WHAT IS IT? A motocross grip that clamps on to make
replacing the clutch- and throttle-side grips as easy as
possible. Plus, the throttle-side grip comes with its own
WHAT’S IT COST? $24.95.
CONTACT? www.amegrips.com or (702) 835-0681.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand
out with the A’ME clamp-on grips.
(1) The name. A’ME is an acronym for Aeromarine
Molding and Engineering, and it is pronounced like the
French word for “friend.” The accent mark is just an
added touch to help people pronounce it. Even if you
think you have never used an A’ME grip, you probably
have. A’ME has been private-labeling some of the biggest
names in grips for decades.
( 2) Concept. The MXA wrecking crew loves clamp-on grips. Since you don’t need to glue or wire the grips
in place, a clamp-on grip means that you can install it in
minutes (and for riders who destroy their handlebars in
moto one, they can change to new bars without waiting
for grip glue to dry). A’ME isn’t the first company to make
a clamp-on grip, nor is it the first company to make a
throttle tube, but it is the first company to combine the
two ideas into a single product. As an added bonus, A’ME
makes a battery-powered, heated version for winter riding.
( 3) Clutch side. The clutch-side grip only has a pinch
bolt on the inboard end, which means that there is no
hard aluminum clamp on the outer edge. A’ME lengthens
the left-side grip assembly to make sure that the
clamp-on mechanism doesn’t steal room from your hand.
( 4) Throttle side. A’ME’s universal throttle system
is designed to work with all modern motocross bikes.
Since it would be expensive to make special throttle
tubes for every possible brand, A’ME makes five
different throttle cable cams. These cams snap in place
and are interchangeable.
( 5) Feel. Most MXA test riders expected the A’ME
clamp-on grips to feel larger because the grips are
molded to plastic tubes that take up space. That was
a silly expectation, since every motorcycle has the
throttle-side grip molded to a plastic tube. Thus, A’ME
focused on designing full-waffle grips where the
throttle- and clutch-side grips were the same diameter.
To the MXA test riders’ hands, they felt normal—sort of
like Baby Bear’s porridge.
( 6) Colors. Gray, red, blue and white.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? For people who don’t read
instructions before installing things, the interchangeable
throttle cable cams can be intimidating.
Clamp-on grips are an acquired taste. If you
A’ME FULL-WAFFLE CLAMP-ON GRIPS
are an aficionado, the A’ME version is worth
four stars; but, if you prefer old-school, glue-on
grips, these grips are worth three stars.
MXA TEAM TESTED