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whitesands
04-12-2008, 04:18 AM
Hey guys...I've got a couple of long rides and it feels like the bars need to come back a bit to reduce the reach a little...Anyone know off hand some handlebars that extend further back towards the rider ? I'm not sure if it's just the angle of bars or that I'm leaning to reach them a bit...No wrist, elbow, or shoulder pain...Just a cramp at the base of the neck right between the trapezius...Anyone experience something similar ?

Did a search and found a couple of handlebar threads, but nothing about reducing reach...

Maintainer
04-12-2008, 06:49 AM
Sounds like your a good candidate for some risers. I don't own a Bandit but I'm sure risers are available in the aftermarket.

Marc B
04-12-2008, 07:51 AM
Many of us have installed the Bikemaster daytona bar. less than 20.00 , They come in black or chrome, and most of us have cut a 1/2" off the ends after installing then again removing to do so, might save you the extra work if you get a pair, they give me a more upright sit with a more aggresive feel, seem to be a little taller bar and not turned in as much as stock, go to bikemaster.com or i found mine at TJ,s cycle on n.lamar here in AUS.

Brass
04-12-2008, 11:42 AM
For a cheap set of risers you can simply pick up a set of stock upper clamps (~$17.00 each suzuki part # 56211-17G00-13L) and invert them. Use an appropriately longer bolt available from any local bolt supply store.
Run a file over them to open them up just a touch and bolt them in along with the stock set to clamp the bar.

I found this tip on another forum somewhere but can't remember the exact source. If anyone knows where or if they've tried it, please chime in.

suzukijo
04-12-2008, 06:34 PM
and you thought the bandit, had a long reach to the handlebar? from the look on his face, i think he might change what he has back to stock.

http://img292.imageshack.us/img292/8065/img3361mq6.jpg

rworm
04-12-2008, 08:07 PM
I have an aluminum set i made to replace my MOCK UPS that i still have not installed yet/1 inch rise/6'6 here/perfect
rworm
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh44/robertworm/bandit067-1.jpg

Eyabusa
04-14-2008, 10:26 AM
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y9/Eyabusa/P1020371.jpg
Erik

Huladog
04-14-2008, 02:28 PM
Everybody is too creative for me. I just got a set from GenMar which raises the bar plus brings it back. Will just fit with stock front brake line, etc. on the 1250.

Surprisingly, this was the most comfortable thing I did to the bike since it relaxed my posture so much.

Aloha,
Huladog

suzukijo
04-14-2008, 06:31 PM
i had the 2 bolts, and i used a hacksaw to cut one long spacer into 2 short ones, this cost me nothing but time.

http://img144.imageshack.us/img144/5584/img2693ib5.jpg

i have since dumped the wire guides, useless as they are.

MetrickMetal
04-14-2008, 08:35 PM
Heres one way to reduce the reach to your bars thats guaranteed to work. :lol2:

http://z.hubpages.com/u/157868_f496.jpg

PhilS
04-14-2008, 08:38 PM
Are you saying that somehow using candles helps with reach?:doh:

whitesands
04-15-2008, 02:39 AM
Everybody is too creative for me. I just got a set from GenMar which raises the bar plus brings it back. Will just fit with stock front brake line, etc. on the 1250.

Surprisingly, this was the most comfortable thing I did to the bike since it relaxed my posture so much.

Aloha,
Huladog


Sounds nice...No difficulty with the brake/clutch lines ? Do you have a pic ?

dmerc
04-15-2008, 08:29 AM
Heres one way to reduce the reach to your bars thats guaranteed to work. :lol2:

http://z.hubpages.com/u/157868_f496.jpg

I'm only 5-8 I'd LOVE to have one of those!!:eat:

bones
04-15-2008, 10:58 AM
Mine had Genmars I never installed them. If anything I am already too upright and relaxed in stock form. :shrug:

Huladog
04-15-2008, 04:21 PM
Sounds nice...No difficulty with the brake/clutch lines ? Do you have a pic ?

Sorry to cross-post from the other forum but this message thread was what I used as reference before I ordered my GenMar risers.

http://www.maximum-suzuki.com/forums/index.php/topic,62661.0.html

For me, no problems with brake or clutch hydraulic lines or wiring. When you install just loosen routing brackets and guides to free up tiny bits of slack on the lines. I'll get some braided stainless steel brake lines soon since the rubber front brake hoses are kinda maxed out as far as the length, it's OK, but I would feel a bit better if I had more slack just in case.

When you mount risers be sure to turn your bars full lock left and right slowly and carefully so you can check for clearances. You don't want to find out on your first test ride that you cannot turn the bars or they get stuck at full lock and you can't straighten them out. Kinda obvious but you really don't want that kind of surprises when you first pull out of your driveway into traffic.

Aloha,
Huladog

KenB
04-15-2008, 07:20 PM
Wondering if anyone with an ABS model has installed risers and if replacing the brake lines is necessary, or if the stock lines have enough slack to accomodate?

bones
04-15-2008, 07:46 PM
Wondering if anyone with an ABS model has installed risers and if replacing the brake lines is necessary, or if the stock lines have enough slack to accomodate?
mine had them from the PO, I never ran them. Genmar up/back risers

KenB
04-15-2008, 08:09 PM
mine had them from the PO, I never ran them. Genmar up/back risers
There must be a short circuit between my seat and the keyboard. Come again?

bones
04-15-2008, 08:12 PM
There must be a short circuit between my seat and the keyboard. Come again?
Myyyyyy biiiike with AAAAABS had genmar baaar riiiisers when I got it. Raise the bars up and back. ;)

KenB
04-15-2008, 08:24 PM
Thanks, bones. Do you know if the stock lines are still on it?

bones
04-15-2008, 08:30 PM
yeppers, 100% stock other than my electronics add on's

sailor
04-16-2008, 01:37 PM
Thanks, bones. Do you know if the stock lines are still on it?

I installed the same risers on my bike with ABS. The lines are tight but it makes it. I did want to rotate the bars back a little more but the lines restrict that. Works fine.

KenB
04-16-2008, 07:52 PM
I installed the same risers on my bike with ABS. The lines are tight but it makes it. I did want to rotate the bars back a little more but the lines restrict that. Works fine.
Thanks, sailor. No problem then from lock to lock?

sailor
04-16-2008, 08:28 PM
No, none everything is working as it should.

poudre
04-17-2008, 12:07 PM
Wondering if anyone with an ABS model has installed risers and if replacing the brake lines is necessary, or if the stock lines have enough slack to accomodate?

Installed risers that raise the bars about an inch+ and bring them back about an inch+. Needed a longer brake line.

:rider:

KenB
04-17-2008, 01:08 PM
Hmmm, conflicting reports. bones, sailor and poudre - are you on a 1200 or a 1250?

dmerc
04-17-2008, 01:18 PM
Hmmm, conflicting reports. bones, sailor and poudre - are you on a 1200 or a 1250?

I spaced mine up 1-1/4 ", on a 1250, I didn't change the lines, but they're tight.

Wasn't much additional length to gain on the frt brake hose, and the clutch hose:..... I really didn't check into, yet. I may be able to get a little slack farther back somewhere.

I would think up AND back would really be stretching it? (pun intended)

Bones and Poudre both have 1250's in their sig.'s

sailor
04-17-2008, 01:47 PM
I installed the up and back Genmars on my 1250. It fits but tight. I had to slide the master Cyl for the brake about a quarter inch from the throttle grip but it works fine and its not really noticeable. Works fine.

poudre
04-18-2008, 08:43 AM
Hmmm, conflicting reports. bones, sailor and poudre - are you on a 1200 or a 1250?


'08 1250 ABS

twist
04-19-2008, 10:57 AM
Installed Rox Risers, probably, 1.5" up and 1.5 "back. Lines are sung, not stretched or tight, no kinking, no restrictions for full turns to lock out. Had to take off the clutch tie down and chrome holder on the bars. Much better feel for me.

I would prefer to do new handlebars and new lines to make it all perfect (even a little more back would be nice) - but no way I can afford that.