Cheap 5th Gen bar risers..

weevee

Registered User
#1
Hi chaps. When I discovered bar risers for the 5th gen were £60-£100 GBP, I set about finding an alternative. Here's what I ended up with (see pic). They cost me the piffling sum of £10.00 GBP, and needed only a couple of hours work with basic hand tools. They're not 'billet' aluminium - but I doubt they need to be 'cause they're bearing no load. Having had them fitted to my bike for a couple of weeks now and having covered a good few miles in that time, I've found they're as good as any. They certainly do the job - and they could probably be adapted to fit other models. Make of the idea what you will!

 

JZH

VFR Club Bodger
#2
Harley parts and not chromed?!? Very clever solution, regardless. I would expect the same sort of thing would also be available in solid alloy, but would cost more.

Raising the forks 20mm is probably more than most would recommend, though.

Ciao,

JZH
 

weevee

Registered User
#3
Yes, the same clamps are available chromed, but I didn't fancy having to drill through them!

I realise a 20mm yoke drop is pushing it a bit (..the clamps are quoted to be a tad under 18mm, in fact) - but the bike's handling well enough with them set there. Being able to get more of my boot flat on the road at stop lights is a bonus too.
 

weevee

Registered User
#4
A small correction to the above...

The yokes are not in fact dropped 20mm from their original setting. This measurement refers to the total amount of fork stanchion exposed above the top yoke before the bar-riser is fitted. It includes the area above the (now redundant) c-clip groove.
 

marks152

Registered User
#5
Correct me if I'm wrong but you have not raised the bars at all because you have lowered the yoke meaning the bars are in the exact position in relation to the front wheel. You have effectively changed the seating position in relation to the bars slightly. This messes with steering geometry.

I tried this setup on mine but it steered too quickly in my opinion so set it to standard and raised the bars only. This helped with pressure on the wrist and back.
 

weevee

Registered User
#6
Yes, it only raises the 'bars in relation to the seating position - which is the objective in my case. It just means a little less weight on the wrists, and a little more weight on the backside.
 
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