Bar risers for 2014 GSAW

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by alexcorral, Mar 19, 2014.

  1. unholymess

    unholymess Adventurer

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    Is there a good guide for discovering if and how tall of risers a person would need?

    Fair disclaimer, I'm new to ADV riding, so of course I bought a 2014 GSAW and am just waiting for the @#$@ing snow to quit here in MN to get back out riding :freaky
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  2. RichBMW

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    Doubtful, as some tall people have short legs and long bodies, and vice versa.
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  3. unholymess

    unholymess Adventurer

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    I guess I was thinking of if you were standing on the bike, do you just let your hands fall to a natural position-- or is there something more complicated than that?
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  4. alexcorral

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    Start out by testing the bike as it is. You will notice that when you stand on the pegs, the levers are not in a comfortable position and that you have to lean forward and down, which won't be comfortable (especially for the long run) and hurt your lower back.

    Your first move should be to roll the bars front, bringing the grips higher and the levers down: This is a better layout for riding on the pegs. If you're too tall this will still not do it.

    I'm 6' 2" and will install 40mm risers. I think this will bring the bars to where I want them for my comfortable riding position. Today I find myself leaning forward too much and therefore having too much weight on my hands (not good).
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  5. mbbaumer

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    Just installed them a few days ago. I am 6'2" and they really improved my riding position and overall comfort. Took about a week to get them after I ordered them. Very easy to install, only one zip tie to cut and reposition. No binding or tight control cables once the zip tie is relocated per the included instructions.
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  6. Advdave

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    Same here, the Wunderlich Ergo risers work for me on the GSA-W. Cable length is JUST long enoughÂ….works fine at full range of steering motion, but couldn't go a bit further. Nice to be able to adjust both up and back. Probably the most expensive risers out there, though.
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  7. alexcorral

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    Touratech 40mm risers are now in stock and available to order online. I ordered a set tonight for $95.:clap
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  8. Travman

    Travman Been here awhile

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    So I just installed a set of 40mm risers, replacing the 15mm. I have a question on cable tightness. At full bar lock the left cable is fine but the right is very tight. Is this ok, or should the cables be moved. I've never used risers this tall on any previous bike so never had to deal with this. See pic below. Thoughts?


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  9. CharlieFox

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    Wunderlich ergo risers for me. Very pleased with them.
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  10. RichBMW

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    I have the Wunderlich up and back risers, and the BMW small tank bag, and noticed that on full lock, the bars touch the bag (not so hard as to press any buttons). It's probably not the end of the world, as full lock is rarely used. Anyone else noticed this?
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  11. alexcorral

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    I wouldn't worry. You will hardly ever go full lock and if/when you ever do it will be at very low speed.

    How did the risers help with riding position? How tall are you?
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  12. Travman

    Travman Been here awhile

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    Thanks, I did remove a twist tie to give those cable a little more play. I'm 6'3, and with the 40mm riser I can stand and would be comfortable on short to moderate dirt roads. Any more than that and I would tilt the bars up. I'm carrying the appropriate allen wrench in the tank bag just for those circumstances. I must say though that having the bar this high will take some getting used to for road riding. I kinda feel like this guy.


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  13. alexcorral

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    When on-road just sit back and use cruise control :evil
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  14. OldMotoGuySoCal

    OldMotoGuySoCal Returning Rider

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    Last night I installed 25mm Touratech bar risers and they are perfect. I am 5' 10" tall the the 25mm risers put the bars at the perfect height for me, very comfortable. The risers utilize the stock top clamp and match the color so they are un-noticable and they fit well. With the 25mm (1") risers I did not need to move any cables/lines and everything has plenty of slack for full left/right turning and no binding/pulling. The Touratech risers come in 15mm, 25mm and 40mm height so you can get the exact height you need.
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  15. alexcorral

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    I'll get my 40mm risers on Wednesday. Just in time to install for the ride on Friday.
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  16. alexcorral

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    40mm rise and no need to lengthen cables/wires:

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  17. picard

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    Same here. Just a tad tighter at full lock left than I would like to see. Not decided what I will do Might try and change the "order" of the brake and signal lines.
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  18. alexcorral

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    I even have some slack left (not much) on full left lock. I took it off road and had to lock full left and right on some tight stuff and had no problems.
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  19. onewheelwunder

    onewheelwunder are we there yet?

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    Ive installed the 50mm adjustable ROX risers with NO issues. I actually tried it with the cables moved to the outside of the fork leg and it was a no go. This may have something to do with the fact that I'm 6ft 5" and have the bars are adjusted a bit forward of the centerline of the stock clamps

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  20. Big Derek

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    I to have the new wunderlich risers fitted but after 2.5k miles of using them on my girl "Olive" I am getting forearm ache and top back shoulder ache! Never had that on my last 3 GSA"S i also get knee ache but that is understandable as the riding position is more cramped than last GSA"S.

    I am thinking the Wunderlich risers make you sit just a tad to far back making your back bent backwards if you get my meaning?

    So i like the look of your Black Dog USA risers they have the same radius (unlike Rox) which just don't look right to me? even the colour is wrong! Where can I buy some black dogs from somewhere they will send em me as a gift to avoid duty and tax would be good LOL...

    Cheers

    Derek
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