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post #1 of 5 Old 06-11-2019, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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Risers Rubbers and a Scotts Damper

On my 2008 DL1000 I am quite happy with the bar position. They are stock. They could be marginally higher when standing but are not bad either. The thing I would want to change is the rubber mounts to solid where the risers interface with the triple clamp.

That being said I would also like to fit some fat bars on 3.5 inch Rox Pivoting risers that would come close or slightly higher than the original bars. Perhaps flatter but I really do not mind the amount of sweep in the stock bars. The reason for the risers is I have a Scotts with mount that would fit under the bars with the 3.5 risers. I am mostly after the fat bars from aesthetics but they would probably flex less as well.

So my perfect setup in the end would be somehow make the stock rubber mounts solid. On them would mount my Scotts mount squeezing the 3.5 inch risers that go from 7/8 to 1 1/8 bars with fat bars that come close or slightly higher with the same pull back or slightly less than the stock setup.

Really just making the rubber mounts ridgid might suffice as the damper would work and I would have to do a lost less figuring. I hate the way the bars vibrate when going over bumps. You cannot even see out the mirrors! Once solid the wimpy stock bars might not seem so wimpy.

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-11-2019, 08:12 PM
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Depends on your use case, I think. I wouldn't want rubber-mounted bars flopping around if I did a lot of off-road riding, but there are times I miss riding my Honda CM400 because of how much they reduced fatigue from bumps and vibration over some fairly epic (800mi+) travel days.
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You are correct, you will need 3.5" Rox risers to clear the Scott's damper. With 2" Rox risers, I had to angle them forward to have room for the Scott's. That was no good at all, which was why I got the 3.5" Rox's.

I'm not sure I understand what you want to do re: risers. Putting the handlebars on 3.5" risers will raise them substantially vs. stock position. It will also move them forward or backward, depending on how you set them. You will need +2" brake and clutch lines. If you like the stock handlebar position, don't install risers.

Fatter bars will flex less, yes. As long as they taper back to 7/8" at the ends, you can still mount all the equipment. Aluminum bars will have a thicker wall, so you'll need to modify or replace the bar-end weights.

I do not have the mirror movement issue you have when going over bumps. My bars do not vibrate in that situation either. Maybe your mirror mounts are loose, or something else is?

I had a look - yep, stock rubber is in the handlebar mounts on my 2007. Never knew that was there. The bars feel solid. I definitely would not remove the rubber or try for metal-on-metal mounting. Then you will feel every bump, crevice, and irregularity in anything you ride over, as well as every bit of vibration caused by slightly uneven front tire wear. That would suck badly on the highway.

The Scott's will not damp front wheel/other small-displacement vibrations. It can only affect large-scale steering movements, or forces trying to cause large steering movements.

tl;dr: don't install risers if you like the bars where they are. Don't remove the rubber from the handlebar mounts, it will make things worse. Yes to the fatter handlebars.

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Thanks for the thoughtful reply If I did get the risers I would get fat bars that ended up being close to the now stock position when they were on the risers. So the bars would be flatter without the built in rise that the stock bars have. So the grips would be in the same position roughly as they are now.
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No prob. You got me thinking about putting on new bars. Relatively cheap; some MSR bars are only around $30. Fair amount of work moving over the equipment, but at least you can get to everything easily.

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