Holy Spit - Grip Puppies are $20 Now?!?!?! Alternatives, please.

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by bwringer, Sep 14, 2017.

  1. lam@advf

    lam@advf n00bus operandi

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    It's not an issue for me. I was just curious if that might work for someone or had it been tried and there was there a reason it was no go. The OP did ask for alternatives.
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  2. goldo

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    I've used a gel wrap for tennis rackets and really like the way they feel and increase the diameter of the grip
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  3. ghostrider990

    ghostrider990 Adventurer

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    just replaced my original set, and paid the price gladly.

    You guys are ridiculously cheap.

    I got 20k out of the originals.
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  4. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Long timer

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    Pipe insulation is almost always slit up the side so you can press it onto an installed pipe. To use it as a grip you'd have to tape wrap it to keep it together and on the grips.
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  5. zap2504

    zap2504 Dave E.

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    Some foam pipe insulation has adhesive on both cut ends (covered by a clear tape) so you can glue it back together after wrapping the pipe. Should work here too, but you need to be careful as you will only have 1 chance to get it right.
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  6. scootac

    scootac Just a Traveler

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    I'd think any pipe insulation I've seen would be too thick for a grip. And I've never seen any with an ID that big.
    Doubt it would up over time either.

    And I am a cheap bastard....too cheap to try it!
    :D

    When I got my ST, I went on a week long trip right away. Soon discovered the grips were too skinny for me, so got a roll of rubber shelf liner and a bag of rubber bands. Cut strips of the soft rubber mesh, wrapped them around to the thickness that felt good and held it in place with the rubber bands.
    Worked great till I got home and got a real pair of thick comfy grips!!!!
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  7. Gompie

    Gompie Been here awhile

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    +1. I recently did some pipe insulation. That stuff only glues together on a loose fit, which is what you want in pipe insulation. It's not what you want on motorcycle grips. For the price, I'm staying with grip puppies.
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  8. ghostrider990

    ghostrider990 Adventurer

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    And if it makes any difference to you penny-pinchers out there......the guy who sells these IS a fellow motorcyclist, and I'm pretty sure he's still a one-man operation. This isn't big brother you're bolstering, he's a guy who saw need and created a pretty fantastic product that benefits the community.
    And he includes a sucker or two with EVERY order!!
    Works for me.
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  9. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    Several people in this thread mention the re-grip product. For anyone that has used both, how does the overall diameter of the re-grip compare to grip puppies? I tried to find wall thickness info on the re-grip website but nothing there.
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  10. bmwroadsterca

    bmwroadsterca RadioFlyer

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    The installed overall diameter is 36mm. I have had them on for at least 3 seasons. I will never wear them out. Quite comfortable. Recommended.

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  11. bmwroadsterca

    bmwroadsterca RadioFlyer

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    Installed on a F650GS twin.

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  12. PackRat

    PackRat Huey Guns

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    They are between 3/16 and 1/4 inch thick and tougher than the grip puppies.
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  13. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    Seems thicker than grip puppies which is what I wanted to avoid. Thanks
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  14. judgedelta

    judgedelta Been here awhile

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    I bought Grip Puppies last year for $16-18. They fit my hands perfectly, compared to the skinny BMW grips. What are you guys doing to your grips that would necessitate frequently replacing them? Sand in the Vasoline, perhaps?
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  15. KevinP65

    KevinP65 Been here awhile

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    I use pipe tube insulation for long trips and works well. Larger than grip puppies which I want. I hold on with small zip ties and then wrap electrical tape over them. Have to position end of zips carefully. Comes in 1/2 and 3/4 - buy one of each and find out what works best for you. May look a little weird but I could care less.
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