April 20, 2019 at 1:22 am #4606
These are the Rox Risers I installed. They are really for Harley’s as apperently many of the v-twin type bikes have 1” bars. I didn’t love the little decorative grooves on the outside of the risers but honestly when in black they are barely noticeable. Rox Riser customer service said these are the only ones that will fit 1” bars.April 20, 2019 at 1:29 am #4607April 20, 2019 at 1:32 am #4608April 20, 2019 at 1:46 am #4609iwatchpaintdry808Participant
Awesome 👍 thanks for the post. I actually have the Vitpilen and it appears from other threads it’s an easy fix but $500 . 😖April 20, 2019 at 4:01 am #4615
I imagine with the clip on bars it’s a bit more complicated with more parts needed, hence the higher cost.
For most seat height and bar reach is not an issue. I’m short (5’ 2”) but wanted the bike so badly that I had the make some mods in order to comfortable to ride. I had a suspension shop order up a custom rear race tech spring (a bit shorter and dialed into my weight (125lbs) and had the forks adjusted with spacers so lowering front and rear was equal. I’m now able to get the tips of my toes down and will slide to one side if need to be flat footed. I disassembled the kick stand, used an angle grinder to remove about 3/4” and re welded the foot back on at original angle. A bit of paint and it all fits me well with correct lean angle when parked. I tend to like to make things my own by tweaks and mods here and there but in this case, I really needed to in order to feel comfortable for longer rides. Absolutely love the bike!April 28, 2019 at 1:05 am #4731sasstothefrassParticipant
Brian, how much did the suspension adjustments cost you? Shock, forks?
Also, I thought I’d post my handlebar things here as well, as it’s a handlebar thread and I’d like to keep the information consolidated. If I shouldn’t, someone please let me know.
So, yeah, basically our bars at the clamp are 1″ just like Harley bikes, but taper down to 7/8″ for the controls.
Kuryakyn (really popular cruiser accessories) makes a bar adapter (spacer) that allows for 1″ accessories to clamp onto 7/8″ inch bars. I thought I’d use a couple to clamp a 7/8″ bar to our 1″ clamps. My thinking was that this allows us to use any 7/8″ bars available.
I ended up getting the Renthal Raptor (607-01) bars. These gave a high rise, decent sweep, and enough room for the controls. I ended up cutting off about a 1/2″ off of each side of the bars as the width didn’t allow for the cables to be relaxed and I didn’t want to mess with cable routing.
I think they’re great so far, the position is more upright for me instead of sporty. I did drill the bars to fit the controls as they both have pegs and I didn’t want to grind the pegs off. I’ve done that before and, even with grip tape, the controls would slide around.
As a side note, Yamaha mirrors fit. I got WR250 mirrors, but they’re smaller and don’t allow for greater visibility. I find myself twisting when I use them. Shame because I think they look great.
Kuryakyn adapter (comes with one, I bought two):
Renthal Raptor bars:
Pics:April 30, 2019 at 7:30 pm #4771
Sasstothefrass, your bar setup looks great and without more tension on the cables, really looks to have worked out well. Again, while mine downtown seem to have any significant pull on the cables even at full lock one direction or the other, I still think I may make some adjustments to be sure no issues arise.
As for the custom rear spring from Race Tech, installation and installing internal spacers in the fork, all in was about $360. This lowered the seat height just a bit over 1”. Again, for me, it was something I really needed to do to feel more comfortable on the bike when coming to a stop in traffic. It did the trick!July 3, 2019 at 2:33 pm #5832gougha13Participant
Sorry to join this thread a couple months later…. My brother recently bought a Vitpilen 401 and is having back pain from the ride posture. I desperately want to help him get the correct risers to help because I can tell he’s really bummed currently that he isn’t comfortable on it.
Does anybody know the diameter of the Vitpilen 401 handlebars?
Brian – could you post the link to the Rox Risers you purchased for 1″ handlebars? I have not had any luck searching on any website for them. I only see Rox Risers for 7/8 and 1 1/8 handlebars. Thanks!July 3, 2019 at 7:56 pm #5834
These are the 2” Rox Risers I used and they are for a 1” diameter bar which is common on Harleys apparently. I didn’t care for the three little aesthetic grooves on the side but honesty when in anodized black you don’t notice them at all. So far they have worked out great for me. Well made, solid linkage and give nice adjustability (but makes for a bit tight cables , yet has work fine with my stock cables). Ordered straight from the manufacturer. Hope this helps:June 8, 2020 at 2:05 pm #29561alukbanParticipant
Based on this thread, I put the 2″ Rox risers on my bike and WOW!
It changes how the bike feels completely for me. I am 5’10” and I can now more comfortably ride standing. Regular rding while sitting is also just that much more comfortable. It is a game changer.
I think I could go on an all day ride with this setup now.
The risers really let the Svartpilen become more nimble while standing and I am can more confidently ride it in the woods trails.
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