How to Install Handle Bar Risers on a Motorcycle

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Motorcyclists have a tendency to customise their machines to better fit their individual tastes and body types. Replacing the handlebar risers--the pillar-like supports connecting the handlebars to the upper fork clamp--with a set of a different size can drastically alter the motorcycle's appearance and comfort. Even minimal changes in riser height can reduce the rider's reach to the handlebars. Installation requires familiarity with your motorcycle's front end as you will need to disassemble the fork clamp and headlight.

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Things you need

  • Towel
  • Socket wrench and sockets
  • Handlebar risers
  • Rubber mallet (optional)

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  1. 1

    Place a towel over the motorcycle's gas tank.

  2. 2

    Use a socket wrench to unbolt the headlight and speedometer as needed to access the upper fork clamp.

  3. 3

    Use a socket wrench to unscrew the handlebar riser's bolts. Pull the top bridge from the risers. Lift the handlebars from the risers and set them on the gas tank.

  4. 4

    Loosen the upper fork clamp's pinch bolts and remove the main steering stem bolt, positioned at the centre of the upper fork clamp, using a socket wrench. Pull the upper fork clamp from the motorcycle.

  5. 5

    Use a socket wrench to unscrew the riser's nuts from the bottom of the upper fork clamp. Pull the handlebar risers out of the fork clamp.

  6. 6

    Push the new handlebar riser's mounting stems through the upper fork clamp. Screw the nuts onto the mounting stems and tighten them with a socket wrench.

  7. 7

    Place the upper fork clamp over the front fork and the steering stem. Press down on the upper fork clamp to seat it onto the fork. Tap the fork clamp lightly, using a rubber mallet, if needed.

  8. 8

    Tighten the clamp's pinch bolts and use a socket wrench to screw the steering stem bolt into the upper fork clamp.

  9. 9

    Lift the handlebars onto the new risers and cover them with the top bridge. Tighten the riser bolts with a socket wrench.

  10. 10

    Reinstall the headlight and speedometer, using a socket wrench.

Tips and warnings

  • Your motorcycle's brake, throttle and clutch cables may need to be replaced if you increase the riser's height by more than an inch.

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