When it comes to fitting handgrips, I am about as strict as it comes. I hate ’grips that spin or move in the slightest.
It puts me off and just ruins my ride. For this reason I have perfected a fool-proof way of fitting handgrips. The ’grips on my bikes always stay stuck and never move. Unless you’ve got sponsorship from a lock-on handgrip supplier you might want to see how I get my ’grips stuck for good.
2 REMOVE OLD GRIPS
First up, remove the old grips. If they are held on with lockwire, cut that off first. Now take an airgun and place the nozzle under the lip of the ’grip. Blow air under the ’grip and it should slide off.
3 DO IT AGAIN
Repeat this trick with the airgun on the other ’grip. If a ’grip cannot be budged, which often happens with the one on the throttle tube, then you may need to cut it off with a sharp knife. If you don’t have an airgun you can try jamming a narrow screwdriver down the inside of the handgrip and spraying some penetrating oil in there.
5 CONTACT CEMENT
Take some contact cement and apply it to the inside of the new handgrips. I use spray-on contact cement. If you do not have the spray on stuff then you can use the cement in a tube, it works just as well but is a bit messy.
12 LET IT DRY
Allow the glue to completely dry and then check the action of the throttle. Sometimes a small amount of glue can make its way into the inside of the throttle tube and cause the throttle to stick. If this happens, remove the throttle tube and clean it out. Technical Editor Mat Boyd
1 Clean the handlebar and throttle tube before fitting the new ’grips.
2 Twist the ’grips as you push them on to evenly apply the glue.
3 Space the lockwire evenly along the ’grip.
1 Over tighten the lockwire.
2 Leave any sharp ends sticking out.
3 Fit the new handgrips over dirt.