Substitute Handlebars for GL1200


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bob lennon
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Substitute Handlebars for GL1200

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Hi, I have both a 1985 GL1200 and a 2001 GL1800.

I really like the riding position, particularly the hand position on the 1800. Not so much the hand positions from the stock handlebars on the 1200.

In fact, ulner nerve impingement is causing numbness and pain in my right hand when I ride the 1200, but not the 1800. The stock bars on the 1200 are too high (for me) and the hand position too bent-in.

So, I'm looking for bolt-on replacement bars for the 1200 which will replicate the hand position of the 1800. Please help !

I'm guessing that I can't be the first to change bars. Any suggestions.

In case you haven't ridden both, the 1800 bars are lower and more "standard," rather than 1200's that are higher and1985 chopper-ish.

Thanks in advance for all replies.



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Re: Substitute Handlebars for GL1200

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Hi, I've replaced my bars on my 84 to a much lower bar, in fact, almost a drag bar with very little modification other than a shorter brake hose from the MC to the union underneath the lower fork clamp.

The issue is tearing down to get to the handlebar clamps which was no issue other than insuring clearance; I decided to strip the entire bike down and have no fairings, bags etc.

The handlebars you'll be looking for are 7/8" diameter and there are holes drilled strategically to lock in the switch housings so they don't rotate, if the bars you choose do not have these, then you'll (and should) drill those yourself. Other than that, you can stuff excess wiring in to your fairing or other places and make sure you brake and clutch hoses are not kinked.

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Re: Substitute Handlebars for GL1200

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Wongsol,

Thanks for the answer. Encouraging.

I don't want to go as far as drag bars, just a bit more "conventional."

I'm looking for a source and hopefully someone knows a vendor and maybe even a model number.

It's good to know I've got company in the goldwing community.

bob

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Re: Substitute Handlebars for GL1200

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There are a few measurements you can take to help you narrow down your search.

Width - that is the width from end of bar to end of bar in a straight line. Perhaps you can use the stock as a model.
Rise - The is the height from the bottom of the handlebar to the top bend where your switch clamps will go.
Pullback - That is the measurement from the top bend to the tip of the end of the handlebar - sometimes this doesn't make a difference and can be specific only to the handlebar risers; you might want to disregard this measurement.

In most parts distributor books, the handlebar section will give you these measurements and you can go from there.

I would use your stock bars on the 1200 and have someone with you to take these measurements as you sit with your hands and arms in the optimal position and then go shopping for your 7/8' bars.

Be aware of the stock width of the bottom of the bar (the part that goes through the clamps on the top triple tree). I've found you cannot deviate much from that measurement without getting in to trouble with fairing and faux tank clearance.

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Re: Substitute Handlebars for GL1200

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Re: Substitute Handlebars for GL1200

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Wow,
Thanks Julimike54,
That's exactly what I was looking for. The site gives the measurements and i see a few options.
Perfect.
Have a great day.

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Re: Substitute Handlebars for GL1200

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Your welcome.......!


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