Thursday, August 27, 2009

Grab on Grip Covers - stock grip covers

Click on a pic for a larger pic, text for a pic is under the pic, for what it's worth the pics are from top to bottom.

OK, I like fatter softer grips than stock, and I'm cheap and lazy! That sets the stage for foam "grip covers". They feel softer, but not spongy as they are not very thick, just add a little bulk to the stock grips. They feel great!
And they are cheaper and easier to the Kury fix... The stock bars grips are 1 3/8" diameter and with the over grips they are 1 5/8".

I had them on Goldie, and they did not "transfer" very well, I tore one trying to reinstall it. I looked and could not find them at our local bike shop and went on line, most sites wanted $12.50 and $10 bucks to ship one set.. So I went web hunting and found the source....

Grab on Grips

350 E Beech Ave
Walla Walla, Wa 99362

509 529 9800

They cost $12.50 and I got 2 sets. They charged me a whole 2 bucks for shipping!

The ones I got were MC402 Grip Covers - blk - fits 1.25 - 1.45 OD stock grips and they are 5.0" long. My stock grips were 1.375".

If you look the dot that's punched out it is for the desc. I typed, they also have 4.25" long grip covers that fit 1.25 - 1.45, the ones I got, 4.25" long Grip covers fits 1.45 - 1.65 OD grips and 5.0" long grip covers fits 1.45 - 1.65 grips.

They work for heated grips also. The install says to use hair spray.. I've used foam slip on grips on my cranky machine for years... lots of water is the secret, get 'um real wet and keep 'um wet! They are not going anywhere after they dry, and that is real quick!

As you start them on, grip them with your thumb and first finger, squeeze and make a twisting and pushing motion, keep 'um wet, and they will work up and onto the stock grips.

As you can see, they cover the entire grip, from the chrome step down to the end of the handlebar... you might try the shorter ones if you like shiny stuff...I'd rather have the grip.

If you look, the normal step down from the chrome ring is gone, the grip is now level to a bit thicker than the inside ring.

Here is a stock grip, and you can see the inside grip step down...

What I like is it butts up to the chrome ring and does NOT interfere with my Vista Cruise throttle lock, and you don't have to mess with it to make it work...

Like I said, cheap and easy.. they feel great! JM2C + FWIW

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Ruby II Cleaning the Damn Pipes!!!

Pics are from top to bottom, click on a pic for a larger pic, text for a pic is under the pic.....

OK, Ruby II looked like she came out of a mud puddle when I bought 'er...

I cleaned 'er up as best I could, and it took three Mothers Gold Cabana Wax and three wipes of Pledge, to get it decent, I even had to take the bag rails off to clean 'um, but I knew I had to do it when I bought 'er...

Two things were also trash, that I had to take care of... the pipes were completely trashed, spots all over and the front jug curve had burnt plastic all over it.. and what I thought were rust spots... and they might have been, were everywhere...

I seriously thought about getting new pipes as they were absolutely trashed....

I was at PGR ride to visit the Vets at VA Palo Alto, Ca on Sunday, 08/16/09 and while I was there, I talked to some folks...

As you know... you always check bikes out.. we all do it, we got to mine, and I explained that the pipes were trash.... one of 'um said, I know what will fix it!!! 0000 steel wool!! NOTHING less!

His friend said, it will cloud you chrome, you MUST use 0000 steel wool...

Now I don't remember when I bought it, but I had a complete new... 20 year old bag of 0000 steel wool in my work bench..... what the hey???????!!!!!!!!

0000 Steel Wool! On chrome it will do wonders! Out ($%&%!($% standing!!!!!!!!!!!

On the right of the muffler break steel wool, on the left the spotty trash crap...

A closer pic... Please remember... nothing would touch the stuff on the left! Polish, etc was useless... the 0000 took a few seconds and ... look at the right!

The shiny spot on the pipe out of the front jug was where the burned on trash was!!!

I am stinkingly amazed!!!!!! That damn stuff just cremated all the spots on the chrome!!!

I mean, it just ate it!!! OK, I spent a couple hours of elbow grease, BUT! I was looking at replacing the pipes... and, well, duh.... think I won on that bet and learned one hellova lesson!

Those pipes look right down gorgeous!!!!!

OK, my next challenge is the windshield, it is trashed also..... anyone got any clues on the plastic?.... OK, yes a new one... sigh.... GBG