How To Change Your Motorcycle Grips

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Changing motorcycle grips can be frustrating if you haven’t done it often, or if you haven’t found a way to make it easy on yourself. At RideApart, we like the “Hairspray Method.” Read on to learn arcane secrets from our crowded garages.

Changing to high quality grips is an inexpensive way to upgrade both the look and feel of your motorcycle regardless of what you ride. Spending a little time deciding what’s right for you will also make it so that you don’t have to repeat this process prematurely. As with anything, good technique and frequent practice makes things easier.

What You Need:

  • Set of New Grips
  • Can Automotive Glass Cleaner
  • Can Hairspray
  • Small Screwdriver
  • 4mm Allen Key
  • Sharp Knife (Optional)
  • Pair Needlenose Pliers (Optional)

What To Do:

1. Prep Your Workstation

Clean off a spot on the bench to keep all of your tools in one place. Make sure your new grips are warm. Seems weird, but if it’s -5 degrees in your garage like it is in mine, this will be harder to do. It also never hurts to have a tasty beverage nearby.

How To Change Your Motorcycle Grips
The old grip.

2. Prep Your Bike

Secure your bike on the stand of choice. Take the appropriate Allen key and remove your bar ends/bark busters/other farkles from the bars. Set these aside in a safe place where you won’t drop them and lose a bolt.

How To Change Your Motorcycle Grips
Removing the cap with an Allen key.

3. Remove The Grips

Slide the smallest screwdriver you own up the inside of a grip and spray glass cleaner between the grip and the bar. Pull out the screwdriver, and start working the now slippery grip off of your bar. If this isn’t something that works for you, and you don’t care what happens to the old grip, use a utility knife or something equally sharp and slice the grip lengthwise to remove it.

How To Change Your Motorcycle Grips
Slide screwdriver up the inside of the grip.

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