Quoted from catboxer:
I wish they made and sold the red handles and bumpers. Someone put the black handles on my '83.
Me too! The original grips were made by a BMX company int he 80s called Hunt Wilde. No longer in business, but some other places acquired their products, tooling, design, etc. I inquired about making red grips, since black are obviously still made, and I think my minimum order had to be around 10,000 or so. The red circles are no longer made either. Mine were missing and broken when I got the game, so I just replaced them all with black. I don't love it, but it's better than what I started with.
If I don't play mine often or clean/wax the red grips, they get sticky. It's weird...like someone just pulled tape off of them.
Not much for the 83 is still available. I had to scan the original artwork and have it remade and it is now for sale at www.thisoldgame.com
The stickers sold through Chexx/ICE are not as nice.