Adjusted Handlebars On Hyosung

Recently, someone asked me whether is there anything can be done to the GT250R / GT650R handlebars as riding in a long journey can be very tiring. I’ve then recommended him to adjust the handlebars to a higher position as that it’s what I’ve done on the first day when I got this bike.

Why on the first day? I’ve asked around and read online reviews that one may experience fatigue riding this bike. Honestly, the fatigue is mainly due to long hours on the saddle rather than the traffic condition itself. In my honest opinion, bringing up the handlebars above the triple clamp and adjusting the footrest position also improves my ergonomic significantly.

Note: If you’re looking to do a custom handlebar modification, please refer to the link below:

Hyosung Custom Windshield & Handlebar

In General, Hyosung handlebars are placed lower to the fork. It is more towards to have racing seating position. The racer leaning position transition to seem-like-touring-style benefited me significantly in ergonomic and it improves handling (in my own opinion) in slow traffic. Pillion I reckoned would be in better seating position too.

However, you’ll feel the bike is little unbalance when the wind blast on your chest, say when you’re doing about 150KM/H. If you feel such, just lean forward towards your fuel tank and it should be fine.

As for the handling in corners and hard braking, it felt just fine and I did not notice any significant difference as with the standard position handlebars. (Based on other GT250R that I’ve ride with standard handlebars)

The conversion was done by Naza Bikes Service Centre’s technician in Shah Alam and it would cost you only about RM25-RM30. If you wish to adjust your handlebars, I would highly recommend you to find a good bike technician or the service center itself as the bike handlebars are quite fragile, and yes, use caliper for the measurement. You’ve been warned 🙂

Also, you may also want to drill holes at the triple clamp from the top so that you can screw the handle bars to it once the conversion is made.  This is just to ensure the handlebars stays there firmly on a permanent basis.

Below are the images of before and after the handlebars conversion was done.

Before Conversion

*Image credited to http://ahlek76.blogspot.com

After Conversion

*Image credited to http://ahlek76.blogspot.com

Important: I would also suggest you to relocate your brake hose near to the throttle. One of my friend who did this conversion paid the price when his brake cable broke at the triple clamp. See the image below:

The solution is, once you’ve adjusted the handle above the triple clamp, you will need to relocate the brake cable somewhere near to the throttle and this will lessen the stress on the brake hose. See the image below:

Here is the video of my handlebars. As you can see, the handlebars didn’t hit the windshield.

If you have any questions, drop them at the comment box below and feel free to share this article via the social buttons.


31 Responses

  1. JrYipyip says:

    okay im done with back ache, where is the service center

  2. Hazim Habush says:

    what if i adjust the handle bar without the dogbone can i do that is safe or it will effect ?

    • Hi Hazim, sorry I don’t quite understand what you mean by dogbone? you mean the handle clips? If yes, it has to be taken off first before you can place it above the triple clamp.

      • Hazim Habush says:

        When you adjust the height there is something called dogbone to make the bike higher or lower you adjust the handle bar and dogbone located down near to chain to I have to adjust that too or just the handle bar?

      • I’ve never played around with the dogbone mount so it is just by default set up. If yours is standard set up, you can adjust the handlebars and it is safe.

      • Hazim Habush says:

        The previous owner made the bike lower he changed the dogbone n the handle bar, now I want to make it as normal do I need to change the dogbone again when I change the handle bar hight?

      • Usually a dogbone is an additional piece that is installed below your absorber to make the bike lower or higher. You can remove them and it will be back to the standard set up. Go to any of the naza specialist mechanics, they can do everything for you.

      • Hazim Habush says:

        Awesome thank you for replying it help alot

  3. jamil says:

    For better look and proper balance of the position of handlebar just switch between left and right and switch position up and down. Drill through the screw hole that hold the handle bar down the handle pad. Made new tread and use the original screw to hole the handle from the top. This will make sure the handle well balance and will stay there permenently.
    For better naked feel ride just change the side mirror with the naked one.

  4. Hilmi says:

    Hi Chris. I have already adjusted my handle bar just like you did. I did it Naza SC Shah Alam. However, after adjusting, my bike starting to wobble at the front when the speed is reaching 170km/h. I have told my friend about this and he asked me whether the mechanic use caliper when adjusting the handle bar to make sure measurement on both side is the same? Well, my answer is no. He just use his eyes only. My friend said that he should be using the caliper and when the measurement on the both side is not equal, it is the caused for my bike to wobble at high speed. Therefore, did the mechanic use caliper when adjusting your handler bar and did your bike wobble at high speed? Thanks.

  5. Hilmi says:

    Hi Chris. I have already adjusted my handle bar just like you did. I did it Naza SC Shah Alam. However, after adjusting, my bike starting to wobble at the front when the speed is reaching 170km/h. I have told my friend about this and he asked me whether the mechanic use caliper when adjusting the handle bar to make sure measurement on both side is the same? Well, my answer is no. He just use his eyes only. My friend said that he should be using the caliper and when the measurement on the both side is not equal, it is the caused for my bike to wobble at high speed. Therefore, did the mechanic use caliper when adjusting your handler bar and did your bike wobble at high speed? Thanks.

    • Hi Hilmi, Honestly the mechanic should have used caliper but when I was using GT250, my machine wobbles too at high speed. This could be due to many factor and one of the biggest is the wind. Try leaning towards the fuel tank at such speed and see? if still wobbles, get them to do with caliper.. No compromise on safety, they should know that, ATLEAST! .

  6. pratik jain says:

    Hey chrsh,

    You idea is superb, i want to customise my handlebars like you did,
    Just wanted to confirm that doing this will be safe for riding,

    I m really obsessed with the riding position of my gt250r

    Please help brother

  7. Hilmi says:

    Good day Chris. About relocating the brake hose to somewhere near throttle, will the technician at Naza SC know that he should be relocate the brake hose after adjusted the handle bars? Thanks.

    • Chris (Hyosung Rider) says:

      Hi Hilmi, they should know how to relocate them but you will need to remind them as sometimes they may just don’t bother to do it. Cheers

  8. Redz says:

    Hello Chris…

    I have just purchased the GT250r last week.

    I love everything about it and that is including the riding position of this baby.
    However, it came to hurt my back and neck since last couple of days since everyday would be a heavy traffic day for me to get to work. I am only 167cm tall
    and could really use the Adjustment like you have mentioned above.

    The question is, would this adjustment affects handling at high speed?
    What I meant is, when travelling above 130kmh, are there any extra precautions to be taken going into easy cornering or so?

    • Chris (Administrator) says:

      Hi Redz,

      Thank you for dropping by. Honestly, after adjusting the handlebars, you will feel better. There are thousands of Hyosung users in Malaysia whom have adjusted their handlebars. I have a friend who has clocked about 35000KM now and the handlebars are still intact and in a good condition.

      I personally don’t really feel the differences in terms of riding on a high speed, cornering etc. I’ve ride 13 hours to Phuket from KL with this adjusted handlebars cruising at 150-170KM/H without any problems.

      It is also advisable to check on the handlebars everyday before you ride just for safety precautions. Good Luck.

  9. Mike P Shanker says:

    Hi Chris,

    I have booked one previous week and on last Thursday the bike has arrived at the shop but the exhaust is the old one not like yours.

    Anyway what i wanted to ask you is by changing the handle bar does it have a lots of difference in ridding ergonomics ?

    • Chris (Administrator) says:

      Hi Mike,

      Sorry for the late reply. That is sad, you should have get the new specs! As for the handle bars, it has alot of difference, I just came back from riding from KL-Phuket-KL and I can tell, I never had back ache issue. This is great. Enjoy your ride bro and thanks for dropping by.

      • Mike P. Shanker says:

        Hi Chris,

        I asked the mechanic from the shop and he said that if i switch the handlebars like yours it will lower the bike. Is it true ? My height is 175cm. I am very confuse as I am very new to this. Please help me understand. Thank you bro.

        Mike P. Shanker

      • Chris (Administrator) says:

        Hi Mike,

        Lower the bike? not at all, it will just change the position of the handlebars from below the triple clamp to above of it. Your position of gripping the handle bars will be higher and you will have better position of riding it. I’m 181 CM and I can be honest, this is way better solution than getting naked version or customised version handlebars in terms of price. So think about it, do you want to spend RM 1000 or just RM 25-30? Decision is yours and the mechanic comments are interesting in this case. Anyway, there are plenty of Blade users who has done this and if you spot any of them, I would suggest that you try their bike handlebars first and see how it goes, If you like it, you may change the bars above the triple clamp. Good Luck buddy. Cheers 🙂

      • Mike P. Shanker says:

        Thank you Bro. If you happen to come down to Penang look up for me. p s h a r k 6 8 @ g m a i l . c o m

      • Chris (Administrator) says:

        Hi Mike,

        Thanks, sure will do.

      • Greg Pearce says:

        Yes it WILL lower the height of your bike in the front slightly. In order to have enough fork tube above the top triple clamp for the handlebars to mount to you will need to slide the fork tubes up through the triple clamps (or slide the triple clamps down on the fork tubes). This will also give more forward weight bias to your bike, which will actually make it slightly more responsive to cornering input. It shouldn’t be enough of a ride height difference to negatively impact you.

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