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I am looking for some replacements for my stock 500R handlebars. I am looking for something slightly lower and even more angled in. I was thinking that there might be another Kawi model that has the same mount as the 500R on the tree that is a bit lower/sporty.

Anyone know?

Thanks!
 

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Re: handel bar replacements (OEM)

kevlarian said:
I am looking for some replacements for my stock 500R handlebars. I am looking for something slightly lower and even more angled in. I was thinking that there might be another Kawi model that has the same mount as the 500R on the tree that is a bit lower/sporty.

Anyone know?

Thanks!
The older 600's (late 80's ZX6, I think, but it's a bit hazy right now) use the exact same bolt-up and give you the lower stance. If I can find the exact year and model I'll post up.
 

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kevlarian said:
I am looking for some replacements for my stock 500R handlebars. I am looking for something slightly lower and even more angled in. I was thinking that there might be another Kawi model that has the same mount as the 500R on the tree that is a bit lower/sporty.

Anyone know?

Thanks!
The older 600's (late 80's ZX6, I think, but it's a bit hazy right now) use the exact same bolt-up and give you the lower stance. If I can find the exact year and model I'll post up.

Yep generally speaking, if it 's a Kawasakie part and it looks the same (two bolts to the top triple ) is will fit. The only mod may be ti inside Dia. of the part that drops over the forks. A dremel will fix that.

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That is awesome guys! Let me know! What model/year... This board rocks!
 
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I've got a 90-93 zx600d top triple, give me a day to dig it out and check if the risers match. I know it's from 41mm forks which won't be a big deal. You'll need the bars from the 500, simple hex nut to remove and install. The risers are about an inch lower if memory serves.
 

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Any of the ZX-6 series from the late eighties through to the end of their production, late '90's, will fit. They're the same. It requires filing the radius off of the 600 riser where it mates with the top tree. The 600 is radiused where the 500 is straight on the plane with the two bolt holes, setting into the recess in the top tree. Bolt-on in all other respects. It will also clear the tank and gauges but just. It would be wise to add about 1/4" to 5/16" to the fork stop at the frame to prevent a pinch point at the tank, especially hard on the hands in the event of the wrong type of get-off.

The net result is about two inches lower at the bar grips. That is a result of the riser being about an inch lower but also angled downward about five degrees, netting about two inches at the grip.
 
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I've got a 90-93 zx600d top triple, give me a day to dig it out and check if the risers match.
I tried fitting the zx600d risers, no good. The handlebars don't match, the holes won't line up. That's one model you don't have to look for now.
 

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I put 250 bars on they are about an inch lower, they come very close to the tank, if you go much lower they will hit.
 

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Are you running the EX250 bars on your bike? Got a picture? Do they fit without modification?

Thanks in advance!
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I'm running Woodcraft risers/clip-ons. Love 'em. If you've got a 1st gen, the woodcrafts for the EX250 are compatible. When I sell my EX500 in the spring I'm keeping the clip-ons for use on the Ninja 250 track bike.
 

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Splash said:
Splash said:
I've got a 90-93 zx600d top triple, give me a day to dig it out and check if the risers match.
I tried fitting the zx600d risers, no good. The handlebars don't match, the holes won't line up. That's one model you don't have to look for now.
Do you have a '93 or earlier, by chance? They may not fit those, I don't know for sure, but what I posted, the xz-6 (the one with the bench seat) from about '89 until their end around '98 do fit, it's what I used, and it's what I described in my post. Mine is a '96.
 

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I put 250 bars on they are about an inch lower, they come very close to the tank, if you go much lower they will hit.
pics plz?
 

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kevlarian said:
Are you running the EX250 bars on your bike? Got a picture? Do they fit without modification?

Thanks in advance!
kev
Here's a pic sorry about the late reply busy week. They bolt on no mods required.



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You can always buy new clip-ons, or you can replace the whole deal with a single-bar handlebars (cafe bars).
I dont have the link at the ready, but quick google of universal handlebars or something similar should do the trick.
 
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Splash said:
Splash said:
I've got a 90-93 zx600d top triple, give me a day to dig it out and check if the risers match.
I tried fitting the zx600d risers, no good. The handlebars don't match, the holes won't line up. That's one model you don't have to look for now.
Do you have a '93 or earlier, by chance? They may not fit those, I don't know for sure, but what I posted, the xz-6 (the one with the bench seat) from about '89 until their end around '98 do fit, it's what I used, and it's what I described in my post. Mine is a '96.
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The 600D model was built between 90-93, it was built alongside the C and ended with the E. I don't have other bars to compare. So few were built unfortunately; the D front end was a universal replacement for those AVDS bikes and would most likely fit a EX straight on since the triple had a thinner middle part. I chucked the rest of the triple tree, it was bent beyond repair (oddly the forks were straight).
 

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I also have the Woodcraft clip-ons, they are fully adjustable and lower; they are the tops!
 

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i guess i am showing my "noobness" by saying "What are clip ons"
 

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kevlarian said:
i guess i am showing my "noobness" by saying "What are clip ons"
The stock handlebars have bolt on risers. A clip-on instead bolts around the fork tube, much like most full-blooded sport bikes.
 

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Actually, the Woodcraft sets bolt on exactly like the stockers, but the bolt countersink is milled into a slot so you can rotate them to give you the angle you desire. They will also slide in and out of their clamp to make as wide as you want. They are a little pricey; $150+. I'll see if I can post a pic later.
 
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