Motorcycle riders stay safe and secure on their bikes, in part, because of the control they have over maneuverability and handling. One of the main ways a rider controls his or her bike is through the handle bars and grips, and making sure they’re in proper working order should be a part of a regular maintenance routine.
If your grips are worn and need to be replaced, consider these tips from motorcycle enthusiast Matthew Bochnak to help complete this do-it-yourself task quickly and easily.
Hey what’s up everyone, it’s Matt from HowToMotorcycleRepair.com. In today’s video, I want to show you how to change your worn out grips on your motorcycle.
Changing your motorcycle’s grips can be a simple do-it-yourself task that will generally take you about 30 minutes to complete, not including the time it takes for the glue to dry. Now, I do want to mention that if you are unsure or uncomfortable with any of these procedures mentioned in this video, please seek professional help.
Let’s talk about some of the tools and materials that you will need for this project: a utility knife, scouring pad, isopropyl alcohol, new grips, grip glue, and a small brush to spread the glue. Compressed air is totally optional.
Replace your grips anytime they are showings signs of wear, begin to tear, or start to spin on the handlebar.
I’m going to show you 2 methods on how to remove your old grips. With either of these methods, make sure to wear gloves and safety glasses.
In the first method, take a utility knife and cut the grip lengthwise, making sure that you don’t cut into the throttle tube. Once cut, it will be much easier to remove. The second method is to blast compressed air under the grip, which will slightly expand the grip and it will come right off. This method works great if no glue was previously used.
Now that the grips have been removed, clean the handlebars and throttle tube with a scouring pad and isopropyl alcohol. If any old glue residue exists, it must be removed. This process will clean and prep the surface for the new grip. Finally, wipe the surface clean with a lint free rag.
Now would be a good time to take a look at your new grips. Note that the larger inner diameter is for the throttle. Apply some grip glue to the inside of the grip. Use a small brush to spread the glue all over the inner diameter of grip.
Now it is time to install the grips. Slide the grip straight on the handlebar and make sure that it slides all the way on. Repeat the process for the other side. If any glue oozes out, make sure to wipe it up with a clean rag.
Lastly, make sure to read the glue manufacturer’s recommended drying time before riding your motorcycle.
Once the glue has dried, twist the throttle a few times and make sure that it snaps back into position. Do not operate a motorcycle if the throttle sticks.
If the throttle is sticking, remove the new grip and see if the problem goes away. If it doesn’t, you may need to get a professional mechanic to take a look at your throttle tube.
Alright, well I hope you enjoyed this video on how to change your motorcycle’s grips. If you’d like to see more of my videos, head over to HowToMotorcycleRepair.com, or check out my YouTube channel, MatthewMCrepair. I’m also on Facebook and Twitter. Just remember, if you are unsure of anything discussed in this video, seek the help of a professional mechanic.
Thanks for watching and see you in the next video.