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  1. fupar

    To removing the handlebar risers? Mine are probably the original ones from 2000.

    I did everything that I thought I was supposed to do.

    Covered the fuel tank with a towel.
    Removed the chrome caps that hide the riser bolts (above the handlebars).
    Removed those bolts next.
    Laid the handlebars down onto the towel.
    Loosened the bolts (or nuts, couldn't tell) from under the triple tree.

    And the risers would not budge. I did not want to force them to move, not knowing how they are attached. I figure that they are just froze from being on there for so long.

    Do these risers just slide straight down into the triple tree, and then you attach the nut or bolt?

    Any ideas?


    Also, I bought the new risers from eBay, and they came with the bolts that go in from the bottom, but not the ones that go into the top.

    The bolts that I removed from the top of the original risers are a larger diameter (don't know what size) than the ones that I bought to go into the top of the new risers (these are a M6). It bothers me a little that they made these risers so that they are held in place with bolts that are probably 1/3 smaller than the original ones.

    Am I being paranoid, or are there a lot of risers out there that use a little smaller bolt to secure the top of the riser bracket?

    Makes me want to re-think my idea of installing a T handlebar.
    At least that way, the risers and the handlebars are all one piece.

  2. Jonezpoj

    Believe it or not, but there may be a little rust, just a slite tap, with the nut partially on should loosen them.

  3. MigejCojode

    A tap with the nut still on but at the end of the threads. You can also bolt a 1 inch bar to each riser individually and give it a twist.

  4. fupar

    Good idea. I'll try tapping on them tonight.

    Any ideas, as to the use of the smaller bolts for the riser caps?

  5. fupar

    Jonezpoj & MigejCojode -

    Thanks for the advice.
    I had to tap on them, and do some yanking.

    They did have a little rust. And they sure didn't want to come out.

    I don't think I'm gonna need a T handlebar, after all. After installing the new risers, my stock handlebars now give me the reach that I was looking for. I did have to re-route my clutch cable, though. The front brake cable is a little tighter than I would like, but it still has a little slack in it. Everything else fit fine.

    I went for a short ride last night to ensure that everything was ok.
    The clutch seems to be engaging correctly. But, to make sure that I don't burn up the clutch, or begin to get any slippage, I guess I'll need to find out what the proper procedure is for making that adjustment. (That will be another post.)

    Thanks again for the help.

  6. Jonezpoj

    Not a problem, you can loosen your clutch and brake purch and move them in 1/2" or so for a little slack.


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