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Offline pzak95

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KB Bar risers
« on: October 21, 2012, 05:58:15 pm »
After several years of riding with the stock bars I decided to install some risers to take some of the load off my aging wrists. After a quick fitment check it's obvious that I'll have to get a longer brake line from the master cylinder to the splitter. Anyone else know of any other control cables or wiring that will need to be rerouted or replaced? Hate to spend anymore than I already have.

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Re: KB Bar risers
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2012, 08:00:34 pm »
I put risers on mine, I didn't need the brake line, but I needed (and still do) a longer enricher cable.

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Re: KB Bar risers
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2012, 03:21:25 pm »
I found that with 2" risers the choke/enrichener cable is just long enough if it's not routed thru the guide on the headstock.

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Re: KB Bar risers
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2012, 03:59:54 pm »
You shouldn't need to replace the stock upper line, it will be at the max though.
It might help to make an "adjustement" on the angle of the banjo fitting (loosen it so very slightly to allow the fitting to point downward more straighter) off the master cylinder and adjust the master cylinder itself, loosen it up and let it rotate down a smidgen.  I found when installing the risers, just remove the master cylinder, get the bars on, align everything up then install the master cylinder last.

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Re: KB Bar risers
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2012, 10:16:33 pm »
I had installed stainless steel braided lines a while back. I guess that one from the master cyl to the splitter is a little shorter than stock. No way it's going to work. Need one about 17 " long. Looks like the master cylinder might hit the inner fairing, the part that shades the speedo tach assembly on full lock to the left. Must be something a little out of alignment with the fairing mounting.

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Re: KB Bar risers
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2012, 01:35:27 am »
I just upgraded to conventional bars (actually old Heli's form a Honda Shadow or something - found em in a junk yard!) and clamps. My additional distance is about 5" - so between rise and pullback it's roughly an additional 5" from the original bars. That was just far enough to require new brake and clutch lines, though I was able to re-rout the throttle and choke cables. For 2-3" you're ok.

Since the bike is old, I figure those lines needed replacing anyway. Ordered lines from Murphs that were 7" longer I believe (gave myself room to til the bars back). Worth every $. MUUUCH mor comfy ride now.

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Re: KB Bar risers
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2012, 07:43:23 pm »
Finally getting around to installing these. Anybody that has these did you have difficulty installing the cylinders through the clipons? I can't seem to spread them (the clipons) enough. Other than tying to pry then apart with a screw driver I can"t figure out a good way to open then more. Do they need to be honed out a bit, maybe clean off all the paint inside them? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Re: KB Bar risers
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2012, 12:22:45 pm »
Pzak-they should just barely fit. Make sure to loosen the pinch bolt (opposite side of where the mount bolts go through), spread the clipon open slightly with a screwdriver, but use light pressure or you risk breaking the clipon.

Lube the top of the riser-if it has paint on the sides sand it off with some emery cloth (emery will remove some aluminum too,helping it fit).

One of mine fits rather snug-have to work it off, the other goes right on.

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Re: KB Bar risers
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2012, 10:48:23 pm »
I shouldn't doubt my mechanical abilities so much. Figured it out. Used a screwdriver as a wedge rather than trying to pry it open. That way I could keep the clipon spread while I slipped the cylinder in place. They are a nice tight fit for sure.

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Re: KB Bar risers
« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2012, 09:22:49 pm »
I shouldn't doubt my mechanical abilities so much. Figured it out. Used a screwdriver as a wedge rather than trying to pry it open. That way I could keep the clipon spread while I slipped the cylinder in place. They are a nice tight fit for sure.

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Re: KB Bar risers
« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2012, 12:37:25 pm »
Ok, been riding with these for about a month now and they make the bike feel-handle different. Not necessarily more comfortable just different. Feels like I lost some of the feel for the front end and also gained a little more vibration in the bars. Thinking about going back to stock so I may have some risers for sale. They are a well made and engineered farkle but did not quite work for me.  Anybody else care to post their experience with these bar risers?

Pat

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Re: KB Bar risers
« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2012, 01:15:49 pm »
  I put the KB risers on my bike and rode with them about a month and a half. I didn't find any increase in vibration, but I did return to stock. I think that for me it's not the height of the bars, but the back angle.On long rides it's the little fingers that start to go numb. I feel like it would be better to have straight bars so that pressure could be absorbed by the whole palm of my hand, not just the outer parts. There's probably a better way to explain this, but hopefully you get what I mean.

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Re: KB Bar risers
« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2012, 01:59:59 pm »
Ok, been riding with these for about a month now and they make the bike feel-handle different. Not necessarily more comfortable just different. Feels like I lost some of the feel for the front end and also gained a little more vibration in the bars. Thinking about going back to stock so I may have some risers for sale. They are a well made and engineered farkle but did not quite work for me.  Anybody else care to post their experience with these bar risers?

Pat

I found that some 1 1/4" risers worked just right for me with the Corbin seat...all stock components work just fine...however, now I have a Russell Daylong seat that seems to make me want to sit back and more upright...I don't have a problem with the stock bar angle, but, now I need more rise for the bars to be comfortable...I would be interested in these if they are the 2" (or more!)...

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Re: KB Bar risers
« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2012, 04:37:13 am »
Depending on how your throttle cable is routed, you may find that it pulls tight and causes engine RPM to increase when the bars are at full lock to the right.  That's if the cable is routed on the left side of the head stem per OEM.  I had that happen, and cured it by rerouting the throttle cable to the right side of the head stem when I had it off for carb work a few years back.  That actually cured a couple of issues.
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