Installed MV Verholen handlebar riser from Creative Cycle Concepts on my 2016 ES
* Keith at CCC is great to work with!
It took me MUCH longer than expected, as the milled block on the right side was VERY hard to fit, as the metal ABS brake lines have almost zero slack, but I finally got it on. I was able to retain the stock metal wiring loom without any cutting necessary. The kit includes everything you need. I was apprehensive about doing the install myself, until I watched this video and saw how simple it is:
Just sitting on the bike, I was initially disappointed that after all that work and expense it didn't seem to raise, pull back or widen the bars very much.
However, when I first rode it, it felt like I'd just added ape hangars. Proof of the pudding was a 200+ mile ride yesterday. After, I had quite a bit less pain in my neck and lower back than usual on such a ride, and by being able to rotate the bars slightly wider and away from me, I felt a little more in command of my bike, with added leverage especially at parking lot speeds. Added bonus was that it put my upper body more into the airstream, which I enjoyed as it was close to 100įF on my ride.
I heartily recommend it!
Next I'm considering adding Motorcycle Larry's footpeg lowering kit. After adding the Corbin seat (to accommodate my 29" inseam), it now makes my sore knee bend too much.
This video gives a good overview of the installation:
If I decide to do this, I'll post my experience with them.
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