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    Getting a grip

    The right hand grip on my R75/6 has lost the ability to stay sticky and not pull off the handle bars. I tried a bit of a glue substance (and let it dry for a few hours, but it did not stay on the bar after about 2 minutes of riding).

    Are there some suggestions to fix the old grip?

    Are there suggestions for buying new grips?

    What is the best way to adhere the grips to the bars?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Getting a grip

    Originally posted by subconscious
    The right hand grip on my R75/6 has lost the ability to stay sticky and not pull off the handle bars. I tried a bit of a glue substance (and let it dry for a few hours, but it did not stay on the bar after about 2 minutes of riding).

    Are there some suggestions to fix the old grip?

    Are there suggestions for buying new grips?

    What is the best way to adhere the grips to the bars?

    Thanks.
    They make specific handgrip glue, but I've always used some heavy household cement to secure grips.

    BMW makes a variety of grips for your bike and they're not real expensive.
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    sticky stuff

    In the past I've used hairspray but that was with the Foam Grab-On style grips. Someone once told me to try brake fluid. Why?

    MarkF

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    Brake fluid will melt the grips as well as take off your paint. It is nasty stuff, and I wouldnt do that personally.
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    Thanks for the input.

    I will try some heavier glue to see if that makes a difference. Maybe I just needed to use more last time.

    Thanks.

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    As a former dirt bike rider, we always used a gasket adhesive called Gasgacinch - available at most autoparts stores. It sticks really well and releases with WD40, carb cleaner, etc. when you want to swap grips. 3M Weatherstrip adhesive should work well too.

    I used hairspray one time on my mtn bike - never again! It will release if you get it wet in the rain. Visualize zipping down a rainy, gnarley offroad trail, hitting a rock, yanking on the bars to correct your path and staring at an unattached handgrip squished your outstretched hand - not a pretty result. :yow That tree hurt! Now imagine the same situation on the street in the middle of traffic.....

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    I have used the weatherstrip adhesive mentioned in the prior post to attatch tubular tires on my bicycle. I will attest to its ability to hold well, and it wont release when wet.
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    Thanks for the info.

    I hope to fix the problem this weekend.

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    the verdict

    I just thought I would write a little blurb to summarize the experience.

    I purchased a tube of Household Welding (looks and smeels like the old Testos model glue) to attach the grip.

    So far - so good.

    If it does not work, I will send and update.

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