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#1000226 - 11/04/17 09:09 PM Re: Lowering the handle bars [Re: temesvar]  
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Dirt Rider, your right clearly differnet, but that actually should be an easier fix as all you need to do is go to your local hardware store and grab the same SS metric socket screws an inch longer and thrown on 8 hardened 1" spacers below. The bars. That would raise it an inch (or what ever bolt and spacer length you get)

#1000227 - 11/04/17 09:17 PM Re: Lowering the handle bars [Re: Cinko]  
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Originally Posted by Cinko
Dirt Rider, your right clearly differnet, but that actually should be an easier fix as all you need to do is go to your local hardware store and grab the same SS metric socket screws an inch longer and thrown on 8 hardened 1" spacers below. The bars. That would raise it an inch (or what ever bolt and spacer length you get)


Evening Cinko

The OP wants to LOWER his bars not raise them. There are a great number of spacers on the internet to raise the RT bars but no good way to lower them as they bolt directly to the top of the upper triple tree.


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#1000228 - 11/04/17 09:30 PM Re: Lowering the handle bars [Re: temesvar]  
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I'm blaming that response on the fact that I'm new to touring bikes and realized that now having saddle bags I could ride home today with two of these after my ride today...

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On a side note I nataturally assumed most shorter riders have shorter arms so you would want to raise the bars to bring them closer not lower them to make them further away...

#1000237 - 11/05/17 02:05 AM Re: Lowering the handle bars [Re: Cinko]  
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Originally Posted by Cinko
I'm blaming that response on the fact that I'm new to touring bikes and realized that now having saddle bags I could ride home today with two of these after my ride today...

On a side note I nataturally assumed most shorter riders have shorter arms so you would want to raise the bars to bring them closer not lower them to make them further away...


There is nothing mathematically proportionate about most human bodies. I am 5'9" and my inseam is 29. I know people of same height with 32 inseam. By lowering the bars will not take the
grips farther nor will they be closer by rising them. Just the body position changes. As of yet, I sit straight up on the bike. I would prefer to be slightly inclined forward. That would take some
of my weight of my spine and transfer to my hands. But thanks for your input! Have a beer on me beer


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1985 Yamaha FJ 1100
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#1000238 - 11/05/17 02:30 AM Re: Lowering the handle bars [Re: Yellowknife]  
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Originally Posted by Yellowknife
I made clamps to mount standard round bars to my R1100RT. Worked great.

Made flat plates from 1/2" aluminum in the shape of the lower end of the cast BMW bar mounts. Made standard-type round bar mount clamps, again from 1/2" stock, bolted vertically to the new plates from below using recessed Allen bolts. Only used 3 of the 4 lower plate mounting bolts to allow space for the two vertical Allen bolts. Now you can choose any bar shape you want, although be sure to check bar-end and lever clearance to fuel tank, tank bag and fairing with steering at full lock. May need to consider limiting steering lock for use of your bar shape choice. I ended up with much shorter bars vs. the stock BMW's.

This is not a difficult or complicated task for a machinist, so enjoy the project.


Am glad am not the only one who wants to lower the bars rather than raise them!
I already have a used top yoke,, a set of clamps and a handle bar. Would just have to
plug the taped holes (weld them) and drill holes to fit the clamps. No big deal there.
I just thought that there may be someone that works/casts aluminum, and can make
a set of handle bars just like the original ones, just a couple of inches shorter. Can only
go so much shorter, as it will hit the tank. Also, I prefer the sturdy solid 2 piece handles
as opposed to the one piece pipe bars.
Once done, will post a picture and let you know if all this effort was worth the trouble
Can always return to the original bars, as am keeping all parts unaltered. dance


2008 R1200RT
2007 Triumph Sprint 1050
Memories from the past:
1986 Yamaha FJ 1200
1985 Yamaha FJ 1100
1983 Yamaha XJ 900 Seca
1976 CZ 175,1966 Jawa 175, 1958 Jawa 350
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