Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Manchester, NY
Year/Make/Model: 2017 Vaquero ABS
Displacement/CC's: 1700 cc
Color: Candy Cardinal Red
New Kuryakyn Grips
OK, I finally bit the bullet and bought a set of Kuryakyn ISO Grips. Long over due. The factory grips have been leaving my hands black for more than a year now. I picked up the original style ISO grips locally and asked about the glue vs hair spray issue. His advice: use the supplied glue but mount the right side first. That comes mounted to a throttle tube so the position isn't adjustable. Dry-fit the left side and use tape or a marking pen to apply alignment marks so you get right the first (and only) time you glue it on.
The right side wasn't too bad although even with the cable adjusts fully loose, I had a hell of time getting them off the old tube withour kinking them. I ended up rolling on the throttle and jamming a wrench behind the air cleaner to hold the hold the throttle open. It probably would have been easier if I removed the air cleaner backing plate, but none of my hex-key sets include 5mm. So, anyway, that done I moved to the left side.
After cutting the old grip off, I sanded the bar with some wet-dry paper and cleaned it up with alcohol (NOT the drinking kind!). On my first dry-fit the grip froze up less than half way on and nearly pushed the bike over. I didn't expect it to be that tight. So I blocked the right side of the bike and tried again; this time twisting as I went. About halfway along the rubber insert folded over and dissappeared into the body of the grip.
Ok, so I pulled it off, sanded the bar some more and finally got it on dry. But it took me considerably more than the 6 seconds instructions give you. So I figured the glue must lube the rubber before it sets right? I glued it up and proceeded to slide it on. Yes the glue acts as a lubricant and the grip slid almost effortlessly on.
I'm thankful for the warnings about not stopping once you start, but it was not nearly as difficult as the instructions make it sound.
So here they are...