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Video: Motorcycle Grips - How to Replace Grips on a Harley-Davidson - By J&P Cycles

Written by  January 1, 2015

Most people I know end up replacing their stock grips. Therefore, I thought everyone might enjoy watching this YouTube video, which was produced by J&P Cycles. It walks you through the process for replacing the grips on a Harley Davidson motorcycle; however, the same general concept applies to most makes and models.

They start out by removing the old grips, and take you through the task step by step so you can decide if this is something you think you can tackle yourself, or something you’d prefer to have your local bike shop deal with.

I was a little surprised the mechanic used a razor blade to cut off the clutch side grip, because there are other ways of doing this without destroying the stock grip; however, I assume this method is probably faster, and it’s highly unlikely anyone would really want a stock grip.

I did think it was rather funny how many times the mechanic said “And you can go ahead…” throughout the video. I suppose it’s a nervous tick, sort of like saying “Uhhh…” between every sentence when speaking on camera or in front of a large group.

I didn’t take the time to count how many times the mechanic said “And you can go ahead…” but if you’d like to keep track, the first 10 people to send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the correct number, will win a couple Cycle Connections Koozies. Please put "And you can go ahead Contest" in the Subject line and make sure to include your guess and your name and address so I can mail prize to the winners!

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Mike Schweder

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Mike is the original founder of Cycle Connections Online Motorcycle Magazine and an avid motorcycle enthusiast. He has been riding for over 40 years, belongs to several local and national motorcycle organizations and travels to numerous rallies and events throughout the US each year. Mike has been a writer and editor for many years and has a passion for sharing his motorcycling experiences and stories with you. Contact Mike at mikes@cycleconnections.com