Originally Posted by JasonJ
This is a very cool thread. Very good pictures.
I am interested to know the what and where about the handlebar and its mounts. That mod, plus the round headlight really changes the look of the bike with the plastics removed. It looks like it is supposed to be that way. Modernizes the aesthetics quite a bit.
I got a set of 7/8" handlebar risers from Amazon. See
They are made by Outlaw Racing, and aren't the lightest option, but are useful because you can mount them with a hex-head bolt inserted from the top, which you can then tighten with the triple-clamp in place. You could also find used risers from some other bike (like the '09-'11 Ninja 650r), but you'd have to turn the mounting nuts from underneath.
The triple clamp is soft metal and drills easily, but you have to be careful where you put the holes, to allow room for the nuts underneath. I wish someone made tubular bar adapters that bolted to the stock handlebar holes.
The bars are Renthal Ultra-Low, but any 7/8" bar will work, and they are available in almost unlimited configurations, including clubman.
Another advantage is that you can slide the fork tubes up to lower the front of the bike, which helps if you have lowered the rear to accomodate a shorter rider.