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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-Jan-2017, 12:05 AM (253) Thread Starter
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Handlebar alignment & mods


Iím hoping someone may be able to help resolve an unusual problem. Back in my younger days I had surgery to stop my left shoulder dis-locating, and as a result the alignment of my left arm is slightly different to the right arm. The surgery was 30 years ago, and itís only in the past year or so this has become a problem. Unfortunately, the activity that causes most grief is long rides on my 2014 GS! The right arm is perfectly comfortable all day, but the left arm is a different story - it wants a different position, with the outside of the hand pointing more toward the ground. As it is, pressure builds on the thumb, wrist, and elbow, and the problem is getting worse.

So far Iíve tried swivelling the handlebars to a different position but this hasnít helped.

Iím wondering whether after market bars might help, but havenít found any available. Or should I try getting the standard handlebar bent, to have the left hand drop toward the ground. Is this possible and how would I go about getting the bar bent?

Any thoughts or suggestions most welcome!

Thanks in advance, Robin
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-Jan-2017, 06:01 AM (501)
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Have you tried the adjustable Rox risers..maybe if you shorten the reach with the trouble arm you can find a more comfortable position..then with the quick adjust you can rotate bars on a long ride to find that sweet spot
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-Jan-2017, 08:35 AM (607)
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Bummer. I'd try risers first. Look at these - maybe helpful?


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To bend the left side to fit your taste you will want to use a 1 1/4" tubing bender, these handlebars bend fairly easy.
The problem is that will have to remove them to make the bend and re-install to check, so it could be a little tedious, just make sure to make small adjustments at a time.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 13-Jan-2017, 07:39 PM (069) Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, really appreciate the suggestions.

Think I'll start by looking out for a second hand handlebar and play around with that in the garage.
Hadn't thought of risers but that is another option.

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