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Post  Chook on Fri 20 Feb 2015, 5:05 pm

My 50yo hands are starting to feel it when I ride longer distances so I thought I'd better do something about it before the trip to Parkes. I picked these up on ebay, just over $20 delivered, took about a week and a half from Canada

Simple fit, cut to length, spray inside with hair spray, slide them on real quick. I had to roll the 1st one off and start again after taking too long.

I fitted them last Saturday, it said allow 24 hours to fully dry before riding, I reckon in the 40 deg C we had that day, 5 minute would have been plenty.

After only ever riding with standard grips they felt a bit odd when I hopped on the bike to go to work Monday, by yesterday they already felt normal, in the afternoon I rode a customers bike into the shed at work and the standard grips already felt like tooth picks, so far I'm very happy with them.



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Post  SuzySuzuki on Fri 20 Feb 2015, 6:08 pm

i have similar grips on the triple, but wondered how id go with them on the Bandit. At least you can remove them if you dont like them, right?

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Post  Chook on Fri 20 Feb 2015, 6:18 pm

Yeh, they are straight over the originals, I don't think it would be too hard to clean the hair spray off the original grips
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Post  SuzySuzuki on Fri 20 Feb 2015, 6:28 pm

I put mine on the Triple, with soapy water, and were buggers to push on.

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Post  paul on Fri 20 Feb 2015, 6:30 pm

They look like the same stuff as gym equipment foam tube from Clark rubber I got...........Quite good to use  Very Happy.............The trick is soapy water and use an old flannel or something to wrap around the grip when sliding it on so your hands don't slip .

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Post  Chook on Fri 20 Feb 2015, 6:35 pm

The Pussy Grips say to use soapy water, hair spray worked a treat on these
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Post  richmich on Thu 26 Feb 2015, 4:07 pm

Just put some Pussy Grips on using the "soapy water" method and worked OK. Went riding 1/2 Hr later and all good. I've had them on my cruiser before the Bandit, and they're great.
< $20 on ebay within Australia and my last pair started to wear out after about 10,000Km.
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Post  jstava on Thu 26 Feb 2015, 5:53 pm

I'm with Paul on this.  Years ago, I fitted some Grab-On grips for my XT550 - revolutionised the way it all felt and worked.   I loved them.  

They didn't last long.  I got some of that stuff from Clark rubber and it was pretty similar - but lasted the rest of the period of ownership on the bike 40,000 kays as opposed to more like 10,000 - I got a real good run out of the Clark rubber stuff and ended up using the rest of it on pushbike handlebars, cause I was never going to use it up on the motorbike.  The Clark rubber was much less affected by UV light - the genuine article got crumbly way sooner, and was better when it was really wet the Grabons would fill with water and get squishy and a little slippery the other, not so much.

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Post  2wheelsagain on Fri 27 Feb 2015, 9:12 am

I had Pussy Grips on my B1250 only to increase the grip size.
They worked well but I always split the left hand grip from how I wheel the bike around.
Have a spare pair in the garage but Honda seem to have fatter grips.

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Post  Chook on Fri 27 Feb 2015, 9:45 am

@jstava wrote:I'm with Paul on this.  Years ago, I fitted some Grab-On grips for my XT550 - revolutionised the way it all felt and worked.   I loved them.  

They didn't last long.  I got some of that stuff from Clark rubber and it was pretty similar - but lasted the rest of the period of ownership on the bike 40,000 kays as opposed to more like 10,000 - I got a real good run out of the Clark rubber stuff and ended up using the rest of it on pushbike handlebars, cause I was never going to use it up on the motorbike.  The Clark rubber was much less affected by UV light - the genuine article got crumbly way sooner, and was better when it was really wet the Grabons would fill with water and get squishy and a little slippery the other, not so much.
I'll keep that in mind jstava, like you, I love them, the more I ride with them the more I like them.
I'll keep the Clark Rubber option open depending on how long these last
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Post  jstava on Sat 28 Feb 2015, 2:55 pm

I'll do it again soon to the Bandit, I think  I've got Oxford Heated Grips and the one on the left is starting to fall apart due to having been contaminated by oil, I think. And apparently they don't sell replacement covers.  No the grip is a unit, with the grip including the wire outlet.  

If they go to God, you need to replace the whole thing and they are sold as sets. It shouldn't be hard to get some material from Clark which will fit the bill - it can be obtained in different diameters as I remember.  It was a few years ago now, since I bought the last lot.  This might actually improve the performance of the heaters.  High is too hot for comfort, and even low is quite warm. 

I'm sure I can trim the grip as required up to where I need to preserve the wiring, and silicon a seal where the join is.  the heating element itself appears to be quite well sealed, so I doubt it will matter if the grip itself is porous. I'll need to move on this soon before it wears enough to bare wires.

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Post  Chook on Tue 28 Jul 2015, 8:52 pm

The foam from Clarke rubber is no where near as dense as the Grab On Grip covers
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