Changing the motorcycle grips can be a harrowing experience for many. But if done properly, it can upgrade the look and feel of the bike. Spend a little time to understand what is right for you so that you don’t have to repeat the process unnecessarily. Read on to know some inexpensive techniques to change the grips.
You will need:
1) Hairspray Can
2) Automotive Glass Cleaner
3) Set of new grips
4) Sharp knife /Needle-nose pliers
6) 4mm Allen Key
1) Clear the clutter around your bike and keep the tools in one place. Ensure that the new grips are warm so that it can be changed easily.
2) Secure your bike on the stand. Make use of the Allen key and remove the bar ends, bark busters, etc. and set aside in a box or tray so that you don’t lose any small hardware.
3) Insert the smallest screwdriver inside the grips and spray glass cleaner between the bar and the grip. Pull out the screwdriver and slowly remove the grip from the bar. If you do not care much about the old grip, you can use a knife to slice the grip lengthwise and rip it off.
4) Use the glass cleaner to clean the bars and the throttle tube thoroughly. If you have to use WD-40 to clean the grip glue, ensure that you degrease the surfaces later. Slippery grips can be dangerous.
5) Make sure you have high-quality grips. One grip will have the large internal diameter to fit the throttle tube on the right side. Spray hair spray or glass cleaner on the inside of the new grip. With the decent amount of force and finesse, twist it back and forth and shimmy the grip on the throttle tube. Repeat the procedure on the left side too.
6) Fine tune the new grip by rotating the left-hand grip to match the right-hand grip. Turn off your bike and fuel to check if the throttle is working properly. It should move easily and close like before.
That’s it! You have your new grips ready!