Handlebars closer to me.


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Handlebars closer to me.

Post by controlu » Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:53 pm



I've ridden Harley's for a long time and, because of a bum shoulder, have always gotten the "pull back" handle bars that bring the grips about 2" closer to me. It there anything like that for a '03 Goldwing? I've been poking around on sites and have found nothing. At least, nothing that I recognize.



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Re: Handlebars closer to me.

Post by aperry » Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:53 pm

MBL Innovations is what I put on my 08. Wingstuff sells Helibars, and Show Chrome, and MBL risers . I bought mine from the guy that makes them.
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Re: Handlebars closer to me.

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Re: Handlebars closer to me.

Post by GoldWingrGreg » Sat Jun 29, 2019 7:10 am

Did you ask google ... "gl1800 risers" ???

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Re: Handlebars closer to me.

Post by jspringator » Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:53 pm

I just installed Helibars on my 08. I didn't find the bars unconfortable, but after 20 minutes a nerve between my spine and my shoulder did. Installed Helibars. Problem solved.

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Re: Handlebars closer to me.

Post by Wingsconsin » Tue Jul 02, 2019 2:34 pm

I went about 12,000 miles in the OEM position -
then bought the Risers that lifted and spread the bars -- for about 12,000 miles
Then changed to the risers that lifted and stayed the same space for about 12,000 miles.
This past week I went back to OEM -- I remember the way the bike handled and drove when it was OEM -
I was fixing a problem I didn't have -- but remember fixing on the 1500 -
If this feels ok -- I will have a set of riser blocks for sale eventually
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Re: Handlebars closer to me.

Post by Asphaltmaniac » Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:13 pm

I used MBL innovations he has two sizes for the 1800.
Excellant product....And reasonably priced. :D

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Re: Handlebars closer to me.

Post by Mountain rider » Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:17 am

I ride a 2003 as well, went with the MLB risers. They sell a couple versions, "S", that raises the bars about 3/4", moves them back about 1 1/2", and brings them together about 2 1/2". The "W" version does the same thing except the bars remain at the same width. For us short guys, the "S" version seems to be the preferred ones, for the taller guys, the "W". And they're not priced out of the ball park. Good luck and ride safe.
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Re: Handlebars closer to me.

Post by tamathumper » Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:17 am

I'm using the MBL Wide version, and at 6' they are just right for me. I can settle back into the Utopia backrest and my arms aren't stretched out to reach the grips.
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Re: Handlebars closer to me.

Post by Asphaltmaniac » Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:26 am

Asphaltmaniac wrote:
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:13 pm
I used MBL innovations he has two sizes for the 1800.
Excellant product....And reasonably priced. :D
The set I have Moves the bars back 1 1/2 and bar ends in 2 1/4. I sat on the bike and had a friend with a measuring tape helped me to determine exactly where my new position would be. I'm 5 11 140 lbs my armpit to palm measurement is 26 inches. Hope this helps.

I also raised the seat height with additional padding by almost 3/4 inch. Needed my knees to sit lower and I prefer using foot pegs over any highway bars. I did this years ago long before repositioning the bars.
Hope this helps you make a decision. Remember measure twice buy once...ha! ;)

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Re: Handlebars closer to me.

Post by AZgl1800 » Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:43 pm

I suspect this is what is on my 2002.
the PO told me that he installed 4 different brands before he found one that works.

they feel good to me, but the bars are just barely close enough for me.
I ride one handed most of the time on cruise, right hand on my thigh.


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