Bar riser for an R100RS

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Sniper X, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    Anyone done it? I am short, about 5'8" so am leaned way over since the tank is pretty long. I am JUST short (no pun intended) with the bars rolled forward as far as they can go or being it the perfect position, but am still thinking if the bars were an INCH higher off the top clamp, I would be in a perfect comfortable (more so) seating position for longer rides. Lets hear the fixes!
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  2. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing

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    Well, no... but I did put K75S bars onto my R100RS and ran those with no other changes and no issues.....
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  3. wirewrkr

    wirewrkr the thread-killer

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    If you want to try a set before you buy some, PM me and I can send a set over. cost you the shipping. If you like them then you can buy them. The'll be cheap as they need paint.
    It IS a pretty popular set up.
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  4. Uncle Pollo

    Uncle Pollo Long timer

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    I have my old handlebard which have a lot of rise.

    I'll drop them off later.
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  5. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    I leave for Lucha (not Lunche) at 13:00. But if you want to come up be here at lunch and we can go eat and then I have to go to Lucha Libre and engineer cameras.
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  6. batoutoflahonda

    batoutoflahonda Long timer

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    Rox makes all kinds of risers. Had them on my G/S.
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  7. L.A. Woman

    L.A. Woman angel collector

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    Glad I found this thread. I am looking at changing out my bars too. I want something a little more cruiser style. I have stock bars on an R80/7 . They have a 4 inch rise but I seem to be in a bad position. I am 5'7" tall. Being a girl my legs are longer than my torso. It was suggested I look at RT bars. Anybody else have any suggestions? What are these risers you speak of?
    Hope I am not intrudung SniperX. :wave
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  8. princess jamaica

    princess jamaica OLD DOG-NEW TRICKS

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    i found a pair of bar backs,and added the k75s bars and it is a very comfortable fit.you are welcome to try mine.
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  9. word1

    word1 I'm working on it...

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    Yup. Been There, Did That many years ago - even though I'm 6'6". :lol3

    I really like the RS bar, so here's what I did:

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    ...here you can see some of the problems which can happen:

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    I felt compelled to futz around with the instrument cluster mounting bits to make myself happy, and the steering damper adjusting knob can end up in-between the bar backs. It's too wide to fit there, so some peeps just remove the knob (and/or damper) but I chose to trim the knob until it fit. It's (a lot) harder to turn, but you usually don't adjust it that often. I also had to shorten the rod which goes down through the steering stem because now the knob fits under the handle bar.

    I couldn't find a satisfactory way to mount the "crash pad" so I just left it off. I had no problems with throttle or brake cable length (I have a '78 with the under-tank MC) but long ago I think I fitted a S model clutch cable, so I can't say for certain if the RS clutch cable length is OK. But I bet it is...

    It ends up working just fine:
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    ...and the riding position is better for someone with a shorter reach... or someone who is tired of leaning forward.

    All in all, I wonder if the K75S bar is a much easier way to get to a real similar riding position?

    FWIW, after lots of testing I'm back to dead stock and happy, but I still have the bar-backs and the cut-down knob, if'n you want to experiment.

    _jay
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  10. bikerfish

    bikerfish flyfishandride

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    I ran r65ls low bars on both my rs's, they worked great, a tad wider and a tad higher. the ls bars are different than the s bars, which hit the fairing I believe.
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  11. carpetburn

    carpetburn Been here awhile

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    i ran k100rs bars with bar backs, very comfortable for touring but bike handles better[corners] with r100rs bars
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  12. Vibrolux

    Vibrolux n00b

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    I've got a pair of bar backs that I'd sell if anyone's uinterested. I'll hav'e to check online to see what a fair price would be for them.
    jeff
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  13. Overdog

    Overdog 'Burghherfer.....

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    Flanders makes a pullback style bar for BMWs...the one they have on their site is the D-22. It's called the narrow sweptback. I actually managed to find a set of D-21 wide sweptback bars on Ebay. My problem is arthritis in my lower back that makes it uncomfortable to lean forward...I can sit up straight with the new bars. There was just enough cable length with my stock /6 cables to fit the bars.
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  14. Jasper ST4

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    I used the RS bars for one trip and took them off and installed S bars. I sawed off about 3/4" from the ends to fit inside the cockpit and it was able to turn lock to lock.
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  15. L.A. Woman

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    Thank you! (I have arthritis in my neck and lumbar region as well) I've seen a few things on ebay I'm looking into. Also have been studying the flanders site. I think I'll go down to cycle gear and look at them. I need a good visual.
    Thank you again.
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  16. DoktorT

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    Lots of Airheads use bar backs.

    Lots of RS Airheads cannot make long miles with the stock bars without stiff necks and shoulders.

    First time I rode my RS long range, the pain became excruciating. No choice, something has to change. I researched a bit and heard several comments about the K75S bars made the difference for them.

    Put on the K75S bars. Before a test ride, I'm looking at them and thinking, that sure didn't change the hand postion much. Stock cables work fine, but the right perch adjustment is critical to keep the throttle cables from hitting the instrument pod and putting some strain on them. You can reset the instruments just a bit higher rather then fully seated on the bracket to improve that issue.

    But it sure did solve the issue for me completely. NO MORE PAIN AT ALL. Ride all day with far less fatigue. That little bit of change was like day and night. I am right around 5'8" myself so that data point suggests you may have the same improvement as I with the K bars.

    They are black not chrome. Do not create any issue with the damper knob. Cannot fit the dash pad. Still have the original pad and bars. Simple back to stock if you ever want to.

    I thought about bar backs. Most I've seen make me think that pulling the tank will lead to scrapes and scratches. I ruled them out for that reason.
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  17. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

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    ...the dash pad will fit if you 'encourage' it a little and then seat the damper knob with the screw. You won't be able to turn the knob without removing the pad. But how often do we adjust the damper...
    I also have mi bars at the rearward position on the top triple. Makes for a very livable ergo.
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  18. caponerd

    caponerd Kickstart Enthusiast

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    I made a couple of aluminum blocks one inch thick to match the factory installed risers. Then I got some 8mm allthread and made new studs which were long enought to accept the added one inch to replace the original studs in the top handlebar clamps.
    Just put the blocks under the factory risers.
    I had a machinist friend cut the blocks to match the oval contour of the factory risers.
    I'm over 6 feet tall, but the standard position of the RS bars was causing me pain in my right wrist. Raising them an inch made a world of difference, and it was way cheaper than buying a K75RS bar, which appears to do about the same thing.

    And I don't use the dash pad. Mine is so old and crappy looking that the bike is better off without it.
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  19. Sniper X

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    Not at all, I too am short, so need higher rise. Even if the stopck bars were an inch higher, that would be PERFECT!
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  20. supershaft

    supershaft because I can

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    My favorite bars are K1 bars. IMO they have the perfect rise and bend AND they are much wider than the other bars. Of course, you have to narrow them for the RS fairing. I have seen it done. The guy said he loved it.
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