Project KTM 390 Adventure – Handlebar Risers

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As part of changing Ratchet’s riding position from leaning forward to sitting upright I decided to raise the handlebar a couple of inches by using a pair of risers. KTM has a Powerpart called Handlebar Support (Part No. 78901939444) which did exactly what I wanted. But I couldn’t find a way to buy it online and the KTM dealer in Goa was clueless about its existence. I asked my friends on Facebook and one of them, Dhaval Mahadaria, suggested instead of figuring out how to buy the KTM part, I could get the job done with a simple cylindrical riser and a longer bolt. I said to myself, “Why the hell not” and bought a couple of 35mm diameter, two inch long aluminium bars for Rs 50 from the local metal yard.


I took them to a lathe workshop in Mapusa, got them sized to 30 mm diameter.


Then got a 10 mm hole drilled through each riser.


I paid the machinist Rs 300 for his labour and headed off to the hardware shop to buy a couple of longer bolts which cost me Rs 50 each


After spending Rs 450 and some time Ratchet’s risers were ready for fitment. I had to reroute the clutch cable to take into account the increase in distance from the clutch to the clutch lever. The other cables didn’t pose a problem as they were long enough.

This is the handlebar before I add the risers.

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And this is after.

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I’m also experimenting with a couple of aluminum spacers on top of the front fork tubes which I borrowed from a friend. The combination of the fork spacers and these handlebar risers has resulted in an upright riding position, which appears to be pretty close to what I had in mind.

Now I need to take Ratchet for a long ride to test out these mods. After all, the whole point of making these mods was to make the motorcycle enjoyable (not just bearable) on long hauls.

Project KTM 390 Adventure – Fork Spacers >>