Some of my Tuesday ramblings on this blog are directed at a specific target. Like only Sportser owners or just bagger owners. Today, I’m going to encompass everybody with a back-to-basics approach to grips and pegs — those two items with which we have the most physical contact, other than our seats.

Here are two simple ways to integrate your own style into your bike without having to take a second mortgage out on the house. A well-thought out set of pegs and grips can change the whole look and feel of your ride.

Not only do we have constant contact with pegs and grips, but they’re also the main points of control when in comes to navigating your bike down the highway. Brakes, shifting, acceleration — all of these things are all controlled with your grips and pegs. So it’s most important to choose your controls wisely. Maybe a hot-looking set of controls would dress up your bike, but if they don’t fit you or your riding style, then you should probably look for something else. For instance, if you’re an aggressive rider, you might want to think twice before picking up a set of chrome billet controls. I mean, they look “tough,” but they’re going to be even “tougher” to hang on to when you’re zipping through the canyon roads. Or if you plan to string a whole bunch of miles together, you should look for a nice cushion on the grip/peg surface to keep that dull, throbbing pain out of your hands and feet.

The bottom line is this: Replacing pegs and grips is an inexpensive proposition. And they’re easy to install. You don’t need engineering degree or have to be a certified tech to install grips, pegs or floorboards. All you need is basic hand tools, patience and the ability to follow the directions.