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PostSubject: Handlebar risers   Handlebar risers I_icon_minitimeMon Apr 28, 2014 9:39 am

My arms always seem 1-2" too short! I would like to put risers on my S'Wing. My mechanic said I would be limited to 1" as there weren't available longer cables for everything if I hd to change from stock length. He suggested Rox Speed FX 1" pivot risers. Has anyone installed these or a similar riser? I read somewhere that a Genmar riser would work but the links given were outdated. Thanks for any help you can give me.
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PostSubject: Tilt angle of handlebars   Handlebar risers I_icon_minitimeMon Apr 28, 2014 12:13 pm

I would recommend first removing the handlebar cover pieces. You can then loosen the handlebar clamps and angle the handlebars back slightly. If that works for you the covers can be modified to fit. This is what I did. I have long arms, but nerve damage in my right hand/arm and my position is critical. Also, it is free.
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PostSubject: Re: Handlebar risers   Handlebar risers I_icon_minitimeMon Apr 28, 2014 12:33 pm

As BJ said...you can readjust your handlebars and that may help.  I did this to mine and helped a lot.  Here is a Pictorial I did to readjust your handlebars:

https://www.silverwing600.com/t181-i-adjusted-my-handlebars-today

Just be careful when removing the pieces since they tabs could break.
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PostSubject: Re: Handlebar risers   Handlebar risers I_icon_minitimeMon Apr 28, 2014 12:54 pm

Thanks so much. I will try this. My friend had handlebars rotated like this on a previous bike and it helped her. I never thought to try rotating the bars on the S'Wing. Your pictures are excellent.
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PostSubject: Re: Handlebar risers   Handlebar risers I_icon_minitimeMon Apr 28, 2014 2:29 pm

You can also move the buttplate on the seat forward. This could put your supported riding position a bit closer to the handlebars. billc.
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PostSubject: Re: Handlebar risers   Handlebar risers I_icon_minitimeMon Apr 28, 2014 6:52 pm

ScooterBJ wrote:
I would recommend first removing the handlebar cover pieces. You can then loosen the handlebar clamps and angle the handlebars back slightly. If that works for you the covers can be modified to fit. This is what I did. I have long arms, but nerve damage in my right hand/arm and my position is critical. Also, it is free.
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I recall that there is a sequence of tightening the bolts. It is in the service manual. I think that it recommends tightening the front bolt, then the rear one. Not sure.
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PostSubject: Re: Handlebar risers   Handlebar risers I_icon_minitimeMon Jun 16, 2014 5:24 pm

Tried rotating the handlebars but that didn't work for me. My service guy recommended Rox Risers. I ended up getting the Rox Speed FX Pro-Offset block risers 3R-B12POE. On an hour-long ride these seemed to work just fine. Of course, I no longer have the cover piece.
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PostSubject: Re: Handlebar risers   Handlebar risers I_icon_minitimeMon Jun 16, 2014 7:40 pm

This chart might be of some use. An old RAF sergeant of mine use to jokingly advise to " Tighten the fastener up until the threads strip then back off about 1/4 of a turn."/Users/erichoustonclapham/Desktop/Torque-Setting-Chart.jpg
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PostSubject: Re: Handlebar risers   Handlebar risers I_icon_minitimeMon Jun 16, 2014 9:37 pm

k9lyonsswf wrote:
Tried rotating the handlebars but that didn't work for me. My service guy recommended Rox Risers. I ended up getting the Rox Speed FX Pro-Offset block risers 3R-B12POE. On an hour-long ride these seemed to work just fine. Of course, I no longer have the cover piece.

Were the stock brake lines & wiring harness long enough?
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PostSubject: Re: Handlebar risers   Handlebar risers I_icon_minitimeMon Jun 16, 2014 10:05 pm

Yes, the stock lines worked but the tech did say there wasn't any more give. So you have to use the 1 1/4 " risers and not the 2". I was told there was one line/cable for which there isn't a longer option available.
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PostSubject: Re: Handlebar risers   Handlebar risers I_icon_minitimeMon Jun 16, 2014 11:48 pm

I see the original problem=your arms feel too short. That case last thing you should want to do is raise the bars.

SilverWing bars stock are 2 to 4 inches too high----fitting other bars bringing hands down and closer might be the trick and not bothering to re-use the stock plastic covers. Would also probably solve the too short cable/hose problem.

At this point too late I know....and you had some one do the work. These kind of mods can take a big amount of diddle time getting things right.

My take bikes/scooters are best when you lean on/into bars----Vespa good for this a well as TMAX in my experience. the deal to me is not how they feel sitting still, but how you feel after 8-10 hour ride.

Changing things around, depending on windshield can also create mirror clearance problems.

Maybe if I were to change bars, Might try Forza bar as starting point.
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PostSubject: Re: Handlebar risers   Handlebar risers I_icon_minitimeTue Jun 17, 2014 6:19 am

The risers I installed are offset risers. I had them installed to bring the bars closer to me. I also rotated the bars slightly. The end result is that I sit up straighter (better for my back!) and my shoulders are more relaxed. I still have good views in the mirrors. I previously installed a GIVI Airflow windshield. No problems with clearance.
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