smelly handgrips

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  1. thxcuz

    thxcuz Member

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    is it me or do your handgrips give off a smell of what I expect China to smell like? You know, not terribly unpleasant but kinda strong and not something you want to smell all day. Is there a solution to not have the grips smell so Chinese?
    I once got a shortwave radio that smelled like it was in the living room of a 3 pack a day smoker...I wrapped it in dryer sheets and it just ended up smelling like a 3 pack a day smoker at the laundromat. Any tips would be helpful...my hands stink after every ride
     
  2. Slogger

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    I know that smell. It kind of reminds me of grease mixed with benzine or something.
    It may be a mold release agent they use over there.
    I tried soaking and scrubbing them in hot dishwater, it helped a little.

    P-U
     
  3. Easy Rider

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    What does it smell like? Fried rice with sweet and sour pork and pot stickers?
     
  4. thxcuz

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    I wish...it smells kinda like re-stocking day at Harbor Freight
     
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    I noticed that on mine when I was running it. After a while I think the motor burned it off.
     
  6. Trey

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    Slather them liberally with bearing grease. That should take care of the smell.




    I kid, I kid.

    I know what you're talking about. Who knows what they use in their rubber compounds. I do rub those type parts down with hydrogen peroxide (worried rubbing alcohol would damage them) but I can't honestly report a definite change.
    Let us know if you find a solution tho.
     
  7. dtv5403

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    Use different grips. I'm using bicycle grips with the soft rubber ridges, took a bit of hard shoving to get the grip on the throttle, but it's on there.
     
  8. 2door

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    LOL, now that's funny!!!!


    My wife just bought a padded knee rest for working in the garden. When she took it out of the bag it had the same smell as new kit handgrips. I don't know what the odor is either but it must have something to do with the vinyl or plastics used. The smell does eventually go away but it takes a while.
    Tom
     
  9. crassius

    crassius Well-Known Member

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    can't help - never been inclined to sniff a handgrip
     
  10. xseler

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    Might be some compound of formaldehyde to help speed the curing process of the rubber/vinyl/latex/plastic/unthinkable concoction they use to make the grips.

    Didn't you read the warning on the end of the grips...."No smell"? Well, I guess that could cause some confusion.....

    (I also enjoyed the Harbor Freight reference! Hadn't really thought about it before, but it's spot on.)
     
  11. dtv5403

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    How exactly does the motor burn the smell off the HAND grips, which go on the HANDLEbars, and are nowhere near the engine?
     
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    Motocross grips work well and account for the throttle tube and seem to have a smell but it's different.
     
  13. Powertool

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    Wear gloves when riding , it's a great safety thing also...

    wear a helmet , and gloves always , in the event of a spill.....
     
  14. Davezilla

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    It's the harbor freight smell... luckily it goes away after it airs out for a few months...
    I think they do it so you get a whiff as soon as you open up the package then you suddenly get this urge to run over to harbor freight and buy more Chinese stuff...
     

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