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Bar lower / forward?

After about 1k miles on stock setup, I'm looking to lower & push forward my bars. I have a very long torso and arms for my 6'3" height (33" inseam) so really, it does make a bike MORE comfortable (especially when leaning forward to tuck behind screen) and would help keep my head below wind turbulence.

I looked at some bar conversion makers, but none had a setup for the FJR - mine is a 2009.

Self fabrication is an option (I'm a hobby machinist and welder) but was hoping to avoid that. Ah ****, who am I kidding - unless I find a cheap option, that's probably what I'll do, maybe modify / adapt some common bar risers.
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Hi Seb! Welcome!

You stumbled upon a great site, with great friends, and good information!!

I am just "spit-ballin'" here , but could you maybe replace your stock bars?

I know we have split bars, but could you adapt a bar set from something like a n Yamaha MT09?

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https://spieglerusa.com/handlebar-co...-kit-4399.html. This kit changes to standard bars. Then you can use what reach or pullback/forward setup you like simply by changing bars.

And this thread -> https://www.fjrowners.com/forums/10-...onversion.html
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After about 1k miles on stock setup, I'm looking to lower & push forward my bars. I have a very long torso and arms for my 6'3" height (33" inseam) so really, it does make a bike MORE comfortable (especially when leaning forward to tuck behind screen) and would help keep my head below wind turbulence. I looked at some bar conversion makers, but none had a setup for the FJR - mine is a 2009. Self fabrication is an option (I'm a hobby machinist and welder) but was hoping to avoid that. Ah ****, who am I kidding - unless I find a cheap option, that's probably what I'll do, maybe modify / adapt some common bar risers.
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A conversion to standard 7/8" (22mm) handlebars probably offers the most in options for you, concerning arm comfort. That size of handlebars will accept all of the grips, throttle, and switches used on the FJR handlebars. Inverting a nearly flat handlebar should "lower" things as much as you want.

ABM makes a nice, somewhat reasonably priced handlebar top clamp conversion, and there are some inexpensive eBay handlebar options. Links here:

https://www.fjrowners.com/forums/1271505-post38.html

Alternately, do a Search for
Handlebar adapters FJR
or watch the Classifieds here and elsewhere for a Parts deal. I assume you know how to adjust the stock FJR handlebars (I am not a big fan of them), but they only move (by angle) forward or rearward. You need both sides loosened, to move either handlebar.
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I like a sportier set up too.

This is what I did.



The nuts that hold the bar mounting bolts are welded together. There is a cross bar to each side as well as wire and cable guides all welded in an assembly. My wires were wrapped very tight around the guides. I did not like that as they stressed the loom very tightly.

I cut the wire guides off while the bike was still assembled because you would have to disassemble all the electrical switches to get them out.

I then removed the bars and the welded nut assembly from under the triple clamp. I cut the cross bar and ground the edges so all I had was the individual nuts. Also there is a locating dowel pin presses into the underside of the bar. I ground that off. On reassembly this gave the bars enough movement forward and apart for me to be more comfortable. There is more room for me to go farther forward and wider if I want.



Do it. You will like the adjustability.

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After about 1k miles on stock setup, I'm looking to lower & push forward my bars. I have a very long torso and arms for my 6'3" height (33" inseam) so really, it does make a bike MORE comfortable (especially when leaning forward to tuck behind screen) and would help keep my head below wind turbulence.

I looked at some bar conversion makers, but none had a setup for the FJR - mine is a 2009.

Self fabrication is an option (I'm a hobby machinist and welder) but was hoping to avoid that. Ah ****, who am I kidding - unless I find a cheap option, that's probably what I'll do, maybe modify / adapt some common bar risers.
I'm sure you've already done so, but just in the event you haven't and weren't aware...the bars have a 3-hole setting, so you have some play with regards to the back/forward play. Putting it in the forward-most setting with help a little (though, granted, it's not a significant shift).

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With the stock bars, any riser will raise them, so if you want them lower you would have to do other mods.
What you can do is remove one of the split pins (they keep rotational alignment) in each bar, and you can get some rotation forward if you wish. Cheap to try first if you like, then can move on to the other options mentioned.

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Watch for clearance. I put custom bars on a KZ1100 and couldn't get the bars to the lock without mashing my thumbs between the grips and the tank.

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The bar conversion kit is pretty much what I had in mind, but holy balls that is expensive.



seems to get me pretty close to the position I want, and can be had for less than $50. worst case I can make custom bars that go in the clips instead of the normal straight 7/8" tube.
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