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SSR Bar Risers on hexhead R1200RT


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I purchased the SSR (Slingshot Racing) 1" bar risers yesterday. They were about $70, including the 2-day priority shipping via USPS, through Amazon. The company also sells them directly from their website, but it costs just a bit more.

 

The bar risers appear to be of good quality; they are heavy and feel very solid. I've never installed bar risers before, so I don't have a base of reference.

 

The bar riser package includes 8 bolts (hex head, not torx) and of course the 2 risers:

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Underside of the left bar riser

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Top of the left bar riser. The threaded holes are where the OE torx bolts mount the bars into the riser

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Instructions provided are pretty clear and they provide the torque value for the bolts

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I used a torx T45 socket for the OE bolts on the bike

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The instructions recommend doing 1 side at a time, which just makes sense. I removed the torx bolts from the left side first

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When removing the bars, make sure the rubber O-ring stays in place (around the fork tube mounting bolt, left of where the bars/rises bolt on)

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Left bar removed. I set it on a small towel, on the bike.

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New m8x25 stainless steel bolts provided with the risers (hex head, so I used a 6mm Allen wrench and 6mm socket)

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Left riser bolted on. I threaded one of the OE torx bolts in just to confirm no issues, before mounting the left bar to the riser.

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Left bar, getting bolted on

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Right side; more of the same

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Here they are, all bolted onto the bike

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The cables still reach fine, after mounting the bars on the risers

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Now, I just need to go for a test ride to see if it feels any better!

 

Tools needed (in case it is not clear):

- T45 torx socket

- 6mm hex socket (I also used a 6mm hex wrench to thread the riser bolts in)

- socket wrench

- torque wrench - I only used on the BMW torx bolts since I don't have a torque wrench that fits the small hex socket I have. I was careful not to over-tighten the hex head bolts, and I imagined a 'click' sound in my head, while tightening them (made me feel better about having no torque wrench for the hex head bolts)

- Soft towel, small pillow, motorcycle gloves - just something to set between the bars and your bike when you remove them

- OH, and thread locker! I used blue thread lock on all bolts. The original torx bolts I removed looked like they might have had red thread lock on them, but I think the blue is fine.

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I was pleased at how much difference bar backs made in the comfort of the ride. I don't have the cramping in my upper back any more.

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If you don't mind me asking, how tall are you?

And do you find that one inch higher handle bars better?

I am 5'9" and i find the standard handle bars rather to high

for my liking. I prefer the body to lean forward about 15 degrees.

That makes the handling easier, and with the weight slightly eased

off the spine. Am working on a lowering kit, maybe just about 2" will do.

As for ergonomics, if it helps, you can check out

http://cycle-ergo.com/ and see your position on your bike, with

and without the risers, as well as on previous or future bikes.

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If you don't mind me asking, how tall are you?

And do you find that one inch higher handle bars better?

I am 5'9" and i find the standard handle bars rather to high

for my liking. I prefer the body to lean forward about 15 degrees.

That makes the handling easier, and with the weight slightly eased

off the spine. Am working on a lowering kit, maybe just about 2" will do.

As for ergonomics, if it helps, you can check out

http://cycle-ergo.com/ and see your position on your bike, with

and without the risers, as well as on previous or future bikes.

 

5'7", 30" inseam, for me. I wondered whether or not I really needed risers, but the slightly altered position feels good to me. I wouldn't say I have a short reach, per se, but I wanted to be very upright on the bike (more comfortable for me). Definitely seems to be a YMMV kind of thing.

 

Thanks for the link to http://cycle-ergo.com !

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