4. Prep the Surface
Clean your bars and throttle tube thoroughly. I keep using glass cleaner because it doesn’t harm anything on most bikes, and it’s not a lubricant. If you do have to use WD-40 to remove old grip glue, make sure to degrease your surfaces afterwards. Slippery grips are not safe grips.
5. Game Time
Now you’ll be ready to put that fantastic new set of grips on. Start with the right grip. One will be larger in internal diameter to fit over the throttle tube, that one obviously goes on the right side. Apply hairspray (or glass cleaner!) on the inside of the new grip. Hairspray works as a lubricant when wet and a glue when it dries. Working quickly, shimmy the grip up the throttle tube. This takes a decent amount of both finesse and force, but if you used enough hairspray, the grip should slide into place easily. Repeat the process on the left hand side. Use generous amounts of hairspray inside the grip, line it up, and twist back and forth while pushing. Now you have new grips!
Rotate your left hand grip to match the position of your right hand grip. With your bike turned off (and your fuel turned off if your machine is carbureted), check your throttle to make sure it’s working properly. It should move freely and snap closed like it did before.
That’s it! What techniques do you use to change grips?