2020 FJRiders.com Calendar Contest is underway! Vote Here!

handle bar risers, which one

Tech section strictly for the FJR. Everything from oil changes & suspension setup's to removing sheep hair from hard to reach places on the bike so that your wife never finds out.
Post Reply
montaseri
Squid
Posts: 4
Joined: Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:47 am
FJRModel: 2014
x 2

handle bar risers, which one

Post by montaseri » Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:23 pm

Hi,
I just purchased a 2014 FJR 1300. Seems like my arms are too short and I am finding myself leaning forward too much, feeling pain in my palms.
Seems like the solution is handlebar riser / extender kits. Except there are so many of them, hence this posting.

I think I need to raise it by an inch or so and bring the bar towards me a couple of inches.
Q- Is there a way to measure a comfortable position vs guess work or buy-try-return-buy-try-return ?
Q- What are some of the products out there that resolve this issue ?
I did a quick search at Amazon and tons showed up, thought I'd ask around to narrow it down.

Thanks
Medi
jwilly loved this

User avatar
jwilly
Site Admin
Veteran
Posts: 441
Joined: Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:31 am
FJRModel: 2016
Location: Georgia
x 1304
x 1111

Re: handle bar risers, which one

Post by jwilly » Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:42 pm

I have run HeliBars risers on my Gen 3 bikes and have been very happy with them. My best recommendation is watch for rides or events in your area and see if you can sit on someones bike with various risers. Welcome to the forum.

https://www.helibars.com/products/HeliB ... s/588.html
Deagle10 and Redfish loved this
I didn't invent the crash club, I'm just the most active member.

User avatar
gixxerjasen
Veteran
Posts: 2502
Joined: Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:50 pm
FJRModel: 2007 Yamaha FJR1300AE
Location: DFW
x 1470
x 2305

Re: handle bar risers, which one

Post by gixxerjasen » Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:27 pm

Love my MV Motorrad risers, nice adjust-ability and they work very well, also great service from the company. Faster shipping than I imagined from where they are shipped from.

https://www.mv-motorrad.de/en/MV+Handle ... ension.htm
My Blog
Current Bikes:2007 Yamaha FJR1300AE | 2016 Suzuki GSX-S1000 | 1998 KTM 250 EXC | 2001 Suzuki DRZ-400E
Family Bikes: 2006 Honda CRF70F | 2005 Honda CRF230F

montaseri
Squid
Posts: 4
Joined: Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:47 am
FJRModel: 2014
x 2

Re: handle bar risers, which one

Post by montaseri » Wed Oct 02, 2019 3:44 am

Thanks everyone...seems like the MV Motorrad riser (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxyjGeeU3sY) has solved the break and clutch fluid line extensions nicer than Heli (not requiring an extension piece). I'll keep looking and see if I can do some pre-measurement before committing.

Cheers
Medi

User avatar
gixxerjasen
Veteran
Posts: 2502
Joined: Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:50 pm
FJRModel: 2007 Yamaha FJR1300AE
Location: DFW
x 1470
x 2305

Re: handle bar risers, which one

Post by gixxerjasen » Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:07 am

FYI, they solved it by having you remove them from their brackets so you get more play out of them. Not that it's caused any issues in the tens of thousands of miles since I installed mine, but just for clarification.

I like them because being able to adjust the sweep of the bars is nice in addition to them being brought up and back. The ram ball is a nice added bonus.
My Blog
Current Bikes:2007 Yamaha FJR1300AE | 2016 Suzuki GSX-S1000 | 1998 KTM 250 EXC | 2001 Suzuki DRZ-400E
Family Bikes: 2006 Honda CRF70F | 2005 Honda CRF230F

User avatar
Redfish
Veteran
Posts: 1971
Joined: Sat Oct 22, 2016 10:26 pm
FJRModel: 2014A and 2015ES
Location: Prairieville, Louisiana
x 2246
x 2842

Re: handle bar risers, which one

Post by Redfish » Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:13 am

The HeliBar Bridge also has the lines removed from their brackets but it moves, or has the potential to move, the bars farther back from the original starting point. In the forward part of the adjustment range the HeliBar can be used without the brake line extension. Mine has been like that for the last 25K miles or so.

Both the HeliBar and the MVMotoradd are Excellent Products. You cannot go wrong choosing between those two.

The GenMar riser blocks help but they don't move the bars back significantly.
Never run out of real estate, traction and ideas all at the same time.

User avatar
FJRoss
Member
Posts: 319
Joined: Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:41 pm
FJRModel: 2011 A
Location: Fredericton NB (Canada)
x 62
x 169

Re: handle bar risers, which one

Post by FJRoss » Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:21 am

You might want to consider this option from AuburnFJR...
viewtopic.php?f=21&t=3369&hilit=bars
gixxerjasen loved this

Deagle10
Casual Rider
Posts: 132
Joined: Mon Jun 23, 2014 1:16 pm
FJRModel: 2014
x 61
x 120

Re: handle bar risers, which one

Post by Deagle10 » Wed Oct 02, 2019 3:57 pm

People seem to love the MV and Helibar setups.
On my 3rd FJR I finally installed the Helibars and a Russell seat. As I had gotten older the forward lean and hard seat were just getting in the way of a good time and I was ready to sell the bike. The Helibar and Russell seat saved the bike. (And cruise....oh I love the cruise).

As I'm raw as a mechanic, I found the directions of installing the helibars to be a little vague in places. After doing it once it all makes sense and would be easy the second time through....but the first time was a bit confusing. My suggestion is to get a phone number of someone that did the install already if you need to call for advice in any steps (or you can post here if you can wait for a response). And take pictures along the way of anything you disconnect and will put back together (throttle cables). It's worth it and if I can do it anyone can.

Don.
wheatonFJR and Redfish loved this

User avatar
Redfish
Veteran
Posts: 1971
Joined: Sat Oct 22, 2016 10:26 pm
FJRModel: 2014A and 2015ES
Location: Prairieville, Louisiana
x 2246
x 2842

Re: handle bar risers, which one

Post by Redfish » Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:26 pm

The Most Important Advice I can offer for the installation of any risers or riser blocks is:

Cover the gas tank with towels. Thick towels. Use at least two layers of towels. You will need to set the bars there, you will probably knock one of the bars against it, you may drip brake fluid if you do the HeliBar brake line extension.

The second best advice I have is to get a Friend. This friend can be completely useless mechanically but you will need an extra pair of hands at a couple points in the process.
Deagle10, CollingsBob, and wheatonFJR loved this
Never run out of real estate, traction and ideas all at the same time.

montaseri
Squid
Posts: 4
Joined: Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:47 am
FJRModel: 2014
x 2

Re: handle bar risers, which one

Post by montaseri » Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:20 am

Thanks everyone for the overwhelming response. Very helpful. An important parameter for me is the horizontal tolerance (or play). While MV gets the bar up to 1,5 inches, Helibar provides up to 3 inches of horizontal play. They both provide up to 1 inch of vertical displacement.

On the other hand, the break fluid line extension is a negative. Generally fluids love to find their way out of connections and joints. The extension concerns me but I think that is why Helibar can give up to 3" of play.

Frankly, though Yamaha take pride in their "from follow function" philosophy, seems like they dropped the ball on this ergonomic factor. Next time I am in Japan, I'll stop by and tell me so. :-)

User avatar
raYzerman
Contributor
Veteran
Posts: 3644
Joined: Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:49 am
FJRModel: 2014 A Root Beer, 2009 CBF1000A
Location: Millgrove, Ontario, CA
x 920
x 2395

Re: handle bar risers, which one

Post by raYzerman » Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:47 am

While the Helibar requires an extension, the connections are quite secure as any of the banjo fittings and bleeders. It doesn't look the prettiest, but you can install it such that it doesn't look all that bad. If you'd rather not use it, you can replace your front (rubber portion) brake line with one developed by HEL that is 3" longer, a stainless braided line (~$50).
Whether Helibar or MV, you have to remove the clutch line clamp at the left side of the steering head to allow maximum slack and also adjust the wire harness south of the ignition switch (lots of wire available, just loosen the wire ties, adjust and re-tie).
For the HEL brake line, you have to call them directly as it's not listed on their website. You can use it with either Helibar or MV.
The Helibar 3" adjustment is rotationally, so full forward the bars are wider, full back they are narrower. I started in the middle, but ended up rotating mine full forward... they are still further back than stock.
Keep yer stick on the ice........... (Red Green)
Duct tape can't fix stupid, but it can sure muffle the sound.

Post Reply