Changing handle bars


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Davig
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Changing handle bars

Post by Davig » Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:14 pm



Hi i am new to the forum and new rider. I have a gl1000 that my gramps gave me. I am looking into replacing my bars to a drag style, what are some things to look for and any advice on doing a project like this would be helpfull



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Re: Changing handle bars

Post by SnoBrdr » Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:56 pm

Davig wrote:
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:14 pm
Hi i am new to the forum and new rider. I have a gl1000 that my gramps gave me. I am looking into replacing my bars to a drag style, what are some things to look for and any advice on doing a project like this would be helpfull
7/8" bars.

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Re: Changing handle bars

Post by Fred Camper » Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:09 am

If you want to hide the wires like Honda did, then you need to modify the bars with some slots. Wire length is an issue if you want higher bars. I dropped mine and no issues with wires. The throttle and clutch cable length needs to change unless you don't mind a bunchy setup.

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Re: Changing handle bars

Post by Deacon Blues » Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:47 pm

You will need shorter clutch and throttle cables if going to flat drag bars. Motion pro custom shop is quick and reasonably priced for near OEM quality if you don’t want to make your own. Pulling the wiring through the old bars is a pain. Flat drag bars may have clearance issue with the side covers .

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Re: Changing handle bars

Post by goldwingingit » Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:43 pm

Previous posts about cable lenghts are absolutely spot on, it's something you'll have to measure carefully.

I recently bought a '78 that the previous owner put clubman bars on. They look sweet, but the PO didn't think about clearance, so there are two fat dings on both of the faux gas tank covers. I'm thinking of putting risers on, even though the damage has already been done (and I don't think it's possible to do a touch up on plastic, and I can't find 70s OEM Honda paint for the particular shade of blue this bike is).

Anyway, drag bars might make clearance if you put risers on them, or consider switching to aftermarket controls. I wouldn't, because it is a pain in the ass with wiring, and Honda controls last forever, but it is an option.

As for the riding style, it's quite comfortable in short bursts - I haven't gone long distance on it because that riding position puts strain on your back after about 45 minutes. It's really just a cosmetic change anyway, these bikes don't have the clearance for throwing it into corner that riding position. Enjoy it either way!

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Re: Changing handle bars

Post by SnoBrdr » Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:26 am

goldwingingit wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:43 pm
Previous posts about cable lenghts are absolutely spot on, it's something you'll have to measure carefully.

I recently bought a '78 that the previous owner put clubman bars on. They look sweet, but the PO didn't think about clearance, so there are two fat dings on both of the faux gas tank covers. I'm thinking of putting risers on, even though the damage has already been done (and I don't think it's possible to do a touch up on plastic, and I can't find 70s OEM Honda paint for the particular shade of blue this bike is).

Anyway, drag bars might make clearance if you put risers on them, or consider switching to aftermarket controls. I wouldn't, because it is a pain in the ass with wiring, and Honda controls last forever, but it is an option.

As for the riding style, it's quite comfortable in short bursts - I haven't gone long distance on it because that riding position puts strain on your back after about 45 minutes. It's really just a cosmetic change anyway, these bikes don't have the clearance for throwing it into corner that riding position. Enjoy it either way!
Which blue paint are you looking for?

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Re: Changing handle bars

Post by goldwingingit » Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:10 am

It's the dark blue. I tried to find it online but all the paint codes seem to point towards that aqua looking blue. I couldn't be 100% sure but that's what Google kept returning when i searched that paint code.

This is the bike



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Re: Changing handle bars

Post by SnoBrdr » Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:22 am

goldwingingit wrote:
Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:10 am
It's the dark blue. I tried to find it online but all the paint codes seem to point towards that aqua looking blue. I couldn't be 100% sure but that's what Google kept returning when i searched that paint code.

This is the bike IMG_20190212_162807.jpg
78 original color?

http://www.vmrpaints.com/honda-st.html

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Re: Changing handle bars

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Re: Changing handle bars

Post by tomk1960 » Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:49 pm

Drag bars are a significant drop, so you'll need a shorter brake line from the master cylinder to the splitter, along with shorter clutch and throttle cables. I went with lower CB1100F bars on my '78 and was able to use a stock clutch cable. The rest of the lines all had to be changed.





Venhill sells a nice kit for making your own throttle cables that's very complete with everything you'll need. There are how-to videos on YouTube that show how to shorten lines. It isn't very difficult as long as you take your time and measure carefully.

Tom

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Re: Changing handle bars

Post by Deacon Blues » Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:48 am

I just got a flat drag bar and the one I bought does clear the side panels with the stock switch gear, but just barely. It is a wide bar (33”). Most drag bars are 28” and I’m sure will interfere. The one I got was an LSL wide drag bar from revival cycle. They are expensive but they do fit.



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