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Old 02-24-2014, 01:57 PM   #1
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Bar risers vs New bars

I been looking at a set of bar risers to help with my height and it got me thinking. Wouldnt it be smarter to install higher bars that use the stock mount? I am thinking that spacers just add an element that could fail.

So is there anything wrong with adding 1" spacers?

Bike in question is a dr350.

Im 6'3" but i have exceptionally long arms so you could say i am 6'1".
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Old 02-24-2014, 02:17 PM   #2
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I been looking at a set of bar risers to help with my height and it got me thinking. Wouldnt it be smarter to install higher bars that use the stock mount? I am thinking that spacers just add an element that could fail.

So is there anything wrong with adding 1" spacers?

Bike in question is a dr350.

Im 6'3" but i have exceptionally long arms so you could say i am 6'1".
In theory, you are right and spacers/risers are a bodge - adding an additional element. I practice, however, I have never heard of a riser failure so it's probably a pretty safe alternative. Personally, I'd go with whatever solution is cheapest or easiest to find. In my experience, significantly taller bars are surprisingly difficult to locate.
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Old 02-24-2014, 02:20 PM   #3
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it is easier to change back with bar risers.
both my bikes have them because i like the bends on the bars i just wanted them a little higher
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Old 02-24-2014, 02:41 PM   #4
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You may want to change both. You may need higher AND straighter bar. Height is just one function when looking for better fit.
Spacers rarely fail. Buy known name. And don't use the cheapest bolts you can find. Grade 8 is your friend.
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Old 02-25-2014, 05:36 AM   #5
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On my DR650 I put higher bars on the WR250 I put spacers..

Go with bigger bars..Differant bars are not exactly hard to find..I see thousands of choices on the Web...Don't forget to look into ATV bars also they usually are higher.. If you are over 6' you will not want to go back to lower bars ever.!!.. My.02
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Old 02-25-2014, 05:37 AM   #6
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I Guess if bar risers dont often fail, but cheap bars do. you best options are risers or exp bars.

Anyone have recommendations on bars the are 1 or 2 higher than stock? I wanna look at them before i purchase risers.
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Old 02-25-2014, 05:39 AM   #7
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If you pick your bike up once in a while..spend the $$$ get protapers..
well worth every extra dollar..They will last for years.
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Old 02-25-2014, 05:39 AM   #8
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13K miles of mostly dirt with risers on my 640 Adventure......zero issues.
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Old 02-25-2014, 05:46 AM   #9
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The Rox-type risers that pivot allow more positioning options. Simple spacers allow you to revert easily, but that's it. They are plenty strong, so I wouldn't worry about failure. Loosening and slipping is possible, but that's easy enough to fix mid-ride.

If you want taller bars, "ATV" bend will get you a lot of height. I ended up going with higher bars on my ride because I wanted to keep things light and simple.
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The Rox-type risers that pivot allow more positioning options. Simple spacers allow you to revert easily, but that's it. They are plenty strong, so I wouldn't worry about failure. Loosening and slipping is possible, but that's easy enough to fix mid-ride.

If you want taller bars, "ATV" bend will get you a lot of height. I ended up going with higher bars on my ride because I wanted to keep things light and simple.
ATV bend steel bars can be picked up very cheaply but are usually narrower
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Old 02-25-2014, 06:39 PM   #11
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If you change bars make sure that there is enough room for all the controls, dirt bikes/ATVs don't need as much room as does a dual sport.
You might need longer cables, especially if you get risers and a different bar.
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Old 02-26-2014, 05:26 AM   #12
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I am going to look for new bars after all. There is no point in trying to cut the stock bars(dr350 stock bars are solid at ends) so that i can use brush guards.

I am looking for bars around 1.5" higher with about the same pull back and width.
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Old 02-26-2014, 05:41 PM   #13
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I been looking at a set of bar risers to help with my height and it got me thinking. Wouldnt it be smarter to install higher bars that use the stock mount? I am thinking that spacers just add an element that could fail.

So is there anything wrong with adding 1" spacers?

Bike in question is a dr350.

Im 6'3" but i have exceptionally long arms so you could say i am 6'1".

I have no experience in this.....

But, ATV Hi bend bars on the DR are the Bees Knees!
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Old 02-27-2014, 10:36 AM   #14
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I think ATV hi bars would be the ticket. I have them on my TW200 and CR hi bars on my DR650. The ATV's are definitely taller then the CR's.
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Old 02-27-2014, 06:29 PM   #15
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I have no experience in this.....

But, ATV Hi bend bars on the DR are the Bees Knees!
On a DR350? Will they work without purchasing longer cables?
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