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    handlebar risers

    I don't like the looks of the after market risers for the wethead rt. To me they look like leaf spring shackles. And I don't want to raise my bars that much.
    I am buying a triple black rt next may and am starting to collect parts to make the bike fit me. There's a good chance this will be the last brand new bike I ever buy so I don't mind spending some extra $$$. I know a die mold machinist who is going to make my bars 3/4" higher. Can someone tell us what the steel sleeve inside the aluminum bar risers are for ? Knowing that the shaft holding the controls is press fit into that sleeve in the aluminum bars it's there to keep the shaft from spinning. Is that correct or is there another reason ?

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    There's one thread in the Similar Threads pane below for Wetheads. Maybe there is some info on there?
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    Check with your dealer, but I think the newest RTs have an option for tubular handle bars, which should open up more options for different bars and risers. About $225 , I think.
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    "leaf spring shackles" Now I can't unsee that image. Yes- my Ilium Bar Backs do look exactly like that. The finish is an exact match with the handlebars and the rise is perfect for me. Maybe I'll tell people that I thought of using shackles for risers...ain't I clever. I also like the rational for $$$- "But honey, this is the last new bike I'm ever getting...again...this time, really"

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbem View Post
    …Can someone tell us what the steel sleeve inside the aluminum bar risers are for ?
    I think it is a radial spacer to keep the risers from shifting after they are tightened. The bolt is smaller in diameter than the handlebar shaft it replaces. Without the sleeve, it would be a sloppy fit.

    Good luck with designing your own risers. Please post pics. I have been frustrated with the spring shackles, because they have very limited adjustment for rearward and upward movement. The limits on travel are caused by interference between the brake (and clutch) reservoirs and the handlebar mounts. You’ll see when you start fiddling with it. I am interested to hear if you come up with a better solution.

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    The ends of the handlebars insert into the man handlebar. My assumption is the steel inserts add strength to the bars. Are they needed? Perhaps not, but depending on the material the replacement bars are made from. I wouldn't want to find out the wrong way that my new handlebars are not up to the task! It is not as simple as making a mold to cast a new handlebar. A bit of engineering and using the proper grade of aluminum is very important.

    Personally I would just buy the Ilium risers and not worry about it. I have them on my 2018 RT and never give it a thought. Plus they gave me a couple places to attach RAM mounts.
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    the machinist and i are thinking BMW may have used the insert as a cost saving? One less machining operation to do on the bars (I think BMW calls them risers) He is planning to make the risers without the sleeve. If we find out a reason why we have to use the sleeves he says he can go back and machine them to fit the sleeve. He's doing this for me almost free so I can't rush him. When they are done I will post pics. In the mean time if someone knows for sure why BMW used the steel inserts please let me know. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by lkraus View Post
    Check with your dealer, but I think the newest RTs have an option for tubular handle bars, which should open up more options for different bars and risers. About $225 , I think.
    Here's a photo from the BMW Motorrad website of the tubular handlebar option installed on an RT…

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    Here's the description of that option:

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExGMan View Post
    Here's a photo from the BMW Motorrad website of the tubular handlebar option installed on an RT…

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    Here's the description of that option:

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    Quote Originally Posted by sal View Post
    Can’t get past that look. Not for me
    As functional as it probably is...I agree- doesn't look right. The ilium's, as mentioned, add some tubular functionality...though not a lot... enough.

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