Bar-backs

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by drholm, Feb 24, 2002.

  1. drholm

    drholm Easily Amused

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    I'm thinking about adding some bar-backs. I want to come up and back a little. Searching around I can find pieces of "art" for $240+ and pieces of "shit" for $80. Anybody seen anything in between?:scratch
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  2. Gyromaniac

    Gyromaniac Betty Crocker w/ wrenches

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    Before adding equipment, have you tried loosening the four allens and rotating the bars both forward and back slightly? That made for a perfect ergo fix for me.

    FWIW, I added BarBax on my RS, (different concept, I understand) and have been very happy with the (at the time) $85 solution. Good luck!
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  3. fish

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    Hey drholm,

    I've got some RCU Designs barbacks that work really nicely and weren't all that spendy at $80. I got the "short" ones (1.25" back, 1" up). The ones in the photo are the tall (1.25" back, 1.5" up)



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  4. drholm

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    Fish, did you end up with the talls or the shorts? How's the finish? On a par with the rest of the GS? Thanks.
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  5. fish

    fish Banned

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    Shorts. I've heard there may be cable routing / length issues with the talls. The finish is quite good. I'll see if I can go snap a shot of mine.
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  6. drholm

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    Fish, were you able to add the shorts and NOT have to change out your brake line? That would be a fine bonus. Thanks.
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  7. fish

    fish Banned

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    That's correct. Here's a shot of mine:



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  8. Marc

    Marc Just sayin...

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    My shop guy tells me that new brake lines are required if I wanted to add bar-backs...a good time to switch to braided stainless. Of course, I was probably looking at a more radical change that fish made.

    Marc
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  9. drholm

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    Fish, perfect...RCU here I come!

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  10. Rocky Mayer

    Rocky Mayer Been here awhile

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    Hey Dave,

    I installed K bike bar backs on my GS, $65, I got them from Big Twinn BMW in Boise...They work great:)) 208-336-0367 ask for Fred.

    Rocky
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  11. Rocky Mayer

    Rocky Mayer Been here awhile

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    Duh, your in Boise.....
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  12. drholm

    drholm Easily Amused

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    Thanks Rocky. I ordered the RCUs about 2 hours ago. Fred showed me some he had that were mill finish aluminum for $70. The would have needed some work to make them look finished.

    If you're back in town, we've got a BMW club (and anyone else)ride planned for Sunday starting at Sand Hollow Cafe out on old 30 at 10:30. Should be a good day...come on out.
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  13. Trouble

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    A friend of mine has the tall RCU barbacks.
    He re-routed the front brake line; disconnected at master cylinder, re-routed from inside of right fork tube to outside of right fork tube, nothing else was moved.
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  14. drholm

    drholm Easily Amused

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    Thanks for the tip. I got the short one and I don't think I will have to change anything. Sounds like famous last words to me...:rofl
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  15. Rocky Mayer

    Rocky Mayer Been here awhile

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    Hey Dave,

    Glad to hear Fred hooked you up..... Wish I could rip it up this weekend with you and the Boise crew, but heading out in the morn'n to carve some fast turns in Colorado.....Thanks for the invite, next time for sure...

    Rocky
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  16. drholm

    drholm Easily Amused

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    originally posted by Rocky
    Hey Rocky...1st Sunday of every month...Sand Hollow Cafe...10:30AM...bring a favorite ride! See ya and have a safe trip to Colorado...ya got spikes in those tires?
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  17. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Have you looked at Ricardo's designs? Maybe more expensive than $240 but they work, no bullshit. I put them on my 1150, see

    http://users.lmi.net/sundial/bmw

    I was looking for lower and flatter bars, and the pro-tapers are perfect.
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