Hunter flat bars don't work for BMW
I was adding a couple cigarette lighter sockets to the GT to charge my bluetooth headset, when I decided to try and install these flat bars (from Hunter) I picked up at Laguna Seca a couple years ago. These replace the handle bards with flatter bars that are supposed to be more ergonomic than round ones.
According to the installation instructions, I needed to saw off my handle bars. Before doing that, I decided to make sure this would work (one of my rare moments of planning). Starting with the clutch side, I removed the grip (broke the warmer wire), disassembled the clutch panel, and pulled apart the bar, and realized that these flat bars will not work on a BMW. They are for round, solid handle bars, not the assortment of parts that make up a BMW handle bar.
So, I put it back together, which was made difficult because I had pulled off all the plastic and removed the tank (I was searching for a dropped screw, which I never did find. I bought a replacement.) and had lost track of what screws went anywhere. I had never had the bike so apart before, and wasn't at a bit of a loss as to what went where. An attempt to track down my maintenance CD was fruitless (a house in transition is even more disorganized than normal). I also wasn't sure how the clutch console was supposed to be assembled.
My neighbor suggested putting back together what I knew how to do, and it would be easier to sort through the pieces that are left. I followed his advice, and when only the clutch console was left, there were only 5 screws to chose from, and I did figure out how to reassemble it.
So, my bike is ready to ride again. I plan to ride up to northern CA today. And if you're thinking about installing Hunter flat bars on your BMW, don't. It's a waste of time.
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