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Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: planet earth, USA Kansas
Helibar install, bars can still move
this can't be a new issue, but I didn't drag up older posts.
Just installed Helibar riser plate to my '18 FJR1300ES. After torquing, the bars had a slight tendency to move out of position when normal force was applied (forward and backward).
To me, normal force on the bars is applied when pushing forward to get off the center-stand, or pulling backward to reverse the bike.
Yes, my right bar moved backward when backing the bike into the garage over the 1/2" concrete lip where the garage door closes. They are supposed to have "play" so customers can find a good angle, then torque. I can't accept that movement after torquing is normal is it? What if someone had them in the rear-most angle and had to suddenly apply hard braking? or push hard into a curve?
So, thinking my torque wrench was somehow off, I bought another one and completed a proper re-torque. Still the same issue.
While I like the idea of being able to adjust the front-to-back angle of the handle bars, I don't want them to move when I decide on a position.
I hesitate to tighten the bars further, since the instructions rather obnoxiously, in bold print, read "do not over tighten... ...damage to integrity", etc. etc..
I'll be contacting the manufacturer to ask them what to do. Otherwise the install, angle, position, and aesthetics are all good. Maybe I'm asking too much of bar risers and should find a balance.
What are your thoughts?