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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 06-10-2015, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
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Grip puppies

Very cheap farkle added today. Grip Puppies. The added width is nice and they are super comfy. Easy to put on with water and a little dish soap. I trimmed the right one about 3/16". The left one fits about 1/2" over the bar end, but it gives you that much more of a comfy grip.

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Agreed. Have them on both my Versys and K75S and am a big fan.

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I was having problems with my throttle hand getting tingly after about 30 minutes of riding. I thought maybe I was death-gripping the throttle but that wasn't it.

I finally grabbed a set. Frankly, I was concerned as most people say they don't eliminate or significantly reduce vibration.

I did a short 60 mile run this morning with half of it being some gentle twisties. And I now understand why people love them but in the same breath say they don't do much for vibration.

After two hours, not once did my hand tingle. And yet the vibs were still there. So they are reducing something on the Versys (maybe certain vibe frequencies) without killing the front end feel/input.

I have become a huge fan in a single ride.

Now, if they only had a grip puppy product for that god-forsaken seat and my tingly butt.

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I was having problems with my throttle hand getting tingly after about 30 minutes of riding. I thought maybe I was death-gripping the throttle but that wasn't it.

I finally grabbed a set. Frankly, I was concerned as most people say they don't eliminate or significantly reduce vibration.

I did a short 60 mile run this morning with half of it being some gentle twisties. And I now understand why people love them but in the same breath say they don't do much for vibration.

After two hours, not once did my hand tingle. And yet the vibs were still there. So they are reducing something on the Versys (maybe certain vibe frequencies) without killing the front end feel/input.

I have become a huge fan in a single ride.

Now, if they only had a grip puppy product for that god-forsaken seat and my tingly butt.
You'll have to take a look at my wife made seat pad when we ride. It's not an Air-Hawk, but it is just enough to take the sting off.
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I am glad for you that the GP's give you some relief, but it sounds like you need to get that carpel tunnel fixed. I had that done in 1997 and it's been perfect ever since. Before that, I could only hold my throttle for about 5 minutes.


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I was having problems with my throttle hand getting tingly after about 30 minutes of riding. I thought maybe I was death-gripping the throttle but that wasn't it.

I finally grabbed a set. Frankly, I was concerned as most people say they don't eliminate or significantly reduce vibration.

I did a short 60 mile run this morning with half of it being some gentle twisties. And I now understand why people love them but in the same breath say they don't do much for vibration.

After two hours, not once did my hand tingle. And yet the vibs were still there. So they are reducing something on the Versys (maybe certain vibe frequencies) without killing the front end feel/input.

I have become a huge fan in a single ride.

Now, if they only had a grip puppy product for that god-forsaken seat and my tingly butt.

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I am glad for you that the GP's give you some relief, but it sounds like you need to get that carpel tunnel fixed. I had that done in 1997 and it's been perfect ever since. Before that, I could only hold my throttle for about 5 minutes.
I don't think I have Carpel tunnel. I guess it's possible since I have been a musician forever. But it never shows up in anything else that I do.

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I don't think I have Carpel tunnel.
That's because you don't.

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That's because you don't.
So I'm not gonna die?

Cool!

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Anatomically, Grip Puppies work wonderful if you have 6' tall man hands or taller. It keeps you from cramping your grip down (very painful on distant driving.) If you are 'significantly' shorter, the Vs. 650 might pull the bars out of your hands (whoops!) when you hammer the throttle down since you can not grip the bigger grip enough to hold on (acceleration > grip force.)

It's only $25 shipped, so you will never know until you try it. But if your hands get cramped often, from repetitive trauma disorder via hand cramps and stagnated blood, you will love it if it is installed correctly. It's not hard. And numb hands will only be when you grip it hard (like you tend to do if the grip is too small) vs almost every time you grip a smaller diameter grips with big hands.

Take care of your hands while you can.
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Anatomically, Grip Puppies work wonderful if you have 6' tall man hands or taller. It keeps you from cramping your grip down (very painful on distant driving.) If you are 'significantly' shorter, the Vs. 650 might pull the bars out of your hands (whoops!) when you hammer the throttle down since you can not grip the bigger grip enough to hold on (acceleration > grip force.)

It's only $25 shipped, so you will never know until you try it. But if your hands get cramped often, from repetitive trauma disorder via hand cramps and stagnated blood, you will love it if it is installed correctly. It's not hard. And numb hands will only be when you grip it hard (like you tend to do if the grip is too small) vs almost every time you grip a smaller diameter grips with big hands.

Take care of your hands while you can.
This actually makes sense to me. I'm on 5'11" but have large hands.

Im going on an all-dayer today up to Mt Mitchell. We'll see how they do.

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I use tennis grip wrap to add to my grips. Just add another layer if the first sweep is not enough.
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I use tennis grip wrap to add to my grips. Just add another layer if the first sweep is not enough.
And the heated grip 'elements' under the regular grips underneath still go through the grip puppies (they must be Gel grips too): not as strong but you just turn it up a fourth turn more and it gets hot enough (sorry button heated grip owners, no continuous variability for you.)

The hardness density of them are perfect, They are quite an ergonomic treat for hands at $25 - good vendor. I use my heated grips very rarely now since my hands don't get cramped frequently from squeezing a small grip (holding on for my life!)
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I don´t know about heated elements, I live in a tropical climate so 70´-85´F year round.
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I don´t know about heated elements, I live in a tropical climate so 70´-85´F year round.
I learned owning several BMW's how useful heated grips were for grip cramps in any weather. It's one of the many luxuries I afford for my hands/extremities: you can't do enough for them! ymmv

You want your palms toasty, but not too hot where the veins collapse: just right
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The dealer is getting my 2015 V1000 in this week, ordering accessories in advance.

I was wondering what size Grip Puppies I need for the V 1000. I saw two different diameters.

Since I don't have the bike yet, not sure which one to order.

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I've got replacement heated grips on my V---wonder if they'd actually go over them easily?

I've got RSV (Carpal, basically) in my arm and it brutalizes me. I've been looking at a set of the http://www.amazon.com/Rox-Speed-FX-Anti-Vibration-1R-AV2SE/dp/B002LGPXBC/ref=pd_sim_sbs_263_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=0QSAZ68CESKBEC02NTE2 but was worried what 2" might do for my cables.
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Grip BUDDIES for me. Easy on and off, nice and thick, dampen vibration etc. But to me the best feature is no more hand cramping due to the V's thin stock grips and my huge hands.

http://www.webbikeworld.com/r3/grip-buddies/review.htm
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The dealer is getting my 2015 V1000 in this week, ordering accessories in advance.

I was wondering what size Grip Puppies I need for the V 1000. I saw two different diameters.

Since I don't have the bike yet, not sure which one to order.

Thanks
These are the ones that I got. Dollars to doughnuts, they'll be perfect for your V1K too. I didn't know there were two sizes. Guess I just got the right ones. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008FD6DXW?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00

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Thank you both for the info.
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When you order them directly, same cost, they will make sure it's right fof the model and year. It took me a long time to find Grip Puppies but it was well worth the effort.
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