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Ok guys I've tried to do a bit of research and I'm more confused than before I started. I've never put a set of grips on before and reading a lot of different opinions on the topic, so I'd like a bit of guidance if anyone is willing.

Getting the old grips off from what I can tell seems to be a matter of either cutting them off, using compressed air to blow them off or some combination of elbow grease and some other kind of lubricant. That doesn't sound too painful.

Getting the new ones on seems to be a different story.
I've read all kinds of things about using hairspray, grip glue or none grip related adhesive products and some kind of "safety" wire.

I'm wondering if the hairspray option is a "she'll be right mate" kind of an option or if it is legitimate. I don't want to spend all this money on a bike and then come a gutsa for the sake of some $15 grips and a squirt of hairspray.

I would like to know for this specific bike what process should I be using and does it differ depending on application? For example, if I'm only riding street and maybe once in a blue moon might do a track day, would that be a different requirement to say if I was building a dedicated race bike?

While we're on the topic has anyone used the Pro Grip 719 as seen in the link below?
Progrip Ducati Dual Compond Gel Grips
 

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I am afraid that I can't answer your specific question(s) as I had the dealer install mine. However, I must caution you with this: I bought the Rizoma sport grips and bar ends for my Monster and had AMS in Dallas install them. They later called to say that they were shorter than the stock, so they would have to cut the bars so that the end weights would be flush against the end of the grips.

I opted not to and it isn't noticeable when riding since my gloves cover it up and you would really have to look closely when it is parked. Either way, you might want to measure any replacement you are considering just in case.

Also, make sure the ends aren't rubbing the grips as it could prevent the throttle from twisting back to idle if you were to suddenly let off the gas or, heaven forbid, get thrown.
 

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I have used hairspray on a couple of bikes now with no issues. On my last bike though I did put wire around them, this should help any movement/misalignment in the grip.
 

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I've only put grip puppies on my grips so I haven't needed to remove the old ones. No hairspray or compressed air was needed to install them either, just strong hands and fingers.
 
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