cure for BMW 800GS skinny grips

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by Gangplank, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. Ducksbane

    Ducksbane Quaaack!!!

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    After reading this thread and being interested because I have always found the 800's grips too small I happened to be waiting to be served at a local business and they had a promotional cricket bat grip on the counter. as below;

    http://s626.photobucket.com/albums/tt342/ducksbane59/?action=view&current=grip.jpg
    This is to support the Mcgrath Foundation which was started by a very famous Australian ex test cricket player after his wife died of Breast Cancer, and usually involves the colour pink.

    It occurred to me that if I got a similar grip in a more manly colour like ... black (although I did consider yellow to match my bumble bee) and cut it down it just might work. Much to my surprise I cut two sections 10cm long, heated them in hot water, sprayed a little windex on the standard grips and in almost no time I had the following results;

    http://s626.photobucket.com/albums/tt342/ducksbane59/?action=view&current=F800GSGrips2.jpg

    http://s626.photobucket.com/albums/tt342/ducksbane59/?action=view&current=F800GSGrips1.jpg

    Have only ridden about 70Km but am impressed. Grips are more comfortable, the heated grips still work, as a bonus the vibration through the handlebars is reduced to almost nothing and low speed throttle control is vastly better.

    This tip might be a bit difficult in those unenlightened countries where Cricket isn't played ( A couple of minor nations in North America come to mind :lol3), but it should work for the rest of us. I suspect there must be somewhere in New England or Canada where you can get cricket gear, but there is always mail order.
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  2. narcosis

    narcosis GS800

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    Nice work Ducksbane.
    This looks nice & comfi.

    Are these your ordinary cricket grips which can be found in any rebel sport shop?
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  3. TexasMule

    TexasMule Float away ya fairy...

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    Nicely done, now I'm off to google cricket grips.

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    Thanks a lot...:bluduh
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  4. TexasMule

    TexasMule Float away ya fairy...

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    All I can find is Gunn & Moore that come in poofter colors. No black :bluduh

    What brand did you use?

    I really like the looks of what you did.
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  5. M N B

    M N B would rather be riding

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    I tried some Grip Puppies for a couple of weeks. Didn't care for them at all. Too thick I think. Plus they reduced the effectiveness of the heated grips. So I've gone back to the stock grips for now.
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  6. narcosis

    narcosis GS800

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  7. Ducksbane

    Ducksbane Quaaack!!!

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    Hi Guys ... not sure which brand I used either, I just went into the local sports store and they had a generic grip in lots of colours for $4.95:clap

    I have noticed that grips come with different patterns, and I liked the look of the pattern in the photo's.
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  8. TexasMule

    TexasMule Float away ya fairy...

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  9. Ducksbane

    Ducksbane Quaaack!!!

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    I just had another thought for those in the northern colonies ... flea bay:deal

    Try searching for cricket bat grips.

    Failing this the less fortunate should perhaps consider a campaign to raise interest in one of Advriders strangest group buys.:lol3

    Oh ... Texasmule ... I agree Gunn and Moores colours are so, uhmnn, Gay. Typical Poms, surprised that they managed to win the Ashes.


    :hide
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  10. Xskydiver

    Xskydiver Been here awhile

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    I just used "whatagrip" tennis racket grips. They were about $5 a pair. One note cut them a tad long. When they stretch open they shorten slightly lengthwise. Probably 4.25" will be perfect.
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  11. skodadog

    skodadog Adventurer

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    I found an online place shipping from NC, $5.98 for two grips, $18.00 shipping to WA!
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  12. stevemic

    stevemic Strange Duck

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    Tried your method, got some Renthal "Medium" grips and installed them per your instructions. Very happy with the outcome. Thanks alot.
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  13. Gangplank

    Gangplank Advenchaintourer

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    Glad to hear it. Mine have held up pretty well. Figure about 12,000 per set, maybe more. Best thing is the stock heated grips will look brand new for years. :clap I'll be trying the medium grips next time myself.
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  14. Y E T I

    Y E T I Unpossible

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    Fwiw, when I installed the G2 Throttle Tamer, I was easily able to remove the stock grips. If all I wanted to do was change the grips, I could have done so easily. Just carefully cut off the old ones and install the new ones. Done.

    Only downside is having to buy two sets of grips since the left grip requires a throttle sized grip. :bluduh
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  15. Maxacceleration

    Maxacceleration Off the grid

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    I have also slipped on the Renthal mediums over the stock grips.

    These have virtually ended the numb hands I've been getting on this bike.
    It seems the small diameter alone of the stock grips is the reason for numb hands, at least for me.

    Great tip!
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  16. Moab

    Moab Been here awhile

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    the stock grips were a killer, bought some grip puppies for $9 and they installed in 5 mins....well worth it, nice and soft!
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  17. GeckoRider

    GeckoRider Been here awhile

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    Did the Renthal grip over the top of the stock grips. Love the feel now. Still using my Throttle Rocker but it just feel so much more right. Thanks for the tip. My install did not look as nice, but I guess I am just not as handy nor do I have a proper shop to work out of.
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  18. sturgeon

    sturgeon Long timer

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    Another possible option to buying two sets is these:

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    Hopefully they'll fit over.
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  19. THE BONE SHAKER

    THE BONE SHAKER Adventure Tourer

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    I fitted neoprene pushbike grips over mine. Cost me 6 dollars. Greatly improved grip and throttle control. I cut the lip off the standard grips to get them over. Water and detergent as lube with compressed air behind it . They fit very snugly.
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  20. dsrydr

    dsrydr Been here awhile

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    Took a chance (not much of one, $10 shipped) and ordered some grip puppies. At first they seemed a little large but got used to it pretty quick. Very comfortable, I like em. It took a day or so for them to grip where they wouldn't slip (humidity?). When it rained they dont hold much water. Wrapped a dry rag around them and sqeezed a little and they were pretty much dry.
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