One Piece H-D Riser Caps Fit
If you are a fan of E-Bay or Swap Meets, you can
usually find full riser sets available for less than $50
by people who have taken their OEM risers off for
different ones, or have changed handlebars and no longer
need their risers. Many Harley OEM risers come from the
factory as polished aluminum, and therefore, will not
bring a premium price on the used market, as most
customizers prefer chrome. However, most metric bikes
come from the factory with brushed or polished aluminum
triple trees, so polished Aluminum risers work equally as
well for those as chrome, and can be had for half the
cost, or less.
All Harley risers (except Springer models) use 1/2
diameter 18 thread per inch through bolts for mounting to
the tripletree, so you will have to determine if your
tripletree will accept a bolt of 1/2" diameter.
Harleys have a 3.5" bolt center measurement on their
bikes, as opposed to almost a 3.75" center on
Metrics, so if the risers you are spotting have a single
piece cap, you will have to either cock the riser inward
to fit, or split the cap in two pieces to allow it to
spread to the necessary width. Splitting the caps allows
for a better bite on the knurls of the bars, and
therefore is the recommended method of attachment.
the caps is the easy part. Just hacksaw your way
right through the middle. The fun part is
figuring out what to do with the split afterwards.
|My friend "DaCoyote"
showed me a simple trick of wrapping a small
piece of leather around the assembly after it is
installed. Works well if you like the look. You
could also attach studs to the leather or even a
concho for effect. And if you're a timekeeper,
you could even place one of those velcro sports
watches around the assembly and cover the split
and have a readily available clock to boot!
For the LC, you will need a pair of 1/2" x 2.75"
bolts to mount to the tripletree. I think 2.5 bolts will
work just as well if you can't find 2.75. (3" bolts
may bottom out and require washers for spacing at the