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Old 03-03-2019, 09:20 PM
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Replacing handlebar rubber grips?

My 2006 K1200GT handlebar rubber grips are badly worn out. Local dealer is quoting $390 Canadian ($290 US) for a pair of heated grips with heating elements and wires.

I would prefer to try and replace the rubber grips only. I removed (cut them lengthwise) and did not damage the heating wires.
So where can I buy 120mm long 26mm inner diameter rubber grips that I can fit / slide over the heated grip elements with some spray on adhesive?

Has anyone attempted this partial replacement or I will have to go with whole package of heated grips and heating elements/wires?
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Re: Replacing handlebar rubber grips?

This is from the brick RS/GT forum, but it may be helpful, http://www.i-bmw.com/showthread.php?t=28400
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Old 03-03-2019, 10:08 PM
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Re: Replacing handlebar rubber grips?

The non-heated OEM grips can be purchased if you want to stick with BMW grips.
  • Left grip- p/n 61317694807
  • Right grip - p/n 61317709512

Plus, there's always eBay if you want to go with the heated OEM grips.
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Re: Replacing handlebar rubber grips?

Installed something like the Pro Grip 724 Duo Density Road Grips (Revzilla) on my RT years ago, no ill effects with heat except it may take a bit longer to warm up. Had grip puppies also.
Requires 2 pairs, you must use the "throttle" grip on BOTH sides..that, with new grip puppies and shipping will prob cost you about $75
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Re: Replacing handlebar rubber grips?

Bought new rubbers for my old bike, ebay.uk and the seller was from italy, a big manufactorer of grips. Turned out the rubbers looked EXACTLY like original and fitted like that as well. Bmw did not have rubbers only, neede new grips at an horrific price acclrding to them.
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Re: Replacing handlebar rubber grips?

I've put 1/2 a dozen different grips on my K1200S... Bought all of them on eBay... usually under $15.. All worked fine with heated grips... All easy to install

I wrote a review of a few brands of Gel Grips here.. http://www.pirateslair.net/newsletterSept11.htm

I'm still using the ProGrip 713's...
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Re: Replacing handlebar rubber grips?

Ouuuuch!!

So, not being electrically say, I turned the key on, Flipped the switch on my (now exposed heating wires) heated handlebars to check if they are working??? They were working before I removed the rubber grips. I felt the instant high heat on my palms for two-three seconds and then nothing. Have I shortened something? I understand there are no plug in fuses on 2007 BMW K1200GT, so where can I find out if my heated grips are toast now? I checked the voltage on the black and brown wires and it is shoving zero on all three switch positions, e.g. Off, One Dot (medium heat) and Two Dots (high heat).

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Re: Replacing handlebar rubber grips?

Measure continuity in the heating element, if godd, check the connections from the elctricl wires and the heating element, they tend to fail in the connections. and the wires tend to brake inside the switchset.
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Re: Replacing handlebar rubber grips?

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Ouuuuch!!

So, not being electrically say, I turned the key on, Flipped the switch on my (now exposed heating wires) heated handlebars to check if they are working??? They were working before I removed the rubber grips. I felt the instant high heat on my palms for two-three seconds and then nothing. Have I shortened something? I understand there are no plug in fuses on 2007 BMW K1200GT, so where can I find out if my heated grips are toast now? I checked the voltage on the black and brown wires and it is shoving zero on all three switch positions, e.g. Off, One Dot (medium heat) and Two Dots (high heat).

I may remember inncorrect, but I seem to remember that the engine had to be running for the grips to work.
If you want the OEM type of rubber, Wunderlich sell the rubber only.
https://www.wunderlich.de/shop/en/bm...42110-000.html
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Re: Replacing handlebar rubber grips?

replacing grips is easy and cheap, but you have to be VERY CAREFULL with the heating wires. extremely fragile and vulnerable in the grip changing process.

i use PROGRIP 714's on all my bikes. yes, you need two sets.

there are excellent instructions on how to change them on this site. use search.
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I may remember inncorrect, but I seem to remember that the engine had to be running for the grips to work.
If you want the OEM type of rubber, Wunderlich sell the rubber only.
https://www.wunderlich.de/shop/en/bm...42110-000.html

Thanks,

Phew, I've checked the heating with engine running, and it still works. Thanks for the tip. I'd love to get those rubber grips only from Wunderlich, but it looks like they do not ship to Canada or US so I will have to call them to see if there is alternative.....
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Phew, I've checked the heating with engine running, and it still works. Thanks for the tip. I'd love to get those rubber grips only from Wunderlich, but it looks like they do not ship to Canada or US so I will have to call them to see if there is alternative.....


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Old 03-06-2019, 09:51 PM
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Re: Replacing handlebar rubber grips?

Thanks a lot. I've called the guy at Wunderlich in NC and he physically measured the length of those rubber grips and they are 130mm while my original ones are 120mm so I would need to cut off 10 mm from the outer end to fit them so they do not stick out. My concern is the (right side) throttle one as I do not want it to stick when I fit the bar ends bar on the handlebars. I do not think they would look presentable after cutting 8% of length even with bar ends covering the cut size, but at this price I may give it a try......
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Re: Replacing handlebar rubber grips?

The Progrips are grippier, more comfortable, cheaper, work great over heaters, and come in different lengths.
The ends are designed to be easily cut off for bar ends. ........ Just another thought.

Pics below are the 714's,. Without and with bar ends.



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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GRIP-PAIR....c100005.m1851
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Re: Replacing handlebar rubber grips?

+1 on the model 714 grips. Larger diameter than stock and more comfortable.


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The Progrips are grippier, more comfortable, cheaper, work great over heaters, and come in different lengths.
The ends are designed to be easily cut off for bar ends. ........ Just another thought.

Pics below are the 714's,. Without and with bar ends.

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Re: Replacing handlebar rubber grips?

So, I found a pair of Ariete (made in Italy) grips that look exactly as stock ones at the local (smaller BMW workshop called 'Shail's BMW') and cost me $60 Canadian. Warmed them up in hot water for few minutes to soften up. Pat dried with paper towel. Sprayed with some hair spray and slipped right on in the matter of few seconds each. Local BMW dealership kept on saying they do not have "rubber grip only" replacement and I could only buy new heated grips....
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So, I found a pair of Ariete (made in Italy) grips that look exactly as stock ones at the local (smaller BMW workshop called 'Shail's BMW') and cost me $60 Canadian. Warmed them up in hot water for few minutes to soften up. Pat dried with paper towel. Sprayed with some hair spray and slipped right on in the matter of few seconds each. Local BMW dealership kept on saying they do not have "rubber grip only" replacement and I could only buy new heated grips....
Yes, thats what i learned as well. Bought some italian grips and fitted myself.
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