Handlebar Risers - Why Fit Them ?

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Handlebar Risers - Why Fit Them ? ............ unless you're 6 foot something plus, and have to crouch over.

Anyone out there shorter than 6' high who finds them useful / helpful over the OE standard fitment ?

Reason for asking is I've been getting a tad upper cross-shoulder back ache on longer journeys and wondered if the more upright position with risers might help ( 5' 10" rider with a bad slouch !).

Cheers.

Alex B.
 
I`m 6 - 2 and I broke some vertabrae hanging on to a K100 as it highsided and hit a wall.
I get a sore back looking at Fireblades etc.

The risers and foot lowering kit allow me to ride all day with little discomfort.

I suppose its all about finding out what hurts and what does`nt.
 
They're mostly intended for off-roaders who spend all day standing up. If you fit the risers and then turn the handlebar controls so the levers are pointing down a bit it's very comfy.
 
Well chaps. Thanks for the non-technical but highly entertaining replies.

Bakerman shallow ? Never !
 
Shortarse (5'6")

I've got bar risers/backs fitted to my 1150GS. It's made the riding position much more comfortable for me as i don't have to have straight arms anymore. I can adapt my position much more to relieve any discomfort when on long journeys. I can even sit at the rear of the seat now, which helps to save my arse from chronic numbness due to the lack of comfort on the low seat i've had to have as a result of my vertically challenged stature.

One big disadvantage of the backs/risers they are f*cking expensive. But i've yet to find much to do with the GS that is 'cheap' or a bargain.

Johnieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
 
Alex B said:
Handlebar Risers - Why Fit Them ? ............ unless you're 6 foot something plus, and have to crouch over.

Anyone out there shorter than 6' high who finds them useful / helpful over the OE standard fitment ?

Reason for asking is I've been getting a tad upper cross-shoulder back ache on longer journeys and wondered if the more upright position with risers might help ( 5' 10" rider with a bad slouch !).

Cheers.

Alex B.

let me try to give you a basic explanation of your shoulder
pain and why does not have much to do with the height
of the bars.

the way the BMW bars are BEND "swep" is to abrupt.aka
(they are to bend backwards)so what happend is that
your wrist get force into a un-natural angle call a
"distal" lock,,(do you notice how you have more load
on your "Pinky side" not across the whole palm???

so when that pressure exist,your wrist is suffering a
lot,the nerves and muscles are contricted,also the
blood flow,so no wonder you have pain,,so what the
body those automatically is to bend(point)your fore
arms in a perpenticular line to the grips,that end up
produccing a "elbow IN" possition and the end result
is that your shoulders end up doing all the work.

you see is a long chain of events, and for sure full
of misconception

I hope this explains the problem you are having and
Understand that does not have much to do with the
way the bars are possition in space.


Is actually another choice that works really well
and you can implement by ussing simple bar backs

Here it is
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Ricky

Muchos gracias amigo.

I think you've got this well analysed. Pity you didn't work for BWM; you could teach them a thing or two in the design stakes.

Alex B
 
Many on this UK forum may not be aware that Ricky is in fact the US GS handlebar meistre... his Pro-taper bar and riser mod is one of the most popular GS mods 'across the pond'. Also he was approached by BMW R&D guys who it appears have 'appropriated' much of his research and applied it to the handlebar setup on the new R1200GS!!!

See http://www.motomacondo.com/protapers.html
 
Alex B said:
Ricky

Muchos gracias amigo.

I think you've got this well analysed. Pity you didn't work for BWM; you could teach them a thing or two in the design stakes.

Alex B

Yeah I have a "few Hours" studing human relationship to objects,is being a passion of mine for a long, long time.

About working for them,I wonder that my self, but i think will be counterproductive, do to all the political and corporate squematic,that make companies like bmw a really slow moving monster..
i prefer to work on my own,and get things going much faster...

I'm glad i can help.
 
BiG DoM said:
Many on this UK forum may not be aware that Ricky is in fact the US GS handlebar meistre... his Pro-taper bar and riser mod is one of the most popular GS mods 'across the pond'.


thanks for the Complements

Actually i have a few "English paccients" and two south africans too...

Also he was approached by BMW R&D guys who it appears have 'appropriated' much of his research and applied it to the handlebar setup on the new R1200GS!!!

See http://www.motomacondo.com/protapers.html

That was bound to happend sonner or later,,in this case a little to late ,since I have a set of "Fat bars "on my GS since 97"

the big bars make a lot more sense that the stock steel ones,they absorve vibration, they are much stiffer,giving a better feel to the bike,and for sure they are much stronger not to mension much llighter.

One think BMW will never be able to Compete is on the "Custom" fit capavilities that a little shop like mine can provide,,I have about 25 permutations,,,BMW still have the Filosophy of "ONE size fits All" actually the only way a big company can be...

Will you ever buy the same size shoes ,your wife gets:confused: well that is the BMW pretend you to do so,about bike fit.
 


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