Tips on how to install custom handlebars on a motorcycle

ANGELA .W. WANDERA By ANGELA .W. WANDERA, 8th Nov 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/enq.r9d4/
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The flexibility that handlebars offer to a motorcycle rider makes them an important part of your motorcycle. You are able to raise, lower, narrow or widen the handlebar controls which gives you many options to choose from on what position your motorcycle handlebars should be.

How to install custom handlebars on a motorcycle

All motorcycle riders would love to have good handle bars for comfort, a firm grip and flexibility. Handle bars do come in different sizes, shapes and heights, it therefore comes down to your preference when choosing handlebars for your motorcycle.

The flexibility that handlebars offer to a motorcycle rider makes them an important part of your motorcycle. You are able to raise, lower, narrow or widen the handlebar controls which gives you many options to choose from on what position your motorcycle handlebars should be.

Some handlebars have inbuilt risers while other don't which means that you will have to install custom handlebars on your motorcycle in the following ways. Installation of custom handlebars on your motorcycle is something that you can do yourself at home.

1. Find the right desired position

It is advisable for you to identify the desired position of the handlebars before you remove the existing handlebars. Which means that you have to try out different positions by using your hands to feel the various angles and choose a position where you feel most comfortable.

Take note of the measurements of the existing bars and measure the difference in height and width and then add it to the measurements of the current handlebars to get the desired measurements.

This information will help you when buying new handlebars. The width of the handlebars should not be too wide, because if they are wide they can easily dent your fuel tank when the handlebars are being turned in different directions.

2. Disassemble

process.
Start by removing the brake lever, the master cylinder unit, the switch housing, the throttle control and all other parts that are on the right side of the handlebars.

Remember to take care when removing all zip ties or clamps that secure the wiring harness and other accessories that are attached to the throttle control.

Take out the brass ferrules from the ends of the cables and keep them somewhere safe. Next, remove the hand grip, the clutch lever the housing for the switch and any other accessories that are on the left bar. Remove all the wiring harness and other components that are attached to the clutch cable somewhere safe to avoid any damage.

3. Beware of the left hand grips

These are usually hard to remove, you can remove the grip by prying up the outer end using a long screwdriver or you can still use compressed air by spraying it between the grip and the left bar to loosen the grip.

Another method that you can use, is by using of glue solvent by spraying t in between the grip and the bar while twisting the grip to loosen it up after the solvent has dissolved. Remember to clean off any glue solvent once the grip has been loosened.4. Remove the riser covers if any

Once you have removed the grip, the next step is to remove riser covers and rise clamps if they are there. After, remove the handlebars and replace the risers as desired.

5. Installation of the new handlebars

When installing the new custom handlebars, you should do it in reverse order of how you removed the old handlebars. Take the new handlebars and center them on the risers, put the riser clamps and cover.

Gently try out the installed handlebars in all directions just to make sure that they are not interfering with your fuel tank. If you are satisfied with the new position, then it is time to reinstall the other parts and accessories that you removed.
Put back the clutch lever and switch housing on the left handlebar and make sure that you place the wires back into their proper positions.

Use glue to coat the end of the handlebars and slide on the new hand grip before the glue dries up.
Keep in a tight firm position to ensure that it has been fastened. Put back all the parts and accessories that you had removed from the left bar.

Remember to replace all the ties and clamps that you had removed prior to the installation.
Put back the brake lever and switch housing and the master cylinder on the right bar. Put back the brass ferrules on the cables before you tighten the housing of the switch.

The throttle control should also be slid back onto the bar before tightening the switch housing. Put back every other accessories that you removed when you were disassembling the handlebars.

Make sure that you put back all the accessories and parts that you removed in the right positions following the manufacturers guidelines. Check to make sure that you have replaces all the ties and clamps that you removed.

Lastly, check all your switches to make sure that they are functional and look out for any damaged wires. Do one last check of the handlebars by turning them hard right to left to ensure that the throttle, the clutch and idle cables are not hanging.

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Handlebars, How To Install Custom Handlebars On A Motorcycle, Installation, Motorbikes

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