Removing and Installing Grips

Struggling to get the new grips installed on your bike? Here’s how we do it in the shop...

Removing and installing them is a lot easier if you have an air compressor and blow gun attachment handy. Just point the nozzle under the outer edge of the grip and apply air pressure as you are pulling the grip off, then do the same to slide on the new one. The air pressure expands the grip enough to release some of the pressure against the handlebar.

Of course, if the old grip has been glued on and will not release, you may have to cut it lengthwise with a razor blade. Be careful using this method on the throttle side because you may cut into the plastic throttle tube and damage it. This last resort method of removing the grip destroys it but you were ready to replace it anyway.

All these tips, and many more, can be found in The Motorcycle Handbook along with more complete explanations on many aspects of motorcycles and motorcycling. 63 illustrated chapters of practical, down-to-earth information you won’t find anywhere else! Just click on The Motorcycle Handbook link for more info and some excellent reviews.

John Hanney