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    Hand grips for 09 FX SHO

    Hey guys,

    I looked around a bit but really didn't see what i was looking for as far as recent opinions.

    After a long 200 mile round trip on the ski down the gorgeous Columbia River here in the Pacific Northwest my hands were damn near destroyed. Everything went well and i had no incidents on this awesome reliable machine. It purred like a big jungle cat as i cruised over the glassy water in the early morning. It handled the rough white caps in the late afternoon like a champ. I got jarred around quite a bit when i got close to the Columbia Bar. One of the most treacherous water ways in the western states. Well, this machine took it without a hitch. Needless to say, i had a damn BLAST!!

    Anyways, i was pretty sore when i got back home. At 41 years old, im not as tough as i used to be, i suppose. But i was ok for the most part. Except my hands! My lord they were killing me cause of how hard the hand grips seemed to just cut into me after a while. I know i know, i should have wore my gloves, but the ones i have are so hot in the summer. Stupid, i realize that. And believe me, i learned my lesson.

    I figured a better set of grips would be the call. I see these http://www.4-tecperformance.com/inde...2h5skpiloor2i1 and wondered if anyone is familiar or can comment. Or maybe suggest another set of grips??

    ANy info would be great. Thank you for your time.


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    Sounds like an awesome ride!

    Im interested in suggestions too-- I've got '10 FXHOs and want better grips.

    I usually use 3/4 finger ski/wakeboard gloves with the gel palms-- the ones i have now are made by O'Brien and work pretty well on long rides

    But better grips would be nice!

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    i guess no one uses after market grips around here. Very surprising...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xrunner View Post
    i guess no one uses after market grips around here. Very surprising...
    It's the configuration of the L hand grip for trim. A specific grip would have to be made to replace it. So far as I know, no AM companies are making that grip.

    No one uses them because there aren't any available - unless you replace the bars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelly_A View Post
    It's the configuration of the L hand grip for trim. A specific grip would have to be made to replace it. So far as I know, no AM companies are making that grip.

    No one uses them because there aren't any available - unless you replace the bars.
    Ah, that makes sense. I am still surprised that there isnt anything out there though. Thanks for the reply!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xrunner View Post
    Ah, that makes sense. I am still surprised that there isnt anything out there though. Thanks for the reply!
    I agree, wish one of the AM companies would offer a replacement. Looks like the FZ & FX platforms shared a grip part # until 2012, when the FX got an upgrade w/ the hull changes. Presumably, because of the way the left grip/trim control for the FZ & FX is configured, Yamaha priced it at $179.49 (right replacement grip costs just $12.98 ). My guess is the AM companies aren't going to tackle tooling for something that is going to have a selling price anywhere near that.

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    Get some of those gel gloves and toss them in your storage bin so you'll have 'em next time.
    200 miles on the Columbia that sounds like a great trip, I would like to run that!

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