Grips are probably one of the most important parts on a motorcycle. From the moment you get on the bike you are usually grabbing them while getting a feel of the bike. Your grabbing them while starting it, your grabbing them while riding, your grabbing them while getting off. That’s a lot of grabbing. And with each grab a microscopic amount of the rubber is wearing off. Grips will usually last many thousands of miles. The set of Avon grips I replaced for this post and video had over 90K miles on it between two Harley’s. If only my tires would last that long…
Grips are a very personal item on a motorcycle. When you shop grips there are almost an infinite number of designs available. It can be overwhelming to decide on which type to purchase. If your tying to keep a customized theme going as you replace parts on your bike the grips will play heavily into that decision. Grips can also greatly increase your comfort level while riding, helping to eliminate fatigue. The right grips can also help with controlling your motorcycle more effectively if they have the right fit in your hands. I’ve seen some really nice looking grips that were all metal without any rubber for your hands to hold on to. They seemed nice but on a long ride they wont offer any cushion for comfort. When your bike is sitting in the hot sun those style of grips can heat up to an unbearable temperature to the point you have to take a wet towel and cool them down before you can even grab them to ride your bike. Try to take into consideration some of these factors before settling on a style. Consider if they are being used solely for a show bike that will hardly ever be ridden. A grip for just bopping around town may not need the same comfort as a grip being put on a motorcycle that is being used for long distance riding.
Electronic throttle, throttle by wire, twist grip sensor, are all terms used for the throttle on a motorcycle that doesn’t use cables to affect acceleration. These types of motorcycles make grip replacement quite easy as well. You can install a new set of grips in less than 10 minutes, making this one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to increase comfort and add a personal touch to your bike.
When you begin the installation be sure to start with the left side. It will have a notch that forces the grip to fit a specific way. Then when you install the right side, since it is a electronic throttle, you will be able to spin the grip 360 degrees to make it match to same position as the fixed left grip. Also if you are removing stock grips, the left side will be glued onto the handle bars. There are a couple of ways to easily remove that grip. First method and the one I prefer is once you remove the switch control housings, gently lift the inside of the grip closest to the electronic module end and squirt a little bit of WD40 under the grip. The begin twisting it back and forth as if you were rolling on a throttle, just on the inside end where you put the lubricant. It will quickly begin to break down the glue. You might have to squirt it once more as you twist back and forth working the twisting motion towards the tip of the grip and it will slide right off in a few seconds. Doing this will save the old grip for later use if you ever need it. The right side grip will just pull off, it has a plastic inner sleeve that just slides over the bars. The second method is to just cut it off with a razor blade or utility knife once you remove the switch controls housings. This method destroys the grip though so you’ll need to decide if you might ever want the grip for anything in the future before cutting it off.
The video shows the complete process for installing new grips in detail. I got my grips through Get Lowered Cycles and had them shipped to my front door. They offer free shipping with no minimum purchase which is a great value. They also have a very large inventory of grips to choose from so plan on spending some time shopping grips to get the right type for your bike.