Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: East Granby, CT, USA
Verholen Bar Risers for K1200R
I had the Verholen bar risers (purchased from A&S) installed on my K1200R. They raise the bars 80 mm (3.2 inches). They look great. Only problem is that the clutch cable and brake cable are also raised 3.2", and therefore cross directly in front of the dashboard, thereby blocking the view of a good part of the speedometer, and most of the on-board computer. I was shocked. This is absolutely unacceptable, and a safety issue to boot. I can't believe I paid $385 for the bar riser kit, 2+ hours labor, and the product is basically defective. I might as well not have a speedo or trip computer.
When I went to Verholen's website for the K1200R bar risers, it turns out that the picture they have is of a K1200S with the risers, not a K1200R. (The cables and installation are very different).
I actually took my bike into A&S cycles and had them look at it, including their service manager. They agreed there was a problem, offered to work on the bike but charge me regular service rates. To me that wasn't reasonable, given that, IMO, they sold me a defective part.
Here's the solution I came up with with my dealer: If you want the Verholen bar risers for the K1200R, I would order the kit for the K1200S which comes without the cables. The kit for the K1200S costs only $225 (even better, I'd order it from the Pirate, he's got better customer svc), and comes with no cables, vs. the kit for the K1200R which costs $385 because it comes with a brake and throttle cable.
I would then take the bike to a dealer, have them install the bar risers, and then order custom cables with banjo fittings for the brake and clutch cables that aim downward, so that the cables won't cross in front of the speedo and the trip computer. According to my dealer, custom cables cost ~ $80-100 apiece (which is the extra that A&S charged for each of the two cables in the K1200R kit). In addition, a throttle cable is needed to handle the extra 3" height. So the total for the kit will run you $225 plus the cost of the three cables.
I'm waiting for my dealer to send me pictures of my bike with the cables crossed in front of the dashboard, and I'll post them when I get them. Then I'll post info when we have the new cables made.