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Grip Puppies alternatives
« on: July 23, 2018, 04:15:07 pm »
I bought these
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Motorcycle-Foam-Grip-Covers-Cut-to-Size-Superb-Quality-FREE-POSTAGE/221763956126?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

They are a good alternative to Grip Puppies and almost half the price. They feel and look the same, the foam might be just a bit firmer and I haven't fitted them yet but at first glance a good buy.

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Re: Grip Puppies alternatives
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2018, 04:43:14 pm »
Anyone ever tried wrapping with handlebar tape, or raquet tape?
It would give you the option of deciding the thickness.

It just occured to me that Grip Puppies are a bit like 80s bicycle handlebar foam (aka GrabOn). But cyclists seemed to move on into the 21st century. Or back to the the 19th, depending on how you look at it.  ;D

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Re: Grip Puppies alternatives
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2018, 01:27:49 pm »
I'll await the 5 year report with interest Rae... ;D

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Re: Grip Puppies alternatives
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2018, 03:41:15 pm »
Funnily enough Brian I get through a pair in just over a year and the ones I have on at the moment will need changing soon.

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Re: Grip Puppies alternatives
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2018, 10:12:10 pm »
What? The genuine Grip Puppies?

The ones on my GS did 24,000 miles. The set on my K12S also did 24,000 miles. Both sets were like new when I sold the bikes.

The set on the K13S have only done the 47 miles since I bought it...

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Re: Grip Puppies alternatives
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2018, 07:57:00 am »
some people just like to grip tighter than others! ;)
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Re: Grip Puppies alternatives
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2018, 10:48:23 pm »
 ;D ;D ;D

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« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2018, 10:39:01 am »
 ;D ;D ;D

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Re: Grip Puppies alternatives
« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2019, 04:51:16 pm »
The genuine grip puppies lasted longer than expected and the cheaper Ebay alternatives have been fitted today. They were surprisingly easy to slip on. I warmed them up in some hot water and used a dab of fairy liquid and they went on quite easily while still tight enough to grip the original grips. We'll see how long they last.

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Re: Grip Puppies alternatives
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2019, 07:49:36 pm »
Just looked at the Ebay page. It give the price for one, that doe mean one pair I hope?
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Re: Grip Puppies alternatives
« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2019, 08:09:42 pm »
Yes Ron, one pair.

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Re: Grip Puppies alternatives
« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2019, 06:47:30 pm »
Are there other alternatives to the foam?...don't get me wrong,..there's something delightfully retro about them but just as a change
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Re: Grip Puppies alternatives
« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2019, 06:53:03 pm »
Yes there are alternatives, Grip Buddies are a wrap around cover, they have velcro which causes a seam, me no like  :-[
Nippy Norman sells them and they are expensive for what they are. so, me no like twice.
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Re: Grip Puppies alternatives
« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2019, 07:36:46 pm »
I know I only ride to and from the MoT centre every year, but the Grip Puppies last for years.

They don't hold the rain water any longer than your gloves do and they are UV stable so don't go all manky and crumble to nothing.

For me, the biggest plus is the greater diameter and this is a plus for me for two reasons:

Firstly, I find the K throttle to be very sensitive to the slightest movement and as my arms bounce, the throttle twitches, even with a featherlight grip

Secondly, my seven-year-old-girl-like wrists and hands don't like pressure and the foam really helps.

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Re: Grip Puppies alternatives
« Reply #14 on: December 23, 2019, 11:47:14 am »
Just a quick update on the cheapo grip cover. They have been on a few months now and the foam is slightly more dense than the Grip Puppies which I prefer. All in all very pleased with them, especially for the price.

Here is an Ebay link
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Motorcycle-Foam-Grip-Covers-Cut-to-Size-Superb-Quality-FREE-POSTAGE/221763956126?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649