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I'm wondering who here has installed bar risers? I did buy a set of Murph Kit risers but haven't decided if I'm going to use them or not.

For those that have handlebar risers on your ninja.....pros? Cons?

To me it seems they would give me (6'0") a little more upright position as sometimes I feel like I still have a little too much weight on my wrists. But it seems like it would take away from getting my weight into it for going thru the curves.

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Don, one odd thing I've noticed.

When you see someone who has a broken clutch cable on a ninja/z 1000, there's about a 90% chance they will have risers.

I wonder if it's possible to source a longer clutch cable?

Otherwise, I'll bet it's a decent mod.
 

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Thats my other concern. While I haven't taken the stock bars off, it seems the murph risers, even tho saying no new cables needed, would make the cable (especially clutch) too tight/tense. And I sure don't want to replace all the cables for 1.5".

I'll just have to go faster so the wind holds me up better. ;)
 

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Don, wait a minute...you have a 17 with the assist slipper clutch.

That clutch is so easy to pull, it should last 200 years. Assum8ng length is good.
Thats my only concern is length.

yeah....i know...its a 10 minute install and I can change it back in a heartbeat.

Just haven't gotten there. It does bug me that the windscreen won't be able to go all the way down unless I get a different one....which I'm looking into. I would like a little more coverage in the mid/upper position. But i don't want it to look goofy.
 

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I installed Murph's Risers almost immediately after I bought my 2015. Never regretted the mod even a moment. It improved the ergonomics for me immensely. The only issue is that the clutch cable gets a little tight with the added height of the grips. But I just moved the clutch cable out of the wire basket (where all the cables and wires are routed down the handlebars) and put it behind the wire closer to the handlebars. Rerouting the clutch cable that way shortened the distance the cable had to go and slackened it just enough that the problem was solved -- 34,000 miles and many shifts later, still works perfectly.

I also changed to a National Cycle VStream Sport Touring wind screen. I works great with the risers in the middle position, which gives the best combination of wind flow and protection. It's getting a little pitted now, but I'll buy another. It's a good choice.
 

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I installed Murph's Risers almost immediately after I bought my 2015. Never regretted the mod even a moment. It improved the ergonomics for me immensely. The only issue is that the clutch cable gets a little tight with the added height of the grips. But I just moved the clutch cable out of the wire basket (where all the cables and wires are routed down the handlebars) and put it behind the wire closer to the handlebars. Rerouting the clutch cable that way shortened the distance the cable had to go and slackened it just enough that the problem was solved -- 34,000 miles and many shifts later, still works perfectly.

I also changed to a National Cycle VStream Sport Touring wind screen. I works great with the risers in the middle position, which gives the best combination of wind flow and protection. It's getting a little pitted now, but I'll buy another. It's a good choice.
I concur w/everything he just said. The Murph risers added a significant amount of comfort for my aging, beat up shoulders. Ditto for the V-Stream.
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I'm in my early 50's and suffer from idiot drunk driver syndrome. (Bad accy in my car with a drunk driver about 20 years ago - oh and to top it off....she was trying to kill herself.....thanks b*tch)

I'll throw em on! Sounds like just my kinda ride....and took care of concerns!!
 

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I just put mine on a few days ago and i bought my bike a couple weeks ago. I came from an NC700x and was comfortable with the upright seating. The N1K isnt bad but i wanted just a little more. Murphs fixed it for me. Yes, cables are tight but works.

Others have suggested or tried to shave them down bit so you can adjust the brake and clutch levers with a lower slope. If you use the Murphs, and want use the pins, the levers are just about parallel with the ground. Not bad and are manageable but i might shave them down a bit later . Some just dont use the pins.
 

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I received my Murph's risers yesterday and I installed them that afternoon. I have a 2011 Ninja 1000 with frame sliders. So to lengthen the clutch cable I had to reroute it through the right side frame slider. The brake line had to be removed from the wire clip that holds it in place. I do have Galfer lines on order. I used the pins to secure the left and right bars to the adapters. I rotated the adapters till I had the levers in the correct angle when seated on the bike. I did have to dremel the brake bracket to allow the adapter to go all the way in. Underneath the bleed nipple for the brakes. Down about 45 degrees or so. I used "removable" threadlock to fill and lock the space where the adapter slides into the mount coming up from the top triple tree. Once I am happy with the angle I am going to drill and tap a 6mm bolt through the mount from the triple tree and into the adapter inside. That will lock it in place and not allow it to rotate. Just through one side as the 10mm bolt goes all the way through the adapter.
 

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Forgot to mention, this is the height that Kawasaki should have had the bars in the first place. Much more comfortable.
 

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I can't overstate how much more comfortable it is to ride with Murph's bar risers. A week and 550 miles after I took my new 2015 home I thought I had made a mistake getting the N1K. I thought I was just too old (I'm 58 and 5' 9" with a 30" inseam, 195 lbs. before riding gear) for this riding position. A lot of the pain is because of the 7/8" bar and narrow grips. I'm coming from a Kawasaki Meanstreak with a 1.25" bar and Kuryakyn Iso grips, an extremely comfortable bike and riding position. The N1K in comparison felt like I was holding on to rebar.

When I mounted the Murph's I used a file to shave them down a bit where the parts from either the brake or clutch lever made contact. I went slowly, making numerous checks for fit. The angle of the levers is perfect (my wrist/hand/arm is in a straight line when seated) and both pins are fully seated. It probably took me close to an hour altogether because of the numerous checks for fit.

Prior to fitting the Murph's my hands and wrist were feeling a lot of pain after just half an hour of riding. After installing them I went for and hour and a half ride with no problems. I also installed Grab On foam grips. Those also add comfort, but not in the same league as the bar risers. The other thing that the bar risers did was to change my seating position enough so that the seat doesn't feel so much like I am sitting on a sawhorse. Plus, I'm not sliding into the tank every time I hit the brakes. I've never sat on a bike with such a hard, uncomfortable seat. The Murph's push you up enough that the ridges in the seat aren't always digging into your thighs. And, the neck pain that I would get after about an hour doesn't happen anymore either.

Murph's transformed the N1K into a comfortable bike. Before I put the bar risers on I thought I was going to have to trade it in on an FJR.
 

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nalla57, is that tape I see under the lever clamps ? Is the diameter not correct to properly tighten the brake and clutch lever clamps ?
 

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I got them installed. Went in pretty easily with no filing or modifying. After adjusting the angle I have no interference from the windscreen and the brake fluid housing.

Now...I just need a nice enough day to go test them out. ;)
 

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Chrispy, the tape is on the bars where the switch gear mounts (screws) on. Put on by original owner. I will investigate taking off the tape in the future. Job on weekend is to drill and tap for a securing bolt to stop any possible rotation of the adapters in the lower section. Will post photo when finished. New screen coming soon as well. Puig screen. Photos after mounting.
 

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The seat will get replaced at some point. I'm leaning towards a Seth Laam seat. In the fall I'll probably get the V Stream touring windscreen.

I'm bringing mine in for the 600 mile oil change and look over this morning. So far the bike has run flawlessly.
 

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I wish you were closer. Id let you try my v stream touring.

I have such mixed feelings about it.

Yes, it does block wind.

Yes, it sounds like you are shoving your head inside a jet engine, while riding.

It has to be cold before I consider using it. Thats with several different helmets, too. Wont even go near it if Im wearing the modular helmet.
 
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