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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-01-2019, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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Switch from Factory 47 12" to Kraus Isolated Risers (10") + FM Moto bars

Made the switch from the Factory 47 12" bars to a moto style setup. Aesthetic choice, the Factory 47 bars are an outstanding choice, very comfy, rode with them for ~2yrs/13k miles. (for reference Im 6'1", 30" inseam, and the 12" Bars put my hands just below inline with my shoulders).

Chose to attempt to keep the factory nacelle/gauge mounting to hide wiring, etc. Long term plan is full suspension, so eventually ill have to address the rats nest of wiring under the stock gauge mount, but for now it looks passable. Use braided loom to make the wiring from the bars to the nacelle look pretty. Brake lines are stock, have good movement, not tight anywhere. Unbelievably easy to pass the wiring through the short moto bars.

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Order the control clamps before you start. put me behind a day, cause i missed that note on the bars description. (Harley OEM part #45044-96A)
The braided wiring loom is impossible to find locally (at least in the south bay area, CA). order it form amz before you start. the half inch is a good size, expands to twice its size while threading the wiring through. Use heat shrink to keep the ends clean.
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OOPS,
Got trigger happy and didn't finish my thoughts.

New bar setup impressions:

Hands are closer together, but more to the point, closer to centerline of the bike. Maybe its in my head, but it feels like it transitions laterally more quickly. Great, comfortable riding position solo, haven't tried two up yet, but thats only about 10-15% of my riding. 10" riser plus the 2.5" rise in the bars themselves feels about same as previous set up. Very happy overall with the look, with the feel and the slightly different riding position. Probably better on my back, forces me to sit up a bit straighter than before when i could be lazy and hunch over. Might be all in my head too!
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This is great to know as I have the same setup ready to install I just took it one step further and ordered a front end from Big Bear which should be coming in this week before I install the whole mess my only hang up now is choosing some wheels I hear some say the carbon fiber are too light and ride rough so I'm in the process of finding some alternative setups.
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Looks great nice set up !!!!


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That Kraus gear is nice, I was going to go that route but it was too much money for my budget.

Congrats and looks great!

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This is great to know as I have the same setup ready to install I just took it one step further and ordered a front end from Big Bear which should be coming in this week before I install the whole mess my only hang up now is choosing some wheels I hear some say the carbon fiber are too light and ride rough so I'm in the process of finding some alternative setups.

So far I am really happy with the setup. Looks great (IMHO), and i was shocked at how much felt vibration there are. I would adamantly argue less felt vibration than before with the 12" F47 bars, stock clamp, rubber bushing setup vs the new solid mount setup. what ever Kraus does inside those risers to make them "isolated" works.

Curious, why the BBC front end instead of the Kraus, if your running the Kraus setup?

WRT wheels, I havent gotten that far in my planning, but i spoke to a guy on another RG, with the full Kraus setup and the BST carbon wheels. he said he loved it.

Overall, I would assume you'll be stoked with the new setup too! Good luck on the install!

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So far I am really happy with the setup. Looks great (IMHO), and i was shocked at how much felt vibration there are. I would adamantly argue less felt vibration than before with the 12" F47 bars, stock clamp, rubber bushing setup vs the new solid mount setup. what ever Kraus does inside those risers to make them "isolated" works.

Curious, why the BBC front end instead of the Kraus, if your running the Kraus setup?

WRT wheels, I havent gotten that far in my planning, but i spoke to a guy on another RG, with the full Kraus setup and the BST carbon wheels. he said he loved it.

Overall, I would assume you'll be stoked with the new setup too! Good luck on the install!
I went with BBC kit as I think it's a more complete kit plus I've done business with them before so I was comfortable with spending all that $$$ with them don't get me wrong Kraus was great to work with in fact I may end up buying my wheels from them.
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I went with BBC kit as I think it's a more complete kit plus I've done business with them before so I was comfortable with spending all that $$$ with them don't get me wrong Kraus was great to work with in fact I may end up buying my wheels from them.
Great reasons man. I to lean toward dealing with folks I have experience with. I have been waffling between the two for the forks setup myself, so I'm alway interested in hearing why someone went a certain way.

Myself, I went with the Kraus riser/bars purely because (even though its not done yet) I like the look of the gauge relocation better, it is was in stock at the local shop, so instant gratification played a small part

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Not generally my scene but I do like the instal. Looks good and I have to say its the first one of these I can find myself thinking I could see my self doing it.

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I justed installed the Factory 47 12inch on my 15 Gilde Special. Did you have any issues at all?

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