How to Measure Motorcycle Handlebars & Remove Grips

If you’re looking for new grips or new bars entirely, you’ll need to know how to measure your handlebars and remove your old grips.

How to Measure Motorcycle Handlebars

If you’re in the market for new handlebars entirely or you are looking to buy some new grips, you’ll need to know how to measure your bars.

The main handlebar measurement that most riders are familiar with is the diameter. This will dictate what size grips you need and whether or not the handlebars will be compatible with the mounting brackets on your bike.

To measure the diameter of your handlebars, simply take a tape measure and measure the full width (diameter) of an open end.

The majority of handlebars are either 1″ or 7/8″.

Motorcycles like Harley Davidson and Indian will typically have 1″ bars.

Metric motorcycles like Honda, Yamaha, and Kawasaki will feature 7/8″ bars.

The next handlebar measurement you can take is the riser spacing. This is the area between the handlebar claps on your bike or the textured areas on your bars.

Other handlebar measurements include:

  • Overall width: the distance from end to end.
  • Pullback: the distance from the mount to the end of the grips.
  • Total rise: the highest point of the handlebars.
  • End rise: the height of the grip.
  • Center width: the distance between where the bars start to bend.

How to Remove Motorcycle Grips

You’ll have two main options when it comes to removing your motorcycle grips. Which one you go with will depend on whether or not you want to reuse the grips in the future.

If you plan on getting rid of your old grips, a razor blade is a simple way to get them off.

If you don’t want to damage the old grips you can spray some soapy water between the grips and the bars. Try to wiggle the grips so the soapy solution can work its way all around. After a bit, you should be able to slide them right off.

If grip glue had been used, some GooGone can be handy to remove it before you install your new grips.

Check out our reviews and recommendations for some of the best motorcycle grips.

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