Need new or thicker grips? Try these! (Re-Grips)

STFlyer

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OK... so I recently purchased a new (to me) Tenere.

My first ride was a 6 hour roundabout from way south of Houston to DFW.

By the time I got home, my wrists were cramping and my hands were buzzing... and that was even after using a crampbuster that I brought with me. I'm figuring it was because of the narrow grips and the 50/50 Heidenau's.

I've done thousand mile days on the Goldwing with no wrist discomfort, but I have the Grip Puppies on that bike which makes the grips a bit larger in diameter without hurting the heat transference.

The new Tenere has the awesome Oxford Heated Grips, so I wasn't about to take those off to put new thicker grips on. I debated about the Grip Puppies but wasn't really sure they would hold up as well on an ADV bike and I wanted to ensure I'd be gripping firmly without slipping in situations where I needed it (standing up over rough terrain, for example).

Here's what they look like:



Another option that folks on the ADV forums were going after was the Grip Buddies, originally called "Beemer Buddies". These are a wrap around option that uses a slip of tape and velcro to hold the overgrip in place. Some reviews I found said they wore out quicker than they wanted, and that the seam sometimes bothered them.

Here's what they look like:




Alrighty... in digging deeper into the dark world of motorcycle forums for my research, I found a guy who mentioned that he increased his grip size with a product called "Re-Grips". They are designed for re-gripping hand tools & such, but he adopted them to his motorcycle grips with success. Sooooo... I thought I'd give it a try too. They were cheaper than the Grip Buddies anyway, and I liked the clean look of his install.



So... I ordered a set of Re-Grips from Amazon, they arrived today, and in less than 5 minutes total, I had fully re-gripped my Tenere with thicker, vibration resistant grips. After riding around a bit with them installed... I'm extremely satisfied. The "Yellow" ones are a perfect fit for most motorcycle handlebar grips.

Here's how easy it was to re-grip... hardest part was the first 20 seconds just making sure I was lined up, then... about 20 seconds later, you're done:


Before:




After you install it... a tip is to put a hose clamp on the end, and slice around it with a razor blade for a perfect trim.



Like so... ;)



End look...




Soooo... for around $20, I don't think you can go wrong with these. I really liked the way they turned out too. Very grippy, thicker than stock, heat transfers through, and helps decrease vibration. If they ever wear out... it's super easy to throw a new one on.

Hope this helps those who are looking for new or thicker grips and don't want to spend the time and effort slicing off old grips (especially if dealing with heated grips).
 

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Interesting product. I wonder how that Re-Grip would work with aftermarket heated grips.
Last month I bought and installed the Grip Buddies, they are pretty decent so far.
 

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I have the aftermarket Oxford grips...

So far, I can tell you that the heat does come through. It's a bit slower to warm up than the grip buddies, but the rubber retains it well.

Riding in 40 degree weather was no problem yesterday with the new re-grips and Oxford heated grips.

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I have the aftermarket Oxford grips...

So far, I can tell you that the heat does come through. It's a bit slower to warm up than the grip buddies, but the rubber retains it well.

Riding in 40 degree weather was no problem yesterday with the new re-grips and Oxford heated grips.

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Thanks for the reply. I have the Yamaha accessory heated grips and the heat comes through the Grip Buddies with no issue.
My S10 is also a pearl white ‘13 with Yamaha side panniers just like yours.
This morning the temps here in NYC were in the high 30s, Winter is just around the corner.
 

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I just replaced my Grip Puppies last week after putting 85K miles on the first set. -JEP-


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I just replaced my Grip Puppies last week after putting 85K miles on the first set. -JEP-


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That's awesome! I really like my grip puppies on my Goldwing, I have well over 70,000 miles on GP's... but I'm a little harder on my Tenere, soooo... I thought I'd go a little more grippy and heavy duty.

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No trimming required, they fitted straight from the packet. I'm not sure how long they'll last but at that price you could buy a few pairs and keep spares. To be fair they feel pretty durable. Certainly worth a try for the price.
 

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No trimming required, they fitted straight from the packet. I'm not sure how long they'll last but at that price you could buy a few pairs and keep spares. To be fair they feel pretty durable. Certainly worth a try for the price.
I concur.
 

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Hey there guys...

I just wanted to be clear here. I'm not trying to push these on anyone. I have no affiliation with them.

I completely understand that there are many products out there that may be better for your particular situation depending on your riding needs. In fact, I'm using some other grips for other bikes I have, because my needs are different on those bikes.

I'm just trying to share my own research, results, and installation tips, in the hopes that it helps someone at some point.

Ride safe guys!

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Hey there guys...

I just wanted to be clear here. I'm not trying to push these on anyone. I have no affiliation...
Hey, it's good, we know you are just sharing your findings on new stuff. I should have started a thread about the grip doodahs I found, but this thread seemed a good place to share what I found too. Sorry if I caused offence by hijacking. This place is such a good resource that it's good when I feel I can contribute and add to the information that's already on here. :)
 

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Hey, it's good, we know you are just sharing your findings on new stuff. I should have started a thread about the grip doodahs I found, but this thread seemed a good place to share what I found too. Sorry if I caused offence by hijacking. This place is such a good resource that it's good when I feel I can contribute and add to the information that's already on here. :)
No problem Paul... I feel the same way. I geeked out over this simple find and my first thought was sharing to actually try to contribute to this vast resource.

This grips you found look exactly like grip puppies at a fraction of the cost... Thanks for sharing them!

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Been using these for over 10 years. Been on all 3 Stroms and all 4 Teneres I've owned.

Grip covers

They are always among the first things I install when I buy a new bike. Never had to replace them ever. Much more durable than Grip Puppies, which I've tried and didn't care for. Found the GPs to be far too easy to rip.

You do have to trim them and that's great. You're left with an extremely durable little loop. I always keep the trimmings and use them in all kinds of ways where I need some durable padding or a little bit of spacer.
 

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OK... so I recently purchased a new (to me) Tenere.

My first ride was a 6 hour roundabout from way south of Houston to DFW.

By the time I got home, my wrists were cramping and my hands were buzzing... and that was even after using a crampbuster that I brought with me. I'm figuring it was because of the narrow grips and the 50/50 Heidenau's.

I've done thousand mile days on the Goldwing with no wrist discomfort, but I have the Grip Puppies on that bike which makes the grips a bit larger in diameter without hurting the heat transference.

The new Tenere has the awesome Oxford Heated Grips, so I wasn't about to take those off to put new thicker grips on. I debated about the Grip Puppies but wasn't really sure they would hold up as well on an ADV bike and I wanted to ensure I'd be gripping firmly without slipping in situations where I needed it (standing up over rough terrain, for example).

Here's what they look like:



Another option that folks on the ADV forums were going after was the Grip Buddies, originally called "Beemer Buddies". These are a wrap around option that uses a slip of tape and velcro to hold the overgrip in place. Some reviews I found said they wore out quicker than they wanted, and that the seam sometimes bothered them.

Here's what they look like:




Alrighty... in digging deeper into the dark world of motorcycle forums for my research, I found a guy who mentioned that he increased his grip size with a product called "Re-Grips". They are designed for re-gripping hand tools & such, but he adopted them to his motorcycle grips with success. Sooooo... I thought I'd give it a try too. They were cheaper than the Grip Buddies anyway, and I liked the clean look of his install.



So... I ordered a set of Re-Grips from Amazon, they arrived today, and in less than 5 minutes total, I had fully re-gripped my Tenere with thicker, vibration resistant grips. After riding around a bit with them installed... I'm extremely satisfied. The "Yellow" ones are a perfect fit for most motorcycle handlebar grips.

Here's how easy it was to re-grip... hardest part was the first 20 seconds just making sure I was lined up, then... about 20 seconds later, you're done:


Before:




After you install it... a tip is to put a hose clamp on the end, and slice around it with a razor blade for a perfect trim.



Like so... ;)



End look...




Soooo... for around $20, I don't think you can go wrong with these. I really liked the way they turned out too. Very grippy, thicker than stock, heat transfers through, and helps decrease vibration. If they ever wear out... it's super easy to throw a new one on.

Hope this helps those who are looking for new or thicker grips and don't want to spend the time and effort slicing off old grips (especially if dealing with heated grips).

I put the re-grips on my bike and I can confirm, they are awesome. Very grippy and they fatten up the grips just perfectly. Makes things more comfortable for me, especially wearing thick winter gloves. Install was no problem. Took all of 5 seconds.
 
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