Last edited by gripnrip; 12-05-2013 at 11:53 AM.
I had aftermarket grips but apparently they're illegal now.
"I dread beyond all else the growth of the petty tyranny of restrictive legislation, the transference of disciplinary authority from the judiciary to the constabulary, the abandonment of every constitutional safeguard of individual liberty."
I run Pro grip dual layer on my bikes. Takes the tingle out of the bars. I used to get numb fingers on long rides then when I was told about them and tried them it did make a difference...Got em on my cruiser now!
Remembering Bill Mclean.
Having had a colonoscopy......I have now seen where the sun don't shine......(Me)
+1 for progrips. I have them on my 14 and they have cut down the vibes somewhat. They have a soft gel outer layer and hard inner. I have used them on long multi-day trips and they've been fine so far.
Same. Would recommend.
'02 Kawasaki Ninja ZX7R
They're professionals when it comes to emptying a pocket book so if you decide to go that route remember that you are not paying them to be with you.
You're paying them to leave.
Sweet, thanks, looks like it is unanimous for pro grips!
They are nice grips and pretty good value but they do wear out pretty quickly in my experience. If you ride a lot, you may find yourself replacing them every year.
My most recent set of ProGrip grips needed replacing after 5 months--about 12,000km. I ended up putting a new set of the same grips for the guy who bought the bike, but I switched to 'hard compound' Renthal grips for the current bike and they are holding up much better.
I just bought some progrips and so far they seem ok,maybe even a little harder than my old stock grip but I do find I have a little less fatigue in my right hand.
This may sound strange but right away the biggest change was that the bike seemed way more responsive. The throttle opens /closes faster with less friction.
I guess my old grips were slipping a bit on the throttle tube and rubbing against the switch box the tube goes into.
Sometimes its the silly little things that can make a big difference.
I keep my oem grips but I do have HeliBars on my Bird. The oem bars were a bit too agressive for my short arms. There are other choices for bars as well. If touring is your preference I would consider a different bike, imo. I know one lad rode around the world on an R1 or the like but a sports touring bike is very comfy for long milage, imo.
I use bicycle handlebar tape on my motorcycles. It increases the diameter to something I find a lot more comfortable and they last a long time - 30K on one bike and still going strong. Plus they are cheap and readily available.
"I tell you, we are here on earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different!"
- Kurt Vonnegut
Loud Pipes save Deer
And even stock it's not that bad comfort wise, I've put 30,000kms in the last 2 years and loved it. But it would be nice in the slow areas after 2-3 days straight of riding to take some weight off the wrists and have a more upright position, hoping the couple inches on the helibars and seat mod help with that (and yes, I know how to ride a sport bike, in good shape, use my core, etc.)
And ya, Nick Sanders from the UK has done it a few times on a bunch of different generations of R1, so it can be done! I'm just getting softer as I get older, want more creature comforts
The best I have used are the Johar Superbike Grips
They are foam, are pre-shaped with a rise in
the middle of your palm (center of the grip)
and can be sanded to fit your specific tastes
As per other comments foam takes away the tingles
Only issue might be for people with small hands,
as the foam is thicker than the stockers by quite
a bit, so they are larger in your hand
See them here at the bottom
Last edited by RubHerDown; 06-22-2011 at 08:56 AM.
Live each day like it is your last,
like you will never get another chance...
One day it will be, and you will not.