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Old 08-13-2008, 08:45 PM
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02 RS handlebar adjusts

Hi, I'm new to the forum and yes I searched, but could find and info, I didnt have a problem adjusting the pedals per the manual, but I can't figure out what it is talking about with the handlebar adjust, it seems to me that there is no movement when the allen is loosened, can anybody maybe explain it to me a little better? or maybe some pictures?
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Old 08-13-2008, 09:54 PM
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Re: 02 RS handlebar adjusts

As I understand it, starting in '02 the RS came with adjustable bars - forward or backward over a range of about an inch or so. I had no problem adjusting the bars by sliding them to the desired position and re-tightening the bolts. This image is from Max BMW's parts fiche online at: http://www.maxbmwmotorcycles.com/fic...p?mospid=47830 hope it helps.

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Re: 02 RS handlebar adjusts

actually I really dont know still, looking at the manual, i'm still missing something, on the handlebars theres a lower set of teeth with two allen nuts in it, then above that there is a set of teeth that connects the handlebars, right above the sticker that says dont tighten more than 20nm is a another allen nut they say to loosen this, but I dont understand how its supposed to move anywhere
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Re: 02 RS handlebar adjusts

Loosen the allen head bolt on the bottom, the bolt screws into the black handgrip portion on top. Once loosened enough slide the black toothed portion, which is on top, forward or backward along the elongated hole in the silver portion.

Be sure to get both sides in the same toothed groove. Make sure the grooves line up/mesh properly before retightening the allen bolt on the bottom. If not lined up/meshed properly they will loosen while riding, so test before riding.
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Re: 02 RS handlebar adjusts

Please see the attached pic... It can't be any easier. There are 6mm bolts under each bar end. Loosen them so you can move the bar end to desired position. You may need to loosen it more than might be expected to get the teeth on either side to allow you to move the bar end freely. After you have found the desired position, retighten to 20nm. Or whatever your calibrated wrist will allow.
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Re: 02 RS handlebar adjusts

Well no wonder I am having such a hard time, mine doesnt look like that, there is another piece between the the mount and the handlebar, I'll upload some pics to show you what I am talking about
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Re: 02 RS handlebar adjusts

You may have aftermarket bar backs if your's does not look like the picture.
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Re: 02 RS handlebar adjusts

from what I can tell they are adapters to raise the handlebars and move them back even more, they match the bike pretty well so I just assumed that they were stock, but they are coming off, the handlebars are way to far back for my tastes, know anybody who might want them?
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Re: 02 RS handlebar adjusts

Yep, sounds like some barbacks... I don't have them, obviously, so I can't speak to their ease of adjustment. I am sure we can figure it out with some pics...
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Re: 02 RS handlebar adjusts

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Yep, sounds like some barbacks... I don't have them, obviously, so I can't speak to their ease of adjustment. I am sure we can figure it out with some pics...

these are not adjustable, thats why I was having such a problem, but I am going to take them off now that I know they are not stock they are very high and far back for me, I like the the bars to be as far forward as possible, but I am sure there is someone out there that would probably like them
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Re: 02 RS handlebar adjusts

Are you looking to sell them? If so, how much. Do you know who makes them so I can figure out how high and how far back the set the bars. Also, do you know if you have stock cables due to your bar backs? Having the adjustability of the stock set up is nice. I am usually all the way back with the foot pegs and seat in the high position. Comfortable position and I can still use up the entire rear tire without touching parts (toes touch, don't drag my knee on the street, well, not on my K anyhow... OUCH)...

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Re: 02 RS handlebar adjusts

yeah i am, I like it much better in the most forward position, all the cabling looks to be stock, the barback is about 3/4" tall and 3" long, I dont see any writing just a MV they look like Verholen of Germany, any offers?
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Re: 02 RS handlebar adjusts

Yes, those are Verholen's... I am not sure what they are worth, lemme talk to the wife. I need executive approval in light of all my recent purchases. If someone else snatches them before I get a chance, oh well...
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Re: 02 RS handlebar adjusts

if you have a spare rear brake pedal, I'd trade for that
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Re: 02 RS handlebar adjusts

If you think this is tuff, try to put the seat in the high position!
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Re: 02 RS handlebar adjusts

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If you think this is tuff, try to put the seat in the high position!

Ain't that the truth, I'm sure I spent at least 30 minutes doing it the first time WITH the previous owners help/?? And it looks so easy too.
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Re: 02 RS handlebar adjusts

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Please see the attached pic... It can't be any easier. There are 6mm bolts under each bar end. Loosen them so you can move the bar end to desired position. You may need to loosen it more than might be expected to get the teeth on either side to allow you to move the bar end freely. After you have found the desired position, retighten to 20nm. Or whatever your calibrated wrist will allow.
I have a '04 K1200GT and the lower portion of the two piece handlebar assembly isn't elongated (the tooth portion) like the picture but rather only round enough to accommodate the top handlebar piece consequently leaving no adjustment. I would like just rotate the lower assembly so the bars come back about an inch. Is that advisable and accomplished by loosing the fork tube bolt and the pinch torx screw?
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