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1 year 2 months ago #2350 by Wobbly
RS Handlebars: A New Option was created by Wobbly
The 1988 RS I purchased recently had bar risers installed with the stock bars. It was better than the stock seating position, but because the bars had to be rotated just-so to miss the tank and the fairing, the resulting angle wasn't optimal for my wrists over long periods.

On a whim I purchased a set of aluminum Krator brand "window" handlebars currently being offered on Ebay and Amazon for ~$21 with free shipping. They are basically the same flat RS bar, but with a unique built-in riser.

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I trimmed 1-3/4 inches off each end, and then sanded off the paint, taking the bar from 7/8" (0.875") to 22mm (0.866"). The installed effect is that you get far more setback without much rise, allowing this rider to sit comfortably erect. The lack of any great rise means the brake m/c clears the fairing with ease. And maybe best of all, since the main part of the bar matches the RS "drag bar" design, the stock RS center cushion can be fitted to hide the riser section.

The welds, paint and overall quality are excellent. These bars are aluminum so the sanding to reduce diameter goes really fast, however the tubing wall thickness is about triple that of a typical steel handlebar, so wiring for grip heaters can be accommodated. However, items like bar-end mirrors are not going to work.

So for about half the price of BMW bar risers you might want to try these.

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4 months 3 days ago #3660 by 11350
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Pictures of this??

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4 months 1 day ago - 4 months 1 day ago #3665 by Wobbly
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You can click on the Amazon link for a photo of the bars being discussed. Sorry, no photos of them installed.

I've since removed these type "fixed" bars to focus on using 3-piece "adjustable" handlebars. The rise isn't any greater, but I get micro-adjustment on the wrist angles which I've found very helpful.

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2 weeks 2 days ago - 2 weeks 2 days ago #4121 by 1512
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Can you provide info on this adjustable bars you installed?

Thanks.

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2 weeks 2 days ago #4122 by 11350
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Thems chopper bars that’s kinda weird
Hey if it good by you enjoy the ride
I have used K75S bars and knocked a bit off the ends to fit that was comfy
Got a 77RS now it’s a 1/2 hr ride to uncomfortable

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2 weeks 1 day ago - 2 weeks 1 day ago #4126 by Wobbly
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1512 wrote: Can you provide info on this adjustable bars you installed?

The bars I now use are the 3-piece Honda bars from the early 1980's models.

Stock Honda bars as purchased

The center section is too long, so I cut out 21mm from the center, press in a steel slug in for strength and alignment, then push them back together and weld. Here's a photo before welding.

Center section shortened and ready for welding

Once the center section is narrowed to fit the BMW, then the Left and Right sections (which are nothing more than L-shaped pieces) can be trimmed for correct length. The "rise" (most of which I use for "set back") ends up being about 3 times what the K75 bars allow. Here's a photo of them installed....

Bars mounted to an RS

The total rise ends up being about 3X that of the K75. The problem with the K75 bars is that by the time the wrist angle is correct for me, the clutch cable is routed straight into the gauges. The 3-piece design allows infinite adjust-ability for the wrist angle... when the bars are pulled back to ANY angular position in the handlebar mounting clamps. You can't get that with one-piece bars.


If you buy may sets of bars, you'll soon figure out that comfortable handlebars are a spacial geometry problem that's not easily conquered with one-piece bars.

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