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Installed the Grip Puppies! & SealSkinz...

Wanted to get the tank filled before it snows, so had a chance to test the OEM tall shield without the Laminar Lip today. Had much better visibility, turbulence seemed to be about the same.

But, I returned home to find the Grip Puppies had arrived, and wanted to get them on while we were still in the low 40's!

Pre heated the grips in hot water, cleaned the grips on the LT, lubed it all well with soap and used a long bladed screwdriver (rotating that around the LT grips as I pushed the new ones on), and with a due amount of effort, they are now installed. Thought that might be a useful tip to someone else here.

Not sure if I would be so thrilled with these riding in the rain (they do hold some amount of water), but I've only done that once in the past year since I've owned the bike. They look great and you sure can't beat the price!

Did that in the dark (not the best of choices), but did not want to wait for a warm day next Spring to get these on, just in case we get one of those unusually nice days in Winter for a ride.

On the down side, I busted the left bottom front plastic panel on the trunk that has the DC outlets on it, if anyone has one to spare. We went to a farm with a well pot-holed, stoned driveway. ALMOST dumped it with the pillion on board...just could not get a footing when I came to rest on a hill. When I went to move to another area, my boot clipped the darn corner and off it came. Duct tape will have to do until a used part comes along.

Also, I used a set of Seal Skinz http://www.sealskinz.com/ over my thin socks as wind protection. I wear the uninsulated Danner boots and thin summer socks, and my feet were quit toasty. Temps in the 30's, wind chill of ?, the only cold spot on my body was my head. Still waiting for the HJC helmet so I can ride with a heavier balaclava, or continue to look for a shield that will better channel the wind away from the helmet.
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Re: Installed the Grip Puppies! & SealSkinz...

Where can you buy SealSkinz in the US?

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An old trick from my mountain bike grip install days works great on the grip puppies, by the way, and avoids the screwdriver...

Get some Edge shaving cream (or any gel-type shaving cream), put a liberal coating on the existing grip and inside of the grip puppy, and it'll slip right on. As long as it's still wet, the shaving cream/gel acts as a super lubricant, but when it dries, it serves as almost a glue (and no recurring issues if/when it gets wet again).
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Re: Installed the Grip Puppies! & SealSkinz...

Try this link of Sealskinz dealers in the U.S. I might get a pair if they help keep my toes warm.
http://www.danalco.com/htmls/dealers/dealers.shtml

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Re: Installed the Grip Puppies! & SealSkinz...

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An old trick from my mountain bike grip install days works great on the grip puppies, by the way, and avoids the screwdriver...

Get some Edge shaving cream (or any gel-type shaving cream), put a liberal coating on the existing grip and inside of the grip puppy, and it'll slip right on. As long as it's still wet, the shaving cream/gel acts as a super lubricant, but when it dries, it serves as almost a glue (and no recurring issues if/when it gets wet again).
Good to know. Thanks for the tip!

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Wanted to get the tank filled before it snows, so had a chance to test the OEM tall shield without the Laminar Lip today. Had much better visibility, turbulence seemed to be about the same.

But, I returned home to find the Grip Puppies had arrived, and wanted to get them on while we were still in the low 40's!

Pre heated the grips in hot water, cleaned the grips on the LT, lubed it all well with soap and used a long bladed screwdriver (rotating that around the LT grips as I pushed the new ones on), and with a due amount of effort, they are now installed. Thought that might be a useful tip to someone else here.

Not sure if I would be so thrilled with these riding in the rain (they do hold some amount of water), but I've only done that once in the past year since I've owned the bike. They look great and you sure can't beat the price!

Did that in the dark (not the best of choices), but did not want to wait for a warm day next Spring to get these on, just in case we get one of those unusually nice days in Winter for a ride.

On the down side, I busted the left bottom front plastic panel on the trunk that has the DC outlets on it, if anyone has one to spare. We went to a farm with a well pot-holed, stoned driveway. ALMOST dumped it with the pillion on board...just could not get a footing when I came to rest on a hill. When I went to move to another area, my boot clipped the darn corner and off it came. Duct tape will have to do until a used part comes along.

Also, I used a set of Seal Skinz http://www.sealskinz.com/ over my thin socks as wind protection. I wear the uninsulated Danner boots and thin summer socks, and my feet were quit toasty. Temps in the 30's, wind chill of ?, the only cold spot on my body was my head. Still waiting for the HJC helmet so I can ride with a heavier balaclava, or continue to look for a shield that will better channel the wind away from the helmet.


Just got done installing the Grip Puppies using your suggestions. IT WORKED GREAT! Ten minute job for both sides. Thanks.

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Re: Installed the Grip Puppies! & SealSkinz...

In 6 months I rode almost 2,000 miles in the rain this year. So would you not recommend grip puppies. I'm looking to cover the stock grips so as not to wear them out.

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Try this link of Sealskinz dealers in the U.S. I might get a pair if they help keep my toes warm.
http://www.danalco.com/htmls/dealers/dealers.shtml
Thanks for the link I have a REI 5 miles from the home

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In 6 months I rode almost 2,000 miles in the rain this year. So would you not recommend grip puppies. I'm looking to cover the stock grips so as not to wear them out.

Don't worry about the rain....put them on and enjoy.
Used them for 2 years now....never had a problem in the rain.
And if they were exposed to the rain ...they dried very quickly.

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An old trick from my mountain bike grip install days works great on the grip puppies, by the way, and avoids the screwdriver...

Get some Edge shaving cream (or any gel-type shaving cream), put a liberal coating on the existing grip and inside of the grip puppy, and it'll slip right on. As long as it's still wet, the shaving cream/gel acts as a super lubricant, but when it dries, it serves as almost a glue (and no recurring issues if/when it gets wet again).
Same with any household counter cleaner (Formula 409, Simple Green, etc...) goes on nice and sudsy with a quick spray and dries like glue.
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Don't worry about the rain....put them on and enjoy.
Used them for 2 years now....never had a problem in the rain.
And if they were exposed to the rain ...they dried very quickly.

Thats what wanted to know. BTW anywhere near Detroit Lakes I spent all my summers there from the late 50s to early 70s. I took a ride by the old cottage this past labor day weekend.

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Thats what wanted to know. BTW anywhere near Detroit Lakes I spent all my summers there from the late 50s to early 70s. I took a ride by the old cottage this past labor day weekend.
Detroit Lakes is a beautiful piece of the country. But....I live about 70 miles South of Minneapolis.

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