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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-19-2019, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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T120 wider bars and/or risers

I have a 2016 T120 and find the steering a bit slow / less responsive compared to my old Honda Magna cruiser. The Honda has much wider bars. Will wider bars make the bike more responsive? What is the widest you can go without messing with the cables and wires? I’d also like some risers to sit a little more upright but maybe with wider bars this won’t be needed. I saw a thread where some guys just put washers on the stock risers to gain some height. Again, I don’t want to mess with the cables or wires. Thanks!
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I am also interested in adding some risers to my T120 but not so much as I have to change out any cables as well. I'm hoping this will relieve some fatigue that I'm experiencing.
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I am also interested in adding some risers to my T120 but not so much as I have to change out any cables as well. I'm hoping this will relieve some fatigue that I'm experiencing.
. Upper back fatigue by chance?
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Yes, and some lower plus arm and wrist.
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I have a 2016 T120 and find the steering a bit slow / less responsive compared to my old Honda Magna cruiser. The Honda has much wider bars. Will wider bars make the bike more responsive? What is the widest you can go without messing with the cables and wires? Iíd also like some risers to sit a little more upright but maybe with wider bars this wonít be needed. I saw a thread where some guys just put washers on the stock risers to gain some height. Again, I donít want to mess with the cables or wires. Thanks!
What tires do you have on the bike? The stock Pirellis tend to be a little slow compared to Avons or others. It has to do with the tread profile. Wider bars will not be good with the Pirellis incidentally.
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What ETC120 said. I had to steer my bike with the stock Pirellis on it. After I put the Avon Spirit STs on it I can basically steer it via mind control.

I think you'll find that longer bars will be counterproductive if faster steering is your goal. Geometry dictates that longer bars will require more bar movement to do the same thing. Leverage will make it easier to turn, but the added radius from the pivot point to grips will mean the grips will have to move farther to accomplish the same turn.

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I made up some 20mm risers , no problems with cables etc,
much more comfortable for my lower back problem,
they'll look much better when i get around to painting them

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I changed out the clamp with a pair from British Customs. They make a spacer for them to provide some rise. In my case, I also added a pair of 2" Roxx risers. Required a longer clutch cable, but it helped.
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Actually, shorter handle bars will make it easier, not longer ones. Not because of any geometry of the bars, but it will change your riding position, making you have more direct input to the handle bars.

If your press on the handle bar is mostly horizontal, then you will get better steering input. If it is more vertical, the bike will seem to not be responding well.

Try leaning your head and shoulders down and into the side in which you are turning more than normal. If this makes the steering seem easier, then it is the direction in which you are pressing the bar that is the problem. Then, you can think about changing the ergonomics of the bike in a way that allows you to give a more horizontal input into the bar in your comfortable riding stance.

If you find that you are pressing downward more than you are pressing outward on the bars, then handle bar risers may improve your situation.
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