Wednesday, 27 November 2013

CBR1000F Handlebar Conversion (Part 2)

So, welding the risers onto the top-yoke and fitting the handlebars was relatively easy.


Extending the control cables was much more convoluted. Firstly, the windscreen, nose fairing, side-panels and fuel-tank had to be removed. 



Fortunately, I was able to reuse the choke cable by simply re-routing it. However, the throttle cable was already at a stretch when I fitted the VFR750 clip-ons and so I had to make up a new throttle cable, using the hardware off the old one. This is a relatively easy process. See...






The hydraulic clutch and brake lines were also at maximum stretch before the conversion and so I needed to make up new ones. And due to the convoluted nature of the Dual Combined Braking System, I also had to make a third line to connect the left and right front brakes.



Luckily, Honda seemed to have considered the possibility that users might want to make this conversion - the wiring from the handlebar controls had additional length built in. Extending the length of these wire by wire was something I wasn't looking forward to... 



On balance, this isn't a particularly easy or cheap conversion. The cost, including the aluminium welding, the Fat Bars and Clamps and the cost of the brake and clutch lines was in the region of €250 and there was at least a day's labour involved.



Was it worth it? Time will tell, but based on the short journey I made last night, I'd say so. The new riding position can best be described as... Stately.



Part 1 of this article is... Here


CBR1000F Handlebar Conversion

CBR1000F Handlebar Conversion
New candy-red stainless steel brake-line and My-Little-Pony throttle cable.

CBR1000F Handlebar Conversion
New brake and clutch lines.

CBR1000F Handlebar Conversion

CBR1000F Handlebar Conversion

CBR1000F Handlebar Conversion
The clearance between the windscreen at full lock is tight, but with a bit of adjustment, nothing touches.

CBR1000F Handlebar Conversion

CBR1000F Handlebar Conversion

CBR1000F Handlebar Conversion



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