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Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 2:57 am
Question from a newbie with a 2012 retro model (has the old school steering damper knob).
Someone fited some ugly risers on my hack and I want to return it to original. Will any standard set of clamps do the job or will they potentially foul the steering damper?
Re: Bar clamps
Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 11:04 am
Cannot answer your specific question. But I can provide a couple photos of my 2000 650 which I believe is the same as the later models. As you can see, the height and style of the riser(s) you chose may or may not interfere.
I made an aluminum cap/plug to cover the hole in the stem where the damper rod was. Here is what it looks like now. The clock was a later addition, as was the black headlight shroud (dash).
Although you did not ask, I will make a suggestion. I would suggest that you remove the mechanical damper and install a VW hydraulic camper. Sean offers them in the Gray Market and several members have installed them. I made my own mounts based upon Sean's design and bought a VW damper. Major improvement in the rig. Slow speed maneuvers required less effort and bumps and jolts from the road coming up thru the bars was significantly reduced.