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Handlebar Riser Installation

After researching other posts and installing my own handlebar risers, I thought it might be useful to describe what I did.

I bought some cheap chrome plated aluminum risers ($35) on eBay as shown in the first picture. They measure about 5.5” from base to center of handlebars which raises the handlebars about 3” above stock position and about 1” back, which actually results in a couple more inches back because of the angle of the Forks.

I’ve noticed other posts about risers were concerned about the looseness or soft feeling of the bars when using the smaller diameter bolts and simply bolting them on. I figured the looseness could also be caused by the stock pipe bushing being encased in rubber and the new risers not sitting firmly on the aluminum fork baseplate. As shown in the pictures I remedied this by making a sleeve out of a 9/16” diameter x.029 brass tube which I slotted and installed over the 1/2”-13 x3” bolts. The bolts are not brass even though they might look that color. They are plated grade 8 steel bolts. This created a very snug fit of the bolt, but was still loose enough to screw it in with a wrench.

I also added a washer to the top large enough to go around the stock protruding pipe bushing and to support the new riser base. When tightened, the new handlebar position felt very solid and firm.

The length of the electric and control cables seemed too short to simply extend to the higher position so I rerouting them from the front to the rear of the aluminum plate on top of the forks. I did this by unbolting the plate and reinstalling it forward of the cables. This seemed easy and did not require unhooking any cable connections and routing each one separately. There seemed to be enough clearance between the tank and forks even when turned all the way left or right. I did add a couple zip ties got secure the cables in place. There was also plenty of clearance between the riser and the speedometer housing.

The finished product felt very secure and safe when riding. I also like the added height that now clears my knees when turned all the way which allows me to keep my legs tight against the tank when making sharp turns.
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I just wasn’t sure how to edit or correct my original post so am adding more here.
My bike is a 2005 Suzuki C50.
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Nice job! Especially the spacers on the bolts.
I just installed a street rays kit today, I’ve had it since Christmas.. 2” cylinders to give me a 2” rise and 1” pullback.
Handlebars just barely cleared my knees now I have plenty of room and my shoulders don’t hurt anymore after long periods of riding.
My bolts are the same slightly smaller diameter and I was concerned about the alignment but I marked my bars before removing them and had them back ok the stems for tightening down the spacers, but I didn’t have a looseness issue.
If fastensal doesn’t have the stock bolts in 6” length I may try to make some spacers to fill in the space.
I do notice more vibration now in my bars now with them up higher, may just be my imagination though.
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Excellent post! Thanks for sharing. You must be a tall, long armed guy?
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Thanks for the comments.

Just because I like to analyze things and draw pictures, attached is a drawing showing what I think would be the actual real height and pullback difference assuming a 33 degree rake on the forks and the new riser being 3” taller and 1” offset to the rear.

From this view it looks like the actual rise difference would be 2” higher and 2-1/2” pull back.
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