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Concours 14 Discussion (C14 / ZG1400 / 1400GTR) => Concours 14 / ZG1400 General Chat and Tech => Topic started by: 1965soda on August 12, 2012, 03:19:47 pm

Title: Cleaning the grips....what works?
Post by: 1965soda on August 12, 2012, 03:19:47 pm
Was not sure where to post this....moderators, please move as needed.

I have a 2011 C14 and ride without gloves most days.  My bike also sits outside during the work day and most of the time in the sun.  I have noticed the the top of the grips have become shinny and almost slippery and am wondering if anyone has found a product or method to clean/remove that shiny top layer?

I should point out....this is not isolated to my C14 as I have had this experience with other bikes and suspect it is a result of the outdoor workday parking.  I have also tried grip puppies and although many seem to like them....I did not.  Hoping there is an easy solution to periodic cleaning of the oem grip surface. 

Thanks for any feedback and suggestions!
Title: Re: Cleaning the grips....what works?
Post by: BackInTheSaddle on August 12, 2012, 03:46:58 pm
The instructions for my Grip Buddies said to prepare the grips with alchohol wipes (provided).  The rubber grips looked and felt like they were restored to original.  You could probably use Isopropyl and a clean cloth or buy some of the wipes from a drug store.
Title: Re: Cleaning the grips....what works?
Post by: ZG on August 12, 2012, 03:53:26 pm
I have a 2011 C14 and ride without gloves most days

 :o  :-[

If you ever go down it will be the first thing to hit the ground, typing with scabbed up palms would be no fun, please at least wear summer air-flo gloves.
Title: Re: Cleaning the grips....what works?
Post by: mtnbandit on August 12, 2012, 04:27:19 pm
   The shinny portion of the grips is probably caused by the sun hitting the same spot during the day while the bike is parked . After cleaning or replacing the grips try covering them.
 Brent
Title: Re: Cleaning the grips....what works?
Post by: Mike on August 12, 2012, 06:38:38 pm
I live in Florida and use a "Champion" half-cover for the Goldwing and keep everything covered up on hot sunny days (seat/instruments/cables/etc.) The cover has flannel inside for the windshield, and easily rolls up into a small ball which I store in one of the saddle bags........
Title: Re: Cleaning the grips....what works?
Post by: coldhearted22 on August 12, 2012, 08:22:19 pm
Hey 1965, can't really help with your grip issue, besides what other folks here have suggested, but once you have the clean, you might want to check out this cover: http://www.kwikover.com (http://www.kwikover.com) , i have it and it works great for weather protection. Fairly priced i think, and never had problems with the wind.