Photos from Thierry Gauthier's post

10 comments
  • Can I use the same cables with lower bars?

  • Yes... they will protrude forward a little bit more but nothing embarrassing... I opted for rental ultra low bars... perfect but be aware... the original handlebars have two sizes: 22 mm in the grip area, and 27,5 in the rest, so you will need shims on 4 places...

  • Thanks Joao....so the bars need to be 22mm and shimmed up where it clamps to the forks?

  • I have a Tomasselli handelbar. The cables are the same but the electricity cables had been shortened.

  • Yup... that is... if you want to keep the grips and all the other controls... ;)

  • It's the forks and the other controls that will need a shim (4 in total)... only the grip is 22..

  • I will highly recommend to replace the cables and brakeline also. The original ones are way too long. There is an OEM low handle bar kit available from a webshop in Germany for €199. I bought mine from this shop, and can recommend their services. See www.w650shop.de

    You'll find the handlebar kit on subpage "tourist", half way down on the page. Good luck with the modification

  • Thanks everyone...Mr Kawasaki didn't make it easy did he!

  • I switched my bars to a one-inch rise "Superbike" bar that I had on my '75 Z1. I rerouted the cables, with no problems (no excessive bends). Simply a matter of drilling a hole for the throttle pin. Cut off an inch from the ends of the bar. POC!

  • Exactly... There is no need to change the cables to shorter ones if you route them properly.