Airhead grips

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by davemon, May 27, 2010.

  1. davemon

    davemon High Speed Airhead

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    Replacing new throttle handle and cables and looking for a good set of grips. The local shops have zilch. Would like something comfortable on long rides. Whats the hot setup?
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  2. jtwind

    jtwind Wisconsin Airhead

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    I have always used and liked the stock BMW grips. Early bikes had the checkered magura's and later bikes the gray ribbed ones with a taper. Don't know when they changed from one to the other.
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  3. rufusswan

    rufusswan Been here awhile

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    Yep,

    The hot setup is the gloves.
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  4. Yarddog

    Yarddog Been here awhile

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    That question is kinda like 'what color should I paint my motorcycle?'... Who knows what fits you best better than you? I happen to like the old style grips that JC Whitney sells...you might not like 'em...

    Hey, just take a look at a bunch of them, buy some you like, and try 'em out...It's how I found out what works for me years ago, but seriously, nobody is gonna be able to tell you what works for you!!!
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  5. bmwrench

    bmwrench Long timer

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    Hand grips are a very personal choice, dependent upon the rider's hand shape and size. I prefer Johar's barrel shaped foam grips and have them on all but one of my bikes. They work well for those of s with fairly large hands and concave palms.
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  6. Beemerguru

    Beemerguru Beemerguru...G/S guy

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    Just grips..but what about heated grips?
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  7. whoopicat

    whoopicat n00b

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    I had the stock grips on my '82 R100 and my hands would go numb after about an hour. I had always used Oury grips on my mountain bike so I thought I'd try them on the BMW. Now I can go on a 2+ hour ride and my hands are fine. They're cheap and come in snazzy colors.
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  8. Infracaninophile

    Infracaninophile Finding My Way..

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    I have pretty small hands. I found some new Hot Grips that come in a pattern that is very similar to the BMW heated grips that came on my 1996 R1100GS. I have a very similar pair of non-heated grips that came on my 93 R100GS last year. They fit my hand just fine. I am a bit fussy about grips as I can't handle certain shapes well. Grips are a very personal thing.

    Tom
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  9. Brad Felmey

    Brad Felmey Long timer

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  10. Velvet Elvis

    Velvet Elvis mild mannered adventurer

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    I had these on my K100RS. Very comfy, kind of sticky. I've always used the Sunline Gran Touring grips on my airheads but I guess they're NLA.





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  11. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    WHOLLY $hit bat man he sells them for a 90% markup.
    You can get the same grips (which happen to me current favorite grips for airheads) For about $8.00 at your local cycle shop.

    Nothing fancy They are ProGrip Rally (or Rallye) come in colors as well.
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  12. goatroper

    goatroper Been here awhile

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  13. motu

    motu Loose Pre Unit

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    First thing I did when I got my BMW was get rid of those ribbed tapered things and put on my favorite grips.After a couple of rides I went back to the stock grips - they work really well.
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  14. gronk

    gronk HIGH ANGLE RIGGER

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    +1 for the progrips sweet handgrip and cheap!! Ive got 10000Km so far this season and they are way better than stock and so far my hand grip heaters haven't melted them. "BOMBER":deal
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  15. Yarddog

    Yarddog Been here awhile

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    When I got my /7, the grips were WAAAAAYYY too small, trying to overcome the exceedingly stiff throttle return springs...I put on bigger, vintage-style grips and installed lighter springs, along with a throttle tension screw, and all is well now...
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  16. boxerboy81

    boxerboy81 Stay Horizontal

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    I have these.

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  17. coastranger

    coastranger Been here awhile

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    im using grip puppies over stock
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  18. Jasper ST4

    Jasper ST4 Guest

    I had the stock Maguras when new and joked that I could use them to buff the inner tubes in case I need to patch them. Then I put on the big soft ones, I called them titty grips, but I often didn't wear gloves in those days. Gloves made them feel HUGE.

    I've used the stock ones for decades now.
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  19. bikecat

    bikecat Long timer

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    What are these? The stock ones on the R1100XX/R1150XX. Love them.

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  20. dduelin

    dduelin Be Thou My Vision, Oh Lord Of My Heart

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    I wear gloves all the time so the stock ones on whatever bike. I guess my hands aren't that particular. If my hand or thumb goes numb it is the way I am gripping or sitting. I correct that and hands are happy again.
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