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Smile Viva La Difference- Grips are now Comfy !!

I took the " Black Foam Cushion Tool Grip " covers off my V-Strom and installed them on the LT. **What a nice difference!! I love this set up!

I hate skinny hard little grips and prefer grips like on my HD's.

These are very comfortable and easy to install over the stock grips.
Low cost and lots of bang for very little buck.

Lots of places sell them for $7.50 per set.. I bought 3 sets for $15.00 from a tool cover company years ago, now someone in the MC world is selling them under the name of "Grip Puppies" ...

Buy'em - you'll like em. They are thin enough not to stop heat from coming thru yet large enough in diameter to make a large difference in comfort holding the handlbars and throttle open.
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FWIW, I bought the same setup from BBY a few months back and have been very happy since!!

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I gotta find me some of those!!!

The grips are the only thing I have been unhappy with about my LT (already put the Corbin Seat on her so didn't have that issue). I was used to gigantic grips on my HD and these feel like swizzle sticks or something.

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You are Welcome Jerry..
* I knew with all the Hardley Dangerous ExPatriots onboard they would want their grips like we were use too... Some things HD did do correctly.
Grips, floorboards, kick stands, chrome, etc......

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Try http://www.grip-tek.com/detail.aspx?ID=36

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http://www.casporttouring.com/store/merchant.mvc?

Search for "Grip Puppies". You want the small size.

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AWESOME. Exactly what I want.

Hmmm, has anyone ever made them out of thin visco foam? Oh NOOOOoooooo.

It's a curse.


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Search for "Grip Puppies". You want the small size.

Brilliant! Just ordered....


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I purchased some tennis racket tape, thick kind with padding, at academy sports. what a difference it made, heat comes through though a little slow, but not a problem in Louisiana. about ten bucks at most.

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Do we need the small or the large for the LT?
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AWESOME. Exactly what I want.

Hmmm, has anyone ever made them out of thin visco foam? Oh NOOOOoooooo.

It's a curse.
Got a prototype yet?
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Beemer Boneyard Link to Foam Grips



Foam grip covers for all stock BMW grips. These slip over the stock grips to give a thicker grip and absorb more vibes. Work well with heated grips too! Not recommended for R1200C grips.



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Mine are from GripTex, are the 4.25 size and fit perfectly.

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Mine are from GripTex, are the 4.25 size and fit perfectly.
Are these the "small" , "medium" or "large" size? (The 4.25 is the length)

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From the link posted above (post #7)

Grip Puppies ™- Small. For bikes with 1.25" to 1.45" diameter grips.
Code:GPSMALL
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Mine are from GripTex, are the 4.25 size and fit perfectly.

So Top, you have the GCM?

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I placed the order for my grips through Grip-Tex then saw the posts about the sizes. Thinking I may have ordered the wrong size I called them to correct it. Grip-Tex appreciates the amount of business this chatter has gotten them, but asked that you place your orders over the internet as they do not accept phone orders.

Turns out I had ordered the GCM which is the correct size for the LT.

I ordered from Grip-Tex because for $15 you get three sets and with the other links posted you only got one set for $7.50 or $7.95. I am sure that heat, sweat, me and the elements will eat these up pretty quick.

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*Thats why I posted this Information. If it was important to me I knew it would be important to others. That's what this forum is about.

* Learning and Sharing the knowledge

IT IS a great deal getting 3 sets for $15.00 + 2.00 for shipping..

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I ordered from Grip-Tex because for $15 you get three sets and with the other links posted you only got one set for $7.50 or $7.95. I am sure that heat, sweat, me and the elements will eat these up pretty quick.
Actually they hold up reasonably well. At least the "Grip Puppies" do anyway. I have no experience with the other brand butt the one and only set of GP's have been on my bike a little less than two years and 75K miles.
I do however keep my bike when its not rolling in a garage in Florida so I guess its not exposed to the elements you have mentioned.

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Grip-Tex shipping $4.59 via web

No biggie, but shipping is $4.59 over the web. Still a bargain at $19.59 total.
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Excuse me for being dense. I just want to be sure of the correct size from grip-tek.com ..

Can someone tell me exactly what to order for these grips. I have had this type of grips on my other bikes and love them.

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From My GripTex Receipt: item # D3E106M15-4.25


Grip Cover Small 1.06 I.D. X 4-1/4 length

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From My GripTex Receipt: item # D3E106M15-4.25


Grip Cover Small 1.06 I.D. X 4-1/4 length

So, then it would be this one:

GCS 4.25 fits bar sizes 1.10" to 1.25"
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I use one of those throttle rocker levers. Will it still work with the larger grips?

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For anyone reading this thread in the UK - Grip Puppies get sent in such a way that you dont have to sign for them et al . Very nice people eh?
I ordered them Friday, got them today (Tuesday)!! How fast is that then!!!

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Okay, I orderd mine and they arrived yesterday. Damn good thing I got three pairs. I went to install them (no instructions came with them) and tried to pull them onto the grips. The first one I tried tore apart. So, what is the trick to getting them on the grips?

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Okay, I orderd mine and they arrived yesterday. Damn good thing I got three pairs. I went to install them (no instructions came with them) and tried to pull them onto the grips. The first one I tried tore apart. So, what is the trick to getting them on the grips?
I used a little tire lube and they slid on with no difficulty. My tire lube is a mixture of Murphy Oil Soap, water and a little propylene glycol. Soapy water would probably do as well. HTH

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I lubed them with just a little water - no problem getting them on

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Thanks guys!!!

A little water and one tiny drop of dish soap and they slid right on. Found it easier to twist them on like a screw, but they went right on and Top you were right...VERY COMFORTABLE!!!

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Glad everyone has " Comfy Grips " now -

*Gee, I am kinda amazed how many people I have affected with bringing up this simple little fix.

Just when ya think there is nothing new under the sun, something else comes up eh?

Shows the worldwide reach & educational power a small dedicated forum has. :>)

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Whoa, now I am confused (not the first time) .
USMCTPDOG has 1.06 for the grip size which is a small and LONEWUFF ordered the GCM which is a different size. Do we need the small or medium?

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Not recommended for R1200C grips.



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A little water and one tiny drop of dish soap and they slid right on. Found it easier to twist them on like a screw, but they went right on and Top you were right...VERY COMFORTABLE!!!
How long did it take for the soapy water to dry? I installed mine 5 days ago and they still are slippery. I even tried to pull them off and dry some of the soap off. Maybe I should get some grip glue.

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Sounds like you might have the wrong size grip. Should have dried and stuck in no time using soapy water.

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The R1200C grips are already much bigger diameter than the stock LT grips. I think the foam cover would rip during install, as well as being unnecessary.

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Installing grips

I have heard that hair spray is good for installing grips. When first applied it is wet and helps the grip to slide on - it then sets.

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I have heard that hair spray is good for installing grips.
Or that Lynx spray deodorant. Never tried the stuff, but they did have some amusing adverts.

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I put mine on woithout using any liquid to help - took me AGES!!! Strong hands now though!
The key is to roll it, part inside out. With liquid, it should be far easier

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I bought a pair of THESE (link from a previous post in this thread) and I can't get these on for the LIFE OF ME! I tried soap and water and the squirmy little things just get away from me while I try deperately to slip them over. Tried turning one end inside out - no joy. Did I get the wrong size? What am I doing wrong?

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I bought a pair of THESE (link from a previous post in this thread) and I can't get these on for the LIFE OF ME! I tried soap and water and the squirmy little things just get away from me while I try deperately to slip them over. Tried turning one end inside out - no joy. Did I get the wrong size? What am I doing wrong?
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Smile Three point to make and a BIG THANKS!!!!!!!

1) To the guy who started this thread a BIG THANK YOU
2) To the guys and gals at Casport touring who supplied my grip puppies, delivered to the UK within SIX DAYS! what a company, sometimes I have to wait longer over here for usual BMW items, I thoroughly recommend this company to any of our members.
3) Simple install tip, instead of using soapy water I used a little spray on furniture polish (Mr Sheen) and with a little persuasion both grips were on within minutes.

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I bought a pair of THESE (link from a previous post in this thread) and I can't get these on for the LIFE OF ME! I tried soap and water and the squirmy little things just get away from me while I try deperately to slip them over. Tried turning one end inside out - no joy. Did I get the wrong size? What am I doing wrong?
I bought the same exact ones and can't get them on either. I tried to use soap and water on the old grip before slipping the new one on. I then tried to lube the inside of the new grip. I finally "dunked" the new grip in soapy water. Still can't get them on past 1/2". Maybe too small?

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post #44 of 49 Old Aug 21st, 2006, 10:12 am
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Whoa, now I am confused (not the first time) .
USMCTPDOG has 1.06 for the grip size which is a small and LONEWUFF ordered the GCM which is a different size. Do we need the small or medium?

Yep, I ordered the GCM and with a little water and a drop of dish soap rubbed around the inside the slipped right on with a little twisting. Once they were on they stuck like they had been glued and if I ever want them off I think they will have to be cut off.

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post #45 of 49 Old Aug 21st, 2006, 10:53 am
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I can't get my new overgrips to stick. I purchased them from Beemer BoneYard so I think that I have the correct size. I originally used soapy water but after a week they still weren't dry. I pulled them off and dried some of the soap off and had a hard time getting them back on. So hard that I ripped my OEM grips in the process. I even tried some glue and they still slide around. I am about to give up and go back to my tennis racket tape. This is why I'm not a Do-It-Yourselfer, can't even get some stupid grips to work

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Smile Maybe your puppies are the wrong size?

Try Casporttouring, these guys were really helpfull, maybe the grips/grip puppies you have are the wrong size.

Mine went on like a dream with only a little lubrication. I actually ordered two sets being across the pond and thinking I was sure to damage at least one fitting them. Delivery was quick and in my estimation cheap, not sure if you can buy the grips cheaper over there from griptek? but they didn't want to ship to the UK as too costly (Funny that cassorttouring didn't mind) anyway good luck.
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Here is what I ordered and with some soapy watter they slip on with a bit of tuging.
Actually I rolled them over a few times on themselves and then pulled them on (Only left about 1 " to pull on) then unrolled them once they were all the way up to the end .
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Yep, I ordered the GCM and with a little water and a drop of dish soap rubbed around the inside the slipped right on with a little twisting. Once they were on they stuck like they had been glued and if I ever want them off I think they will have to be cut off.
Mucho thanks...ordered and on the way.

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Got mine on, finally. Used liquid hand soap and no water.

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