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cobaltc4s

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The search is on - I'm trying to fit shorter bars to my recently acquired '91 K75. It came with the standard RT high bars and I'm looking for an alternative. I have a set of RS/S bars that are just too short for me. It appears that the 'C' bars are no longer available. The part numbers are still active as a custom order but they have been back-ordered by BMW for nearly a year. This usually means 'no longer available'. Is there a BMW handlebar expert (GURU) out there that knows which parts from other bikes might be close to the 'C' style bars that will also have the 22mm bar size? I have tried all the usual sources, even Flanders has nothing close to this dimension, and we know there are issues with the 7/8" bars.

    

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charlie99

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cheezy grin whilst riding, kinda bloke ....oh the joy !!!! ...... ( brick aviator )

'86 K100 RT..#0090401 ..."Gerty" ( Gertrude Von Clickandshift ) --------O%OHandlebar GURU needed. Au-log10

'86 k100 rs.. #######..  "Fred " (f(rame) red ) ( Fredrick leichtundschnell ) - -
bits and pieces from many kind friends across the k100 world ...with many thanks ..
    

3Back to top Go down   Handlebar GURU needed. Empty Re: Handlebar GURU needed. Sun Dec 29, 2019 5:38 pm

duck

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One option would be to find some 7/8" bars with a geometry that you like and then trim the diameter down to fit the K bike throttle and clutch perches.  I bought a K100 rat bike for parts once where somebody had done that to some 7/8" Renthal handlebars in order to make them work with the K perches.


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Current stable:
86 Custom K100 (standard fairing, K75 Belly pan, Ceramic chromed engine covers, paralever)
K75 Frankenbrick (Paralever, K11 front end, hybrid ABS, K1100RS fairing, radial tires)
86 K75C Turbo w/ paralever
94 K1100RS
93 K1100LT (x2)
91 K1
93 K75S (K11 front end)
91 K75S (K1 front end)
14 Yamaha WR250R
98 Taxi Cab K1200RS
14 K1600GT
http://www.ClassicKBikes.com
    

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indian036

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The easiest way to fit 7/8 bars would be to ream (not file) the perches out to 7/8.

Only problem is that the lever/switch/throttle mounts would then be a big issue. You would also never be able to go back to BMW bars without changing the mounts and switches etc. back, which could be expensive.

Bill


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1985 K100RT  VIN 0028991  My original Very Happy   (Historic rego)
1985 K100RT  VIN 0029036  BOB the Blue Old Bike  (Historic rego)
1990 K100LT  VIN 0190452  Work in progress
1984 K100RT  VIN 0023022  Work needing lots of progress

1986 K100RT  VIN 0090542  Work needing lots and lots of progress
1993 K1100LT  VIN 0183046  Work in progress
1993 K75S  VIN 0213045  Newest toy, slightly non-original
    

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Laitch

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As Bill has indicated, reaming the switch blocks would limit their value if you decided your handlebar selection didn't make the grade. It would be better to sand a 7/8 bar until the 22mm switches and throttle tube fit onto it. I sanded through heavy chrome plating on a handlebar to fit BMW 22mm gear. It's meditative work.

Used C-bars turn up; search persistently. I've seen two for sale this year in the States and I wasn't looking for them.


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Handlebar GURU needed. Usa-lo10
    

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K75cster

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What about this mob? They seem to have a heap of Bars to chose from
http://www.sideroadcycles.com/ImportedMotorcycles/ImportHandlebars/ImportHandlebarsBMW.html


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Keith - 1987 K75c with r100rt replica fairing and half of a 1984 K100rt 1992 K1100LT a blue one

The Clever are adept at extricating themselves from situations that the wise would have avoided from the outset - QUOTE from david Hillel in Out of the Earth.
    

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brickrider2

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Check with Flanders in California.  They have a very long history of providing handle bars for everything you can think of. Actually, they are purveyors of many other m/c items as well.


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Laitch

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brickrider2 wrote:Check with Flanders in California. 
The original post indicates the Flanders site has already been searched.


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1995 K75 81,000 miles
Handlebar GURU needed. Usa-lo10
    

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brickrider2

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If there are no suitable OEM bars on fleabay or other sources and none of the 15 styles of BMW replica bars offered by Flanders is acceptable, then it seems to me the only solution is to have a shop fabricate the bars as a custom item.  That could be expensive but hey, it's only money!  
I stand by my recommendation: Flanders is a practical source for most folks.


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duck

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Another option would be to get some barbacks to use with S/RS bars.  (If you do get barbacks then make sure they're for Ks and have holes in the fronts of them so that you can move the dash pad back with the bars.)


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Current stable:
86 Custom K100 (standard fairing, K75 Belly pan, Ceramic chromed engine covers, paralever)
K75 Frankenbrick (Paralever, K11 front end, hybrid ABS, K1100RS fairing, radial tires)
86 K75C Turbo w/ paralever
94 K1100RS
93 K1100LT (x2)
91 K1
93 K75S (K11 front end)
91 K75S (K1 front end)
14 Yamaha WR250R
98 Taxi Cab K1200RS
14 K1600GT
http://www.ClassicKBikes.com
    

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