In another thread, I made an offhanded comment that I needed to adjust the angle of the mini-apes that were preinstalled on my Bobber. The issue was that, while more comfortable than the original bars, it put me in an awkward position where I was leaning forward to reach the bars. This also extended my elbows and wrists, locking them straight out and caused aches, particularly since I adjusted the seat all the way back for a more relaxed position.
This provides two options:
- drill new, or elongate the existing pin holes drilled into the bars, which will allow you to adjust the bars.
- grind out the original pins flush with the riser, but you will need to insert new pins.
I chose option 2, as I thought it would provide the easiest solution. Most other bikes have heavily knurled bars and clamps, so are easily adjustable and don't need pins. Unfortunately, the bars are only "finely" knurled, and the clamp/risers are smooth.
This resulted in the bars moving under any pressure. I attempted to use small pieces of rubber to enhance grip, but this only slowed the drift down. Also, even with blue Locktite - the clamp bolts worked lose.
So there must be pins; pinning the handlebars in place are integral to the safety and are not a bit of over-engineering as I had hoped.
I purchased 1/4" x 2" steel dowels, and drilled new holes through the top of the handlebars to access the original OEM holes. After positioning the bars to the right position, I thin drilled new holes through the risers, inserted the dowles, and used a cutting wheel to remove the excess and grind the dowles flush with the top of the bars. In essence, "double pinned" the bars top and bottom. The clamp then covers the new pins and ensures that they do not pop out or move, and also covers up any evidence of the process.
On hindsight, I believe option 1 would be a better solution. It would be less work, and offers the ability to lock the bars in a more relaxed position. Option 2 was a lot of work, and i had to do a fair amount of measuring, and use up 3 drill bits. But understand, option 1 could also offer up it's own list of issues.
I hope this helps someone thinking of performing this procedure into making the best decision.