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Old 04-13-2011, 07:07 AM   #1
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I haven't ridden with them yet but I'm thinking about getting some.. i see lots of people swearing by them and also people saying that don't like to use them at all...

Do you like them? Why or why not?
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If i was an avid track day rider, i'd use them. I had a set that came with my old 600rr but i only rode street so i never used them or needed them.Makes it very easy to grip the bike.
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Ever seen a pro race bike with them?






Neither have I.

Consequentially, my thoughts on the matter are this: if you need them, you're doing something wrong.



EDIT: This is mostly in regards to track riding. If you have an older vtwin litre (no slipper) they might save your nuts riding on the street.
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I have some on mine, and they work great, especially when you are goin fast, they help keep your lower body from sliding back on the seat. I used skateboard top tap from board & ski, it was real cheap somewhere around $5 or $6 bucks, and you can choose what ever color you want.
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Wouldn't they hamper your ability to move around the bike cleanly at the track? I purchased a set and never put them on. Just looking at the knobs on them made me think of wearing a hole in my leathers.
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Ever seen a pro race bike with them?






Neither have I.

Consequentially, my thoughts on the matter are this: if you need them, you're doing something wrong.



EDIT: This is mostly in regards to track riding. If you have an older vtwin litre (no slipper) they might save your nuts riding on the street.
Not true sir.. they help keep your knee's & legs planted on the tank w/o exerting alot of leg & muscel strain
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Wouldn't they hamper your ability to move around the bike cleanly at the track? I purchased a set and never put them on. Just looking at the knobs on them made me think of wearing a hole in my leathers.
If you on the track, you can still move aroung , you just moving from left to right, you only lock in on the straights, but I never had any issues.
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I have some on mine, and they work great, especially when you are goin fast, they help keep your lower body from sliding back on the seat.
thats more or less why i was looking at getting some.. i had issues keeping light on the bars and still keep my in the back of the seat when i got hard on the brakes, made it harder to set up with all that going on.
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thats more or less why i was looking at getting some.. i had issues keeping light on the bars and still keep my in the back of the seat when i got hard on the brakes, made it harder to set up with all that going on.
Exactly, I had that same problem, but not anymore. It helps when braking hard, and speeding in the straights, all u have to do is squeeze your knees in on the tank and you are not moving at all.
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So i wonder what some con's are then, i can't see how the wear on your leathers would be so excessive that you would not want to use them.
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So i wonder what some con's are then, i can't see how the wear on your leathers would be so excessive that you would not want to use them.
Well if you decide on Skateboard tape, the Cons are that yeah, you would need to wear some pants that you really dont care about, cause u will have a little wear on the inner thigh area, but if you buy the rubber tank grips which cost more about $50 you wont have that problem, it works just the same but w/o the wear on the clothing.
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ahh i didnt know there was the skateboard type, i thought they were all rubber. makes sense.
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Not true sir.. they help keep your knee's & legs planted on the tank w/o exerting alot of leg & muscel strain
What's not true? That pro level racebikes don't have them? Cuz they don't. If the guys doing the most insane braking and accelerating don't feel they're necessary, then there's obviously something wrong with my technique if I feel I need them.
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What's not true? That pro level racebikes don't have them? Cuz they don't. If the guys doing the most insane braking and accelerating don't feel they're necessary, then there's obviously something wrong with my technique if I feel I need them.
! If the pro's are not using them then no one else should need them. Good thing you were here to point that out.
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! If the pro's are not using them then no one else should need them. Good thing you were here to point that out.
straight, screw those stupid things.
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! If the pro's are not using them then no one else should need them. Good thing you were here to point that out.
I think his point is that given proper body positioning and technique that you shouldn't need them. Furthermore it may become a crutch that will keep someone from progressing properly as they rely on the grips to bandaid a bad habit they should be trying to fix instead.


At least that's how it was explained to me by the instructors I respect.
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I think his point is that given proper body positioning and technique that you shouldn't need them. Furthermore it may become a crutch that will keep someone from progressing properly as they rely on the grips to bandaid a bad habit they should be trying to fix instead.


At least that's how it was explained to me by the instructors I respect.

This.


Although I'm too much of an to be that eloquent. Besides, I have a reputation for being a to uphold.
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What's not true? That pro level racebikes don't have them? Cuz they don't. If the guys doing the most insane braking and accelerating don't feel they're necessary, then there's obviously something wrong with my technique if I feel I need them.
Thats the pro racers, we are talking about the street, when u have on leathers , yeah they help with tank grip, but for the street, its different, most riders for the most part keep a clean bike, IDK about your bike but mine had a fresh paint job, and the clear coat was real slippery when I had on pants, and I needed that extra grip to be stable. Tank grip is up to the rider, I know for me it help in every way.
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Although I'm too much of an to be that eloquent. Besides, I have a reputation for being a to uphold.
i got the idea, and you're still an so no worries.

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Thats the pro racers, we are talking about the street, when u have on leathers , yeah they help with tank grip, but for the street, its different, most riders for the most part keep a clean bike, IDK about your bike but mine had a fresh paint job, and the clear coat was real slippery when I had on pants, and I needed that extra grip to be stable. Tank grip is up to the rider, I know for me it help in every way.
i plan on using it for the track more than the street. i'm probably going to go ahead and get some until i can improve my form, its more of a crutch at this point to have such a difficult time to do what i know is right on setup and entry.
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Thats the pro racers, we are talking about the street, when u have on leathers , yeah they help with tank grip, but for the street, its different, most riders for the most part keep a clean bike, IDK about your bike but mine had a fresh paint job, and the clear coat was real slippery when I had on pants, and I needed that extra grip to be stable. Tank grip is up to the rider, I know for me it help in every way.
as I said in my first post

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EDIT: This is mostly in regards to track riding. If you have an older vtwin litre (no slipper) they might save your nuts riding on the street.

EDIT: But I'm interested in hearing a list of situations in which you think you need grip on the sides of the tank.
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