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MBL Wide risers

I just installed the MBL Wide risers that keep the same width as OEM. My arms and back feel much better, but the test will be going to Florida in May with the usual 2100miles. I am 6'1" with long arms and the 2012 was uncomfortable compared to my 88 even with my long arms.
Got the MBL Wide off e-bay from the guy that makes them.

My 88 is a very comfortable bike and didn't know why this '12 hurt me until i started checking out the handlebars and backrest positions.
Luckily or laziness to sell it, I still have my 88 to compare to this 2012 and now the distances on the handlebars are very close.

ANOTHER THING
The Utopia wasn't hitting on my back the same as the old Markland on my 88. I lowered the Utopia as far as it would go and then the bottom needed to be tilted out so it hit the lower inward curve of my back more . I unzipped the zipper for the cover and put a half a piece of pool noodle in there and that was the trick.

I bought some ADD ON brand beads to try and that 1/2" rise puts the backrest in my sweetspot even better. Messes with handlebar distance a little, but just another option on long trips.

I had Sylvania ZXE here and wasn't going to install them for a while but it was so easy to reach in there with the dash apart so they are in there now. Cut off height on low beam is still too low but it is much brighter.

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Cut off height on low beam is still too low but it is much brighter.

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I just installed the MBL Wide risers that keep the same width as OEM.

My arms and back feel much better, but the test will be going to Florida in May with the usual 2100miles. I am 6'1" with long arms and the 2012 was uncomfortable compared to my 88 even with my long arms.
Got the MBL Wide off e-bay from the guy that makes them.

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That possibly is the brand of riser that is installed on my '02.
The PO told me that he tried 4 different brands trying to find something to make the handlebars more comfortable... he is 6' 1" also.

I am 5' 11" but most of my height is in my back, dumpy legs....

I also installed the Utopia backrest, and had to make changes to how it fit before it got to the 'sweet spot'....

Now, my 1800 feels as good to me as my prior '94 and '98 1500s did.

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Thanks Dave, I will have to see if i can find those adjusters. I have the Honda manual and just hadn't looked yet.

Our 2012 Civic is the same way and i just never remember to change it until i drive it or the wife complains about it. Once i am out of the car i forgot again. Oldtimers disease.

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are there any bar adjuster options for the 1500?
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I don't remember if there are any risers for the 1500 or not. Somebody else will have to chime in on that.


Those H/L adjusters on the 1800 are easy to move with just a 12mm deep well or regular socket with an extension. No need for a ratchet at all. About the easiest thing to get to on this Wing for a change. The lowest point now (0) is what the highest point was.

The yard is a soggy mess so i won't be able to get out for over week to try out the lights.

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8800mi on it so far @36psi and less

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I still get pain in between shoulders. I think partly from having shoulder surgery. I get the pain now even off the bike. Bike just makes it worse faster.

I have the MBL wide which keeps the OEM width but the MBL standard might work better for me. Don't know. Maybe i will run into someone that has something different and can sit on their bike to compare.

If i can get a hold of Rocky to see what his cost i might try them.

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Pirelli Snow Control 3-R/F
8800mi on it so far @36psi and less

Pirelli Centurato P1 87V R/F-took off with 14.5k on it and mounted new P1. Maybe 2k more left but had small cut, so in trash.
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With the bike on center-stand and you in typical seating position, plus slouched and sitting straight up- feet on pegs and cruiser pegs?
have a friend take pics from the left and right side with phone (or conventional camera if needed)
Post those side shots here for opinions, and compare to charts found online with examples of good angles between various body parts.

Helmet weight can be a major factor after neck or shoulder surgery. Are you in a full face?
With 2 lb shorty helmet Im fine, but with the 3.5 lb full face my neck hurts- pain in arms stuff

Im trying an inflatable neck cushion that gives you some traction - for home use. Gives a nice stretch~
Be interesting to see if it will work as a support collar -between your shoulders and the helmet base- taking some load off the cervicals.
Obviously not good in the twisties where head leaning movement is critical to turning the machine,
but on the hour(s) long segments of straight freeways around here...maybe pump it up for a while- then deflate for normal riding.

Ask your Doctor if self-applied traction might be right for you to use before or after a ride,,, found online for under 20$
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I use an open face helmet full size.

I apply traction by grabbing a hold of a swingset top bar or a tree limb and hanging. That helps my lower back a lot when it acts up. Helps stretch out the whole back and legs too. It is a cheap way to get my height back and take pressure off nerves. My neck needs stretching too but hanging by my neck wouldn't turn out the best.. LOL

My bro had a neck stretcher the VA payed rent on for a while. It worked really well when i tried it one day. He didn't get to rent it very long.

I just have to keep at my exercises but hard to stay in a routine. Retirement has me too busy.
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8800mi on it so far @36psi and less

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I use an open face helmet full size.

I apply traction by grabbing a hold of a swingset top bar or a tree limb and hanging. That helps my lower back a lot when it acts up. Helps stretch out the whole back and legs too. It is a cheap way to get my height back and take pressure off nerves. My neck needs stretching too but hanging by my neck wouldn't turn out the best.. LOL

My bro had a neck stretcher the VA payed rent on for a while. It worked really well when i tried it one day. He didn't get to rent it very long.

I just have to keep at my exercises but hard to stay in a routine. Retirement has me too busy.
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