Aftermarket hand grip sticking - Kawasaki Vulcan Forum : Vulcan Forums
» Insurance
» Sponsors
Go Back   Kawasaki Vulcan Forum : Vulcan Forums > Motorcycle Models > Vulcan 900

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-13-2010, 08:15 PM   #1
Everlastingchub
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 6
Default Aftermarket hand grip sticking

I have an '09 VN900 custom SE, and I decided that it would look and feel much better if I installed aftermarket grips. I wanted to start with the throttle because I am a little scared to cut off the other grip. Turns out that it hits the bar-end and sticks. I have read on another thred that it was prob the bar-end. Well, thats all well and good, but how do I fix it?
Everlastingchub is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 04-14-2010, 09:38 AM   #2
Elimin8or23
Member
 
Elimin8or23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Aurora, Co
Posts: 42
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Everlastingchub View Post
I have an '09 VN900 custom SE, and I decided that it would look and feel much better if I installed aftermarket grips. I wanted to start with the throttle because I am a little scared to cut off the other grip. Turns out that it hits the bar-end and sticks. I have read on another thred that it was prob the bar-end. Well, thats all well and good, but how do I fix it?
not sure what aftermarket gris you bought, but I just recently installed the Kuryakyn ISO grips on my custom. (looks great) I had the same problem at first, but found moving the grip and clamp out about an 8th of an inch cleared up the problem for me. I also looked over the directions again and for sticking throttle grip, it recommends using a little grease. I used white lithium grease. Mine are VERY smooth now. no problems for the last couple weeks while riding.

Hope this helps.
Tony
Elimin8or23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2010, 03:43 PM   #3
ikindoit
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: N.E. Oklahoma
Posts: 41
Default Grips

Seems a little odd. I just recently put some new grips on my 06 Classic LT, and the throttle slide completely encloses the bar end. I don't see how the grip could even make contact with the bar end. Are you sure it's not on the inside (towards the throttle cables) where it's binding? Like maybe the grip is making contact with the throttle housing? If that be the case just slip the grip down the throttle tube a bit away from the housing.
__________________
Ikindoit
---------------------
2006 VN900 Classic LT
ikindoit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2010, 08:47 PM   #4
Everlastingchub
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 6
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ikindoit View Post
Seems a little odd. I just recently put some new grips on my 06 Classic LT, and the throttle slide completely encloses the bar end. I don't see how the grip could even make contact with the bar end. Are you sure it's not on the inside (towards the throttle cables) where it's binding? Like maybe the grip is making contact with the throttle housing? If that be the case just slip the grip down the throttle tube a bit away from the housing.
Well, the grips that I bought are (I believe) LA chopper hex grips; black... Very cool looking.

The throttle slide is completely enclosed by the horn/kill switch box. The thing is that the kill switch box has a little nub/ peg thing that slides in a hole in the handle bar, and this makes the box and the throttle grip sit correctly. I know that its binding up on the bar end because when I take the grip off I can see the scrape marks on the end of the handle bars.

I like the grease idea, but its scraping pretty bad. Was thinking of filing down the bar end a little then running with the grease idea... What do you guys think?
Everlastingchub is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2010, 11:20 PM   #5
Elimin8or23
Member
 
Elimin8or23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Aurora, Co
Posts: 42
Default

I would use a nice lat file and take it slow. the lithium grease helps not only stay smooth, but it does not get as thick as most others in cold weather. It worked well for me.
Elimin8or23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2010, 10:09 AM   #6
ikindoit
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: N.E. Oklahoma
Posts: 41
Default

On your bike the chrome handle bar is longer than the throttle sleeve, so the grip is sticking to the exposed part of the chrome handlebar? The throttle sleeve should completely cover all of the handle bar under the grip, so the rubber grip is just making contact with the sleeve not the handle bar. If the above is true, you may have to get a new throttle sleeve.
__________________
Ikindoit
---------------------
2006 VN900 Classic LT
ikindoit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2010, 01:32 PM   #7
souls20042
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Georgia
Posts: 59
Default

I have a 91 Vulcan 88 and put aftermarket grips on and it did exactly what you are describing. I replaced the throttle cables and the problem was fixed.
souls20042 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2010, 06:15 PM   #8
V Twin
Top Contributor
 
V Twin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Dallas, TX
Posts: 711
Default

Send them back and get what most use. The most popular are the Kury's and I have a pair of the Fire & Still from kawa.
__________________

Gitty Up & Go!

2007 VN 900 Custom modifications:
Corbin Young Guns Saddle*OEM Classic Gel Flame Saddle (when 2up)*OEM Light Bar*National Cycles Shield*OEM Ribbed Handlebar Grips*OEM Classic Rear Fender*PC III*V&H SCS Pipes (Modified)*Comet Milled BAK*Engine Guard*Genmar Risers*Clear Alternatives Integrated Tail Light*Kury Magnum Plus Mirrors*Kury Cruise Control*Upgraded Horn*Metzler 90/90/21*Avon Venom 200/70/15*Both SW Pulleys.
V Twin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2012, 11:11 AM   #9
tedkawi
Senior Member
 
tedkawi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Woodside, NYC
Posts: 121
Default Throttle sticking; have had to roll it back

09 Vulcan 900, changed to Kuryakyn ISO grips last year, changed to apes 3 mos. ago.

The other day, it was cold, took the bike out and the throttle sticks for the 1st time since owning the 9.

I hear a squeaking under the tank as I twist the throttle without starting the engine. How do I attack the problem? Thinking of WD40, oil penetrant or disassembling. Shd I start with raising the tank or doing the handlebar push pull controls?

Thanks.
tedkawi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2012, 11:36 AM   #10
bosco
Lifetime Premium
 
bosco's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Temescal Valley, CA
Posts: 1,331
Garage
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by tedkawi View Post
09 Vulcan 900, changed to Kuryakyn ISO grips last year, changed to apes 3 mos. ago.

The other day, it was cold, took the bike out and the throttle sticks for the 1st time since owning the 9.

I hear a squeaking under the tank as I twist the throttle without starting the engine. How do I attack the problem? Thinking of WD40, oil penetrant or disassembling. Shd I start with raising the tank or doing the handlebar push pull controls?

Thanks.
Sounds like your cables are in need of some lubricant. I would not use WD40 as it could do more harm than good (will damage rubber). Most shops (even bicycle shops) carry good cable lube than will run down the inside cable as you apply. I know there are kits for this as well, but if you are careful you can apply a drop at a time with no mess. I use a tri lube (purchased from my local bicycle shop) that has a nice applicator tube, makes for a clean application on the cables. Should help with our squeaking.
__________________
"Freedom is Loving what you do, and the ability to Pursue It!"

2010 900 Classic
bosco is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:35 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.
Motorcycle News, Videos and Reviews
Honda Grom Forum Harley Davidson Forum Honda 600RR Kawasaki Forum Yamaha R6 Forum Yamaha FZ-09 Forum
1199 Panigale Forum Roadglide Forum Honda CBR1000 Forum Vulcan Forum Yamaha R1 Forum Yamaha R3 Forum
Ducati Monster Forum Harley Forums Honda CBR250R Forum ZX10R Forum Star Raider Forum Yamaha Viking Forum
Suzuki GSXR Forum V-Rod Forums Honda Shadow Forum Kawasaki Motorcycle Forum Star Warrior Forum KTM Duke 390 Forum
SV650 Forum BMW S1000RR Forum Honda Fury Forum Kawasaki Versys Forum Drag Racing Forum Ducati 899 Panigale Forum
Suzuki V-Strom BMW K1600 Triumph Forum Victory Forums Sportbikes BMW NineT Forum
Volusia Forum BMW F800 Forum Triumph 675 Forum MV Agusta Forum HD Street Forum Suzuki GW250 Forum
Yamaha Motorcycles Victory Gunner Forum Honda Vultus Forum HD LiveWire Forum Ninja H2 Forum