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My CBR125R has a handlebar width of 700mm. I keep it in a shed behind a doorway that is 730mm wide. I cant change it and its quite deep so wiggling is difficult. However I have 30mm of clearance so its all good.

My next bike will be a CBR500R which has a handlebar width of 750mm. How can I loose 20mm?

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Decreasing the width of the handle bars is easy , just replace the rather large bar-end weights with shorter ones . But as , previously mentioned , that might not be the issue because you have still got to get the mirrors , indicators AND that whacking great exhaust silencer through the gap . Scrape scrape crunch crunch . Move house .

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My CBR125R has a handlebar width of 700mm. I keep it in a shed behind a doorway that is 730mm wide. I cant change it and its quite deep so wiggling is difficult. However I have 30mm of clearance so its all good.

My next bike will be a CBR500R which has a handlebar width of 750mm. How can I loose 20mm?

 

How do you know for sure that 750mm is measured at the handle bars ? I can't find any evidence for this even from Honda.

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Go to a dealership and measure it yourself.


Specs say bike width is 740mm and and this is usually the overal width including mirrors. I found one face on image and in that the mirrors definitely looked a little wider than the bars.

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How do you know for sure that 750mm is measured at the handle bars ? I can't find any evidence for this even from Honda.
My 125's widest point is the handlebars, so I figure the the 500 would have similar proportions.

buy a narrower bike
Cool! What motorcycle in that class is narrower than a CBR500R?

widen the doorway of shed

knock the shed down and build a proper storage facility

When I said shed I was being architecturally simplistic. Its a brick opening with a hardwood doorway. Neither the brick of the frame are negotiable.

buy a narrower handle bar set up
COOL! :cheers: That's what I thought. How do I do that? I might be able to find 30-40mm by changing to really short bar ends.
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How do you know for sure that 750mm is measured at the handle bars ? I can't find any evidence for this even from Honda.
My 125's widest point is the handlebars, so I figure the the 500 would have similar proportions.

buy a narrower bike
Cool! What motorcycle in that class is narrower than a CBR500R?

widen the doorway of shed

knock the shed down and build a proper storage facility

When I said shed I was being architecturally simplistic. Its a brick opening with a hardwood doorway. Neither the brick of the frame are negotiable.

buy a narrower handle bar set up
COOL! :cheers: That's what I thought. How do I do that? I might be able to find 30-40mm by changing to really short bar ends.

Here we go , settled, the widest part is the mirrors followed closely by the bars and the exhaust.

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So if you lose the bar-ends and ditch the can all that leaves is the mirrors. Something off another bike might fit but you will get a good view of your elbows . Here's the easy bit 😁

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Here we go , settled, the widest part is the mirrors followed closely by the bars and the exhaust.
Thank you. Well the exhaust is only one side and the mirrors fold up so........ handlebars :D
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Here we go , settled, the widest part is the mirrors followed closely by the bars and the exhaust.
Thank you. Well the exhaust is only one side and the mirrors fold up so........ handlebars :D

 

We'll not necessarily, if the measurement of the widest point is the mirrors then perhaps you would just about get the bars through the gap . You could sacrifice the bar ends by just allowing them to scrape the wall and you could fit some posh ones for special occasions.

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If you turn the handlebars and lean the bike a little just as you go through the door frame you will probably get away with a few more inches.... Imagine taking a Pushbike through a gap?

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Actually I have exactly this problem getting my bike through the side gate. I have to manoeuvre it, turning the handlebars and leaning the bike first one way and then the other as I work it through. It becomes easy with a bit of practice, though, and I reckon you’ll be fine.

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Don't swap you bike for a BMW or a Triumph Rocket - You'll never get any of those in!


Anyhoo - swap can for a 'fishtail' - Throw mirrors (not required) - Fit clip-ons (you will have to ditch the fairings).


:cheers:

 

Because everyone knows that BMWs are eight feet wide etc etc A CBX would probably be a bit of a squeeze too.

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