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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 7th, 2012, 1:29 am Thread Starter
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Need/want new handgrips.....

Hello,

I have a 2005 K1200GT that is nearing its 36,000 mile service. I'm considering replacing the heated handlebar grips with new one's as the OEM's are becoming a little worn.

My questions are;

a) Are there any alternatives to the factory grips that will work with the heated feature?

b) Is it a straightforward process or will I get the "This aint gonna be cheap" look by the the service manager?

c) Does anybody know of a decent looking "Barkbuster" style of hand/wind guards that I can fit to my bike? Live in NorCal so I ride year-round when morning temps can be as low as 25 degrees. Heated handlebars are okay if you don't mind blistered palms and frost bitten knuckles.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 7th, 2012, 9:10 am
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I replaced the grips on my R1100RS with standard replacement grips and I'm guessing that the same should be do-able for the GT. You need to very carefully cut the rubber grip off the heating element being carefull not to damage it. The ones on my old RS were only glued at the ends, so it wasn't too hard to get them off. Then you can slip on the new grips and glue them in place. You need to buy two sets of standard handgrips since both sides are the larger diameter that is typically only for the throttle side, wheras on most bikes the left grip slips directly onto the bar end. Even with buying two sets of grips, the cost is far less than the cost of even one factory heated one.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 7th, 2012, 2:20 pm
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If you want to stick with the factory grips, but don't want to pay outrageous prices, then order two of BMW part # 32 7 22 332 619. This is listed as Left Grip, Unheated, but the rubber grip is the same. What you do is carefully cut the old grips off, then remove the new rubber grip from its plastic tube (which you don't need), then slide the new grip over your existing heater elements.

Or if your existing grips are worn but not damaged, go with the Grip Puppies. They'll cover up the worn grips, and also give you a slightly thicker, padded grip. With my large hands, I add Grip Puppies to every new bike just because they're more comfortable.

As far as wind guards, you have two options.

The AeroGards work really well, and keep the wind off of your hands and most of your arms as well.




Or if you're mostly concerned with just the hands, you could go with the factory hand guards from an R1150GS. These will screw right in to the end of the GT's handlebars using the factory GS hardware. You'll have to make up some small brackets to hold the inner end of the guards, but that's not too difficult.

You want parts # 2, 3, 4 from the diagram below.

#2....32 71 2 328 693....$26.88....1 pieceÖ..Hand Guard, Black, Left
#2....46 63 2 328 694....$26.88....1 piece......Hand Guard, Black, Right
#3....32 71 2 328 841......$7.02....2 pieces....Clamping Bush
#4....32 71 7 660 005......$2.37....2 pieces....Countersunk Head Screw - M8X40

So for $72.54 plus a bit of work, you have an option that looks factory.

Or you can order from Countryside BMW and use the PROMO15 code to save 15%, although in such a small order it'd probably be a wash with shipping versus local sales tax.


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I believe the bike being discussed is a Gen 1 K bike GT not a wedge. Most of the info discussed here does apply I think, probably not the heated grips or Aeroguards

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I believe the bike being discussed is a Gen 1 K bike GT not a wedge. Most of the info discussed here does apply I think, probably not the heated grips or Aeroguards
Ah, then this should probably be moved to the K1200RS/GT (Classic) forum, where he's likely to get more model-specific help.

In that case, the info on the hand guards doesn't apply, as that bike has no separate bar end weights, and thus no threaded fastener in the end of the bars. And the AeroGards don't apply either, as the Brick GT already has similar factory side fairing extensions.

But the info on the factory grips and Grip Puppies still does.

Yep, the parts fiche for the '03-'04 Classic GT does show the same grips used. Although they do note that 32 7 22 332 619 has been superseded by 32 7 27 694 809. So that should still work, and save him a few $$.

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These are available also http://pirateslair.net/Gripbuddies.htm

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I looked into the new grip buddies - a guy from NY makes & sells them here in the North East - anyway I had time to think about trying them out do to a log splitter accident in April - got my bike back & my finger - I've always had grip puppies in the bike - my only issue is in the rain or morning dew on the grips

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Grip Puppies. This is the fourth bike I have put them on. You cannot find anything better for $10!
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