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Do you ever throw your leg over your motorcycle and reach your arms forward with your hand hovering inches away from your grips and think “man this would be comfortable...” Motorcycles come from the factory in a “one size fits all” package, but no two riders are the same! Take control today and put your body in its “perfect riding position! We hope that you find some nuggets of information in this Motorcycle Riser / Riser Extension Buying Guide.
Motorcycle risers or riser extensions might possibly be one of the most effective, easiest to install, and least expensive accessories you can purchase for your motorcycle. Most risers are be make / model specific, so select your bike model at the top of Cruiser Customizing and then find the perfect riser for your applicaction! You can shop all risers here: Shop Motorcycle Risers
In this buying guide you will find a few of our most common riser questions which will uncover several of the most important things to research or think about before choosing your perfect risers.
Will a 4 Inch riser give me 4” of rise? Yes, it will give you exactly 4” of rise. But is that what are you really looking for? If your stock risers are 2” tall and you want an “additional 4” of rise you will need to choose a 6” riser.
How much rise do I want? Sit on your bike and extend your arms to your most comfortable position. Have a friend or family member measure from your hands to your grips… down and then back. This will be the amount of height and pullback you are seeking. Subtract your current riser height and then go shopping!
How I best achieve that amount of rise? - 1st you can add riser extensions to your existing risers
- 2nd you can swap your OEM or stock riser for an aftermarket option
- 3rd you can measure your stock bars, and then find a handlebar which will give you the perfect position.
What’s the best riser? This is a very personal question… the “perfect riser” will vary from rider to rider and bike to bike. Take a look at the remainder of this buying guide and watch the video above to learn how to find the perfect riser for your Make / Model application.
Traditional risers come in many shapes and sizes but all (for the most part) will have similar components which include the following:
When shopping for risers, make sure you pay attention to the contents of the package. Some key questions to ask yourself are:
The two most popular risers for the Metric crowd are the Show Chrome Accessories Twisted Risers and the Baron Custom Accessories Kickback Risers.
If your bike came with drag bars or bars with welded on risers the traditional riser talk above will mean nothing to you… unless you plan on removing your OEM bars and completely swapping to a bar & riser combination. If that’s too much work or too expensive for you, no fear! Riser extensions from LA Choppers, Baron Custom Accessories or Kewl Metal (to name a few) will be your perfect option. Riser extensions are made in either a straight rise or a pullback and rise combo. Check out the video above to see how these applications differ.
Riser Installation is fairly simple and here are a few very basic steps and the actual installation for your application may vary:
1) Cover your tank with a towel to protect from dings and scratches from dropped parts or tools.
2) Loosen (but do not remove) your riser nuts under the top triple tree clamp.
3) While a buddy holds your bars (preventing them from rapidly swinging down!) loosen and remove the riser top clamp bolts.
4) Pick the riser top clamp off of the bar and set aside. These may or may not be reused… this will vary on a case by case basis.
5) Lift the bar off of the risers and set on your protected tank.
6) Remove the riser nuts.
7) Lift riser out of / off of the triple tree.
8) Place the new riser bolt up through the bottom of the top triple tree so the threads are visible.
9) Screw (loosely) the bolts into the bottom of the new risers.
10) Set the handlebar in place on top of the new risers
11) Set the riser caps in place
12) Loosely install the riser cap bolts.
13) Sit on the bike and hold the handlebars in the perfect position.
14) Snug the riser top clamp bolts making sure the forward facing bolt gets torqued first followed by the bolt closest to the rider.
15) You can now get off the bike and let go of the bars
16) Tighten the riser bolts
17)Test the lock to lock steering action of the handlebars to ensure proper clearance.
18) Test Ride! (This is my favorite part!)
Conclusion: If you are in the search for a more comfortable riding position or a more custom look up in your cockpit, motorcycle risers are great option. Thank you for checking out this Handlebar Riser Buying Guide from Cruiser Customizing. Until next time, take care and ride safe!
Kyle Bradshaw & the Cruiser Customizing Team