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    This kit has a brake line extension so your brake system will need to beserviced when installing this kit. Kit sells for $249.99.

    Just had these installed on the GT, work great, riding position is finally civilized !
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    Your handelbars mount differently than on my GT. Are there differences for others?

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    That is the stock photo of the ST, I will post pics for the GT

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    Ahhh, I thought so.

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    Here you go. No need for new cables. Just the extender for the front break line. The throttle cable was repositioned. Riding position is almost RT like. Finally, very comfortable.
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    Brad,

    One (or two) more questions. Did you get the brake extender from your dealer and $$$, of course. I assume the front brake needing service means it had to be bled after installation. Did you tackle the job or did the dealer do it?

    Nice, very nice looking installation! Thanks for the info.

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    Yes, the front brake was bled. Enzo from Cadre Cycles in Cincinnati does all of my bike work. The brake extender came in the kit. Call Enzo for details, he is the first person to install the kit on the GT in the US. He can also order you a kit. 513-522-7300. Make sure you tell him that Brad sent you to him. He is a BMW and Ducati certified tech. He will take the time to walk you throught the installation.

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    I would be very interested in seeing where and how the throttle cable was re-positioned for this fitment?
    Any chance of a write-up and some more pictures for us poor soles 'over the pond' in the UK.

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    This is the best I can do.
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    Brad,

    Thanks very much, this is a big help.

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    Brad,

    At the risk of being a pest, I'm also curious if/how the new bar risers have changed how the wind hits you. Your riding position is (I'd guess) more upright and a bit farther back. So does the wind at speed hit you higher, not as much, or ...? Thank you for this thread.

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    Very Good Question. Last night I rotated the bars and grips up so that the riding position was even more relaxed. I am trying to determine exactly what you have asked. I can tell so far that being farther back (by inches) I am not getting hammered like I used to get. The jury is still out. I have a 30 minute expressway ride later today and will let you know this evening.

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    The unstated assumption for my question is that the stock GT windshield is being used. Since the only other thread about using a different windshield is the interesting Ztechnik V-Stream thread, it seems obvious that the stock windshield is what's being used. Just trying to eliminate any extra variables in the mix.

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    Rick

    I am about 5'8-9". I am using the high comfort seat right now which is approx. 33.3 " high.

    The stock windscreen is directing air into my forehead, top of my visor/helmet.

    I am hoping to by the Madstad windscreen.

    Hope this helps

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    I thought of another question, before I pull the trigger and order this. Do you have the BMW tank bag installed? If so, does having the bars farther back interfere with the front mounting clips for the tank bag? If you don't have BMW tank bag, about how much clearance is there between the bars or mounts on top and the false tank center cover on the bottom? Thank you for your patience with me.

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    Rick:

    I do not have the BMW tank bag, I use a Touratech bag which is small and uses straps. There is no interferance. All I can tell you to give you the assurance you need is that I am very comfortable now and my back does not ache. I am now in a position as close to my old RT as I think I can get on this bike.

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    Thank you for all of your input. My decission has been made and I will be ordering these risers.

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    please consider ordering them through Cadre Cycles in Cincinnati: 513-522-7300. Ask for Enzo. He is an authorized dealer and installed them on my GT. He will be available on Tuesday and will take your calls if you have any difficulty during the install.

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    Bought the kit and tried to fit it!
    Moved the throttle cable OK, but tried to undo the brake line bolt at the master cylinder with a 25 torx piece and it would not move, just chewed up the inside if the bolt.

    Kit has been packed up again and returned to MV in Germany for a refund. Looks like its NOT a job for a normal owner!!!!

    I will live with the current riding position now.

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    Sam:

    I am sorry you are having difficulty. You might call Enzo at Cadre Cycles over here and he might be able to walk you through it. The risers saved the bike for me !
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    That bolt /screw takes a T-40 on my bike.

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    As seen by my many posts and questions for Brad, I have been interested in the MV bar risers for the GT. I called Cadre-Cycle on Tuesday afternoon, talked with Enzo, and ordered a set of the risers. He was very helpful, as Brad has stated. Much to my surprise, they arrived on Friday - 3 day service! WOW!!! Installed them today (Sunday). The job took about me about 2.5 hours and went smoothly. A real mechanic could do it faster than that, I'm sure. Having Brad's pictures was a hugh help. WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!! For those of us familiar with an RT seating postion, these risers come pretty darn close. Didn't get much of a ride after the installation because rain and thunderstorms arrived. We must have really upset the weather gods around here. Can't wait to get some miles on at highway speeds to see how the wind affects the ride. I'll report back after that ride occurs. These things are not cheap ($250 plus shipping), but my first impression is one great big smile!

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    Fantastic ! Glad the install went well. I am anxious to hear your impressions. I am presently debating a ride to Cleveland this week for meetings.

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    The rain has temporarily subsided, so I was able to go for a ride with my new bar risers. The riding position is more upright and farther back. I'm 5'9" and the wind used to hit me in the upper chest. Now, I get hit in the neck and chin bar of my helmet. OK when the weather is warm, but will be more of a problem when cold weather returns. Looks to me like a higher windshield will be in my future. I really do like the new riding position with the MV bar risers. Using that nifty cycle-ergo.com program with a rise and handlebar pull-back of 1.5" for the risers and my height, I go from a 12 degree forward lean to a 5 degree forward lean. It is very noticeable when riding. I'm very happy with my newest farkle!

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    Rick,
    I would love to get those risers but have a few questions that I hope you can answer.
    I am not a mechanic so do you thing my BMW dealer would actually install the risers?
    Do any of the brake, throttle, or clutch cables need to be changed due to a new length?
    I have the BMW nav iv installed and since the dealer put it on I do not believe there is much (if any) extra cable as they did a nice tight install so would that be a problem??
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    Mitchell

    please consider ordering them through Cadre Cycles in Cincinnati: 513-522-7300. Ask for Enzo. He is an authorized dealer and installed them on my GT. He will be available today until 12, back on Tuesday and will take your calls if you have any difficulty during the install. He has sold several of them and coached folks through the install process.

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    Only the brake and throttle cables need moving, the clutch is fine. The kit came with a brake line extender. It was in a clear envelope that was labeled for the GT. It seems that the GT should be specified when ordering. In Brad's pictures, this is the part that drops down from the front master cyclinder and the brake line connects to it on the bottom. No big deal to install. The throttle goes around the front of the fork tube when you get the bike. It should be rerouted to go behind the fork tube. My dealer printed out a page showing how to install a new throttle cable so I had a good idea of how to disconnect the cable at the twist grip. It took a bit of "fiddling" but came apart and went back together easily after rerouting. Then the risers were installed without a hitch. The last step was a brake bleed, since the brake line extender was installed, the brake line was "unsealed" for a short time. I have a Zumo 665 on my bike, which is similar to your BMW Nav IV. On the Zumo, there is lots of cable, so that was not an issue. Your dealer may have wound the existing cable to itself with zip ties (or something else), so you may have to undo that, but I doubt it.

    The entire job took about 2.5 hours, with some interuptions, on a Sunday afternoon. I have never been accused of being a competent mechanic and have had to trailer my bike to a dealer to fix what I screwed up on several occasions. I really don't see that a dealer would refuse to install the risers for you, if decided to go that route. Ordering the risers from your dealer may cinch the deal for them installing. Brad was very helpful in answering all of my questions about the risers and he recommended that I order from his dealer - Cadre Cycle (ask for Enzo) in Cincinatti, so I did. When the risers came (three days later!), I looked over what was needed and decided to tackle the job myself. It is a one person job, except for the brake bleed. I got by wife to help with that.

    I am very, very pleased with this addition to the GT. The change to a more upright riding position is immediately noticable and I couldn't be happier. Please continue to ask questions until you make a decission. The risers are not cheap so you want all of the info you can get.

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    I will order from your guy but you gotta know I am the worlds worst mechanic so I hope Enzo is blessed with the patients of Jobe!!
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    I have alerted Enzo
    You will be we'll taken care of

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    Rick,
    Thank you for a very comprehensive reply, I honestly appreciate your words.
    I will wait until Tuesday and first speak to my dealer to see if he will do the install. If he will I will order the risers immediately from Brad's guy. On a brand new bike that I already have lots of extra $$$$ into I really do not want to find myself with a handful of disassembled parts and leaking brake lines with not a clue as to how to proceed. I would much rather pay the dealer (or any qualified BMW mechanic in my area) and ride off into the sunset with confidence.
    I will let you and Brad know how I make out on Tuesday.
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    Thanks very much, I appreciate your help.
    It's good to have forum friends.
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    After reading Rickmoen's piece I decided to have a go and fit these risers, I had to ask the factory to send me them back!
    All went well and I had no trouble fitting the kit myself.

    I found that if you removed both front brake calipers from there mounting as if you were removing the front wheel, applied the
    front brake lever so that both sets of pads met in the middle of each caliper. Undid the brake line at the master cylinder, fitted the extension
    piece supplied with the kit and tightened the line up again. Moved the handlebars into the new mounts (after moving the trottle cable) to go behind
    the fork stansion. Again this was easy, I used a pair of focets to hold the inner cable tight so that I had enough lenght to refit it without undoing it
    from the trottle bodies in the engine.

    I now forced both sets of pistons back in the calipers, this forced the brake fiuld back up into the master cylinder, refitted the calipers and the job was
    complete. NO brake bleeding required!

    Thanks to all on the forum, it has made a real difference to my riding position, now very relaxed.

    Sam

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    What a great idea to sidestep the brake bleed! I'll certainly file that one away for some future use. Glad my post was of some help. I agree, the change in riding position is well worth the effort.

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    OK, interesting story. It is now 10:00 AM and I am sitting in the lounge of my BMW dealer. I have just been notified by the service manager that the MV risers will not fit safely on my bike due to the cables(clutch and throttle) are no longer in a safe position. Additionally I loose my mounting for the BMW Navigator IV GPS.
    They are now putting the bike back the way it was. They are returning the MV risers and I will be responsible for 3-1/2 hours of labor $$$.
    They suggest getting Heli bar risers and starting from scratch.
    I showed them the forum postings and pics showing installs and their response was "those guys are riding an unsafe bike"
    So I'm back to stock bars!
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    I am sorry to hear about this situation. Several of us have had no issues. Our bikes are perfectly safe to ride. You should not have to pay for their inability to install the MV kit. Have them call Enzo at Cadre Cycles in Cincinnati (513-522-7300) and he can walk them through the installation. It should only cost 2 hours max of time.

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    I already left there and went back to work. Maybe I should use two vacation days and ride out to Cincinnati and have your guy install them. I already have the comfort seat and have ordered the Madstad screen so all I need are some risers.
    I will seriously consider a Thursday-Saturday trip from Connecticut to Ohio after my Madstad arrives.
    What do you thin??
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    call him in advance. if you do come let me know, I will buy you dinner !

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    Last Saturday I had my BMW dealer in Tucson install the MV risers. No issues. Dealership opened at 8:30 and I was on the road returning home at 11:00. They had one body panel and the instrument cluster to replace under warranty also. The risers are so great they are beyond description. Madstad w/shield should be here sometime next week. Appointment made with Ted Porters Beemer Shop for suspension (Wilbers) on my way home from the BMWMOA rally in Salem. Last appointment is at Russell for their seat magic in August. Considering painting the luggage lids as described in another post. Then the bike will be done.

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    Has anyone just rotated the bars and gotten any additional height out of it?
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    Yes, but you will be limited by the brake line spacer. It will also put the controls in an unfamiliar position. But the trade off is the better bar position.

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    Had the MV risers put on by my dealer in Lititz, PA this weekend. They work really well. Much more comfortable riding position. Takes the pressure off of my wrists. No longer have to shake my hands out while on the road.

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    My MV risers arrived on Friday. I can't wait to get them installed this week. Did anybody decide to go with a new longer brake line as opposed to using the extender provided with the kit? My dealer mentioned that it might be a better way to go so I'm just wondering if anybody else decided to go this route?

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    If you can get the longer brake line get it, but the extender does work

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bradkap View Post
    If you can get the longer brake line get it, but the extender does work
    Thanks Brad!

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    I have an odd question, but its bothering me now. When the bars are moved back, does it make the pivot point feel odd, due to the bars being moved off the hinge center line?

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    no its still turning on the same axis
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    I went in for my break-in service today and had the MV risers installed at the same time. They work. at 5'10" my lean angle with the stock configuration was a little uncomfortable and I was putting too much weight on the grips, causing some fatigue in my hands and wrists. The risers corrected that and I feel more relaxed than before. The jury is out on the stock windshield. It's OK now with my face shield down but with the risers on there, I may get too much of a blast with the shield open. I'll give it a month and then decide whether to try the Madstad.

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    I'm thinking about the MV Risers and the new Nav 5. With the bars higher will the nav now block the view of the instruments?

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