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BMW Sport Grips = Disapointed

Hi all, don't mean to sound negative but wanted to share my disappointment with the BMW Sport Grips I just installed. I drove 400 kms today after installing them and can say without a doubt they offer no better vibration dampening than the stock grips and if they are any bigger it's too small a difference to notice. $40 not well spent, now I'll try grip puppies I guess.

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Don't feel bad, we've all spent too much on a product that didn't live up to expectations. Just mark it up as lesson learned & move on. Thanks for letting us know, might save someone else from doing the same...





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Holy cow www.casporttouring.com want almost $30 to ship the $11 Grip Puppies to Canada by snail mail! Any Canadians out there find a better alternative merchant? Thanks,

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I feel your pain, or my pain everytime I open our closet or look in the garage...Gloves, helmets, grips, shields and assorted doodads and thingamagigs...Pretty sure I coulda bought another bike with all the $ I spent on "supposed" upgrades...
But here is one I actually installed and like...These grips are quite a bit bigger than stock and really comfy too

http://www.bikebandit.com/product/14489

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Hello Matt,

I am sorry I didn't reply your PM.

Sorry to hear the BM sport grips didn't serve you well.
I am using the BM R1100gs hand grips (see pic). I am not sure if it is the same thing you have.

I admit there is a degree of vibration on the V handlebars.
IMHO, this is what's causing our mirror vibs and all the discomfort.
My opinion is to change to aftermarket handlebar like Tag metal.
I can live with the OEM so it's okay. There is do such thing as a perfect bike and that's why we buy aftermarket parts.

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Hello Matt,

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I am using the BM R1100gs hand grips (see pic). I am not sure if it is the same thing you have.

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Yup they are the ones I got. No problem on the pm!

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Pro-grip makes the greatest grips in the world [in my opinion].... I bought these big old fat bastard grips from them, all of my racing buddies gave me sooo much crap about them, but everybody that rode my bike ended up buying them shortly afterward..... They are more comfortable for people with larger hands, but since they are sponge-y, it takes a little getting used to them because you tend to want to squeeze them too hard at first...... Pro-Grip Dual Sport 714's... About $10 at bike bandit
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I bought barrel shaped foam grips at a bicycle shop for $4.95 and put them on my KLR where they work GREAT! If I ever feel the need on the V I'll buy another set.

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Try relaxing your grip on the bars a bit, it will help a lot on cornering too and perhaps, fix your grips issue. Grip the tank with your knees instead.
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I know you just changed out your grips but take a look at these:

http://www.bikebandit.com/sunline-gt...rt-tacki-grips

I've been putting them on every bike I own with 7/8 inch bars for years and years (unfortunately, they've gone up in price a little). Can't say enough good about them. I've recommended them to others here on the forum previously and everyone that tried them liked them. Sorry I didn't get to you soon enough to save you the trouble and money. Now remember, everyone is different but like I said, everyone that tried them liked them.

You have to use a sharp blade or razor to cut off the end. No glue is needed, just put some soapy water on the handlebar and inside the grip and slide on. Let dry at least overnight and ride. The grips hold up very well and offer great grip even when wet. No glue to let go so the grips stay in place very well also.

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