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post #1 of 13 Old Oct 5th, 2010, 6:11 am Thread Starter
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Question (UK members) - Which replacement handlebar grips?

I'm trying to find a replacement pair of rubber handlebar grips for my 03 LTSE, the existing rubber grips are dropping to pieces. I really don't want the expense of having to buy the BMW grips. Can anyone point me to a retailer?

Can anyone confirm that both grips need to be 1" diameter?

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Re: (UK members) - Which replacement handlebar grips?

here ya go get these in small
http://www.sportouring.com/gallery.p...ngeChoosen=353

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Re: (UK members) - Which replacement handlebar grips?

Hi Axle, many thanks for the link but I'm after rubber grips which will cope better with our wet weather. I've had foam grips on a previous bike, they were comfortable but also hold quite a bit of water.

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Re: (UK members) - Which replacement handlebar grips?

You can get just the rubber parts from BMW. Order 2X part number 32 72 2 332 620. The grips look very similar to your original ones. These grips are originally for I believe an 1100 series bike that come on plastic inserts. Carefully strip the rubber off of the plastic inserts and toss the inserts in the bin. Now carefully strip the old rubber off of your grips being extra careful not to damage the heated insert. Use a bit of contact cement along the length of the old heated insert and slide the new grips on. Make sure you don't get any glue on the very ends of the throttle side which may cause your throttle to stick. Wait at least 24 hours for the glue to set and you are good for several more years. The grips cost in the range of $35 over here.

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Re: (UK members) - Which replacement handlebar grips?

Thanks for the info Steve, apologies for the very late reply.

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Re: (UK members) - Which replacement handlebar grips?

I need to replace the rubber on our K1200RS, same part number. I wonder though if the "unheated" part can simply go over the heater element? Or are there any other differences? The RS has the heated grips just like the LT, and the rubber is in awful shape.

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Can anyone confirm that both grips need to be 1" diameter?
I'm still looking for just rubber grips, can anyone confirm that both grips need to be 1" diameter please?
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Re: (UK members) - Which replacement handlebar grips?

g'day seagull
grip puppies are foam but they do not absorb water they are firm like rubber not soft and spongy

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Re: (UK members) - Which replacement handlebar grips?

Thanks Linton. I've just had another look at the link and it looks like the GP's won't really do for me, they appear to be open ended to accommodate a bar end weight or similar? My left grip has lost the rubber end and that's left an unsightly gaping hole.

Does anyone know if the both grips should have an internal diameter of 1"?
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Re: (UK members) - Which replacement handlebar grips?

I just installed kurakyn sport bike grips on my 04 lt. 7/8 diameter and that was over the heating elements. Works great and looks great. I will try and upload a pic.
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Re: (UK members) - Which replacement handlebar grips?

Folks, I've finally got something done with my grips! I couldn't find an ideal replacement grip set for the LT so I popped into my local Halfords bike shop, I bought a pair of Clarks Bar Grips meant for BMX bicycles and they fit a treat. Cost of 6.99.

The guy in the shop suggested I use hair spray to slide the grips over the heating elements, we don't have any so I pinched some of the wife's styling spray which isn't a lacquer spray but is water based. That may not be very effective but the grips are very tight, although I may need to use proper hair spray if they don't stay that way.

This is a link to the grips, just in case anyone else might need it. Note that the website shows them as 'Clarkes' but the packaging has 'Clarks' printed on it.

Clarks grips 6.99

Old rubber removed revealing heating element



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Re: (UK members) - Which replacement handlebar grips?

Those actually look pretty good. Not sure about the comfort.

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Re: (UK members) - Which replacement handlebar grips?

They are a bit thinner than the original grips, if I find that they're not as comfortable I'll look at putting some Grip Puppies over them.
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