Grip Puppies, mmmm delicious…

Well, 12000 miles later I decided I wanted a little less vibration in my throttle hand and mostly in my thumb.

I keep the Throttle Bodies pretty well synced to keep the vibes as low as I can get them. (A PC-III might further reduce it). All and all it’s not that bad, but after my 1300 mile day my thumb vibrated for a while.

Grip Puppies are a spongy over-grip that gives you about a 1/4 inch of cushion on your grips. They are cheap too, from California Sport Touring Click.

Installation is pretty simple, provided you use a couple tips/tricks. Especially compressed air.


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Use a little lubricant on the inside of the grips (Windex works great). That and a little compressed air and the slide right on.

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On the throttle side I had to cut about a 1/4 inch off. Full length pushed the rubber grip into the controls on the left and made the throttle bind a bit. If I pulled it off the controls it bound on the throttlemeister.


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I just trimmed it a bit. The cut off part is on the throttlemeister to show how much I removed. This worked out well.

Vista Cruise and 06 FJR 1300

I added my first ‘farkle’ to the FJR today. Well that’s not entirely true. I added my first ‘new’ farkle.

I transferred some things from Zed already. Namely the Battery tender cord and the permanent wire for my Gerbing heated gear but up to this point that’s it.

My Throttlemeister won’t fit and since I’m headed out on a lengthy trip next week not having a cruise control won’t do. I stopped by a local dealer to see if I could get some duplicate key’s made. Of course they can’t do that, stupid of me to think they could.

But while standing around I found the Universal Vista Cruise for $35.00 While not my proffered method, I’d really rather have a Throttlemeister, I’m not going to drop $150 plus expedited shipping to get it here in time. This should do.

I searched a couple boards and didn’t see that anyone had put this on yet so if you’re considering one it was really easy.

I guess there is a Yamaha specific version and a universal version. The specific version grabs the throttle collar instead of the grip, but requires you to drill a hole. I didn’t want to drill said hole. Because like I said I’ll probably put a TM on it later.

There’s plenty of room for this too, I saw where someone cut down the main support with a dremmel. On the 06, I just slid the plastic collar off the handlebars between the brake mount, loosened the one screw for the controls and slid them closer to the right.

I maybe had to move my front brake perch 2 millimeters.

The results are in the photo below: