Grip Puppies

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by westnash, Jul 23, 2006.

  1. westnash

    westnash Long timer

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    Anyone ever used these?

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    Price:$7.50

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  2. CA_Strom

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    I've had those "puppies" on my Wee strom for about two years with great results. They increase the grip diameter on the strom's very thin stock grips, and they're very comfortable. They proivde a nice amount of cushioning without being too mushy.

    Just spray a little soapy water solution and they slide right on. I got mine from CA Sport Touring, and I think that's the same listing that you posted. I cut about 3/4" off, but in hindsight I would have left them alone. They'll scrunch up to fit the grips.
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  3. Tor

    Tor Imported Norwegian Viking

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    I use them on my ST1300. I like them. Just make sure you know what size you need. They go on easy using a spray bottle with dishwash soap and water.

    I got grip heaters, and the puppies don't degrade the heat efficiency at all. It might take a little longer for you to feel the heat once you turn them on.
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  4. greer

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    Westnash,
    Could you provide the source? I didn't see anything about free shipping on the CA Sporttouring site. I'm really cheap.
    Thanks,
    Sarah
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  5. RapidRobert

    RapidRobert Viagra Donor & reprobate

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    I'd be interested in these IF they don't cause any loss of heat from my heated grips. I am prone to cold hands, and I couldn't stand to lose even 1 btu of heat. Are they removable? I might try them for a bit, and in winter, experiment by taking one off a grip to compare it to one left installed. If the one left on is as warm as the grip without one, I'd replace the one and keep 'em both on.
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  6. CA_Strom

    CA_Strom Cunning Linguist Supporter

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    Check out the CA Sport Touring site, the free shipping is listed on the item description for Grip Puppies: "FREE SHIPPING via US Mail, just select the free UPS Ground shipping option."
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  7. Kamala

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    I have them on my TransAlp, great addition. Next to no loss in heat from the heaters but they do take much longer to get to temperature. They were a bitch to put on but not impossible. I bought them from the manufacturer and they were next to nothing in price. They came in a package of 6. I'll check and post the manufactures name.

    http://grip-tek.com/

    Buy from the manufacturer and skip the middleman!
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  8. greer

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    Thank you csr67 and Kamala. I was thinking of these on my 650GS. I'm twisting my throttle way back at fast Interstate speeds. I'm wondering if a fatter grip would be easier on my hand and wrist. I know the foam would help with vibration. What do you all think?

    Sarah
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  9. VelvtRide

    VelvtRide i can haz a motrsykle?

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    Please let me know if you do this - I have a 650 and would also like to find a more comfortable solution.
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  10. CA_Strom

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    Yes, they will greatly increase the grip comfort. The stock grips on the Wee Strom are very slender, and my hands always hurt when riding. 30 seconds to slide the puppies on, problem solved. The larger diamter grip relaxes your hand and prevents cramping.
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  11. greer

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    I may give them a try. I didn't know if a bigger diameter grip would feel like I was twisting even further. For $7.50 it'd be a cheap experiment.

    Sarah
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  12. westnash

    westnash Long timer

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    what is the correct size for the wee strom?
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  13. VStromTom

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    I have a set of foam wraps, secured with velcro, on my VS. Think they were $10. They work well, and with the heaters on there is zero temp loss. Another alternative.
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  14. DEAN R.SHALVIS

    DEAN R.SHALVIS Long timer

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    Go to a sporting goods store and get the stuff that they wrap the handles of a tennis racket with great stuff and only a couple of bucks!!!!!!
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  15. CA_Strom

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    The large puppies fit the stock wee strom grips perfectly.
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  16. mrmaico

    mrmaico Long timer

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    I have the Grip-Tek ones on my 1200GS because the stock grips were too small for me but with these on now they're a little too fat, especially with a lined glove. So if you're thinking of adding them just for comgort/reduced vibs you may find that your grips are too fat. They don't seem that thick just looking at them but you'll probably be surprised how much thicker your grips are with them. I ended up taking them off last fall when I started wearing the lined gloves. Also they seem to me that they do hold back a little of the heat but not alot, takes a little longer to warm up to temp also.

    Barry
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  17. Ol' Badger

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    Existing GS grips have a thick flange at the outer edge, making the puppy a bitch to put on. Heh heh. Soapy water was not working. So I used a wee bit of vaseline. I was worried about sliding and heat transmission. But after a couple of hours there was no sliding and hasn't been any for weeks. And the heat seems to bleed right through. Long term effects of that wee bit? Dunno, but there are always more puppies in the world. BTW, they're now $8.20. Still a bargain for big hands.
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  18. jodyz121

    jodyz121 Mostly Harmless . . .

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    I put them on my 650GS, and don't get wrist cramps any more. The fat weenie effect makes it easier to just rest your open hand on the throttle like a "cruise control" - more friction, but less pressure required, if you get my drift.

    Tried out the heater with the puppies on, and thought I had blown a fuse at first, but they eventually warmed up.
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