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Offline Cheburashka

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Narrower bars
« on: September 13, 2017, 07:24:36 PM »
I've read that R1200R bars are significantly narrower and are a direct replacement.

Has anyone fitted any other bars?

Not too happy with the width of the stock bars for lane splitting.

Offline Becksy

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Re: Narrower bars
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2017, 08:33:34 PM »
Blimey, how narrow are the gaps you go for?

Offline CobraKai

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Re: Narrower bars
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2017, 11:39:41 PM »
You can get some adapters https://www.fasstco.com/products/diameter-adapters-for-bmw-1200-gs-lc and then fit whatever cheap standard 1-1/8" bars you want, like Protapers. That's what I would do rather than spending $300 on special BMW bars.

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Re: Narrower bars
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2017, 12:01:22 AM »
*Originally Posted by Cheburashka [+]
I've read that R1200R bars are significantly narrower and are a direct replacement.

Has anyone fitted any other bars?

Not too happy with the width of the stock bars for lane splitting.

Living in S. CA. (405/ 5/ 101 etc.) I feel your pain with XR's bars being W I D E, which makes it "very difficult to impossible" to split lanes/ go between cars. However, its the XR's W I D E bars that helps make it handle so well going through the canyons. If you go with narrower bars, it will change the leverage/ more input needed when turning, but in the same breath will provide more rock solid feeling at high speeds.
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Re: Narrower bars
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2017, 12:50:51 AM »
I guess it wouldn't take much to make a decent difference....just 1 inch off each side will give 2 inches narrower overall...might be worth a shot if you can find suitable bars.

I like to "filter" between cars/trucks when I can if coming up to multi-lane traffic lights etc.... but obviously sometimes you just have to sit behind and wait. :034:

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Re: Narrower bars
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2017, 06:54:08 AM »
I was going to swap the bars at first as well.  Now I've changed my mind.  I lane split just fine.  No issues.  I just had to get used to them.

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Re: Narrower bars
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2017, 09:41:40 AM »
The R bars fit, but you may need risers, as they are quite a bit lower than the stockers....

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Re: Narrower bars
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2017, 02:20:54 AM »
I made the change to R1200R bars over 2 years ago and am very happy with the set up. I did have to add risers to get back to the original position. IMO the stock bars are the right height but just about exactly 2" too wide. They provide far more leverage than necessary.

The nice thing about the R12 bars is they are a direct fit with no modifications necessary. The grips are screwed into the bars and something to be considered if you seek alternate solutions.

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Re: Narrower bars
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2017, 05:18:27 PM »
Thanks! What risers did you use with the R1200R bars?

And do you know what years of the R1200R can be used?

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Re: Narrower bars
« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2017, 06:29:57 PM »
The part # is 32718549512

When I did the conversion on my first XR they were $300. They are now $347.

I bought some riser off of ebay that appear to be no longer seem available. If the stock position works for you look for risers that come up about 1 1/2 to 2" and back 1" . This will get you very close to the original position.

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