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    Replacement grips on newer R1250's

    Has anyone replaced the grips on a R1250 flavor BMW? I'm assuming they (RT, GS) are all the same.

    I was able to change them on my 2009 K1300GT by carefully cutting them off with a razor blade, but not sure if the grip is actually glued or bonded to the newer heated sleeves or not.

    I really like the Pro Grips over the stock grips on my 2021 R1250GS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brian_pnw View Post
    Has anyone replaced the grips on a R1250 flavor BMW? I'm assuming they (RT, GS) are all the same.

    I was able to change them on my 2009 K1300GT by carefully cutting them off with a razor blade, but not sure if the grip is actually glued or bonded to the newer heated sleeves or not.

    I really like the Pro Grips over the stock grips on my 2021 R1250GS.
    What is it you don't like about the grips?

    In my case, I always found them to be too small.
    I enlarged them on both my 07RT and on my19RT using fishing rod handle heat shrink tubing (I added 3 layers to get the size I wanted)

    YMMV

    Picture from my 07, same thing on the 19

    Heat Shrink Grip 3.jpg
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    Grip buddies for me on both my 1250RT and 1200 GSA https://www.originalbeemerbuddies.com/
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    I've had these on my RT since new:

    Grip Puppies

    Also put them on my wife's CTX ... they really do the trick on giving the grips a larger diameter without any adverse effects on heating when it's cold out.
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    I've used Grip Puppies on my bike before and I find the heat shrink tubing solution far superior. They are much more resistant . I had to change my grip puppies every two years and I never had to change the tubing.
    You can adjust the thickness as you like by adding layers, heat transfer from the grip is better, they don't get soaked in the rain. Easy to install and remove if needed.

    YMMV
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    Specifically, has anyone ever REMOVED the grips on a newer R1250 BMW?

    I don't want to start cutting off the grips if they are permanently attached to the sleeve with the heating wire. The replacements are $175+ each side.

    My 2009 K1300GT was pretty easy to remove the stock grips.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dann View Post
    What is it you don't like about the grips?

    In my case, I always found them to be too small.
    I enlarged them on both my 07RT and on my19RT using fishing rod handle heat shrink tubing (I added 3 layers to get the size I wanted)

    YMMV

    Picture from my 07, same thing on the 19

    Heat Shrink Grip 3.jpg
    Hi Daniel, what brand/style of fishing rod handle heat shrink are you using? A search of the WEB comes up with a lot of different brands and styles. I like the looks of the one you used.

    Thanks, Johnny

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    Quote Originally Posted by dixierider View Post
    Hi Daniel, what brand/style of fishing rod handle heat shrink are you using? A search of the WEB comes up with a lot of different brands and styles. I like the looks of the one you used.

    Thanks, Johnny
    I got them from Aliexpress
    https://www.aliexpress.com/snapshot/...11915350740209

    I think I used the 45mm and maybe 50 on the last layer but I ordered 40,45and 50 at the time to be sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dann View Post
    I've used Grip Puppies on my bike before and I find the heat shrink tubing solution far superior. They are much more resistant . I had to change my grip puppies every two years
    YMMV
    I'm surprised yours only lasted two years. The ones on our bikes are 5.5 years old and show no signs of wear or cracking. 56,000 miles on mine and 53,000 miles on Debbie's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dann View Post
    I got them from Aliexpress
    https://www.aliexpress.com/snapshot/...11915350740209

    I think I used the 45mm and maybe 50 on the last layer but I ordered 40,45and 50 at the time to be sure.
    Got it

    Thanks, Johnny

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    I just installed 3 layers of 1.5" fishing rod heat shrink. I like the way they look vs the Grip Puppies. I have no idea about their longevity. I've used Grip Puppies and they seem to last a couple of years and look bad for the last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dravnx View Post
    I just installed 3 layers of 1.5" fishing rod heat shrink. I like the way they look vs the Grip Puppies. I have no idea about their longevity. I've used Grip Puppies and they seem to last a couple of years and look bad for the last year.
    Had them for a couple of years on my last bike.(maybe 3 ) never had to replace them and they didn't show any wear. 2nd year on my 1250
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    Grip Puppies here too, and another pair will go back on when they need to be replaced.
    From the only real Fargo, ND!

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    We did what this guy did and really like the result. These last forever.
    https://advrider.com/f/threads/re-gr...p-wrap.925042/
    Last edited by RadioFlyer; 07-25-2021 at 06:37 PM.

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