Step-by-Step Guide on How to Upgrade Your Motorcycle with Handlebar Risers
Installing motorcycle handlebar risers is an easy way to customize your bike for either aesthetic or functional reasons. With a bit of patience and attention to detail, you’ll be driving your revamped motorcycle in no time.
First, to ensure the paint job on your bike isn’t damaged, completely cover the fuel tank with shop rags.
Next, insert the top portion of the riser mount into the triple clamp and attach the riser bolts into the riser mount through the top of it. Make sure every piece is locked into its recess on the triple clamp. Then, put riser lock nuts onto each riser bolt and begin to tighten them with your hands. Before you tighten the nuts too much, apply blue loctite. To make sure the nuts are secure, use a ratchet and socket set to tighten them just enough that they can still rotate slightly.
After that, align the bolt holes of the handlebars with the holes of the riser mount, fit the bolts through and tighten the riser lock nuts with the ratchet and socket set.
When making changes to your motorcycle, safety is of utmost importance. To ensure your raised handlebars won’t become loose or dislodged, use a 1/2-inch torque wrench and socket to make the final adjustments. Your manufacturer’s directions will provide recommended torque figures for your bike’s year, make and model – follow these closely.
Finally, it’s essential to check all the bolt tightness again after your first ride and after any subsequent rides. The increased pressure and vibrations, from riding, can cause the bolt tightness to alter and this requires a check-up. Riding with loose bolts could be extremely dangerous.
Now you have your bike set with elevated handlebars, you’ll be experiencing a more comfortable grip and feel great that you’ve been able to tackle the job yourself. Enjoy!