ODI Emig V2 Lock-On Grip Price: $24.95 buy now from $17.78
The grips on my bike were like sandpaper, they were tearing my hands apart – I had to switch them. I ran up to a local dealer to grab a set of regular old single compound soft grips. All they had were ODI Lock-On type grips and Tag Rebound Tech Grips. I was kind of bummed. I didn’t really want the Tag Rebound Tech’s and honestly thought the Lock-On grips were kind of stupid.
Why the ODI Emig V2 Lock-On Grips are the best thing since sliced bread
After opening the package and installing the lock on grips, they began to grow on me. The throttle side grip comes molded on to a new throttle tube, with two different cams (for different brands) that just snap into place to fit to your bike’s throttle housing. You don’t even need to take the old grip off, just remove the stock throttle tube and slide the ODI grip in place. The clutch side just uses one allen bolt to hold it in place. No need to mess with sloppy glue that doesn’t work without wires or spend time wiring up grips! When it’s time to change the grips all you have to do is remove the throttle tube from the throttle housing, unbolt one allen on the clutch side grip and replace.
ODI Emig V2 Lock-On Grip on the bike
Softness These grips are softer than medium compound grips, but firmer than soft compound grips. My guess is that it is a soft compound, but the rubber is thinner to minimize grip thickness, making it feel firmer.
Grip Full waffle grips and thicker, super soft, pillow toppy grips may be a little grippier, but I have had no issues with the gripiness of the ODI Emig V2 Lock-On Grips.
Stuck The ODI Lock-On Grips do not move at all once you have them in place. This is something I was concerned about, especially on the clutch side, where it’s held in place with one little bolt.
Thickness I measured fresh set of Rental Tapered Dual Compound Kevlar Grips on that are on a bike in my barn up against the ODI Emig V2 Lock-On Grips with a set of calipers. The Renthal’s were 29.9 mm in diameter, while the ODI Emig V2 Lock-On Grips were 30.7 mm. Not bad.
Durability I grip the bike a bit too tightly with my hands. This typically leads to my throttle thumb wearing through to the throttle tube, with these grips it’s taking me a looonngggg time to get through to that throttle tube. I did tear a grip end a little, but this wasn’t really a big deal because it just slightly exposed the plastic tube the grip is molded to, I imagine this would be the case with any grip end tear.
Options The ODI Emig V2 Lock-On Grips are available in 8 Colors and for 2-Strokes (125+) or 4-Strokes (250+) and come with spare throttle cams to fit to your bike. If you want to put Lock-On Grips on a small bike, ODI sells throttle cams separately to fit the throttle side grip. ODI also offers a V2 Rogue Lock-On Grip, which looks like it may be similar to a Pro Taper Pillow Top and a standard V2 Half Waffle Lock-On Grip, which comes in plain black.
ODI Emig V2 Lock-On Grip Gallery
ODI Emig V2 Lock-On Grip Final Thoughts
I have to say, once on the bike, the ODI Emig V2 Lock-On Grips don’t do anything to special. On the track they don’t move around and I personally don’t notice the little bit of added thickness on the track. Due to the ease of install and removal these are my new favorite grips.