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Handlebar fix
Written by kdskinner on 4/26/2010 at 02:34 am


On Apr 25, 2010, at 11:26 AM, stanwalton@... wrote:

> HI, I just purchased a 97 PC800 and find the handlebars a bit far for my reach
(I'm 5'9"). My feet fit comfortably on the ground when stoped, but arms are
under a bit of stress.. Are there any fixes for this problem?
>
> Thanks

Years ago I picked up a way to do a cheap set of risers here on the list. I
raises the bars about an inch and allows you to rotate the bars back about 2
inches without having to do anything to the clutch cable. I did it and have
ridden my PC for about 10 years with them done this way with no problems. I have
personally known several other PCer's that did this and it worked like a charm
for them.

What you do is pick up a set of handlebar top clamps and a set of 4 of the seat
bolts for that are for the Honda Backrest. Those bolts are longer than the ones
you already have on the present handlebar clamps. You take the handlebars out of
the existing clamps and then flip the existing bar clamps over with the cupped
sides pointing up. You then place the handlebars in the cups and put the new top
clamps over this. Put the bolts in and as you tighten adjust the handlebars back
as far as you can and still allow clearance so the bars don't hit the shelter
cover when you turn the handlebars to full stop. Check both right and left, my
bike is different probably due to the prior owner tweaking the bars at some
point. You will also have to push the metal ring that is around the key when it
is in the ignition to bend it down. Have a copy made of your key (a good time to
get at least two copies made) and file the head of the key down on each side so
it will clear the ring when you are turning the key. Some people have even gone
as far as getting a knob at Radio Shack and epoxying it onto the end of the key
(after they riveted a piece of metal on to extend the top of the key. Works good
and was under $15 bucks back when I did it.

As always, I must say that you do this at your own risk. I assume no
responsibility for this design and only offer it as a method that has worked for
others.

Doug in Kentucky
---
1989 Pacific Coast
2001 Helix

Message Thread for message #92605

stanwalton...
4/25/2010, 04:26 pm
Handlebar fix
HI, I just purchased a 97 PC800 and find the handlebars a bit far for my reach (I'm 5'9"). My feet fit comfortably on the ground when stoped, but arms are under a bit of stress.. Are there any fixes for this problem? Thanks

    gibinmich
    4/25/2010, 09:02 pm
    Handlebar fix
    Ride the bike for awhile, you'll probably get use to it. At five nine the bike should fit you just right. --- In ipcrc@yaho

    daviddockstader
    4/25/2010, 10:29 pm
    Handlebar fix
    Go back a bit in the messages and there will be a bunch of posts about adding risers. A solid block riser will bring the bars up and closer because of the fork angle. There are also risers that allow you to pivot the bars forward and back. se

    douglasvanb
    4/25/2010, 11:22 pm
    Handlebar fix
    I recently installed some risers from GenMar. I've been very happy with them. Photos of my install and links to the company's website are here: http://www.dou

    kdskinner
    4/26/2010, 02:34 am
    Handlebar fix
    On Apr 25, 2010, at 11:26 AM, stanwalton@... wrote: > HI, I just purchased a 97 PC800 and find the handlebars

    ltaylorba
    4/26/2010, 03:07 pm
    Handlebar fix
    Hi Stan, I'm 5'5" (barely) and had my handlebars raised about a year ago by a local Honda/Goldwing shop. They did a great job and it really helped. I'll have to check my records for info on the riser itself, but one thing not yet men

      stanwalton...
      4/26/2010, 04:40 pm
      Handlebar fix
      Hi Leslie, Thanks for the input.. At the moment I'm waiting on the shop manual which will have information and pictures depicting how all the pieces go together.. I think I can raise the bars myself after I secure the riser -I thi

      bdpickett
      4/26/2010, 06:48 pm
      Handlebar fix
      Hi Leslie, I had a couple spare handlebar clamp caps kicking around in my spare parts cache, and since everybody has been climbing on the riser bandwagon, I thought that I'd give it a try; after all its free and I can easily change it bac