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Offline OLAFEE

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Grips Melting problem
« on: February 23, 2019, 06:54:18 AM »
HI guys. I live in Miami Florida and have had 2 Explorers. A common problem is that my grips melt and the rubber basically gets soft in my hands. I had to replace my grips on my old TEX but now I got a new one and I hingave the same problem. Do you guys think it should be covered by the bike's warranty? I mean, wtf, should they be melting?

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Re: Grips Melting problem
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2019, 02:45:12 PM »
Never heard of such a thing.
Are you exposing them to chemicals of some kind? Maybe gasoline??

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Re: Grips Melting problem
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2019, 03:12:11 PM »
Melting grips? I have never ever heard of that in my life. I'd second FredJ9 on chemicals... Maybe some polish, or some oil, maybe you wash the bike with some detergent that's detrimental to the plastic? I mean, it doesn't get Miami hot here in NY but it sure does go above 100F in the summertime - and in the past 5 years of TEX ownership I've never come close to melting anything... weird... do you have pictures, like super close up shots?
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Re: Grips Melting problem
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2019, 03:47:34 PM »
I've ridden my TEX through five Las Vegas summers in temperatures as high as 118 degrees and haven't melted my grips. I'm guessing chemicals too. I've got Grip Puppies wrapped with some tape called Snakeskin that I found at the sporting goods store that is used for wrapping baseball bat handles, so I haven't actually seen my grips in years but I think I'd have noticed melting plastic. Detergent that strong seems unlikely so gasoline or maybe brake fluid may responsible. But it also seems unlikely the OLAFEE is slopping toxic fluids indiscriminately around his garage. Pictures might help. We need a bone to gnaw on while it's too cold to ride.

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Re: Grips Melting problem
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2019, 03:50:13 PM »
*Originally Posted by Uncleal [+]
I've ridden my TEX through five Las Vegas summers in temperatures as high as 118 degrees and haven't melted my grips. I'm guessing chemicals too. I've got Grip Puppies wrapped with some tape called Snakeskin that I found at the sporting goods store that is used for wrapping baseball bat handles, so I haven't actually seen my grips in years but I think I'd have noticed melting plastic. Detergent that strong seems unlikely so gasoline or maybe brake fluid may responsible. But it also seems unlikely the OLAFEE is slopping toxic fluids indiscriminately around his garage. Pictures might help. We need a bone to gnaw on while it's too cold to ride.

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Re: Grips Melting problem
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2019, 04:26:07 PM »
I think someone is bragging that his heated grips get really hot unlike the Triumph ones  :008: :008: :008:

But seriously never heard of grips melting.

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Re: Grips Melting problem
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2019, 05:20:49 PM »
I've been on this forum for 8 years & others for a lot longer than that & have never heard of melting grips on any brand of bike. I'd go along with others suggesting some kind of chemical exposure, whether direct exposure or airborne. :084:
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Re: Grips Melting problem
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2019, 08:13:31 PM »
Could it be a chemical reaction with the gloves that you are wearing?  I have 70ltr dry bag that I bought to carry camping gear. I have placed it across the seat on several bikes. On the TEX it rested on the passenger grab rails. The first time I used it on the TEX, the paint on the grab rails reacted with the rubberized coating on the bag and basically glued the bag to the grab handles. It left marks in the paint and traces of paint on the bag. But there has been no reaction since and I have used it multiple times over the years.
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Re: Grips Melting problem
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2019, 03:21:24 PM »
I have a 2013 Triumph Trophy with OEM heated grips. I have the same issue of melting grips. Its not melting from heat. It is chemical. I think it comes from my hands. The clutch grip is worse. I have to use gloves to impede the "gooing". I don't own a Tiger, but am looking to purchase an 18-19 1200 XCa, so I am checking out the bike through the forum. So far I am scared about the pannier issue I have read about. Does the same problem occur with the Adventure panniers and Adventure box? How about the Adventure panniers, with the larger Explorer top box?

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Re: Grips Melting problem
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2019, 03:35:41 PM »
First off...welcome to the forum.
Secondly, you may want to start your own thread about the panniers or use the search function.
Can you explain specifics in regards to your grips on the Trophy.

 


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