Bar raiser advise

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    Hello all, long time since I have been here, have just purchased a 2010 1200F and will receive it this weekend.
    Already I know I will be needing a bar raiser kit, I like the LSL system I have seen on the net however they list it to fit 2011 to 2014 so my question is what are the differences in the front end of 2010 and 2011, are the forks different size etc. I'll try to load a pic of my new ride here.
    Cheers to all, Chris in Brisbane AU. pic2.jpg
     
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    LSL will fit without change brake lines or cut the fairing
     
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    I bought a set of these last August when I first bought my VFR.
    They are well made and fitted the fork tops perfectly. You do have to wonder how some of the other manufacturers have the nerve to charge the prices they do. I got as far as mounting the bars on to the clamps and then changed my mind about the whole idea. Nothing to do with the quality of the clamps, they were fine. It just felt like the further that I went with the conversion, the more problems about the fit appeared.
    They refunded my money with no arguments whatsoever. Good company to deal with.
    Now that I've had the bike for a while and made a few other modifications, I'm more familiar with how the VFR comes apart and am thinking that I should have kept the clamps and had another go.
    I couldn't remember the name of the supplier so may go ahead and order up a set and fit them before the temperatures start to rise above zero!
    Still have the handlebars lying in the workshop that I had bought for the conversion.
     
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    "the more problems about the fit appeared." Could you explain further please? Thanks for the reply.
     
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    At the time, I'd just changed from a GS and they're relatively easier to work at. Must be why they're so popular to accessorize.
    A bit of rerouting of the cables from the switches and the hose banjo for the brake line needed to be turned slightly. You may have to do the same for the clutch hose as well, mine's a DCT.
    The Honda bar end weights won't fit the Renthal bars that I had bought and the Kaoko throttle lock won't fit either. Thinner wall bars might work better.
    The mount for my Garmin would have to be moved from the steering head.
    The switches have a pin that goes into the bars to hold them in place. Depending on the make of bars, you may need to drill holes to match. Did wonder if a set of Honda bars from a different model would have been better.
    Well, it was August and the sun was shining(a bit) and I was keen to get on the road. You get the picture.
    As I said, have been wondering about it again. You'll only be able to use a modest rise without longer hoses and then you may run into clearance problems with the fairing.
    You'll get around 20-30mm higher and further back. The bar angle is less 'agressive' than stock as well.
    You'll need to decide if it's worth it, although it should be noticeable in terms of ergonomics.
     
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    A bit of an update.
    I've just received an LSL kit that I'd bought from someone on a VFR Facebook page that I follow. Couldn't resist. £130 or about $150.
    Someone had tried to fit it before but it was obvious that they hadn't finished the job. The bars had no holes drilled for the switches so couldn't have been on the road. Which was were I gave up and put the stock bars back on, last August.
    Already have the stock bars removed and set them on to see the difference. It is slight but I think that I prefer the less agressive angle of them over stock. Slightly higher, too.
    So, my advice would be that if you are thinking of buying something like a new LSL kit, I would save myself some money and buy the Trick Bitz ones mentioned earlier.
    Having had both now, they are at least as well made as the LSL ones.
    Only real difference is that the LSL kit uses a tapered handlebar instead of the normal standard diameter bars.
     
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    Conversion fitted and I like the new position. Surprising how a small change feels.
    No serious re routing required and clearing ok. The brake lever touches the mirror on full lock but that would only be an issue if pushing the bike around. Flip the mirror up and it's fine. If it does become a problem, I'll think about a shorter lever.
    No clutch to worry about as it's a DCT.
    Fortunately, I'm still able to use the ram mount for my Garmin. Use the one that fixes to the steering head.
    One thing to be aware of if going for the LSL kit, is that the paint on the aluminium bars lifts easily. I used tape to mark where I needed to drill the holes and it peeled off when I removed the tape afterwards. Guessing that wouldn't happen with steel bars.
    Other thing to be aware of with aluminium bars is that the internal diameter at the ends is less than 14mm as the walls are thicker. Restricts the choice of bar end weights and throttle locks.
     
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    I rode my friend's GSXR750 and my wrists were killing me after only 5 minutes!:scooter:

    I'd go LSL since it's just plug and play, besides they turn the Viffer into a wheelie machine!!:wheelie:
     
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    I ended up getting the ones I found on ebay for 99UK, direct from their web site were 89UK. I used a set of bars I had there and they are great. Did not have to change the brake lines etc and have deleted the barn ends. Also fitted Oxford heated grips and a plug in for the nav.
     

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