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James600zx

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James600zx says:

Thicker grips?

Riding home tonight I was aware of a slight twinge in my throttle hand (nothing major) which set me wondering about my grip. Can you get thicker handlebar grips (proper ones, not foam add-ons) and has anyone tried them?

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eatcs01

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eatcs01 says:

Grips

Oxford heated grips are a little thicker and not foam.
Are you holding on too tight? Are your wheels balanced properly??

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James600zx

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James600zx says:

Grips.

Hi eatscs01,

This is on the R1, not the ZX6. I tend to over-analyse things but I even wondered if the clip-ons were angled too far back. It feels like I was gripping (not tightly) almost entirely with the bit between thumb and forefinger and I wondered if the palm of the hand should be more involved (Christ, this is ripe for double-entendres and piss-takes). On the other hand I brake with four fingers and sometimes blip the throttle like that so I must be "palming" it.

Anyway, in the interests of having a bike-related thread, does anyone have any experience of thicker handlebar grips? I recall seeing pictures of track bikes with grey-coloured grips from a manufacturer whose name I can't remember. What's the benefit there?

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fogie

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fogie says:

handlebar grips

The different coloured grips refer to the differing "firmness" of the rubber they are made from. Renthal is the make  :smiley:

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AdieR

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AdieR says:

As daft

as it may sound, but it isn't a glove issue?

I sometimes get discomfort and soreness using one particular pair of RST gloves which I don't get with my Ixon ones (or indeed, my other RST's.

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eatcs01

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eatcs01 says:

Grips

After changing the tyres on my GS, I found the wheels are now WAY out of balance. On a recent 360 mile round trip I found my right hand going numb at approx 85mph.
This never happened before when the wheels were balanced. Might be worth getting them checked (or checking them yourself).

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James600zx

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James600zx says:

Thanks all

Wheel balance? I wouldn't have thought of that. Thanks Eatcs01, I'll look into it.

Adie, gloves are a possibility too. I only have one pair in regular use, they're very old Alpinestars GP Plus. They were a bit narrow when I first got them and either they've eased a bit or I've just been ignoring it.

Renthal! Cheers Fogie.

I didn't get the twinge tonight but it might even have been a result of too much computer mouse use yesterday, who knows.

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Beelady

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Beelady says:

I know you didn't want foam add ons

but I've found them to be really good. I've had the same set of Grip Puppies on two different bikes. Lovely and chunky and heated grips still work perectly with them. Three years use and they've not gone brittle or loosened or split. I thought they were a cheap and efficiant fix.

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James600zx

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James600zx says:

Grip Puppies.

Beelady, I'd never heard of Grip Puppies but I've now seen several good reviews. Cheap enough to try out, maybe.

Thanks, all. Lots of possibilities to look into.

You're a helpful lot!

:smile

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