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Old 09-03-2009, 05:03 AM   #31
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I can't stand the thin nature of the 1200 GS grips. So I'm going this route as mine aren't worn out yet. NVTS

http://www.excelcyclewerkes.com/inde...s/Page1179.htm
No man - Grip Puppies far better and give decent vibration cushioning and last vety well.
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Old 09-03-2009, 05:14 AM   #32
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I don't like cushy cush grips that make me feel like I dont have a good, firm grip on the bike.
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Old 09-03-2009, 08:18 AM   #33
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I put some cheapie softer, stickier grips on mine, but the clutch side quit a while thereafter. I'd cracked part of the heater.

If anyone is interested, you can peel off the BMW heating element, and solder an aftermarket heating element to the BMW connector without any problems, assuming you get one with around 9.3 or so ohms resistance...
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Old 09-03-2009, 08:26 AM   #34
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I can't stand the thin nature of the 1200 GS grips. So I'm going this route as mine aren't worn out yet. NVTS

http://www.excelcyclewerkes.com/inde...s/Page1179.htm
I went this route - works well. I did find that after I put 'em on, I had too (also two) many (they started popping up in odd places). Just rolled the spares off onto the weight. The "overage" also interacted with the Kaoko throttle lock. Oh, and one morning after a rain - the right grip rings were free to move, at least until you applied a light grip force. Never a problem with the throttle side.
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Old 01-12-2010, 04:54 AM   #35
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Hi guys!!
Instead of hairspray I use "clean-contacts zero waste" like this
http://todoelectronica.com/limpia-co...ro-p-7099.html

It works well and dryes very quickly
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Old 01-24-2010, 12:04 PM   #36
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Word of Caution

Be very careful removing the old grips. Cutting along the length is quite effective- but don't cut too deep!

I had no problem on the throttle at all- but the clutch side is a bear. I ended up cutting too deep and sliced through the heating wires. Grrrr.

I'm tempted to check the hobby shop for some nichrome wire.

And regarding the hair spray trick- we stopped using hair spray back in the mid/late `80s when a pair of grips "melted" out on the trail. I'm not sure what brand it was, but some hair sprays can dissolve the grip material. But we found alcohol worked so well it was never a bother.
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Old 01-24-2010, 02:49 PM   #37
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I really saved money by buying an aftermarket heating element of similar ohms, and soldering it to the wires going to the BMW connector...
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Old 01-24-2010, 04:09 PM   #38
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I really saved money by buying an aftermarket heating element of similar ohms, and soldering it to the wires going to the BMW connector...
?? what have you done and why?

thanks
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Old 01-24-2010, 05:00 PM   #39
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BTW, you shouldn't smoke while using hair spray. It's very flamable. Thanks for the pictorial.
He was smoking while using hair spray because he read your saying down the bottom.
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Old 01-24-2010, 05:05 PM   #40
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Yea I was gonna say. You got your girl out there with a French manicure shaving the old grip off with a knife. She's a keeper.

Nice little writeup.

I'm glad I didn't leave a smart comment about what I thought were his nails;because unless we were drinking buddies he looks like he could squish me
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Old 01-24-2010, 05:08 PM   #41
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Nope! My 25+ years of riding on and off road tell me that any grip movement is not only annoying but can be dangerous.

Once you start getting water (or mud, sand, muck if you take a spill off road) your soap will get slippery again! Think about that, next time your doing a water crossing... (Nice water crossing pic by the way.)

Please use some sort of adhesive! Hairspray is popular because it's slippery at first, and then sets up.

If it wasn't a safety issue, do you think the factories would use glue?

And for good measure, I put a couple wraps of SS safety wire around the grips on my street bikes and dirt bikes. Many grips have groves for safety wire.

Sorry bemiiten.
Have you ever used the 3M spray adhesive? I haven't for grips,but it goes on slippery,then sets up real well. Just a thought.
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Old 01-24-2010, 05:47 PM   #42
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Have you ever used the 3M spray adhesive? I haven't for grips,but it goes on slippery,then sets up real well. Just a thought.
Just as long as you don't ever want to remove them.
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Old 01-24-2010, 06:42 PM   #43
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?? what have you done and why?

thanks
After changing grips, the clutch side didn't work. I think I actually cracked the factory element reefing on it.

Anyway, I bought aftermarket grip heaters that showed ohms close to the factory ones. Then I pulled off the factory heater from the plastic tube, clipped the wires, and shaved off the ridges on the plastic that went through the factory element.

I then just soldered and shrink tubed the aftermarket element's wires to the BMW plug, stuck the heating element down, and put the grip back on.
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Old 01-25-2010, 07:49 AM   #44
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... I bought aftermarket grip heaters that showed ohms close to the factory ones.
Can you post the brand name/model or possibly a link to the ones you bought? It would be nice for those that come to this thread behind you.

Thanks for the info.
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Old 01-25-2010, 07:43 PM   #45
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Can you post the brand name/model or possibly a link to the ones you bought? It would be nice for those that come to this thread behind you.

Thanks for the info.
I looked in the garage for the package, but I guess I've tossed it. From looking at the left over throttle side heater and chrome double throw toggle, I think it was the symtec one. They are set up with a high and a low element, and I just connected the one with similar resistance to the factory element.

It looks like they sell the heating elements individually.

http://www.symtec-inc.com/Motorcycle...ents_c_45.html

Lots cheaper than buying new BMW.
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