Replacing Motorcycle Hand Grips

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Motorcycle hand grips should be chosen based on their application or the riding style of the individual. Use compressed air to remove a motorcycle hand grip with advice from an experienced motorcycle technician in this free video on motorcycle maintenance and repairs.

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Hi, here to show you how to change or replace your motorcycle grips the proper way. First off you want to choose a grip that suits your application or your riding style that you're doing, this particular bike being an off-road bike so we're going choose a waffle style grip here that has some tractions so your gloves will have something to grab onto and to hold. There's all kind of different grips that you'll want to look into before you make your decision all depending on what kind of riding you're going to do. The best way to remove the grip is to have some compressed air and by doing this, we'll make the process a lot easier removing the grip. Have a nice blow gun like this hooked up to compressed air. I can stick this nozzle underneath the grip which makes a nice simple and quick removal process of the grip. If you do not have access to air or a gun, you can remove the grip you may have to use a knife or some razor blades to cut the grip off and it just takes a little bit more work. Once the grip is removed, you're going to want to clean this side being the throttle, you're going to want to clean this throttle to completely to get any of the old adhesive or rubber from the grip off. This here is just a parts cleaner solvent which is usually alcohol based and will evaporate. But you want to clean this throttle to very good. And then I'm simply going to take my new grip, in this case we're just reusing the old one. A good quality hand grip cement and put a small amount. And quickly you're going to apply the grip and rotate it as you're going on. You want to make sure if there's any alignment marks on your grip that they do get aligned at this time. On this particular grip there is not, its a full waffle so its the same all the way around. I'm going to put that on and the best thing to do will be let your bike sit for 12 hours before using it.

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