Installing Hand Grips

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by MigAZ, Nov 3, 2010.

  1. MigAZ

    MigAZ Member

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    Is there anything I need to know before I remove my Retro grips and replace them with Avons? I have a bike run this Friday and wondering if I should hold off until I get back.

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  2. as long as they fit 1 inch bars it should be pretty easy, i use an air blow gun to remove the left side.
     
  3. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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  4. MigAZ

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  5. Redfish-Joe

    Redfish-Joe Senior Member

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    Been looking at Avon's too. Let me know how you like them.:s
     
  6. billnapabill

    billnapabill Active Member

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    Wait until you get back from your run, you could pinch a wire or have an intermittant ignition problem and get stuck somewhere. There isn't anything worse than being out with a bunch of your buddies and have your bike break down, it takes all the fun out of the run for everyone. If you do it when your just puttin around town or the neighborhood, your the only one who gets impacted.
    We had a guy committ the "Cardnal Sin" on a Iron Butt Saddle Sore 1000 attempt. He had the oil changed in his front forks the day before we left. One on the fork plugs started leaking outside of Elko NV. He had to limp back to Reno and wait a day ta get his bike fixed, the rest of us made the ride.
     
  7. MigAZ

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    Will do! BTW, I got them at Zanotti's for a decent price, IMO. Good service and fast shipping!
     
  8. Cyclops

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    Shame on me, I've always had to cut the left side off. Maybe I'm too impatient.
     
  9. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    If you don't have a compressor, you can use a thin screwdriver to pry an end of a grip up and squirt rubbing alcohol in the gap. It weakens any adhesive, and lubricates the rubber. They usually slip right off. It evaporates and leaves no residue. I use it to slip new grips on, and don't (usually) have to use adhesive.
     
  10. Cyclops

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    Thanks Breeze! I'll try that next time. I wasn't too worried about ruining the stock grips, but your suggestion will be handy if I ever decide to replace the current custom grips. I may also try compressed air as well.