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post #1 of 7 Old 02-24-2017, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Handlebar bolts loose

Went to lower the bars an 1" at the ends and after popping off the bolt head covers I found all 4 of the top mount bolts finger tight. Bar was not centered either, being a 1/4" to the right.

The markings in the riser showed this to be the only position the bars have been in, as no other impressions were found from the grooved band on the bar.

Glad I want to adjust them. Don't know what the torque specs are but I'm pretty sure they are more than finger tight for a 50mm deep cap head bolt that takes a 8mm allen wrench.
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I would guess the bars on your bike were never adjusted by the dealer as so many have been here. Most of us (I think) have lowered the bars. I had my dealer do it before I arrived to pick up my bike and have never had to readjust. Yes, should be more than finger tight.

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Went to lower the bars an 1" at the ends and after popping off the bolt head covers I found all 4 of the top mount bolts finger tight. Bar was not centered either, being a 1/4" to the right.

The markings in the riser showed this to be the only position the bars have been in, as no other impressions were found from the grooved band on the bar.

Glad I want to adjust them. Don't know what the torque specs are but I'm pretty sure they are more than finger tight for a 50mm deep cap head bolt that takes a 8mm allen wrench.
The torque for the handle bar bolts is 54Nm or 22 ft lbs. Tighten the front bolts first then the rears.
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Thank you for the replies .... I did not know the dealers assemble the bikes from a crate. It'd be a hoot to have a brand new motorcycle delivered to your house in a crate... "Some assembly required" ...

It's been a very lucky bike so far then as it had 3000 miles on it when I bought it from the dealer. Had to have been torqued at some point to get the impressions in the riser and I had to use tooth brush handle to pry the bar from the 4 bolt top cap.

Measured from the foot peg up to the center of the weight bolt. Now at 31 1/4" down from 32 1/4". Going to try this for awhile. The throttle will have to rotated slightly to go any further.
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I just experienced the opposite with my bars. With the desire to raise the be bars half an inch, I went to loosen the four bolts on the clamp. Doing so, the left two came right on out. The right two were boogers - so tight, that the top-right bolt sheered off. I had to purchase a new OEM riser (part #19 from Honda diagram - $45). I just had it replaced this morning at a non-Honda dealer/shop. The manager said that about 3 weeks ago another CTX1300 was in for a related riser problem. That fellow's riser had fracturing down the length of it.

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The combination of ham fisted mechanics and shoddy fasteners will get you every time. I had the same thing happen on my Interceptor. Thankfully, my CTX was okay and I adjusted the bars without incident (save for losing one of the little chrome plastic bolt caps to the tupperware Gods.).
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Ditto! When I decided to lower my bars I also found the handle bar clamp bolts not very tight as well. For my size lowering the bar 1" helped me use the mirrors better.
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