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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 2009, 1:16 am Thread Starter
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Grip replacement?

If I want to replace the factory BMW grips on my bike, is there anything I should be concerned with when trying to pull off the factory grips, like damaging the heated grips?

Is it HARD to pull the factory 1300gt grips off without damaging them?

Any advice would be welcome, also anyone recommend a more ergonomic set of grips.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 2009, 2:20 am
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Yeah, I noticed the K13 grips were even smaller than the K12 grips.

You should be able to remove them with a razor blade, just start at the inside end and cut slowly and not too deep and pull them apart while cutting. Another pair of hands would probably help.

If you decide to get new grips, I think that both sides use the "throttle" side grip. This has a larger inner diameter which allows the grips to clear the heated portion on both sides of the bike. You can either buy two pairs and just take the larger ones, or you can try and contact the manufacturer to see if they'll sell you a special set.

Or you could do what I did and add Grip Puppies. These are slip-on foam covers that add diameter but also helps dampen vibrations. It made a huge difference for me and my very large hands. And at under $10, you can't go wrong.


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Does the heat still make it through, at least on high?
Only thing that bothers me is if I do ride w/o gloves, the ribs really bother me.
Unless someone can recommend a pair of gloves i might wear on really hot days.

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Does the heat still make it through, at least on high?
Only thing that bothers me is if I do ride w/o gloves, the ribs really bother me.
Unless someone can recommend a pair of gloves i might wear on really hot days.

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I used to buy inexpensive mesh gloves, but the fingertips would wear out quickly, especially on the clutch side. In particular, my left index finger would get a hole from operating the clutch. One pair wore out in two weeks. I was angry about the lack of durability. Besides, I always wondered whether the light deerskin (or whatever) on the bottom would protect me in a fall.

I looked around, and tried Held Air gloves, which I like very much. They are a combination of leather on bottom and mesh on top. I have worn them for about a year and recommend them.

Note on gloves with mesh fabric (Held and the cheap ones...): Much of the fabric damage seems to come from pulling them off by the fingertips, which can tear or shred the fabric. I don't have an answer, but it is the worst when I am impatient to take them off.
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Does the heat still make it through, at least on high?
Yes, no problems there. The only minor downside is that in a serious drenching rain they will get rather wet, but at that point everything is wet and you should be wearing proper waterproof gloves anyway.

As for summer, get some quality mesh gloves and use them. I can tell you that it's no fun to be hopped up on Vicodin as they take a scrub brush to your hands . . .

A good quality pair of mesh gloves will be comfortable, protective, and flow a lot of air. I'm using the Cortech Air gloves now, but I have used other brands. Just make sure the ones you get actually cover the wrists as well. I had a friend with minimal mesh gloves go down and while his palms and fingers were fine, he thrashed his wrists on the pavement. Not good.

In fact, I wear my mesh gloves pretty much full time. I'll only switch to heavier gloves if it gets down into the 40's or below. If I'm really on the clock, I won't even take off the gloves when fueling, as they're comfortable and dextrous enough to do that.

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Good comments. Any problems with the mesh gloves with getting the "grill marks" on your hands from the ribbed grips?

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Good comments. Any problems with the mesh gloves with getting the "grill marks" on your hands from the ribbed grips?
Haven't noticed any problems with that. The gloves do provide a layer of leather between you and the grips, which should eliminate that.

But the foam grip covers definitely eliminate that.

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'02 Mauve Metallic K12LTC, 106K miles and sold
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All lower 48 states plus Alaska on the K13GT in two weeks . . .

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I got the Grip Puppies last spring.

Great to give me the proper "feel" verses the BMW small grips.


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Hey Ken, Large or Small Grip Puppies? The link you posted goes to a semi blank page with no sizing info? I'm thinking small, but want to be sure. Cool product, thanks for the info. Any other niffty farkles you're hiding?

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Small. I believe the Large are for certain Gold Wing grips.

BTW, I fixed the link above.

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'09 Magnesium Beige Metallic K13GT, 60K miles miles and counting...
'02 Mauve Metallic K12LTC, 106K miles and sold
BMWLT#145, IBA# 366, MOA# 111996, SCMA# 24032

All lower 48 states plus Alaska on the K13GT in two weeks . . .

Some people see the gas tank as half empty. Some see it as half full. All I care is that I know where the next tankful is coming from...
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