I would like to raise the stock bars at least a bit to improve the standing up riding ergonomics. There are two problems.
1. The stock cables don’t have much extra
The amount of raise will be first and foremost limited by the stock cables. I haven’t yet explored rerouting options, but as stock I don’t see more than 2″ raise to be possible. From an ergonomic stand point, I would like to get at least 2″” rise.
2. The handguards will most likely hit the dash
With any noticeable rise I suspect that the handquards will no longer fit under the dash at full lock. Turning the guards downwards is not a tempting option as they are not quite level even now. For the particular handguards that I have, there is very little room to play with even in stock form.
A) Replace the hand quards with some other design that may provide more clearance. Buying sets of $100 with a trial and error approach is not really tempting. I will have to be on the look out for other riders’ solutions.
B) Go for risers that have both rise and pull back. This would most likely work, but would demand even more lenght from the cables. There is not much room for the bars to go back before the tank becomes and issue, but as the bars also will go up, it shouldn’t be a real problem.
I’ve found a couple of products that might suit my purposes, but I will wait for a while before being the guinea pig on this issue.
The good thing with these is that you can play with the amount of pull back and rise and most likely find some sort of working solution. (http://www.twistedthrottle.ca/rox-handlebar-risers-for-22mm-bars-on-select-bmw-honda-kawasaki-ktm-triumph-ducati-motorcycles)
These have a set rise and pull back, but seem an elegant enough solution. (http://www.twistedthrottle.com/sw-motech-handlebar-riser-bar-backs-top-clamps-for-motorcycles-pair-31mm-rise-22mm-pullback)
* loaned the pics from Twisted Throttle, hence the links. I have no affiliation. Unfortunately.