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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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What grips you got on your Bonnie? I am looking to switch mine out due to the M bars vibrating my hands numb.
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It's probably not the vibration that's causing the numbness. It's more likely to be the increased weight on your hands with the M bars... especially if they're fitted turned down.
If you're feeling bar vibration try filling them as full as possible from each end with silicone sealer.
Better grips and padded gloves will help. I also recommend "Grip Puppies" and a cramp buster so you can keep relaxing the right hand which is the one I used to have trouble with after 15 minutes riding.
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I always ride the bonnie with my heated grips on. It seems to help slow down my numbing hands. I also modded the twist grip to have friction controll. It now doesn't close when you take your hand off when riding.
On my AJS I have foam grips, but they're 7/8" bars.
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I also modded the twist grip to have friction controll. It now doesn't close when you take your hand off when riding.
Can you expand a bit on how you did that please. Is it similar to this solution?, that works very well for me:

http://www.triumphrat.net/twins-tech...em-sorted.html
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Yes its a similar way but at the other end of the grip. I put a couple of turns of shoe lace or thick string in the gap between the grip and the switch housing. Leave the end dangling.
When happy with the amount of friction, cut the ends and then cover with a thick cable tie (zip tie), again leaving the end uncut. Keep pulling tighter until happy with the feel, then cut the tail off.
I find it works a treat and I couldn't ride far without it. I know the problem might be Carpel Tunnel Syndrome but I don't fancy going through the surgery!
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Ingenious solution, thanks. Never heard of that method.
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I use HD Football grips. They are not particularly soft, but the shape works well with lower bars. Also, I use the Manic Salamander bar-end/throttle lock to quell a little vibration and allow me to remove my hand from the throttle from time to time.

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See my posting #5198 at the link below, I have the M bars, too, and put on some of the old-style "balloon grips", just like they used on the T120s back in the 60's. Made a huge difference!
http://www.triumphrat.net/twins-talk...ml#post2388915

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I just put a set of Gran Tourismo Style grips on my Thruxton, and while the jury is still out 100% on them (the rounded middle section takes a bit of getting used to) I can tell you after riding for hours on Saturday I didn't have any numbing in my hands:



Yes I safety wired them in place, because A) I like the look, and B) They don't slide around at all
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If you are searching for the GT-style grips; they are traditonally called Beston grips. However, they are not available for 1" diameter handlebars (not sure if that matters for an '09).

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