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My new bars are just what I wanted!
Of course, they are easily adjustable forward and backward.
Hundreds of dollars less than the LSL Superbike bar kit, too!
All my modifications are easily removed, and the stock parts would cover the two mounting holes I made.
I painted my triple clamp and new eBay bar mounts to match, and the Grom bars a nice metallic charcoal.
The Honda Grom handlebars from 2016 and earlier are about two inches taller, but otherwise very similar measurements, for anyone considering doing something similar.

All opinions are welcome!
Thanks for reading.
Scott
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Here's the crazy part:
I wanted to keep the project simple, without complex handlebar clamps, risers, or plates like the LSL superbike bar kit, so I needed a handlebar that was about 4 inches tall, which along with the clamps would put the grips about 2 inches lower than stock.
I wanted to keep the bars about as narrow as the stock setup, which is about 27 inches wide.
I searched and looked and measured bars on bikes, ATVs, minibikes, and aftermarket bars on display at the world's largest motorcycle showroom (Chaparral Motorsports in San Bernardino, CA).  I really wanted a nice Renthal or Puig or similar fat bar with a 1 & 1/8" center section, but no one makes a bar with such measurements that will work, because the C14 grips and switches require 8" of mounting space on each end and the bars need to be about 4” shorter than most aftermarket bars.
The nearest I found was a Renthal 7/8' street high bar, but that was about 2" too wide, and a little too low.  The extra width made my brake and clutch lever contact the fairing on each side of the gauges, and it just felt slightly too wide and too low.
With an 8" straight section for the controls at each end, 4 & 1/4" width needed at the handlebar clamp area, and a 4" rise, the bends in the bar would need to be pretty drastic if the bar would stay narrow enough.
Here's what worked:  a stock handlebar from a 2017-2019 Honda Grom.
Yes, a handlebar from a 125cc minibike.
Hey, they're less than $20 brand new from Honda!
They even have threaded ends for bar end weights and are available in chrome.
That put my hands a couple inches lower, and an inch or two more forward.
Success!!!

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And here's how it turned out!
Those are just black plastic plugs in the now-unused stock handlebar mounting holes that are partially under the front edge of the bar clamps.
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These are the bar clamps.
2 pair, one pair slightly taller, for $30 from eBay.
I used the shorter pair, which are 29mm tall from the mounting surface to the center of the bars.
That puts about 9mm of space under the bars and above the raised center section of the triple clamp around the steering stem nut.
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Hi all.
I’m Scott here in SoCal.
Long time lurker and I’ve learned a lot!  First real post.
I’m in love with my new to me ‘08 C14!
While most C14 riders seem to want their handlebars higher and farther back, my long gorilla arms needed handlebars that were just a little lower and further forward for fun riding in the beautiful twisties I live near.
I researched and studied and researched and studied pictures and diagrams and measurements of bars, clamps, and my stock upper triple clamp.
To keep things simple and clean, I used a very simple handlebar clamp that uses M8 x 1.25 bolts to clamp the bars, because I planned to use extended M8 bolts all the way through the clamps, into the aft handlebar mounts holes in the triple clamp.
Those M8 bolts, along with M12 bolts up through the triple clamp (which I drilled holes for), secure each bar clamp to the stock C14 triple clamp. My generic clamps, I believe, were meant for a dirt bike from years ago.  I found them by browsing eBay.  Their pictures caught my attention.
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Shinko 016 Verge 2X Radials!
I was impressed by the Shinkos I tried on my 1800 Goldwing, so I thought I’d give these a try on my new to me ‘08 C14.
I’m impressed again!
I live near some very nice curves, and I’ve leaned all the way to  the edge of the tires, front and rear, with no surprises.
I used a 55 profile rear, and the excessive inside handlebar pressure to maintain lean in a turn disappeared, too!
I saved about a hundred dollars or more over big name tires, too.

Scott
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The Bike - C14/GTR 1400 / Re: Front Won't Build Pressure
« Last post by Rubber_Snake on Yesterday at 08:17:43 pm »
If there is a leak somewhere, shouldn’t there be fluid present?  I’m not a mechanic, and I wish I had the answer for you, but if there is a leak, there definitely should be an area where the fluid is escaping from.  Does the fluid level in the MC drop over time?  I know you just ordered a used set of calipers, but if the originals aren’t leaking, then they shouldn’t be the problem.  Just my 2 cents. (which has an actual value of 1.5)

P.S.  I keep hoping that every time I see an update to this thread, it is you declaring your success, so don’t give up!  We’re rooting for ya!
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The Bike - C14/GTR 1400 / Re: Front Won't Build Pressure
« Last post by okrider on Yesterday at 04:44:57 pm »
Just ordered a used set of calipers from Florida, hopefully they'll come in soon
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Open Forum / Re: Corona virus.... the gift that keeps on giving
« Last post by B.D.F. on Yesterday at 03:06:24 pm »
It is not legal for the fed. gummit to shut down 'travel', and I do not believe we will see anything like that on the federal level. If we do, it will be followed by lawsuits and end up in the Supreme Court. Travel is a constitutional right and as such, is extremely touchy to try and control or stop.

We may see some quarantining on a state level though that is not legal either (same reason). That said, we have seen it before during the more extreme over- reactions to the Ebola "outbreak" that happen a few years back. The governor of NJ tried to prevent the travel of a disease- free citizen but was so clumsy about it that she simply drove out of NJ and back to ME. And as we know now, there were exactly zero deaths from Ebola transmitted to someone while in the US. As they say, nothing exceeds like excess :-)

Just to be clear, COVID is very, very different than Ebola; COVID is fairly easy to spread but has a relatively low mortality rate. Ebola is much less easily transferred but has an astonishingly high mortality rate. The same behavior / attitudes cannot be used for those two different viruses, or at least certainly should not be used interchangeably.

Brian

Quite a few reports of New Yorkers leaving New York and possibly taking Covid-19 with them.  The only way to contain this is to do what the Chinese did and shut the cities off.  They'll be more hot spots developing for sure now.  Saw a FL licensed vehicle across the street and I know damn well it wasn't there a few days ago.  It's either coming back from NY or escaping FL. 


I really don't blame these people for leaving but it's going to make this last a lot longer than Easter.
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Open Forum / Re: Corona virus.... the gift that keeps on giving
« Last post by blue14 on Yesterday at 02:54:44 pm »
Quite a few reports of New Yorkers leaving New York and possibly taking Covid-19 with them.  The only way to contain this is to do what the Chinese did and shut the cities off.  They'll be more hot spots developing for sure now.  Saw a FL licensed vehicle across the street and I know damn well it wasn't there a few days ago.  It's either coming back from NY or escaping FL. 

Those are known as HALF BACKS....
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