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Mine is close, and adding the approximate rise/pull of these would sem to interfere. I guess I'll find out soon. I'm at work now and UPS tracking says package delivered three hours ago to "customer woman." (That must be my wife, I think.)
 

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At full left lock with stock handlebars, the cap screw on the right "mirror mount" threaded boss on the master cylinder is only about 1/4" from touching the wind screen. Now that I have had a chance to examine the Helibars, I can see why they would not cause that same area to hit the wind screen, and I'm not terribly happy with why.

On their website it states the Helibars raise the grip 1.5" taller than stock, and 1.25" rearward. This is a fairly tiny amount, but apparently the most that could be afforded while retaining the stock cables, wires and hose. But to say that it raises the hand grip even 1.5" is misleading. The distance from the top of the clamp portion to the bottom of the handlebar is identical to stock. The only way that they can claim it raises the grip by 1.5" is because they have changed the angle of the grip. It is the stock height at the clamp, but rises to about 1.5" at the bar end weight. Not only does this not give an effective rise of 1.5" overall, but something less, it will alter the angle of the wrist to be more "palms out." How much this might change the ergonomics for better or worse I won't know until I completely install them, and hope I don't void any return with normal installation scrapes and scuffs if I do not like the bars.

I talked to them on the phone today and they said that actually my observations were completely correct, in that the entire grip is not raised 1.5" and that they do disclose the grip angle change in the installation book. I let them know that this is the type of information that needs to be disclosed on the web page, before someone orders, because 1.5" rise is pretty small, and to receive them only to find out the effective overall rise is less than that, along with altering the grip angle which is not mentioned on the web page is fairly misleading. It is information which might persuade a customer to decide not to purchase it.

I'll give them a try, but it seems like a good bit of work to achieve an advantage which is less than they claim.
 

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Finally got to go on a few short rides with these on. For reference, I'm 5'6" so I might have had more induced lean than other people with the stock bars.

So far, the position of the bars is more comfortable. Seated position is noticeably more upright. Obviously, taller people will notice this effect less than shorter people will.

A thing to note is that the bars have a sharper backwards angle than the stock bars. When I first hopped on the bike with the new bars, they felt really strange to me. However, I'll have to say that it makes the ride feel more sporty in a way. Almost like it's easier to manipulate the bars. It also seems like I can get more finger on the levers with this increased angle.
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Finally spent some quality WOT time on the CBR. The Helibars are really comfortable. The more I ride with them, the more I like them. No complaints, won't be switching back until never, when I plan on selling it.
 

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I installed both the Honda touring windscreen (from Thailand) and the Helibars yesterday. I rode for some 50 miles today and really liked the setup. The Helibars made most of the difference. It does feel strange at first. I turned 9,500 miles today. With the new windscreen on, the wind hit me at the chin. I should point out that I am 5ft 6in.
 

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One thing to warn about is, the instructions could have been written better in one area. At the very beginning, it states, "Torque all hardware to manufacturer specifications." Later, it details the process for installing the right (or left?) HeliBar first, doesn't state a torque value for the pinch bolt, then details how to install the opposite HeliBar. Only at the very end of that direction is the admonition to torque the pinch bolts to, IIRC, 14 ft-lb. But having gotten all the way through the installation instruction for the first side, with no torque stated, I resorted to using "manufacturers specification," which I took to mean Honda's, since they had not stated anything yet in the instructions heretofore. But Honda's torque, per the manual, is 20 ft-lb. I kept tightening it, and could tell by feel that I was beginning to exceed what the material could safely handle. I quit before I felt the wrench click, loosened, tried again, and halted prematurely once again. Only after reading all the way to the end of the instruction of the second bar installation did I see the 14 ft-lb spec for the HeliBars. So, if one reads logically from beginning, following step by step, and it is prefaced with the "Torque all hardware to manufacturer specifications," it is likely the pinch bolts will be over-torqued, since no other torque is mentioned until too late.
 

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Ok, so I installed the helibars yesterday and I've got the ZG Sport Touring windscreen, so heads up, Turbo! ~ The bolt on the medial side of the master cylinder comes very close to the windscreen on full lock left but I don't think it actually touches, or if it does, it's very slight. Full lock right has no contact points at all. Haven't been riding yet, was letting my grips dry on.
 

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Thanks. Sounds close! I ordered my ZG Sport Touring screen three days ago, so good to hear it. With the HeliBars, the engine kill switch just kisses the stock screen when full left lock. Almost like it was designed like that. ;)
 

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I am very close to buying the helibars. I am also like some of the posters on this board at 5 6. It seems that at 5 6 your are neither tall enough or short enough to have a stretched back. Its like my back is at a crunch. I might even fit better on a GSXR since I have to stretch my spine to be in that sporbike full riding position. I imagine if you are tall your arms are long enough to sit more straight. Imagine a back being in a c letter position. Ouch.

So guys, is this totally worth 189.00 or what?
 

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As long as you have the extra money to spend, I'd say they are. I had some left over tax-return money so the cost wasn't a big deal to me. It puts me ever so slightly more upright, and they're swept back a bit more as well which seemed to give me an easier reach to levers with my short fingers.
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I just ordered them today on ebay.
I'm not getting any younger, I dont think I can ride SS bikes without bar risers.
I use to ride a ZX9 with helibars and it helped a ton.
But with this CBR I just need a little bit more comfort not a lot like the ZX9.
 

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Did you read the part in the installation manual about the importance of making sure, before the pinch bolt is torqued, that the bars are pulled as far backward as possible when the locating bolt is resting within the notch in the triple tree? The switches will definitely touch if that advise is not followed, since there is an amount of free clearance within the triple tree notch. Mine hit the switches also until they were pulled back.
 

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I had a Honda dealership do this for me... he insisted he could not since a locating pin had to be there.

Anyway, they feel far less sporty in the curves and I will refund for that reason plus the reasons in the pics.
Yes, there is a locating "pin" (it's just a bolt,) but that pin has slop within the notch it fits into. I know what you mean about feeling the difference in "sportiness." Pushing the bar into a turn feels different, as one should expect of bars that raise and pull back, but it took only a few short rides to adapt and get used to the new feel. If I switched back, I am sure it would feel awkward all over again for a short spell. All in all, I suggest maybe you went a little knee-jerk prematurely without giving them a fair chance. But if you are happy with the stock bars, it's all good. But that begs the question, if you are happy with stock, and a bar which raises and pulls back the grips would naturally alter the leverage and feel of operating the bars, which bothers you, why did you buy them? Just asking.
 

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I have had my Helibars on for nearly 2 months now. I have them pulled back as was stated previously. When turning the bars very tight and going 2 mph or less the bar will come very close to the tank (part of my hand will come in contact with the tank). You can only turn this sharp going very very slow, like when parking.

Overall, I am very happy :) with them. I would hate to take them off and go back to stock. I just wish they had been cheaper.

Ben
 
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