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Offline DonV

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Dropping handlebars
on: July 24, 2014, 11:26:44 PM
Ever since I began riding back in 1976 I have had bikes with either clip-ons or low handlebars, and as much as I love the S1000R I have been having a hard time getting the feel of the bike, especially in tight corners, with the factory bars.

So, today I loosened the clamp and dropped the bars about 10-15 degrees, and although I haven't put many miles on this setup yet, it feels like a totally different bike. You can only go so far with the bars, as the directional switch hits the tank cover at full lock if you do. In fact, I had to grind a little off the switch, but you have to be careful, as it is hollow. The mirrors and levers are easily moved, but handlebar switches don't seem to be adjustable, but the change really doesn't screw anything up.

I REALLY like this setup. :046:
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Re: Dropping handlebars
Reply #1 on: July 25, 2014, 12:12:38 AM
Try a set of Clubman bars:




They'll get you into a clip-on position.
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Re: Dropping handlebars
Reply #2 on: July 25, 2014, 01:43:29 AM
Not crazy about the aesthetics and I think it would be an ordeal moving the BMW electronics. The S1000R bars are not ridiculously high and I think the couple of inches I gained should do it. If I wanted clip-ons I would have bought the RR
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Re: Dropping handlebars
Reply #3 on: July 25, 2014, 02:30:08 PM
Pictures........ :440:

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Re: Dropping handlebars
Reply #4 on: July 25, 2014, 04:01:50 PM
Here you go

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Re: Dropping handlebars
Reply #5 on: July 26, 2014, 03:51:33 PM
Thanks! looks good

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Re: Dropping handlebars
Reply #6 on: July 26, 2014, 04:21:41 PM
The change, for me at least, has been dramatic. The only downside is a little more weight on my hands, but it is worth it for the change in handling. Rode about 20 miles the other night and it feels much more like my K1300S and other bikes I have owned, including a Hayabusa and an R1, as that little extra weight on the bars means that when I lean into a corner, my body naturally puts pressure on the bars, which makes for a much smoother corner entry.
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Re: Dropping handlebars
Reply #7 on: November 26, 2019, 12:58:43 AM
You sir has just saved me a few hundred $$$ :152:

Ideally I'd prefer maybe a bit more back sweep but can't beat something free :D

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Re: Dropping handlebars
Reply #8 on: May 10, 2022, 07:06:04 PM
So can someone send me a video or step by step on how to drop them I donít know how to do that and would like too

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Re: Dropping handlebars
Reply #9 on: May 11, 2022, 11:22:09 AM
*Originally Posted by Marquez30 [+]
So can someone send me a video or step by step on how to drop them I donít know how to do that and would like too

Its in the first post

".... I loosened the clamp and dropped the bars about 10-15 degrees

 You can only go so far with the bars, as the directional switch hits the tank cover at full lock if you do. In fact, I had to grind a little off the switch, but you have to be careful, as it is hollow. The mirrors and levers are easily moved, but handlebar switches don't seem to be adjustable, but the change really doesn't screw anything up."


Literally loosen off the 4 clamp bolts and adjust the mirrors/switch gear to suit.