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    Had to make a tool for my lathe to cut openings in the end of the grips, since these modern bikes use open-ended grips with endcaps.
    The clutch-side install went smoothly, the new grip fills my hand and feels great.
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    Now, for the throttle side.

    WTF! There's *NO* throttle tube.
    The grip and throttle tube are a 1-piece molded rubber/plastic affair.
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    Searched the forum, and sure 'nuff, there's postings about the 1-piece throttle, with *no* separate throttle tube.
    *Gads*, it's never easy, is it...?
     
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    Ok, gotta doit myself, then.

    Turned a piece of steel tubing, with plastic insert bushings. The OEM throttle tube is a loose/sloppy fit on the handlebar, with about 1mm of diametrical clearance. That's fine for dirtbikes that get dirty, but too loose for a street urchin. Turned the plastic bushings for a tighter 0.3mm running clearance. Also had to make a separate throttle ring from 7mm aluminum. Made it larger than stock, so as to keep the features of the 1/4 turn throttle ring. Also spaced-out the cable end holes a little to recover some of the lost cable slack that occurs with the 1/4 turn rings.
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    A bonding agent, and about 500 lbs on the press, the two parts are now a new 1-piece metal throttle tube.
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    The grip is ready to install...
     
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    The clearance space between the throttle ring and grip flange is very important, should be right at 5mm.
    A piece of scrap 5mm sheet wood makes a perfect spacing stop.
    20200805_HandGrips05.jpg

    Just slide the grip all the way down to the spacing stop.

    Grip on the new throttle tube, ready for install...
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    There we go, grips finally installed.
    20200805_HandGrips07.jpg

    I used a home-brewed lightweight grease that has WS2 (Tungsten DiSulfide), a friction reducing additive.
    The action is smooth as butter, with no perceivable slop.

    These grips feel great, and worked really well on yesterday's group ride.

    Justa FYI, the OEM grips measured at 37mm in the middle, these Biltwell grips measure at 41mm in the middle. That extra 4mm thickness fills my hands quite well...
     
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    It's been about 2 months and 1,000 miles since the final Maximus tune.
    Here's my gas mileage log...

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    You ever seen Grip Puppies? They slip over your grip giving you a larger diameter foam grip. I have them on both bikes and love them.
     
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    Hey, VVB! Yes, I saw the posts on the grip puppies. Long ago I had a set of grips with thick foam wrapping, liked them, but they eventually deformed and got hard in spots. Would like to see/feel those in person, I'm still learning and trying to catch up here...
     
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    I used the grip puppies and on the clutch side, I love it. But, I had an issue with the throttle side. installing the puppy on that side squeezed the throttle to the point that it would stick a bit. I haven't resolved the issue yet, but will work on it when things cool off.
     
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    Ummm, that'd be around November, December...?
     
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    The ones on my 13 are several years old now and still comfortable. I do have some wear on them like a worn hole on the clutch side where my thumb rests. Nothing terrible but eventually I'll replace them.
     
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    Have you tried to loosen the bar end cap?
     
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    No, but will give a go. Thanks.
     
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    Added stereo speakers to my Quiet Ride earmuffs, then found this thing.
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    A super-tiny 8gb bluetooth MP3 player and FM radio.
    Weighs only 1 ounce.

    Attached it below the small Midland CB radio.
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    Amazing, this new technology...
     
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    Oops, forgot to post this.
    Last year I wanted to get a throttle lock for the Vegas.
    Didn't like the gadgets I found out there. Too clunky, big, gaudy.
    So, decided to make one myself.

    Carved-up a handful of parts.
    20201122_VegasGadget.jpg

    And, here it is in action:

     
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    Nice bike Steve!!!
     
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