How to adjust your handlebars


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How to adjust your handlebars

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The GL1500 handlebars can be adjusted up or down slightly to suit personal preferences. There are a limited number of positions to which they can be adjusted - too high and they will hit the windshield at full lock, and too low and they will hit the false tank.

Other handlebar position modification techniques such as risers don't really work with the GL1500, as they interfere with the handlebar bridge and fairing, so you're pretty much limited to the built-in adjustments.

To adjust your handlebars, you will need a torque wrench - this is important! Do not try to "guess" the correct torque for this safety-critical item!

1. Remove the ignition switch cover by gently pulling up at the bottom as shown until the posts disengage from the rubber grommets. Then release the tabs at the top and remove the cover.

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2. Pull the handlebar cover free.

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3. Set a towel on the top of the false "gas tank" to protect the paint finish. Loosen the four handlebar clamp nuts a bit at a time until the handlebars become slightly loose. Once they are loose, sit on the motorcycle and adjust the handlebars to the height you desire.

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4. Using a torque wrench tighten the front handlebar clamp bolts to 18 ft-lb, then repeat the process on the rear clamp bolts. It is important that you tighten the front bolts first! Once tight, turn the handlebars all the way from one side to the other, to ensure you have clearance, that the brake or clutch reservoirs don't impact the windshield, and that nothing hits the false tank. If you have a clearance issue, loosen the bolts and re-adjust the handlebars.

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5. Replace the handlebar cover and press into place.

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6. Replace the ignition cover by inserting the front tabs into their slots, then rotating the back down into place, pushing the posts into their grommets.

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Post by punch7 »

THANK YOU, Wingadmin! That was nice of you to do that.

I recall the procedure was fairly simple (even though I didn't remember it :oops:) and I appreciate your quick answer. I also appreciate the torque spec, which is quite important and I'll follow your guidelines. Thanks again!

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Great piece, I did not know they were attached in a conventional manner. Thank you!!
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On my windshield, on the right side, is a smudged up place I just couldn't get clean. I didn't know what the heck was causing it til I was out on vacation.
My front brake fluid reservoir hits the windshield when making a sharp left turn. :roll:
When I'm able to work on the bike again, I can fix that. Got to move my cup holder too. A hard left turn and it shuts off the radio and turns the tape player on. (At least I think so. The display shows an arrow pointing to the right.)

I though my radio had quit when it first happened. Then I figured it out later.
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I liked it very much :)
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Torque the front bolts first. Now there's a handy little piece of information! I need mine lowered slightly and I'll be doing that tomorrow. I'm 5'7" but previous owner was 6'1"!
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Good to know the torque spec.
Had to lower mine, both sides were hitting my Tulsa Tall screen, got it low enough now that the brake master no longer hits, but the clutch master does touch a little. Any lower and the bar would hit the "tank".
I like the lower position though, don't feel like I am reaching so far now.
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I have a ‘96 SE. When I bought it from the dealer in 2000 I felt the bars were a bit of a stretch for me. I asked the dealer if he could adjust them for me and he said they weren’t adjustable. Now after 20 years of stretching (yes they were hitting the windshield on both sides) I finally was able to adjust them. Much more comfortable!!
Thanks for all the instruction you post here they have been a lifesaver more then once.
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I'm in a situation where I need to bring my bars closer to me by about 50mm. I realise that I will need to leave off a cover to ride but due to arthritic elbows I cannot go on as I am. Advice please.
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Spook1800 wrote: Mon Jun 07, 2021 3:29 am I'm in a situation where I need to bring my bars closer to me by about 50mm. I realise that I will need to leave off a cover to ride but due to arthritic elbows I cannot go on as I am. Advice please.
You might want to look into the various risers and setback adapters. Combined with adjustment they can get the bars back towards you. However, you might have to extend wiring, throttle cables, and brake and clutch hoses depending on how far back you need to go.

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Thank you for the information, my friend.
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Re: How to adjust your handlebars

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It's VERY tough to do on a GL1500. There are a LOT of cables, hoses and wires going to the handlebars, and if you move them much, they are going to bind up when you turn the handlebars.

You can replace hoses/cables with longer ones, and splice the wires to fit longer ones...but it's a HELL of a job, and not one I would recommend. I've done it once before, it took a really long time, and I don't think I would do it again.


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