Big foam grips are hard to hold - possible fix?


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Goldenponyboy
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Big foam grips are hard to hold - possible fix?

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I was thinking of using some black 100% silicone on my grips to add some extra grip. Kinda like grip socks you get a trampoline parks. Has anyone tried this?
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I prefer Elk Skin gloves, gives your hide a bit of protection is you go for a slide.
and makes it easier to use those foam grips, which I do NOT like.
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Re: Big foam grips are hard to hold - possible fix?

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The factory grips are very nice but BMW offers tapered grips that are thin where thumb is but widen as they go out so they feel thin but give a bit more leverage. Really nice but kind of spendy. Thin grips make you feel more like you are “in” the bike instead of “on” it. You feel much more planted and in control with thin grips. Forget the foam, steel with rubber inserts, and all the giant crap they put on Harleys. Thin grips are your friend.

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I frequently ride in very cold weather (15 degrees is my record low) and use heated gloves by First Gear. Holding on to the throttle gets a lot harder for any length of time with gloves on. I bought a Cramp Buster and trimmed it down to my preference. Works perfect!! You can use your wrist to operate and basically use your hand to hold on to the bars. Best of they are cheap!!

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I use leather gloves on my hands and foam grips on the bike, never slipped off yet. Trike had those Kryakyn (spl?) metal & rubber grips, but "Mr. Dremel" cured that. I have spares.
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Re: Big foam grips are hard to hold - possible fix?

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I have a set of Randakks grips, and they work well. Good grip, thin enough for good feel.



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