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options for a lighter handlebar mount

not even sure where to look on this one, so here is the question
(and I am sorry if it has been discussed before, but pls point me in the right direction)

I know a good atv bar will help, but more is needed to lift it up higher, plus some sort of handlebar clamp:
What have others done in mounting their handlebars and removing that great big handlebar spacer or what the oem parts call it "handlebar holder #46012 and #46012A ???

With that odd triple clamp, is anything possible while still maintaining about the same lift/rise??
I certainly do not want to go higher......in fact, lower would be better.

I Have seen this one.....pretty cool buy a good bit of that EU plus overseas shippingfor sure:
http://www.xt500.de/versys-naked.htm
http://www.xt500.de/images/versys-um...er%20Vgl_3.jpg


AND it has to be a reasonable price.....certainly less that the over $160 the stock piece costs. It sure is a heavy anchor that exists way up high.
I never thought going to a 1 1/8th inch bar would be such a challenge


discussion AND pictures would help

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Stock handlebar holder is hollow cast aluminum and is light enough... The best way is probably a low-rise handlebar with Rox pivoting handlebar riser/adapter. You can go with a tapered aluminum 1-1/8" handlebar without the cross-bar, which is stronger and transmits even less vibration, especially compared to stock steel 7/8" handlebar, and even without bar-end weights.

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Thanks for all the help Invader, I appreciate it

That EX650 Triple, that one is for the regular type forks, and the fork legs are smaller than what we use on the Versys Stock Forks I believe.

I will have to look at the Versys Triple closer. Maybe I can drill a hole to mount up some regular type handlebar clamps. So, more to come on this one.
I sure would like to get a steering damper mounted under the handlebar on my V, and I think I may be able to do that, JUST IF I can use regular-type bar mounts.

I guess most guys are pretty much satisfied with the V-Forks, triple, handlebar setup because I cannot fine much on it, except for the ones that have changed over to DRZ or KTM Forks, and maybe even the triple clamp too.

I do have the parts to do either of those conversions, but I am just not ready to jump. And I really do not want the 250mm or more travel that these forks offer. I think that about 200mm +/- max travel would work out well. And this is around the travel that the 800GS (230mm/215mm) and the Tiger 800XC (220mm/215mm) both offer I believe.

Guess I had better just sit back and think this over a bit more......
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You could also go with a 7/8" aluminum Renthal custom road handlebar with sufficent sweep, compared to MX bars.

Available in ultra low, or low, medium, and high if required for sufficient fuel tank side panels clearance.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Renthal-7-8-...90497358263%26

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Renthal-7-8-...bdb755&vxp=mtr

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Renthal-7-8-...bdb7a3&vxp=mtr

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Renthal-7-8-...41959f&vxp=mtr
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