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2004 FJR1300 Handlebar riser help needed, please.

Hello,
I just picked up a 2004 FJR1300 with ABS last week.
I immediately threw on a new set of tires and a set of knock off Helibar risers
to help overcome the fact that I'm all of 5'5" with arms as short as T-Rex.
Long story short ..... betcha didn't see that coming,
It ain't gonna be enough.
Maybe when I was younger, but I've lived hard and my neck & back are awful busted up.
The current risers are 1" up, and 1 & 3/4' back.
I've seen photos of folks doubling up their risers, but for some reason, that scares me.
I've also seen folks use those nifty bolt on triple tree plates and then add helibar type risers
on top of that. That seems a little better/safer in my opinion,
but I don't see those fancy plates manufactured for a 2004.
Any thoughts comments or advice that don't involve growing longer arms
would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.
David

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The triple tree plates are not made to fit the Gen 1

Double up the Heli-bar risers, I have, it's no problem.

You will need to re-route the brake and clutch lines, and the throttle cables. They are long enough, but only just.

Brake and clutch lines will need to go inside the handlebars.
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The triple tree plates are not made to fit the Gen 1

Double up the Heli-bar risers, I have, it's no problem.

You will need to re-route the brake and clutch lines, and the throttle cables. They are long enough, but only just.

Brake and clutch lines will need to go inside the handlebars.

Hi Steve. Thanks for the reply.
So, you don't live in fear of component failure by there being too much leverage on the doubled up risers?
Also, by running the cables "inside the bars", do you mean behind instead of in-front-of the triple tree?
(on the side of the triple tree closest to the rider?)

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Hi Steve. Thanks for the reply.
So, you don't live in fear of component failure by there being too much leverage on the doubled up risers?
Also, by running the cables "inside the bars", do you mean behind instead of in-front-of the triple tree?
(on the side of the triple tree closest to the rider?)

Thanks again.
Well there should never be any real pressure on the handlebars, so there is no leverage to worry about. You don't, in any event, exert more pressure just because you moved them a little.

On the moving, you will see when you do it. It's easier to see than describe. You have to disconnect them both, and bleed them afterwards.
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Well there should never be any real pressure on the handlebars, so there is no leverage to worry about. You don't, in any event, exert more pressure just because you moved them a little.

On the moving, you will see when you do it. It's easier to see than describe. You have to disconnect them both, and bleed them afterwards.
No problem.
Another set of the same risers I bought would definitely be the cheapest option, that's for sure.
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Hi Steve Bracken, another question if I may.....

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The triple tree plates are not made to fit the Gen 1

Double up the Heli-bar risers, I have, it's no problem.

You will need to re-route the brake and clutch lines, and the throttle cables. They are long enough, but only just.

Brake and clutch lines will need to go inside the handlebars.
Hi Steve,
I am considering doubling up the Heli-bar type risers.
It occurred to me that since they were constructed to be 1" up and
1+3/4" back, due to a roughly 6% angle increase towards the rider,
wouldn't doubling the risers in effect bring the bars back 12 degrees?

Do you find that your handlebar ends are unduly close together?
Does that make the steering noticeably heavier?
I am concerned about a bit less leverage at the bars and an
uncomfortable wrist angle.
(Though I suppose it's only going to cost me $60 to find out)

I would appreciate your input once again.
Thank you.

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wrist angle didn't seem to be different to me even if it was.....here is another post
https://www.fjrowners.com/forums/9-fj...e-visited.html
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I've not had much riding time, but I haven't noticed any angle changes affecting my wrists. I have noticed a more upright posture, which suits my riding style (Long way, not quick)
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I've not had much riding time, but I haven't noticed any angle changes affecting my wrists. I have noticed a more upright posture, which suits my riding style (Long way, not quick)
Thanks again, Steve & Fjroddy.
I'm coming from the upright posture of a dual sport, which I actually prefer.
I still have it.
I'm selling my cruiser to pay myself back for the FJR, and while I enjoyed the fast & loud of it
while wearing my pirate costume (LOL) I'll be glad to leave it behind as a fond memory.
If I was 6'1" I would have about a 0 percent lean angle on the bars of the FJR,
but at 55 yrs old, I'm only 5'5" and shrinking.
I think I'm at a 18 degree lean angle on the bars unless I do something.
I'm just going to keep hiking them up until I'm comfy.

This is a cool website by the way: http://cycle-ergo.com/
You can put yourself on any bike, adjust the ceat position and add risers
just to get a general idea of where you might end up.

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I put THREE sets of risers on my 03. Two of the offset ones where you have to use six bolts, and the third one a straight through were you use just 3 longer bolts. I dropped the bike twice while I had them on there and lifted the bike with the left handlebar and the seat grip both times, no problem. Some of the offset ones have adjustments on them to vary the bar angle. There are several sets of used ones, of different types on Ebay.

Also there is this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/272358378231...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

There is also a NEW one like this on Ebay. if you don't want to clean these up.
Keep in mind that you would have to drill out the tamper proof bolts that hold the ignition switch on, and buy a set of Gen.2 handlebars and a set of Gen. 2 risers.

OR you could buy the above item, AND a set of Helibar risers, http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/h...eMoaAnQT8P8HAQ and, of course a set of Gen. 2 handlebars.

Lots of options.

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