Handlebar risers/bar-backs

Tuesday, Aug 6 2013 [1296 miles]

Latest farkle

Latest farkle

Latest farkle
Handlebar risers

Handlebar risers

Handlebar risers
Risers and hardware

Risers and hardware

Risers and hardware

The latest planned addition to my R1200GS arrived this morning. I saw a picture of these in an advrider posting and liked what I saw. A slight rise and a slight set back. I think this will put me in my preferred seatting position. As is typical with this type of change I won’t really know until after a few long rides. I can always remove them if I don’t like the result.

Bar removed

Bar removed

Bar removed
Risers installed.

Risers installed.

Risers installed.
Bar re-installed

Bar re-installed

Bar re-installed

I put a soft rag on the tank before removing the bars. There was enough slack in the hydraulic and electrical lines to lay the bars on the front of the tank. I installed the risers, torquing the front then the rear. That was repeated when re-installing the bars on the risers.

Between 0 and 10 degrees

Between 0 and 10 degrees

Between 0 and 10 degrees
Clutch cable slack

Clutch cable slack

Clutch cable slack
Console view with risers

Console view with risers

Console view with risers

I rotated the bars approximately half way between the 0 and 10º mark. That’s about where they were before adding the risers. There looked to be enough slack, but I wouldn’t know for sure until the bike was taken off of the stand and I could rotate the handlebars from lock to lock. I put my handlebar bag back on the bike and checked out the view of the console. Surprise! I’ve a better view than I had without. I used to have to stretch my neck a touch to see the bottom of the console above the handlebar bag.

I took the bike off the lift and put it on the center stand to check cable slack at full lock. It’s tight. Probably OK in that I can still wiggle the lines. But… how about dropping a fork leg and moving the cables? I tried that with the brake/throttle lines. It was worse. I put the lines back to stock.

The instructions show a picture of a relocated brake line that might be necessary on some bikes. On my bike it is the clutch side that is a touch tight. However, I can still bang the bars agains the stops without doing any damage to the lines. I’ll live with it the way it is.