Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Prescott Arizona
High Handlebar Adjustment
Greetings Lads & Lasses,
On purchasing my Bobber with the high bars I was surprised to find out that the required risers for fitting were 'pinned' and did not allow for any adjustment at all. On enquiring with the dealership about refitting the originals I was told this could not be done for safety reasons. I decided that my project for today was to do it myself and I wanted to share with you my reasoning and my experience just in case it is of interest to anyone.
My reasoning behind being able to adjust the high bars and NOT have the pinned risers is three fold:
For aesthetic reasons I don't like the extreme 'cant' between bars and forks and prefer them to be more in-line with one another.
Secondly, I think it is quite reasonable to want to slightly adjust the angle of the handlebars to suit one's own preference.
Thirdly and most importantly, having pinned bars to me is dangerous. I once had a serious accident riding with ape-hangers and as I was propelled forward at 70mph my knees impacted the high bars. Although I was seriously injured IF those bars had not 'given' under the impact of my knees I'm afraid to think what my injuries might have been.
So with all those points in mind I decided I was going to replace the pinned rises for the standard ones (see pics attached). To assist with point number one (aesthetics) I actually fitted the risers so they faced forward not back. This pulled the bars forward by around an inch and allowed for my to adjust the bars to a more pleasing angle on the bike.
I'm pretty pleased how everything has turned out, however it's a little too hot to take here for a test ride, so I'm planning to pop out this evening when it's a little cooler. I'm now pleased that these bars are not 'fixed' solidly in place but certainly tight enough for safety reasons. They are now adjustable for my preference and the lines of the front end are more pleasing to my eye.
I hope that helps, happy to answer any question if I'm able.