HeliBars for 1800 2005yr


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Hotsauce
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HeliBars for 1800 2005yr

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I just came across this item and I wanted to know if there's anything to this. All the reviews say the addition of HeliBars makes the 1800 seem 300lbs lighter with better control in low speed sharp turns. I'm a new rider and the 1800 is my 1st bike. I'm not even sure I understand the concept. Can anyone shed some light on this for me? Thanks


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Re: HeliBars for 1800 2005yr

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I do not have the Helibars - but they seem to me to be a single unit set-up of what I ended up with...

I have handlebar risers on my 1800 - I have rather longish arms and kept the risers with the standard spread (instead of the ones that rbing the handles in closer together - I tried those and it was too narrow for me to be comfortable) -
I added a Texellent bar to mount GPS, and other RAM accesories so that acts like the cross - bar -

The idea is that these stiffen the handlebars and make the bike more responsive to steering input - if I understand this correctly.

I do not know if that actually works - but I like it for me- more comfortable being up the 3/4" and the Texellent bar offers mounting options and perhaps a stiffer handlebar...

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Hello. Thank's for answering my question. That helps a lot. This is something I think I'm going to look into. Thanks again.
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Hotsauce - did you ever pursue and purchase the Helibars? I too have a 2005 and have been looking at them to help alleviate hand numbness. I don't know of anyone that's installed them to get an actual users impression, but I like what I see on the Helibar website. Thank you.
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Filterman wrote: Fri Dec 24, 2021 2:22 pm Hotsauce - did you ever pursue and purchase the Helibars? I too have a 2005 and have been looking at them to help alleviate hand numbness. I don't know of anyone that's installed them to get an actual users impression, but I like what I see on the Helibar website. Thank you.
It's been a while since Hotsauce checked in so, if it's okay, I'll jump in.

I have the Helibar setup, installed by the engineer/owner, Mr. Harry Eddy (the only upgrade on my bike that I did not install myself!). First, they will stiffen up the forks and bars, similar to the Texelent bar or a fork brace. Not their primary purpose but surely a noticeable benefit. The primary purpose is to reduce or eliminate stress on the wrists and shoulders. They move up and down, forward and backward and the angle of the grips can be changed - could be called the wheelbarrow effect. They are fairly expensive but I think you will find them beneficial. You can adjust them so your wrist is in a neutral position. You can even adjust left and right to be different if needed.

As far as making the bike lighter, I'm not so sure about that. Pretty happy with how my bike handles but I've got a couple other things going on beside this. Depending on your setup, you may have a bit more or less leverage on the forks.
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Andy - thank you for the response. My biggest issue with the current stock handlebar setup is hand numbness. I don't remember it with my 1200. To me the bike handles well, and I'm not too worried about whether or not it 'feels' lighter. That may be a benefit I'd realize and enjoy should I move forward. Like you said, expensive, but I'm willing to make that upgrade if I sense from other users that it made a difference. Nobody in our local chapter has done it. I too would have the dealership install these, don't want to risk doing something wrong and finding out at a most inopportune time. Thanks again for the feedback.
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Filterman wrote: Fri Dec 24, 2021 2:22 pm Hotsauce - did you ever pursue and purchase the Helibars? I too have a 2005 and have been looking at them to help alleviate hand numbness. I don't know of anyone that's installed them to get an actual users impression, but I like what I see on the Helibar website. Thank you.
Welcome aboard Filterman
I have had the Helibars on my 08 for 4 years now, 50,000 miles.
I have a huge improvement on my back, neck and hand pain and numbness. Well worth the outlay for them.
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Thank you newday777, I appreciate the welcome & feedback. There's an article in the latest Wing World about future motorcycle enhancements and adjustable handlebar systems are included. The article is the authors opinion, but maybe Honda is also looking at all the things he brings up. I'm going to do it as I haven't heard of one regret although it doesn't seem like many people have installed them. Those that have are very happy. Prior to joining GWDocs, I periodically looked at the website and forums casually over my 30-years of GW ownership. I guess it was time to make it official and join - there's so much content and the YouTube channel is great as well. Take care, and Happy New Year.
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I have heard the Traxxion Dymanics steering top bridge will have the same effect, has anyone tried this yet?
https://traxxion.com/product/steering-t ... -goldwing/
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Post by B.E.Coyote »

Buy once, cry once. If you can get by the initial sticker shock they are fantastic. I have problems with my throttle hand and the range of motion of the bars was able to aleve that and give me a much better seating position.

They are also much stiffer and wider depending on how you set them up making the bike easier to push into the corners if you are feeling like riding fast
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Hondadoc wrote: Sat Jan 01, 2022 7:05 am I have heard the Traxxion Dymanics steering top bridge will have the same effect, has anyone tried this yet?
https://traxxion.com/product/steering-t ... -goldwing/

Traxxion is one of the best known and widely used purveyors of GL1800 handling enhancement products and, as well as other companies, offer replacement triple trees and add-on fork braces which will stiffen the front forks and change the handling characteristics. Most are nice products and have their own threads.
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Hondadoc wrote: Sat Jan 01, 2022 7:05 am I have heard the Traxxion Dymanics steering top bridge will have the same effect, has anyone tried this yet?
https://traxxion.com/product/steering-t ... -goldwing/
I have both the Helibars and the Traxxion aluminum full triple tree
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newday777 wrote: Sat Jan 01, 2022 8:00 am
Hondadoc wrote: Sat Jan 01, 2022 7:05 am I have heard the Traxxion Dymanics steering top bridge will have the same effect, has anyone tried this yet?
https://traxxion.com/product/steering-t ... -goldwing/
I have both the Helibars and the Traxxion aluminum full triple tree
You will want both parts of the triple tree, not just the top bridge.
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Had Helibars installed on my 2012 GL1800 this past spring. Not sorry I did! Eliminated neck and shoulder discomfort and allows me to sit straighter in the saddle. No discomfort on those multiple hour rides that I experienced prior to installation. I also feel that it did help to improve the slow speed handling.
My local Honda shop did the installation for me as my time to do is limited. The shop mechanic did take the full day to do the install as he had never put them on before, but the rate was fair and they did not charge for the full day of labor. Experienced installer will take 4 to 5 hours and if you are doing yourself allow at least a full day.
If you have neck and shoulder pain when riding the bars will definitley help, once you tune in the handgrip position.
Expensive, but if you plan on keeping bike for a number of years, well worth the comfort.
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I installed the Heli-Bars on our 2001 Wing, and wrote a product evaluation that was published in Wing World Magazine in 2015. Everything I had to say about them back then holds true today, I'm very satisfied with them! The published article can be found here: https://billmcilrathmotorcyclephotojour ... -writings/.

Others have mentioned products from Traxxion-Dynamics. Their full upgrade was performed on our Wing in 2013. My product evaluation, also published in Wing World Magazine, can be found using the above link.
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RkSk12wing & wmerryall - Happy New Year! Thank you both for the feedback. Although I don't know anyone personally who's installed them, this forum has brought forth lots of users of the HeliBars and Traxxion upgrades (the latter is also something I've spent a fair amount of time researching). RkSk - you hit the issues I'm having spot on with pain areas and numbness. I have questioned if it might be medically related, but I didn't have this with my 1200. I bought my 2005 in February 2017 (perfect time to buy a new to me 1800 in OH!) and it's something I've dealt with for 4 riding years now. I'll check out wmerryall article in Wing World. Thanks to you both, HeliBars are on the docket for this spring. I'm going to have the dealer install. I've contacted the dealership outside of Cincinnati about previous installs and they've done them and told me what they'd charge.
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Put Helibars on my 2014 1800 and hadn’t realized how much “jello” was in the front end of the Goldwing until I did this. I like to practice slow speed manoeuvring and doing figure 8’s in 4 parking spots was a wrestling match until I put in the Helibars. The bike almost did the turns by itself! The adjustability took away numbness I could get on long highway rides, since I could set it to very comfortable configuration for me. I also put in a full Traxxion suspension kit that allowed me to turn off the anti-dive Honda used as a bandaid for their chronically under-sprung front end. This allowed me to have functioning suspension, again with slow speed manoeuvres, as well as excellent handling at speed. The bike was basically new and quite smooth but these additions took it to another level altogether. Icing on the cake was a front fork brace, since the Traxxion top end hardware (triple crown components) was over what I could budget. The combination of these gave the bike a nimble, precise handling more in keeping with a lighter action bike, than a half ton cruiser.
If you can afford them they will transform your comfort level as well as provide more mount points for accessories.

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I have to agree with imacfunk on the combined impact of both sets of upgrades. Makes a Wing handle like it should from the factory.
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I have a SuperBrace and new front head bearings. They tighen up looseness at the pivot point of the handlebars. I also have the HeliBars. That tightens up the flex by adding a second location further up the handlebars just below the grips for reducing flex in the handlebars. The HeliBar improvement to stiffness was very noticeable and a real improvement over just the SuperBrace and bearings.
I added the risers to my 2005. They barely made the bike a keeper - I was ready to get rid of it beforehand. Then HeliBars replaced the risers. It slightly increased the rise but it was a tremendous improvement even though only a small measurement. That's how ergonomics works.
On top of the increased stiffness and rise, I also get to play with the front/back adjustment (that wheelbarrow effect) and the rotation of the grips.


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