Turns out you can develop quite a personal relationship with the handlebar grips you install on your motorcycle. They serve as the initial contact point with your bike and are crucial to its control; there isn't a time when your hands aren't wrapped around them during a ride of any length.

They should be comfortable, they should provide a solid grip, and it doesn't hurt if they're easy on the eyes. If the grips currently on your bike fall short in any of these categories, well, throw them in the garbage can — now!

Today's marketplace is filled with a seemingly endless variety of grips, each of which feature unique qualities to help provide you with a better overall riding experience. We've done a little digging, and the following sets of grips are just a small sampling of what we'd instantly include on any Sporty project.

Looking to stray away from typical chrome or
Looking to stray away from typical chrome or "murdered out" appearances? Well, Harley-Davidson's Brass Collection is a great alternative, as it not only delivers a unique look but also adds a sense of genuine grassroots styling. (Harley-Davidson)

HARLEY-DAVIDSON BRASS COLLECTION

These grips are manufactured from solid brass with a natural antique finish that will develop their own natural, individual patina over time. Even though they will age the longer they are exposed to the elements, they won't become thrashed overnight or anything like that thanks to H-D's factory wax treatment. Get a grip with a little extra personality.

These grips get their name from the combination of CNC billet aluminum and high-traction handgrip rubber construction. (J&P Cycles)
These grips get their name from the combination of CNC billet aluminum and high-traction handgrip rubber construction. (J&P Cycles)

ARLEN NESS DUAL-RING FUSION GRIPS

The knurled styling of the grip area not only provides awesome control, but it's also easy on the palms for a comfortable ride every time.

Available in cable or fly-by-wire applications, each grip set includes installed throttle sleeves and grip glue for simple installation. Matching footpegs and shift peg are also available for a uniform look.

If you experience discomfort in the hands during a long ride, give the Air Cushion grips from Avon serious consideration. (J&P Cycles)
If you experience discomfort in the hands during a long ride, give the Air Cushion grips from Avon serious consideration. (J&P Cycles)

AVON AIR CUSHION GRIPS WITH THROTTLE ASSIST

A special interior core bar creates air pockets within the grip body that help damp vibrations and eliminate any numbness or tingling in the hands that can become a problem on extended rides.

These ISO-Grips have been designed with the ultimate in comfort in mind, as they reduce vibration in your hands and feature a strategically placed ISO-Throttle Boss that helps ease hand cramps experienced during extended cruises. (J&P Cycles)
These ISO-Grips have been designed with the ultimate in comfort in mind, as they reduce vibration in your hands and feature a strategically placed ISO-Throttle Boss that helps ease hand cramps experienced during extended cruises. (J&P Cycles)

KURYAKIN PREMIUM ISO-GRIPS WITH THROTTLE BOSS

The last thing you need is a grip that doesn't help alleviate hand discomfort, and the ISO-Grips won't let you down in that regard. An added bonus with these grips is that they look badass from the jump — so they're a total score.

There are no frills on the Knurled Diamond Grips from Accutronix, as they have been machined from 6061-T6 billet aluminum and are available in other finish options as well (solid black anodized and polished billet aluminum). (Accutronix)
There are no frills on the Knurled Diamond Grips from Accutronix, as they have been machined from 6061-T6 billet aluminum and are available in other finish options as well (solid black anodized and polished billet aluminum). (Accutronix)

ACCUTRONIX KNURLED DIAMOND GRIPS (CHROME)

The knurled surface makes for excellent gripping when out on the road. You can increase control and the overall dapper demeanor of your motorcycle with a set of these "knurly" accessories.