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Handlebar Removal / Heli-Bar

OK, I've tried the search function, and I'm sure I'm pretty dense, but.....

I'm waiting for the delivery of my new Heli-Bar 'riser' / 'spacer', so I thought in preparation I would remove the handlebars. I took off the black plastic cover behind the bars, and backed off the two adjustment bolts. I have backed them off to where they are either stopped, or stuck. I could easily adjust the bars up or down at this point, but I'm assuming I'll have to remove the bars completely to install the Heli-Bar spacer. Before I do something incredibly stupid, am I (a) doing something wrong, or (b) is there a trick to getting the bars off? Any help would be appreciated.

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post #2 of 20 Old Aug 2nd, 2006, 5:35 pm
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OK, I've tried the search function, and I'm sure I'm pretty dense, but.....

I'm waiting for the delivery of my new Heli-Bar 'riser' / 'spacer', so I thought in preparation I would remove the handlebars. I took off the black plastic cover behind the bars, and backed off the two adjustment bolts. I have backed them off to where they are either stopped, or stuck. I could easily adjust the bars up or down at this point, but I'm assuming I'll have to remove the bars completely to install the Heli-Bar spacer. Before I do something incredibly stupid, am I (a) doing something wrong, or (b) is there a trick to getting the bars off? Any help would be appreciated.
dang if I know since i have not worked on a New GT yet,

but i had to mention

fjr and GT

you DOG YOU!

<g>

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dang if I know since i have not worked on a New GT yet,

but i had to mention

fjr and GT

you DOG YOU!

<g>
Yes, I AM a DOG!

There IS something wrong with me.......

Riser attached. No problems. Can assist others in the future - just PM me.

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Yes, I AM a DOG!

There IS something wrong with me.......

Riser attached. No problems. Can assist others in the future - just PM me.

good news you got it figured out!

I really think that rocket is something else as well it looks like it is bbullet proof, I got to see it at the MC show in atlanta when it was released they had a nice cutaway of the engine and trans there.
Nice corral of bikes ya have there, how do like that honda Rune? it looks like it's hard to handle I'm sure it is not as hard as it looks though. they sure turned some heads with that bike.

have fun on the new GT as well, got to ride one a couple times now.

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good news you got it figured out!

I really think that rocket is something else as well it looks like it is bbullet proof, I got to see it at the MC show in atlanta when it was released they had a nice cutaway of the engine and trans there.
Nice corral of bikes ya have there, how do like that honda Rune? it looks like it's hard to handle I'm sure it is not as hard as it looks though. they sure turned some heads with that bike.

have fun on the new GT as well, got to ride one a couple times now.

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The Rocket is indeed one hell of a ride. I had the cat box removed when I put on the racing pipes, and the torque, 90% of which is available @ 500 rpm above idle, really gets your attention if you open the throttle wide.

The Rune rides a lot easier than one would think, looking at it. First of all, it's got the lowest seat in the stable. Second, everything is low, so it has a very low COG. I'm not going to keep up with a GT or FJR in the canyons, but that's not what I got it for. Liesurely Sat. nite cruising is what I bought it for, and it's superlative at that. Feel great every time a ride it.

YMMV

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Thanks for the post. Now I can show the wife someone who has more bikes than me!!! She thinks I'm crazy... could be right.
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The Rocket is indeed one hell of a ride. I had the cat box removed when I put on the racing pipes, and the torque, 90% of which is available @ 500 rpm above idle, really gets your attention if you open the throttle wide.
YMMV

One day I'm going to have to ride a RocketIII, I just need to see how the torque feels compared to my stroked harley

it has got to be awesome!



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I just don't have the bandwidth to ride more than one bike on the street. That's why I love the FJR so. It will do any kind of street riding I could ever want, all in one bike. Add in the KLX for dual-sport rides and I'm covered.

Just keeping two bikes maintained, licensed, inspected, and insured seems like too much work. Your fleet must require some serious devotion.

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I just don't have the bandwidth to ride more than one bike on the street. That's why I love the FJR so. It will do any kind of street riding I could ever want, all in one bike. Add in the KLX for dual-sport rides and I'm covered.

Just keeping two bikes maintained, licensed, inspected, and insured seems like too much work. Your fleet must require some serious devotion.

We have 5 ourself, right now only three are insured full coverage one is insured for theft / fire as it is being finished up (very slowly) it's a ton to keep up with for sure

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Thanks for the post. Now I can show the wife someone who has more bikes than me!!! She thinks I'm crazy... could be right.
Ah Ha!

I have now identified my ultimate role in life..... serving as a bad example for my buds on the owners boards..... ;-)

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I just don't have the bandwidth to ride more than one bike on the street. That's why I love the FJR so. It will do any kind of street riding I could ever want, all in one bike. Add in the KLX for dual-sport rides and I'm covered.

Just keeping two bikes maintained, licensed, inspected, and insured seems like too much work. Your fleet must require some serious devotion.
Yes, you are correct.... devotion is a good word. And, admittedly, sometimes getting 'em all in for service at appropriate intervals and shod with tires is indeed a hassle. Especially when I also have a Pathfinder for skiing & fishing duty, and two sports cars.

On the other hand, there's nothing quite like waking up in the morning and finding your worst problem of the day is figuring out what to ride up past the Flatirons / Foothills of the Rockies to 'work'.

Yet, on the other hand, I think I've previously admitted that there is indeed something wrong with me.

YMM indeed Vary

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Heli-Bar Spacer

I just installed the Heli-Bar Spacer in my `06 GT this weekend. It makes a big difference. To answer your dilemma, the nuts on the inside of the Black Plastic are lock nuts. You must use a Torx bit on the bolt end and a socket on the lock nut to break it loose. Once you take off the lock nut the bolt comes right out. If you wait until your Heli-Bar kit arrives, it comes with a complete set of instructions. Now I need to find the peg lowering kit.

Take care and good luck,
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What does this spacer do to the bar postion? A friend is looking at a GT and was asking about the adjustability of the bars.

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I just installed the Heli-Bar Spacer in my `06 GT this weekend. It makes a big difference. To answer your dilemma, the nuts on the inside of the Black Plastic are lock nuts. You must use a Torx bit on the bolt end and a socket on the lock nut to break it loose. Once you take off the lock nut the bolt comes right out. If you wait until your Heli-Bar kit arrives, it comes with a complete set of instructions. Now I need to find the peg lowering kit.

Take care and good luck,
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Thanks for the info, you are indeed correct in your instructions.

Once I received the adaptor and read the instructions, I was fairly confident when I put a wrench on the safety lock nut while holding the adjusting bolt with a torx drive. Came off without a hitch.

Installed the peg lowering units on Friday night, and rode a mellow day trip with my riding buddy on Saturday, 320 miles (just an aside - 11,000 miles on the Grey Ghost at this date). The adaptor brings the bars back so I can lean back and still guide the Ghost when I want to relax, and the lowering kit extends my legs. One caveat - plan to adjust the shift lever - YMMV. I now need specific instructions on how to lower the shift lever. Any feedback will help, as usual.

The only other revelation came when my SO asked me what else I had planned for the Ghost. I explained that I hadn't done that much, then did a mental inventory (big mistake) - Cee Bailey shield, Heli-Bar adaptor, Rick Mayer seat, peg lowering kit, 2 sets of tires, powerlock rewiring cable, clear plastic protector sheet on tank - uh oh........

Have I mentioned there's something wrong with me?

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Installed the peg lowering units on Friday night, and rode a mellow day trip with my riding buddy on Saturday, 320 miles (just an aside - 11,000 miles on the Grey Ghost at this date). The adaptor brings the bars back so I can lean back and still guide the Ghost when I want to relax, and the lowering kit extends my legs. One caveat - plan to adjust the shift lever - YMMV. I now need specific instructions on how to lower the shift lever. Any feedback will help, as usual.
I have the shifter "dialed in" with the lower kit. I played with the turnbuckle on the brake lever, but didn't see any adjustable stop like the RT's have.

Did you do anything to lower the brake? I love the peg lowering kit, have 2K on them now and they rock, but when coming down the mountains through the twisties, trail braking isn't as comfortable as it was without the kit, If I could only lower just a tad.

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I have the shifter "dialed in" with the lower kit. I played with the turnbuckle on the brake lever, but didn't see any adjustable stop like the RT's have.

Did you do anything to lower the brake? I love the peg lowering kit, have 2K on them now and they rock, but when coming down the mountains through the twisties, trail braking isn't as comfortable as it was without the kit, If I could only lower just a tad.
I'm still trying to figure out how to adjust the shift lever.

My understanding is that the brake lever is not adjustable in any way. My personal experience is that if I can drop the shift lever, I can live with the higher position of the brake lever in exchange for the additional extension afforded by the lowering kit.

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Now I need to find the peg lowering kit.

Take care and good luck,
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I'm still trying to figure out how to adjust the shift lever.

My understanding is that the brake lever is not adjustable in any way. My personal experience is that if I can drop the shift lever, I can live with the higher position of the brake lever in exchange for the additional extension afforded by the lowering kit.
Shiftlever is simple, just like most rice burners and the old airheads. Set nut on the linkage at either end and turn the shaft to raise or lower and then tighten up the set nuts.

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Does the Torx screw on the shift lever have to be loosened for this process to work?

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Does the Torx screw on the shift lever have to be loosened for this process to work?
Never mind. Just went downstairs, loosened the two set screws, turned the shaft, and Voila! Sometimes I envision some of this stuff harder than it is.......

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