How To: Selecting Dual Sport Risers

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How To: Selecting Dual Sport Risers

Getting your high dollar dual sport’s hand controls in just the right spot can be challenging. Since dual sport riding involves riding sitting and standing, getting the handlebar in the optimum place for both types of riding is worthwhile. As long as the stock handlebar comes close to fitting the rider’s ergonomics, and doesn’t need to be swapped out, it may be possible to improve its position with a little bit of work and some inexpensive accessories.

Here’s a definition for the Dual Sport rider to remember: “A compromise is an arrangement that leaves all involved somewhat unsatisfied.” Since it is not convenient to change the bar location on a ride, it is essential to find a workable compromise for street and dirt riding.

Evaluation
Sit on the bike while on center stand or have a friend stabilize it. Close your eyes and lean slightly forward as you would be riding. Then extend your arms slightly down and out, wrists straight, and open your eyes see where your hands are in relationship to the grips. Also ride the bike seated and standing and determine your comfort level.

Adjusting the handlebar
Some dual sports come from the factory with the ability to move the handlebar about in the top triple clamp. Spend a few minutes with your manual and see if your bike allows this. The factory settings may enough.
Cutting down the bar’s width

Many handlebars come very wide from the factory. Here’s an easy to tell if your bars need to be cut down. Open a measuring tape and lay it on ground in front of you. Do ten pushups and measure the distance from pinky to pinky. This is the ideal bar width. Measure your bar and see how far apart the bar width is from your pinky-pinky measurement. Assuming there’s sufficient space to move the hand controls towards, switch gear and mirrors towards the center of the bike, move these components appropriately and take a hacksaw to the bars after removing the grips. Remember measure twice and cut once!
Getting the height right

Recommendations:

PowerMadd 7/8″ Universal Bar Risers offers this universal 1.6” tall riser that should be an easy installation. Keep in mind that the wires and cables leading to the bar may need to be rerouted to reach.

BikeMaster 1-1/8″ kit offers a slightly different approach to moving the handle bar closer to the rider.

Sometimes it is necessary to tilt and raise the bar to find the sweet spot. A set of trick Rox Speed risers shown do this and provide vibration isolation.

Conclusion
Dual sport riding involves the merging of two divergent disciplines. With a little bit of work, it does not have to hurt.

  • Geoff Bowen

    Rox pivoting risers every time. Not the cheapest, but with both height and distance to bar control, there is no compromise on ride comfort both seated and standing.

    • Scott Vogt

      have them on my ktm and its nice to have them infinitely adjustable for optimal riding position

      • Piglet2010

        I believe the adjustment range is continuous, not infinite.

        • zedro

          Infinite within a limited range?

          • Piglet2010

            No – at a small enough scale everything is discrete (quantized). Actually, the adjustment is not continuous, but is close enough to continuous for all practical purposes.

  • MichaelEhrgott

    Most important thing is to not have to bend down to grab the bars while standing up. If you plan on doing any serious off-roading you’ll likely be standing up for a long time and it’s essential to have proper posture so you can really get on it and not have a sore neck/back within minutes. Lowered pegs often work well for adjusting this distance in addition to risers. (just make sure the pegs aren’t too low!)

    • IRS4

      Nothing ruins serious off roaring quicker than too low bars, except for the wrong tires.

      • Piglet2010

        Roaring? Off-road is the one place an electric bike really tempts me, just to get rid of the noise.

        • Squabbles

          Do it. Get one. The boys and I will get louder pipes for ya to hear.

  • Blu E Milew

    Keep in mind that many times you cannot raise the bars more than an inch or so without getting longer clutch/throttle cables.

    • Victor Cohen

      Better riser manufacturers are familiar with the amount of rise possible for their products’ applications. An email may confirm if sufficient slack is available.

  • Jonno

    Why no love for Convertibars?