Post by operationfz on Feb 1, 2017 19:37:57 GMT -7
Here I am to do another product review and maybe help point some people in the right direction if you're looking for a more aggressive (Not Racing) riding position. If you're the guy who just sold his Supersport for something more comfortable as I did, this may be the solution for you if you feel a little too upright.
Rizoma 1-1/8 Inch Diameter Tapered Handlebars - MA011 - 15mm Height - Black
Rizoma 1 1/8 Inch Universal Handle Bar Risers - AZ402B (42mm Rise) - Black
Now, before I get started I'm going to let you know this isn't that easy of a project and you're going to need some mechanical skills and tools to do this. I do plan on posting a "How-to" write up soon but I want to just go over some of the ergonomic modifications and changes you will need to perform to the controls when installing this bar/riser combo. Some of you can probably wing this without a "how-to" as long as you have the right parts and minus the Bar Ends I was able to complete the installation with the parts listed above. (OEM Bar Ends do not fit) I have Rizoma Bar Ends and the part number listed below.
1. Your handlebars will be down and forward compared to the OEM setup, which is exactly what I wanted (see pics below). Because of this, you are going to need to rotate all of your controls forward about 15 degrees. Since you will be leaning a little more forward the controls will feel more natural in this new position and also create more clearance for the tank and windscreen with the bars turned all the way either direction. The bars will also now pitch slightly downward (instead of straight across) similar to Clip-on's, just not at the back breaking low height of a super sport.
2. You will need to drill your own holes in the new handlebars in order for the controls to lock in place and to prevent deviation due to vibrations or you just treating your FZ like a savage. DO NOT drill any holes until all of the controls are loosely fitted to the bars and you have a really good Idea of where you want everything. This is a great opportunity to rotate certain controls how you see fit to make things custom to your liking. MAKE SURE YOUR CLEARANCES ARE OK BEFORE DRILLING.
3. You will need new bar ends as the OEM units do not fit. I just discovered this today towards the end of the installation and ordered the following items to compliment the new bars and I'll add more pics once they're installed. Other aftermarket Bar Ends will probably work but to be safe these are what I ordered:
Rizoma MA533 Universal Bar ends / Handlebar Caps - Black
(OPTIONAL) Rizoma Lux Billet Grips | 22mm (7/8) - Black
4. Clearances are FU%KIN TIGHT, Steering lock still works but you can literally only fit a sheet of paper between the Controls and the Tank. Same goes for the tolerances between the Levers and windscreen. Make sure all of your tolerances are good before drilling. I cannot stress this enough.
5. You will need to zip-tie your electrical wires neatly as you will have more slack in them and you will need to cut the square clamp that routes the Brake line in front of the triple tree and allow it to run in the same route as the electrical wires.
To be honest, I absolutely love it but it's not for everyone. It has a more Super-sport feel than before and feels more direct when leaning deep in the corners. Still much more comfortable than a Super-sport. More black is also good, wasn't a fan of the silver bars and risers. The Rizoma products are made in Italy and are of very fine quality, even the packaging was impressive. All of the parts were ordered on www.motostarz.com but I digress, here are the comparison pictures:
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Fantastic write up and work. Thank you! Several years ago I did something to my 03 FJR that literally NO-ONE was doing, and that was to lower the bars rather then seemingly everyone's quest to raise them. I had to raise the forks quite a bit to fit on clip-ons and I cannot hit the steering stop on either side but man did I like the sportier feel. Still blasting along to this day with the more aggressive hand positions. Now the MT10 leaves me with that same desire, for a more sporty bar grab. At 6'5" 240, the R1 was simply not an option. The MT sits quite high and the reach is pretty good. The mod that you did looks awesome soooooo.... parts ordered today. I have posted a few mods myself on this forum. Having the courage to try something is admirable, and then sharing your findings, good or bad...is well asking for good Karma. I have about a week to wait (Canada) but will share my findings if they differ at all from your write up. The most probable change will be the fact that I will not be able to keep my Yamaha Hand Guards. Either I'll find a way to incorporate them or someone on the forum will be getting a sweet deal on them. Thanks again!!
Hey. Parts arrived. A little hard to tell by the picture but do you mount the risers so bar is forward towards the front or back towards the tank?. They have a designed offset. Knowing before hand would save time I case I get it wrong way round. 50/50 Looks more to me like bars towards tank. I'll start with that in the meantime and report out if I don't get a reply to this thread. Thanks!
Hello Seems like most people are happy with the current bar height... For those planning on doing the mod. I have a few additional points and observations. --I cut down the riser mounting bolts by 3/8 to help get a firm grip with a socket. As mentioned. I had to use a universal joint and several extensions to get a good hold of the 14mm nut -- I choose to mount the bar more forward as the risers have that option -- I cut 3/4" off each end of the bar to shorten the rather long pitch between grips. -- i drilled and tapped the bar ends 16mm x 1.5 pitch so I could use the stock bar ends. The hole size just needed opening up a bit. -- lastely. I found a way to add spacers to the whole dash assembly which brought it all forward resulting in nice clearances. OP mentioned everything was paper tight...doing so allows for 1/8 or more everywhere when hitting stops side to side. Also allowed for the clutch and brake levers to be more upright as I found them a little low when trying to clear without the dash move.
Hats off to the original poster and this mod in general. It definitely is not for the meek. I have a few zip ties to clean up before heading out for a ride. Sitting on it feels nice though. Message me if anyone needs more guidance or clarification. Cheers