Kids say the darndest things. KCase in point: when I was a wee lad, I told my parents that
I wanted a Kevlar tank, because I
thought it would be indestructible.
No one would bully a pimple-faced
kid in a Kevlar tank. Why the U.S.
military hadn’t constructed such a
marvel of technological warfare was
beyond my comprehension. I was
enamored with Kevlar. It turns out
that I still am.
Renthal introduced Kevlar
dual-compound grips in 2006. They
weren’t heavy pieces of artillery,
but I still had to have them.
Fortunately, Renthal’s headquarters
are right down the street from the
palatial MXA towers. I rushed over
and got my hands on the bulletproof
grips. I immediately liked everything
about them. The natural rubber color
was different from the traditional
black, white and gray offerings. The
half-waffle pattern, with state-of-the-art dual-compound construction,
blew my mind. Most important,
Renthal magically injected Kevlar
resin into the rubber.
The Kevlar dual-compound tapered
grips ($19.95, www.renthal.com)
Renthal makes two versions of its
Kevlar grip: standard and tapered
dual-compound. The original
standard grip has a smooth surface,
whereas the tapered grip has
diamonds that taper down from
large at the thumb area to
regular-sized at the end of the grip.
Renthal believes that it mirrors a
closed fist, which equates to the
highest level of staying power for
your hands. I can’t argue with that.
Next to cleaning air filters,
installing grips is my least favorite
pastime. Grip glue is messy. I
probably put 100 sets of grips a year
on test bikes, and I always use too
much grip glue. It gets everywhere.
Not only that, installing grips
properly is a race against time. The
grips must be set in the desired
position before the adhesive dries.
It’s a harrowing ordeal. I wish that
Renthal would introduce a lock-on
grip system. Even so, I’ll always
bite the bullet and wrestle the
Renthal grips on. Why? Just the
way my favorite pillow cushions my
head perfectly, the Renthal Kevlar
dual-compound tapered grips make
me feel right at home.
aren’t bulletproof, but they’re pretty
darn close. They are my preferred
grip out of any on the market
because they wear like iron and fit
my hands perfectly. Grips that stand
the test of time are typically made
out of uncomfortably hard rubber.
Not so with the Kevlar grip. A soft
outer section of rubber keeps my
soft-as-an-accountant’s hands from
sustaining extensive wear, while the
inner carcass is incredibly durable.
Renthal covered all the angles,
evidenced by the grip ends having
a protective lip of firm rubber to
prevent the grip from tearing in a
Some riders prefer full-waffle grips,
while others like a full-diamond
pattern. I’m a middle-of-the-road kind
of guy, because I like a half-waffle
pattern with a diamond design.
The added traction keeps my
fingers from blowing off the handlebars while hurtling down a rough
straight. I wear large (size 10)
gloves, so I like a rather thick grip.
A full-diamond grip is too small,
whereas a full-waffle is too bulbous.
The Renthal Kevlar dual-compound
tapered grip is just right.
RENTHAL KEVLAR TAPERED GRIPS
BY JOHN BASHER