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Old 09-30-2016, 07:05 AM
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Get a grip! Seriously, I need new grips.

My 81 Special has stock grips and while riding to, from and during XSSE last weekend I developed Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in my right hand (thumb at wrist). I have a cramp buster and throttle lock on the grip but I don't us them except when riding on the open road.

Does any have a set of grips that they have found to be excellent for these bikes. My Harley has ISO grips which I love but they may be too bulky on the XS. I think the size is 130mm by 7/8ths inch which is fairly standard.

I also had a throttle problem I will address in a separate thread.

Thanks for the advice.
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Old 09-30-2016, 09:50 AM
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I was concerned about the same issue and tried these out
https://www.amazon.com/Grip-Puppies-.../dp/B00CYGSU9G

Couldn't have been more impressed with such a low cost option.
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Old 09-30-2016, 11:28 AM
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BMW grips $13.89 ea L/R - #32721458395/6
Progrips #714 $9.26 pr http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/p...al-sport-grips
Oury Road Grips $12.30 pr http://www.amazon.com/Oury-RGB-Black...s/dp/B0022ZJX1

Grip Puppies are pretty popular but I can't stand the feel of that foam.
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Old 09-30-2016, 12:58 PM
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The grip puppies and progrips look great. The third link didn't work for me.
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1981 XS11000SH being used for parts (Sold off)

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Old 09-30-2016, 03:08 PM
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I love the ISO grips on my XS! I will put them on any bike I have!
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Old 09-30-2016, 03:23 PM
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If you have the OEM rototiller handlebars, THAT could be the problem with the wrists. Mine could not take it.
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Old 09-30-2016, 03:51 PM
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Hey Rich,

Skids brings up a good point, many of US special riders swapped out the OEM rototiller bars for early year Gold Wings or such, much better wrist angles, same wide grip stance and rise/pull back, just better angled for the grips.

I can't remember the exact length, they come in 140,150,160mm types, but these are what I use:
https://www.amazon.com/BikeMaster-14...torcycle+grips

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Old 09-30-2016, 06:27 PM
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Grips

I have XJ/Venture bars on my F, LOVE them. I sit upright and my hands feel great even after several hours of riding. My grips are like the stock ones.
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Old 09-30-2016, 08:01 PM
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updated link for : Oury Road Grips $12.30 pr

https://www.amazon.com/Oury-RGB-Blac...ury+road+grips
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Old 09-30-2016, 10:16 PM
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There are two other things that can help with wrist fatigue: One is a Nepps throttle lock which has a softer position and a grippier lock position. The other is a throttle rest "spoon" that you can position for resting your palm on at the speed you want.
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Old 09-30-2016, 11:33 PM
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I ran Kuryaken ISO grips on my last XS and no troubles. Now I have a smaller grip that Bob Jones picked out and its not as comfy.

I may switch.


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Old 10-01-2016, 05:41 AM
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If you have the OEM rototiller handlebars, THAT could be the problem with the wrists. Mine could not take it.
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Skids brings up a good point, many of US special riders swapped out the OEM rototiller bars for early year Gold Wings or such, much better wrist angles, same wide grip stance and rise/pull back, just better angled for the grips.
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I have XJ/Venture bars on my F, LOVE them. I sit upright and my hands feel great even after several hours of riding. My grips are like the stock ones.
I'll look into the handlebars once I get better grips. My biggest problem seems to be riding with heavy gloves, which I did on the ride home. I had to hold the grips tighter. This was not my first long ride on the bike but it was my first using these gloves.
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Old 10-01-2016, 05:44 AM
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There are two other things that can help with wrist fatigue: One is a Nepps throttle lock which has a softer position and a grippier lock position. The other is a throttle rest "spoon" that you can position for resting your palm on at the speed you want.
I used one of these on a previous bike (Honda I think). I liked it so I may try it again. The lock I have just holds the grip against the brake handle. Easy to us and move but it does get in the way.

I have a Cramp Buster on the current grip. I really like it.
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Old 10-01-2016, 08:58 AM
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I put these on my 81SH and really like them, replacing a crunchy, worn out set of the grips that TC mentioned. They are really soft and grip very well.

Pro Grip 842 Gel Duo Density
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0022ZMM8O
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Iso's on my XS with a throttle boss. Love them!
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