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post #1 of 13 Old 10-18-2006, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
 
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big fat grips

can anyone reccomend some larger grips than the stock ones? i'm a pretty big guy (6.6" 240) and i've got hands to match the height. the grips on the bike now are killing my hands after an hour or so. i just did a 3 hour ride and my throttle hand is a wreck.

i need something fatter so i don't have to contort my hand around the pencil sized grips on it now.

thanks!

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post #2 of 13 Old 10-18-2006, 11:47 PM
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Take a look at the Pro Grip 714 (I think). they are quite a bit thicker. I think there is a post here somewhere on them.

Yup, here it is http://www.klrforum.com/phpBB2/viewt...light=pro+grip
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post #3 of 13 Old 10-19-2006, 08:13 AM
 
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Try sliding a pair of " Grip Puppies " over your existing grips. Increases the diameter plus cuts down the vibration factor quite a bit. Ive been using these on both bikes and posting about them for a couple of years now. Available at www.casporttouring.com

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+1 for the ProGrip 714's

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I know this is an old thread but I'm new here. I need fatter grips also & have been using Grip Puppies on my BMW's for many years. Has anyone had any negative results using them on the KLR?
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What affect do those Grip Buddies have on heated grips?? Looks like they may insulate the heat somewhat.

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I also use the 714's. I'd shy away from anything that slides over the grips myself

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I use(d) Grip Puppies with no problem, though I don't have heated grips.

The left one wore out, split, and fell off. I find I'm good with just the one on the throttle.

If they weren't $20 a pair for what is really no more than $1 worth of pipe insulation, I'd get a new one for the left side. I think I'll wait until it becomes a crisis and the price has shot up a bit.

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post #9 of 13 Old 10-16-2016, 07:13 PM
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I also use Grip Puppies.

They fatten up the stock grips and add a layer of comfort. It takes a little persuasion to slide them over the stock grips and once they're in place they don't move or slide around at all. A little expensive for what they are though.
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post #10 of 13 Old 10-16-2016, 07:23 PM
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Probably the best fat, barrel shaped grips ever made were the Sunline GT's, IMO.
The diameter of them gave a little extra leverage against the carburetor return spring on my '74 Z1.
Not sure if they are still in production?

The Builtwell Inc. Renegade appears to be similarly shaped/sized, in pictures. I know nothing about their rubber compound.

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