Grip Puppies for the R1200GS

Monday, June 11, 2012 [70,813 miles]

My bike was made in May of ‘05. I got it until the middle of June. Today is close enough to being its 7th birthday that I got it a birthday present. OK, the present is really for me but it goes on the bike and that is close enough.

Stock grip

Stock grip

Stock grip
ISO 50   f/2.8   1/60   0 ev   7.3mm
Grip Puppies

Grip Puppies

Grip Puppies
ISO 50   f/2.8   1/60   0 ev   7.3mm

The stock grips have always been on the narrow side and they are starting to get worn in spots. Grip Puppies are cheap foam covers that add a bit of thickness and (in theory) wont stop heated grips from warming your hands when needed. I got mine from casporttouring.com.

T55

T55

T55
ISO 50   f/2.8   1/60   0 ev   7.3mm
Hand Guard removed

Hand Guard removed

Hand Guard removed
ISO 50   f/2.8   1/60   0 ev   7.3mm
Old thread locker

Old thread locker

Old thread locker
ISO 50   f/2.8   1/60   0 ev   7.3mm

It takes a T55 for the end screw and a T25 for the top screw to get the GS hand guards out of the way. DANGER WILL ROBINSON! BMW used a heavy duty thread locker on the T55 screws. It may take heat to break them loose. Mine had been removed in the past so it was not an issue this time. You can see some of the old thread locker in the last picture. I cleaned the threads this time before re-inserting the screw. I also use medium strength (blue) thread locker on that screw.

Trim length

Trim length

Trim length
ISO 50   f/2.8   1/60   0 ev   7.3mm
Soap up inside

Soap up inside

Soap up inside
ISO 50   f/2.8   1/60   0 ev   7.3mm
Slide over grip

Slide over grip

Slide over grip
ISO 50   f/2.8   1/60   0 ev   7.3mm
Clutch side done

Clutch side done

Clutch side done
ISO 50   f/2.8   1/60   0 ev   7.3mm

I held the Grip Puppy to the throttle and marked with my thumb where I wanted to cut. After cutting I used soapy water as a lubricant on the inside of the Grip Puppy per the instructions. It is easier to start the installation if you use the bar end weight. It has a nice taper to spread the opening enough to get over the flair on the end of the grip. I installed the Puppy with the end I cut toward the bike to leave the cleaner factory cut on the outside. Total time for one side including picture taking is about 10 minutes.

Throttle side

Throttle side

Throttle side
ISO 50   f/2.8   1/60   0 ev   7.3mm
Kaoko removed

Kaoko removed

Kaoko removed
ISO 50   f/2.8   1/60   0 ev   7.3mm
Grip puppy installed

Grip puppy installed

Grip puppy installed
ISO 50   f/2.8   1/60   0 ev   7.3mm
Back together

Back together

Back together
ISO 50   f/2.8   1/60   0 ev   7.3mm

The throttle side is done the same way. I had a Kaoko throttle lock in place of the stock bar end which I removed as part of the Grip Puppy installation. Since I got the Go Cruise throttle control I haven’t used the Kaoko. I didn’t use it very often before getting the Go Cruise, either. The Kaoko went to someone who will use it.

The grips feel fine sitting on the bike. I haven’t taken a ride, yet, so final judgement will have to wait a bit. At less than $15 delivered it won’t hurt if it turns out I don’t like them.

Monday, Oct 22 2012

It’s been about 4 months and 4,500 miles since I put them on the bike. I’ll keep them there. The only down side I’ve noticed is that the grip heaters have to work a bit longer before I start to feel the heat. I can work around that by swithching the heaters to high to warm things up before switching them to low.