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    I have not used any thing other than the OEM bars on a Goldwing. I've owned 4 1800 wings. Current bike is 2013 Airbag.

    Thinking about some risers to move the bars back towards me. The width of the bars is fine, I grew up on dirt bikes, so a wider bar gave me better control.

    Just curious if there are some items I have not thought of? Looking at MBL products. I am open to other suggestions. Except for the 600 dollar full replacement bars. Those are not in my price range
    2013 Red Airbag 1800

  • #2
    600 bucks only buys one side.

    You might contact Rocky and see if the risers he used to make are still available. Those do allow a bit of width adjustment.

    What happens with the risers is as you move them toward you they decrease in width, That is just how it is. The riser kits raise the angle of the bars and move the angle closer together to allow you to reach them better while also increasing the angle height.

    If you require width be aware you lose width as you do angle them in to gain reach.

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    • #3
      These are my Comfort Risers.

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      What is in the Kit.

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      Life is Tough, But It's Tougher If You're Stupid: "John Wayne"

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      • #4
        I put risers on mine last year they were not Comfort Risers but they did the job for me. They give me a better riding position keeping my elbows straight down helped with some shoulder pain i was experiencing so far so good.
        2018 DCT non tour, Pearl Stallion Brown, Double Darksider #856, Live To Ride, Love my Wing, IBA Member# 63744 Yellowbird Alias Coppertone

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        • #5
          I put MBL standard risers on my 2012 Goldwing CSC Trike and they worked out great. I'd do it again on another Wing if I traded. Ordered them from Wingstuff.
          2012 Goldwing CSC Viper Trike
          Retired MSF Instructor

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          • #6
            The Rocky Risers are nice, but I didn't know about them when I put risers on my 1800. I used the ones from Kuryakyn and they worked great for me.

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            • #7
              I love the MBL risers that I put on my 2012!
              2012 Gold Wing Ultra Blue Level III
              2009 Hayabusa - Texas Mile- 206.1 MPH | Loring- 1 mile 205.49 MPH, 1.5 mile 212.27 MPH (Stock Motor-ECU Editor Tuned by Me)

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              • #8
                I wanted a set of Rocky's risers,but i was having a bit of trouble contacting him.Buddy was putting in an order with Cyclemax ,so I ended up ordering a set of Kury risers.Depending on the add you read one claims 3 position and one claims 5 positions.Anyway when I went to install them there was already a set on the bike that brought the bars back and in.Way too far in.Felt like my elbows were jambed into my ribs and my wrists were at a nasty angle.I pulled the ones off intending on installing the Kury's to bring the bars up back and out if possible.I checked over really well the ones that were on there and could not see any reason to flip them side to side.Bolted them on loose just to check everything and for me it is the perfect position.The distance back obviously didn't change,but the width for me was perfect(you wouldn't believe how much width I gained)and in the process it actually raised the bars up a fair bit.This was exactly the way I wanted them from the start,up back and out.My cables had been moved and zip tied to make up for narrowing the span ,so when I widened them I was able to put them back where they are supposed to be.

                BTW My Corbin moves me back 1 1/2 - 2 " and I have no problem reaching my backrest with the bars like this.
                Chris
                Darkside # 1602
                If I knew it would've last this long I would've taken better care of it.

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                • #9
                  Thanks for responses. I mentioned width, since I read one set of risers of MBL did not move handle bars in, the bars stayed same width.

                  I am not a big guy at 5' 7" soaking wet. Since I passed the age of 60 , it seems my arm & shoulder joints get PO'd more often. That or hitting the door of the Suburban the drunk that pulled in front of me in 2013 upset my body more than I thought

                  I Thought about trying the risers to bring the bars back some, keep the width the same if possible. Rear movement of 1.5 inches would be great on the bars.
                  2013 Red Airbag 1800

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                  • #10
                    I put the Kuryakin risers on- I like them- ditto on more comfort for shoulders and back- add Utopia backrest- however, if I'd known about Rocky's product at that time I might have tried it instead

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                    • #11
                      People have been asking me questions about the risers. what makes them different?

                      So here is the scoop.

                      The Kury/MBL/Show Chrome risers are stationary. they are simply a bolt on product. so if your wrists and shoulders need something more?. you bought the one size fits all.
                      That's not a bad thing if they work for you. We all know that everyone isn't built alike. So we need something that is adjustable.

                      The Comfort risers are the only adjustable risers out there. They move the bars back 2" Move the bars up 2" and in or out. no other brand can make this claim.

                      Moving a riser from left to right is just moving a fixed piece from one side to the other.
                      Yes it will change it's handlebar position, but it isn't adjustable. it's still stationary.

                      Some may like it that way, while others may need something else for their shoulders/wrists to be more comfortable.

                      What sets the comfort risers apart is the adjustability of being able to move the handlebars in or out depending on your shoulder comfort.
                      This in turns helps wrist position as well. because your wrist position changes as you move the bars in or out as well.

                      Being as comfortable as you can be is why we as riders seek out products that will make us comfortable for a long day ride.

                      Having more choices is a good thing for everyone.



                      Life is Tough, But It's Tougher If You're Stupid: "John Wayne"

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                      • #12
                        Believe me Rocky I did want yours and did send you a message.It just happened to work out good for me switching them.Ended up with a new set of Kury's still in the package that I can't even sell.
                        Chris
                        Darkside # 1602
                        If I knew it would've last this long I would've taken better care of it.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Fatwing View Post
                          Believe me Rocky I did want yours and did send you a message.It just happened to work out good for me switching them.Ended up with a new set of Kury's still in the package that I can't even sell.
                          Chris. no worrier here. I just wanted to clarify to others the differences between all the risers out there.

                          It doesn't matter to me what brand a guy buys. lol
                          I provide the information-what anyone does with it is there call.lol
                          Life is Tough, But It's Tougher If You're Stupid: "John Wayne"

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                          • #14
                            I'm in Rocky ! Please PM me info and I will send you dollars for the 'Comfort Risers'. I would like to pull mine back an inch and out an inch.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Rocky View Post

                              Chris. no worrier here. I just wanted to clarify to others the differences between all the risers out there.

                              It doesn't matter to me what brand a guy buys. lol
                              I provide the information-what anyone does with it is there call.lol
                              That's the stuff that makes this forum valuable. Telling it how it is, whether you like the info, or not. Some people can't accept facts, and it got a lot of people booted from another forum. I like to be presented with facts so that I can make an informed decision. Believe me, I could have been talked into a lot of products, but instead was offered facts and info, and so far am happy with what I've been able to decide based on that info. I had risers on my 2006, and the minor changes to the 2012's made them unnecessary for me.
                              Costa Mesa, CA
                              2012 RED GL1800

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                              • #16
                                My first taste of the crap that went on on the other site was actually about handlebars on the 1800.I asked if there was a cheap way to get more width out of the bars(didn't know there was no adjustment when I bought it or about risers).One of the members said that he had drilled the rear mounting holes out slightly and had gained enough width to suit him and I thought that it wasn't that bad of an idea as long as you didn't get carried away.You know-common sense.Anyways he might as well had said he removed the rear bolt altogether.He got jumped on and called a butcher by one of the other long time members and berated by a couple of others.I'm on a lot of forums and I gotta say I had never seen anything like this on any of them.The one thing I found out there is that there are more than a few members that think the 1800 is perfect the way it came and you're an idiot if you think any different.
                                Chris
                                Darkside # 1602
                                If I knew it would've last this long I would've taken better care of it.

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                                • #17
                                  Is there a web site for Rockys risers? How much and how to order?

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                                  • #18
                                    [QUOTE=Fatwing;n21426]My first taste of the crap that went on on the other site was actually about handlebars on the 1800.I asked if there was a cheap way to get more width out of the bars(didn't know there was no adjustment when I bought it or about risers).One of the members said that he had drilled the rear mounting holes out slightly and had gained enough width to suit him and I thought that it wasn't that bad of an idea as long as you didn't get carried away.You know-common sense.Anyways he might as well had said he removed the rear bolt altogether.He got jumped on and called a butcher by one of the other long time members and berated by a couple of others.I'm on a lot of forums and I gotta say I had never seen anything like this on any of them.The one thing I found out there is that there are more than a few members that think the 1800 is perfect the way it came and you're an idiot if you think any different.[/QUOT

                                    Unbelievable, heck it is my bike and I do anything to it i wish

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Rick S View Post
                                      Is there a web site for Rockys risers? How much and how to order?
                                      PM sent.
                                      Life is Tough, But It's Tougher If You're Stupid: "John Wayne"

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                                      • #20
                                        Can someone PM me Rocky's website?

                                        Thanks
                                        Gary Loos from Ohio

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