WHAT IS IT? ODI has teamed up with the legendary
Jeff Emig to enhance their already-successful lock-on
WHAT’S IT COST? $24.95.
CONTACT? www.odigrips.com or (951) 786-4755.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that
stand out with ODI’s Emig V2 lock-on grips.
(1) Jeff Emig. When Jeff had the idea of making
and designing his own grip, ODI came to mind. ODI
was excited that the AMA Supercross and motocross
champion wanted to work with them. Over the last
year, the team at ODI has put together the grip that
Jeff always wanted while racing but never had.
( 2) Design. The Emig V2 grip is the same concept
as the original ODI lock-on grip; it’s just influenced
by Emig’s personal style and preferences. The grip is
designed with a low-profile pyramid pattern and a
custom-designed half-waffle pattern that eliminates the
inside corner where other grips irritated Jeff’s hands.
( 3) Concept. Since you don’t need to glue or wire the
grips in place, a lock-on grip can be installed in less than
a minute (and riders who destroy their handlebars at the
races can change to new bars without sitting around
waiting for grip glue to dry). Our testers loved this about
the lock-on grips. We also liked that when you tipped
over on the clutch side, the grips didn’t rip, keeping dirt
from getting inside your bars.
( 4) Clutch side. Installing the clutch-side grip is
simple. Slip the grip’s plastic tube onto the bar and
tighten a single Allen bolt. The clutch-side grip only has
a pinch-bolt on the inboard end. The benefit is that there
is no hard aluminum clamp on the outer edge.
( 5) Throttle side. Don’t think of the Emig V2 throttle
side as just a grip, because it is actually a plastic throttle
tube with a grip molded on. It would be prohibitively
expensive to make special throttle tubes for every
possible brand and model of motorcycle, so ODI made
a throttle tube that accepts a variety of interchangeable
throttle-cable cams. ODI makes different cams for most
two-stroke and four-stroke models.
( 6) Feel. Most MXA test riders expected the Emig
V2 clamp-on grips to feel larger because the grips are
molded to plastic tubes that take up space. On the
clutch side, this was true, but we liked it. It had the
same thickness as the throttle tube, which made the
feeling exactly the same on both sides. The material
was soft and gripped well. Testers liked the design of
the half waffle; the super-soft material was not hard on
their hands. The grips are just a hair shorter than most
grips, so people with big hands might have an issue.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? They could be longer.
Clamp-on grips are an acquired taste. If you
ODI EMIG V2 LOCK-ON GRIPS
are a fan of them, the Emig V2 version is worth
four stars; however, if you prefer old-school
glue-on grips, they are worth three stars.
MXA TEAM TESTED