It doesn’t matter what brand of grip you
choose if it doesn’t stay on tight.
LAST-MINUTE GRIP FIXES
At the track last week I tore my
left grip. I had spare grips in my
toolbox but no grip glue. The guy
parked next to me was a contractor,
and he said that he had spray paint
and that would work. I didn’t believe
him, so I safety-wired my torn grip
up like a mummy and raced my sec-
ond moto. My hands now look like a
Guy Fieri hamburger. My question is,
does spray paint work?
Yes. This is an old-school trick—but
not the oldest. Of all the chemically
dependent measures used to install
grips, paint is the only method we
would trust to use 30 minutes later.
The best paint to use is clear Krylon.
The enamel in Krylon dries instantly and is the least harsh on Kraton
Polymer (the material that most grips
are made of). Kraton Polymer is a
faux rubber developed by the Shell
Chemical Corporation. Kraton is the
most commonly used thermal plastic
rubber (TPR). A tacky Kraton rubber
grip will never become hard and
slick because it dries out with age
as if it were made of real rubber.
You must use enamel paint. Lightly
spray the inside of the grip and the
bar. Immediately slide the grip into
position. The grip glues to the bar
instantly as the paint dries. Using
clear paint means no ugly over-spray.
In a pinch, you can mount grips
on your bars by taking strips of cloth
electrical tape and wrapping them
around the bar in a spiral. Then,
moisten your finger with mineral
spirits, paint thinner or straight gas
and wipe the inside of the grip. Slide
the grip over the tape. The gasoline
activates the glue embedded in the
cloth tape, and the tolerance fit of
sliding the grip over the cloth makes
for a secure fit. Always use safety
wire for security.
The smartest move is to carry a
set of bolt-on grips, such as ODI,
Torc1 or A’ME grips, in your toolbox.
This eliminates the need to wait for
glue to dry.