7. Add Handlebar Riser


Grip angle isn’t the only part of the handlebar area that can be adjusted for better rider comfort. If you own a sportbike but spend most of your time commuting or sport-touring, you may want to raise the grips a bit to take some of the load off your arms and lower back. For clip-ons, this increase in height may come in the form of a riser. If that isn’t available for your bike, some aftermarket clip-ons are made with adjustable risers, giving you the ability to fine-tune not only the grip height, but also the angle. Bikes with handlebars can add risers of various shapes to increase the bar height and relocate it closer to the rider, if so desired. Some OEM risers can be flipped around to move the handlebar forward or rearward without a trip to the aftermarket. The Honda Interceptor risers are from MotoPumps (left) and Honda Accessories (right). Possible modification of lines and cable also applies here.

  • Alexander Pityuk

    Just change damn bike 🙂

    • fastfreddie

      hehe.The rich mans solution:)

  • JWaller

    How about losing the gut? My bike always fits better whenever I’ve been working on my own personal fitness.

    • Rightwheel

      What’s wrong with having the bike fit me as I am?

  • Terry Morgan

    the rise of the handlebar grips is also important to see ahead in traffic, sitting up allows you to be seen better, too. My Ducati which is already a very low and compact bike benefited from the riser style of clip-on handlebars.

  • DickRuble

    Interesting that in the gif provided, all positions look uncomfortable. Nice and subtle infomercial for Kawasaki.

  • Diebenkorn

    “If you ride with a couple fingers covering the front brake lever – and you should…”

    No no no you shouldn’t. Why would you want two fingers to do the work of four in an emergency situation while crushing the other two still on the throttle and hindering the travel distance of the brake lever?

    • Jim Jones

      Good brakes only require two fingers.

      • Diebenkorn

        For experienced riders only. It’s irresponsible of Motorcycle.com to infer that ALL riders should adopt the practice.

        • Rightwheel

          All riders should cover the brake, and if they don’t know how they should learn quickly. I have found myself already braking before I even thought about it, which wouldn’t happen sans fingers covering the lever.

  • Jim Jones

    Windshield to tall or making to much noise? Figure out a way to tilt it back toward the rider. Less noise. Sore butt? The Air Hawk seat pad is the best.