degree of tack.
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Old 01-29-2015, 03:14 AM   #3
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Oury Road Grips; no slipping whatsoever, does take a little longer for the heat to come thru.


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Edit: Here's an old thread with a picture:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=553236
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Old 01-29-2015, 04:41 AM   #4
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We are ordering some grips for the dirty/semi-dirty bikes so I thought I may as well get better ones for the roadie at the same time. In times past, the ProGrip 714 (or something similar) was considered the ducks nuts for sport-touring bikes, almost the de facto standard after-market grip - is that still the case?

not that it matters, but its what i've been using for a few years now
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Old 01-29-2015, 05:11 AM   #5
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Leather. Which is not what I would have ever expected to hear me say. I've tried almost every type of grip made over the decades. The leather ones, for me, provide the near perfect degree of tack.
Leather grips? Show us.
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Old 01-31-2015, 09:00 PM   #6
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I'm sure I'm the only one in the universe who actually likes the texture of HotGrips. I think I'd use them even if I lived in Fla.
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Old 01-31-2015, 09:59 PM   #7
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I wrap my grips in Gamma gel tennis racket grip tape. Great track, soft, and the add a little girth to the grip. Feels perfect to me.
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Old 02-01-2015, 06:50 AM   #8
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Grip Puppies on anything that'll take 'em.
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Old 02-01-2015, 07:58 AM   #9
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I like the ProGrip 714. I have put them on every bike I have owned.
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Old 02-01-2015, 08:25 AM   #10
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I wrap my grips in Gamma gel tennis racket grip tape. Great track, soft, and the add a little girth to the grip. Feels perfect to me.
Not sure if it's gel or not, but I've got Gamma tennis racket wrap over Oxford heated grips on both bikes. Mostly because it makes the grip slightly larger, and helps prevent wearing out the rubber of the heated grip. The feel is good too of course.

All those things apply to Grip Puppies as well, and I like the added girth, but they add too much insulation from the grip heat for me. Best might be a heated wrap applied over (instead of under) the rubber grip and the Grip Puppy over that.
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Old 02-01-2015, 08:38 AM   #11
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I don't think there'll be much love for these, but....



I bought my gs in '91 and had a problem with my hands going numb. I put a pair of these on and mostly solved the problem. They last a long time and many miles. I've got about 35k on the current pair and have a new set ready to go on. A little squishy, but they work real good for me and I don't really even notice the squishiness anymore. Cheap too!

I did put some progrip 714's on my FZ1 and I liked them just fine too.
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Old 02-01-2015, 08:41 AM   #12
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I tried grip puppies before the tennis racket tape and didn't like the size and feel of them. The grip tape isn't as big and isn't as squishy as the grip puppies.
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Old 02-01-2015, 12:27 PM   #13
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I've put BMW Sport Grips (or "handles" in BMW parlance) on my last couple of bikes, neither of which was a BMW. Great ergo shape, slightly tacky, and last a good long time. More expensive of course.
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Old 02-02-2015, 08:16 AM   #14
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I'm a big fan of the Posh grips

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Old 02-02-2015, 12:53 PM   #15
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I like the foam, spongy over grips.
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