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1968 R60/2

I am replacing the original low handlebar with a tall US handlebar that has a cross over. The friend who sold me the handlebars said I have to spread the risers far enough "open" to slide them past the cross bar. Is that correct? Is there a special technique for getting the risers past the cross bar or should I have purchased the tall US bars without the cross bar? As expensive as the risers are Im not sure I want to keep bending them.

I ordered the longer replacement cables from Capital Cycle in Northern Virginia.

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Info posted by Vech on the

Info posted by Vech on the Yahoo /2 forum:

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The way I install them is:

1. put two 10 mm x 1.0 nuts on the threaded stem.
2. Mount the riser in the jaws of a vise by the two nuts.
3. take a pin punch and stick it in the bolt hole of the open loop, and lever
the loop open.
Do not worry about the "wrinkled" appearance of the outer surface, it will
disappear when the loop is closed and the bolt is inserted and tightened.
4. insert the USA bar, and lever the loop back closed.
5. I then put the two flats (where the pinch bolt and where the nut
seat) in the jaws of the vise and squeeze them just a bit, so the pinch bolt
will easily pass through the holes.

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riser

schrader7032 wrote:

Info posted by Vech on the Yahoo /2 forum:

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The way I install them is:
1. put two 10 mm x 1.0 nuts on the threaded stem.
2. Mount the riser in the jaws of a vise by the two nuts.
3. take a pin punch and stick it in the bolt hole of the open loop, and lever
the loop open.
Do not worry about the "wrinkled" appearance of the outer surface, it will
disappear when the loop is closed and the bolt is inserted and tightened.
4. insert the USA bar, and lever the loop back closed.
5. I then put the two flats (where the pinch bolt and where the nut
seat) in the jaws of the vise and squeeze them just a bit, so the pinch bolt
will easily pass through the holes.

Wow, Ok. I feel a little better that there is a technique that works. Tomorrow I will give it a try and see how it works.

Did you add any heat? Maybe a heat gun to soften the metal at all?

Chuck

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Never done it myself. The

Never done it myself. The Barrington manual does not mention heat. Duane Ausherman had commented in the past and he did not mention heat. What is mentioned is that non-OEM risers might crack.

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What would I do without this web site? Thank you schrader7032

Anyway, I got the risers over the cross bar just like you described. I applied heat to one and it really didn't make any difference. The new cables are on their way. Some may say it destroys the look of the original BMW but it changes everything when it comes to comfort and long distant riding.

Here are the results followed by one photo of the low bars.

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Sweet! Looks nice.

Sweet! Looks nice.

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Note of caution

I bought a set of stainless steel risers and the seller advised me not to try to pry them open to accept the US bars. He said they they would probably break. Whether the chromed steel ones can be opened and re-closed successfully depends on the quality of the chrome. Sometimes the chrome develops hairline cracks and sometimes it doesn't.

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A brave soul. Not all of

A brave soul. Not all of these risers are the real deal. The cheaper versions that chrome will crack right off.

I set mine to the further back holes and threw a couple rubber plugs into the empty front holes.
With the much lower and set-back Corbin Solo seat I found nothing more comfortable on a 200-300 miles day. On the stock US wide seat I simple sit further back, again very comfortable for a 6'2" long-armed guy.

Try it both ways as I assume you are about the ride and not the look. Actually the look is pretty nice too.

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risers

I guess I got lucky having some of the original BMW risers. The darn things opened right up. To close them I took a pair of adjustable pliers .... squeezing them together until the bolts fell through. I think I did both risers in less than 15 minutes.

Right now the risers are in the front hole. Once all the new cables get here I will hook everything up and see how it feels. I think I sat on the bike a dozen times today to see what its like. I even got the wife to sit on the back seat. I really like the new position and can't wait to get it out on the road.

Whats next ? A set of Hella turn signals. stagewex, thanks for the photo. I think they look great on the US bars.

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Hella signals

Well ......
A friend of mine called me today and said he found a pair of NOS Hella bar end turns signals from the Barbers rally. Long story short .... I bought them and installed them on the new high bars of my R60/2. The new bars didn't have the notches so I used a Dremel tool to cut out the slot. Everything seemed to work and I really like the look. Now all I have to do is find a relay and a switch that matches the left side horn/low,high beam.

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Vech has installation

Vech has installation instructions here:

http://www.benchmarkworks.com/articles/howto/signal.html

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Hella signals

schrader7032 wrote:

Vech has installation instructions here:

http://www.benchmarkworks.com/articles/howto/signal.html

Thanks. Ill use that when I get everything together.

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