Bar risers vs New bars

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by toates89, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. toates89

    toates89 Been here awhile

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    I been looking at a set of bar risers to help with my height and it got me thinking. Wouldnt it be smarter to install higher bars that use the stock mount? I am thinking that spacers just add an element that could fail.

    So is there anything wrong with adding 1" spacers?

    Bike in question is a dr350.

    Im 6'3" but i have exceptionally long arms so you could say i am 6'1".
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  2. slartidbartfast

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    In theory, you are right and spacers/risers are a bodge - adding an additional element. I practice, however, I have never heard of a riser failure so it's probably a pretty safe alternative. Personally, I'd go with whatever solution is cheapest or easiest to find. In my experience, significantly taller bars are surprisingly difficult to locate.
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  3. motorat

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    it is easier to change back with bar risers.
    both my bikes have them because i like the bends on the bars i just wanted them a little higher
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  4. Jan from Finland

    Jan from Finland Been here awhile

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    You may want to change both. You may need higher AND straighter bar. Height is just one function when looking for better fit.
    Spacers rarely fail. Buy known name. And don't use the cheapest bolts you can find. Grade 8 is your friend.
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  5. ct-ktm

    ct-ktm Long timer

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    On my DR650 I put higher bars on the WR250 I put spacers..

    Go with bigger bars..Differant bars are not exactly hard to find..I see thousands of choices on the Web...Don't forget to look into ATV bars also they usually are higher.. If you are over 6' you will not want to go back to lower bars ever.!!.. My.02
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  6. toates89

    toates89 Been here awhile

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    I Guess if bar risers dont often fail, but cheap bars do. you best options are risers or exp bars.

    Anyone have recommendations on bars the are 1 or 2 higher than stock? I wanna look at them before i purchase risers.
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    If you pick your bike up once in a while..spend the $$$ get protapers..
    well worth every extra dollar..They will last for years.
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    13K miles of mostly dirt with risers on my 640 Adventure......zero issues.
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  9. Auto-X Fil

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    The Rox-type risers that pivot allow more positioning options. Simple spacers allow you to revert easily, but that's it. They are plenty strong, so I wouldn't worry about failure. Loosening and slipping is possible, but that's easy enough to fix mid-ride.

    If you want taller bars, "ATV" bend will get you a lot of height. I ended up going with higher bars on my ride because I wanted to keep things light and simple.
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  10. slartidbartfast

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    ATV bend steel bars can be picked up very cheaply but are usually narrower
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    If you change bars make sure that there is enough room for all the controls, dirt bikes/ATVs don't need as much room as does a dual sport.
    You might need longer cables, especially if you get risers and a different bar.
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  12. toates89

    toates89 Been here awhile

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    I am going to look for new bars after all. There is no point in trying to cut the stock bars(dr350 stock bars are solid at ends) so that i can use brush guards.

    I am looking for bars around 1.5" higher with about the same pull back and width.
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  13. sperz1

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    I have no experience in this.....

    But, ATV Hi bend bars on the DR are the Bees Knees! :deal
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  14. bbagwell

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    I think ATV hi bars would be the ticket. I have them on my TW200 and CR hi bars on my DR650. The ATV's are definitely taller then the CR's.
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  15. Soldier311

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    On a DR350? Will they work without purchasing longer cables?
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    toates89 Been here awhile

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    I am wondering the same thing.
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    toates89 Been here awhile

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    I am looking at the kx high bend for the dr350

    KX High Bend 31.50" 4.25" 3.07"
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  18. PalePhase

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    I'm not a dirt rider but my Interceptor came with Gen-Mar risers, and in 3 1/2 years of riding it, I have had no problem with it. My mechanic favors Heli-bars since they preserve the original steering geometry, and he thinks my VFR is a little twitchy -- not that I've noticed, but I don't ride too aggressively (just not a smart thing when you're riding through a herd of Expeditions, Tahoes, and Sequoias.
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  19. FloorPoor

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    ATV Hi bars(moose brand) on my KLR did wonders for riding comfort, and I only paid $25 for them. For my commuting and long highway sections I adjust them back for an easy, comfortable reach, and when I get to the rough stuff it only takes about 30 seconds to adjust them forward and up for very comfortable stand up riding. I played around with adjustments and found the positions that are most comfortable, then marked the bars so there is no guess work when moving them back and forth. I would recommend replacing the stock bar bolts with high strength stainless steel bolts. Then they wont break, rust, or strip out easily.

    One other mod that made stand up riding much better was some wider foot pegs.
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  20. sperz1

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    Sorry for the late reply. Yes, they work with the stock cables. No longer cables required! :deal
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