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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-16-2009, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Alternative Handlebar grips

My impression is the V stock handle bar grips are thin and uncomfortable after long rides. It tend to send the handlebar vibrations to our hands.

Here, have swap it with a BMW handlebar grip which is thicker and fixes exactly without any alterations.

Hope this helps in the search in the ultimate ride.


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hey lets get some more pics of your ride man...that blue and silver paint looks tight.
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Hi there,

Some more pictures.
Had screw up with the windsheild with clear spray as covered some scratches from a crash. Awaiting the Givi D405ST windsheild.

The winner is The V, a truly Versatile System bike and Fun to ride.

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+1 on the color scheme. That looks great.

For handgrips, I installed Hot Grips heated grips. They are thicker than the stock (and heated!).

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Copy on that,Alan.
For the place I live, it hot or wet all year round (tropical country).
Thicker grips just leaves a nice feel and comfort to the ride.
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totally loving the color scheme.
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BMW sport grips rock. A bit spendy, but worth it.

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Bones, Thank you for the BMW part numbers.
Truth is I had to spray the tank cowlings silver as my dad had a crash in the rain. He is 65.
However, he was all OK thanks to his riding suit. The original V colour was plasma blue.

Thanks for sharing.
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I kept the stock grips but added tennis racket wrapping overe them. The nice thing about that is that you can go thick or thin where you want. I'm real happy with it.
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Bones, Thank you for the BMW part numbers.
Truth is I had to spray the tank cowlings silver as my dad had a crash in the rain. He is 65.
However, he was all OK thanks to his riding suit. The original V colour was plasma blue.

Thanks for sharing.

Thank your Dad the color scheme looks great.


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Can't believe nobody's mentioned Grip Puppies: http://www.casporttouring.com/store/...ory_Code=grips
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Here is what I use. I've used them for several years and really like them. They give a soft, but firm grip and help dampen vibrations. They usually last me about a year, but only cost $5.00 so it's not a great expense.

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Can't believe nobody's mentioned Grip Puppies: http://www.casporttouring.com/store/...ory_Code=grips
I love mine! Took a lot of soapy water to
get them on. WAY more comfortable,
warmer too.
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I just ordered some of these. I'm anxious to see how they feel. Thanks guys.
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Just put a pair of these on the V and they are the bomb...For less than a 20 one of my better investments. Just an fyi...You do have to cut the ends off and replace the original grips...Took 5 minutes and a couple of squirts of the wife's Dolly Parton hairspray ;-)

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...ing-Grips.aspx

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get u some Gripp Puppies......
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Anybody happen to know where the grip puppies are made? Did all of you have to cut the factory grips to use them? Do they quell some of the vibration?
I just purchased a Versys to replace my aged Bandit. The Bandit has terrible vibration in the bars that numbs my hands after an hour or so, sometimes less. I put on some contoured gel progrips that helped some and filled the bar with foam that didn't help at all. The vibes aren't as bad on the V, but I'd like to get rid of them as much as possible anyway.
Any other advice on quelling the vibes? (I have heard filling the bars with lead shot helps, but I'm a bit leery about that.) Do bar snakes work?

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The GPs go over the OE grips.

I've got a buddy that swears by lead shot in the bars.
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Anybody happen to know where the grip puppies are made? Did all of you have to cut the factory grips to use them? Do they quell some of the vibration?
I just purchased a Versys to replace my aged Bandit. The Bandit has terrible vibration in the bars that numbs my hands after an hour or so, sometimes less. I put on some contoured gel progrips that helped some and filled the bar with foam that didn't help at all. The vibes aren't as bad on the V, but I'd like to get rid of them as much as possible anyway.
Any other advice on quelling the vibes? (I have heard filling the bars with lead shot helps, but I'm a bit leery about that.) Do bar snakes work?
I installed the ROX Risers with the vibration dampers and believe they helped a lot. The view in the mirrors are much better. If you are also thinking about raising the bars higher these might be what you are looking for.


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How are the anti-vibe risers working for you? I'm looking to get some risers soon, and didnt know if the anti-vibe one were really worth that extra money or not... are the handlebar vibrations considerably diminished?


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