WHAT IS IT? A unique motocross grip resulting from a
collaboration between motocross icon, National Champion
and team manager Marty Smith and ODI.
WHAT’S IT COST? $12.95.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand
out with Marty Smith’s Re-Grip grips.
(1) Original concept. As three-time AMA National
Champion Marty Smith worked with students at his Marty
Smith Motocross Clinic ( 659-0273), he came to realize
that the hardest thing to teach riders was to re-grip the
throttle as they moved their arm through the full range
of motion when turning on the gas. No matter how many
times he demonstrated the art of re-gripping to stay in
the attack position, he could see that his students had
trouble grasping the concept. That is how he got the idea
to design a grip with a raised indicator bar molded into
the grip to help riders know where their hands were in
relationship to the rotation of the throttle. If you don’t feel
the bar in the right spot, you need to re-grip.
( 2) Gripping pattern. At first glance, the Marty Smith
Re-Grip looks like a traditional half-waffle grip. The grip
itself is made from a medium-density material that feels
very cushy, and there are safety-wire grooves to secure it
to the bars. You don’t notice anything unusual until you
wrap your hand around it. That is when you feel the raised
bar on one side of the grip. The bar is 1/4-inch tall and
runs the full length of the grip.
( 3) Feel. Every test rider was confused about the raised
bar. Some thought that it was supposed to be used inside
the palm for better traction. Some wanted to put it at their
fingertips to use for leverage and some thought that it
Marty Smith came at the grip from a
completely different perspective from all the
other grip designers. He started with a basic
half-waffle grip and turned it into a
performance and training tool.
MARTY SMITH RE-GRIP GRIP
MXA TEAM TESTED
was to rest the base of their hand against. None of these
guesses were correct. The indicator bar should fit snugly
in the joint between your fingers and your hand. Marty
Smith explains: “Think of it in the same way that you think
of the hump on a factory rider’s seat. You don’t sit on the
hump; instead, you use the hump to gauge where you are
on the saddle.”
( 4) Performance. When standing up the raised bar
should be at the base of your finger’s where they meet your
palm. When sitting the bar should be above the knuckle
where you would wear a ring. This location keeps your
elbows up. It should be noted that Marty Smith didn’t design
the raised bar to be used for leverage on the grip. It is there
to remind you where your hand is so you can quickly get it
back in the proper place. At first, the MXA test riders struggled with the raised bar. At times, it made the grip feel fat,
but only when the rider hadn’t re-gripped properly. It didn’t
take long to adjust to, however. And, with the help of the
raised bar, test riders learned to determine when they had
re-gripped properly. We liked it because it made us think.
( 5) Makers. The Re-Grip is made in the USA by ODI.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? On the throttle side, we were
able to adjust the position of the raised bar by rotating the
throttle housing to suit our tastes. We also had test riders
who used a razor blade to trim down the raised bar to suit
their dainty hands.