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post #1 of 19 Old Mar 29th, 2019, 1:00 pm Thread Starter
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'14 - '19 R12XXRT. Sometimes it is impossible, to tell at a glance, readings on temp, gear selection, radio station or fuel level due to bar reflections on to gauge window readout. I have used black vinyl to cover front side of handlebars in past. Has anyone come up with anything better? Anyone masked off area to spray flat black paint (or other material) on front side of bars? Results?


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post #2 of 19 Old Mar 29th, 2019, 10:43 pm
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Re: Handlebar reflections

Depending on the angle the sun shines, may help to tint the windshield.
My handle bars are powder coated black. I think they look better than the grey
they come with, yet i don't think that would make a difference Other suggestion
would be to custom cut an old smoked helmet visor and screw it on with the two
screws up front. I have the Migsel GPS holder mounted with those two screws.
Here is a pic, so you get the idea.
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Re: Handlebar reflections

Have you tried tilting your dash to the fully down position? That worked for me . I'm 5'10"
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'14 - '19 R12XXRT. Sometimes it is impossible, to tell at a glance, readings on temp, gear selection, radio station or fuel level due to bar reflections on to gauge window readout. I have used black vinyl to cover front side of handlebars in past. Has anyone come up with anything better? Anyone masked off area to spray flat black paint (or other material) on front side of bars? Results?
Had that problem with my '15RT especially when the sun is above and to the left as I rode home from work every day. So I masked off and sprayed a couple coats of black Plasi Dip. It was an easy fix and looks great. Added risers and coated them also - has lasted 4 years with no re-coating and if I get sick of it I'll just peel it off. Also wrapped the shiny cables in black cable wrap. Now I can see everything on the dash all the time.
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Had that problem with my '15RT especially when the sun is above and to the left as I rode home from work every day. So I masked off and sprayed a couple coats of black Plasi Dip. It was an easy fix and looks great. Added risers and coated them also - has lasted 4 years with no re-coating and if I get sick of it I'll just peel it off. Also wrapped the shiny cables in black cable wrap. Now I can see everything on the dash all the time.
Good job , I like the way it looks. Didnít know Plasi Dip had spray cans.
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Had that problem with my '15RT especially when the sun is above and to the left as I rode home from work every day. So I masked off and sprayed a couple coats of black Plasi Dip. It was an easy fix and looks great. Added risers and coated them also - has lasted 4 years with no re-coating and if I get sick of it I'll just peel it off. Also wrapped the shiny cables in black cable wrap. Now I can see everything on the dash all the time.
Thanks for the "push", bought black plasi this morning with first coat drying as I type. I still have some vinyl I used on earlier '14+ RT's, but the cutting and fitting didn't always look good to me. This spray dip will be much more uniform and just as reversible as vinyl.


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Depending on the angle the sun shines, may help to tint the windshield.
My handle bars are powder coated black. I think they look better than the grey
they come with, yet i don't think that would make a difference Other suggestion
would be to custom cut an old smoked helmet visor and screw it on with the two
screws up front. I have the Migsel GPS holder mounted with those two screws.
Here is a pic, so you get the idea.
I'm referring to newer wet head models, with their handlebar reflection. The older RT's (as you show), '13 on back, had their own reflective and fade problems due to sun and heat.


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Re: Handlebar reflections

The tape you put on the 14 is still going strong, Dan.
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Re: Handlebar reflections

I've used handlebar bags for all of my bikes; they are my favorite bit of storage and block all of the handlebar reflections without interfering with my view of the cluster.

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I've used handlebar bags for all of my bikes; they are my favorite bit of storage and block all of the handlebar reflections without interfering with my view of the cluster.
Good idea however, they'd need to be so tiny as not usable on the wet head RT, it appears. Do you have pictures or recommendations?


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I did the black tape thing. I like the Plasti Dip idea.
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Re: Handlebar reflections

Never had a problem.
I just tilt the screen to a suitable angle - job done.
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Never had a problem.
I just tilt the screen to a suitable angle - job done.
This problem exist only in locations where the sun shines.


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Still need to clean up a couple of edges, but I wanted only handlebar portion (front) reflecting in read out window blackened. Otherwise I like stock finish facing me.
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This problem exist only in locations where the sun shines.

You're a cruel man!

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Still need to clean up a couple of edges, but I wanted only handlebar portion (front) reflecting in read out window blackened. Otherwise I like stock finish facing me.
Whether it needs it or not, I will leave down to the readers...But, I think what you have done there looks really nice!

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Whether it needs it or not, I will leave down to the readers...But, I think what you have done there looks really nice!
I being of John Bull stock, appreciate your take. Thank you.


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Still need to clean up a couple of edges, but I wanted only handlebar portion (front) reflecting in read out window blackened. Otherwise I like stock finish facing me.
I tried this, for some reason which I haven't figured out yet, it does not work for me.

Maybe the photon bounce off of black tape in HI whereas they don't where you live.

...after all, it hasn't really been decided yet: are photons waves or particles?
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This is the one I use on my wet head:

Handlebar Bag, Street Evo (#20890000-100) K1600 GT 20890000-100 | BMW Wunderlich America

I've been using them on both RTs and GSs for many years and they work out well. I can keep a phone, wallet, IDs etc in there without issue.

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