Motorcycle Tech Tips
Get a Grip!
Sometimes those handlebar grips just aren’t what they used to be. Some OEM grips seems to wear quickly because of their cheap material. Some grips just don’t have the look the bike should have. Time for a change? Sure, why not?
Motorcycle handlebars basically come in two different sizes: 1 inch and 7/8 of an inch. This needs to be determined before the grips are purchased. First measure the size of the diameter of the bar (make sure the grips are off). Some people can be intimidated by this job, but it’s really simple. Most grips are held on with a type of glue; some are not even glued. The easiest way to remove them is simply by cutting them with a razor blade or utility knife, being cau¬tious not to cut into anything underneath. The right hand grip is the throttle grip. It usually has a plastic sleeve that rotates on the handlebar. Be careful when cutting off this grip, making sure not to cut into the sleeve. Nothing will happen if you nick the sleeve, but damage should be kept to a minimal. The grip may need to be pried with a small flat screw driver in order to break the seal of the glue that is on the rubber.
Some new grips have the throttle tube already installed. If this is the case, the entire old tube has to be removed. It is held in place by the throttle assembly. Loosen the throttle cable adjuster nuts (usually located just below the throttle housing). Usually two screws will hold the throttle assembly together. Once it is removed the two throttle cables can be removed from the tube. Slide the old tube off. If there is lubricant on the handle bar; clean that off as well.