Installed the Spider Peak grips yesterday. I bought them over the winter and had forgotten about them until I was out riding yesterday!I bought 2 different pairs recently, to get free shipping on an order. Both were about $9 each.
I replaced my worn pair of Spider Peak grips (they lasted just over 1 year), they are $17.95
Introducing the New Spider PEAK Grip! ? Spider Grips
with Progrip Touring Gel 761's this past Sept. They feel okay, not quite as thick and soft as the Spiders.
They are still looking good. Certainly a better deal, at half the price of the Spiders.
I also have a pair of Sportbike Gel 699's, so I'll have to update this post sometime...
I also came off many years ago on what we call in Oz 'hot mix' - very fine and smooth asphalt..I had no gloves on and it was a low speed low-side...I put my hands down as I hit the hot mix, the skin on my palms was was concertinaed at the wrist, just like an open sardine can. I couldn't wash myself or wipe my arse for over a week...it was a good lesson.I noticed someone , earlier, mention not wearing gloves.
I had a massive crash, years back. Punctured lung, broken ribs. Broken shoulder. Broken leg.
I've also heard people filling the bars with lead shot or BB's - supposed to work even better, but have never tried it myself.I've heard of some people filling their bars with silicone to help reduce vibrations. Anyone ever try this? I might give it a go later this summer, its cheap enough if it doesn't work you aren't out much.
Lead or BB's have more mass so it would work real well, my concern would be the extra weight and strain added to the bars. Not 100% sure about that but the shot would absorb at least 60-75% of the vibration.I've also heard people filling the bars with lead shot or BB's - supposed to work even better, but have never tried it myself.
Yeah, my thoughts exactly. The extra mass should help with the vibrations, but adding an extra X ounces/pounds of weight - nobody wants more weight on the bike if they can help it. Bar end weights are supposed to limit the vibrations and all they are is weight on the end of the bar - supposedly the heavier the weight the better they perform. Again, adding more weight. The silicone option would be nicer from a weight saving standpoint, as long as it works as well.Lead or BB's have more mass so it would work real well, my concern would be the extra weight and strain added to the bars. Not 100% sure about that but the shot would absorb at least 60-75% of the vibration.
Silicone might work, it could also channel the vibrating waves out to the bars more?